Opening This Week at a Theatre Near You:
It: Chapter Two (2019) R
Twenty-seven years after first encountering the horrific Pennywise, the Loser Club has come back to town to try and stop him again. It: Chapter Two Website
What to Watch For: The impressive cast includes Bill Hader, James McAvoy, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa, and of course, Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise.
Word on the Street: The role of Richie Tozier was written with Bill Hader in mind and was adjusted once he was cast to tailor the role to his talents.
My Take: I understand that there are some flashback sequences that the Loser Club appears as kids.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) R
Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a very unhappy 27-year old woman living in New York. She is overweight, parties too much and has a nowhere job in a theatre. When a doctor tells her to get healthy, she decides to take up running. With the help of a neighbor (Michaela Watkins), she doesn’t really like and a fellow out of shape beginning runner (Micah Stock), Brittany begins to succeed in losing weight and decides to set a goal of running a marathon. Unfortunately, Brittany is her own worst enemy and really doesn’t have any trust for anyone, a trust she will need if she is going to meet her goals. Brittany Runs A Marathon Website
What to Watch For: Writer/director of the film, Paul Downs Colaizzo, won the Dramatic Audience Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Actress Jillian Bell lost 40 pounds filming the role of Brittany, just as her character does in the film.
My Take: Jillian Bell is mostly known for her TV roles including Dixie in Eastbound & Down and Jillian Belk in Workaholics.
The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.
Vita & Virginia (2018)
The scandalous love affair of socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) and soon to be famous author Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki). Vita & Virginia Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by Chanya Button who is known for directing the 2015 award-winning comedy Burn Burn Burn.
Word on the Street: The film uses actual letters that Virginia Woolf wrote in the film.
My Take: The love affair is said to inspired Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando.
The film opens exclusively on Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles PG-13 (2019)
Documentary on one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof. Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles Website
What to Watch For: The film documents how hard it was to take this musical to Broadway in the 1960s, right when the country was going away from one of the main themes of the musical, tradition.
Word on the Street: Legendary performers Harvey Fierstein, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and sons of famous Fiddler leads, Michael Bernardi and Josh Mostel are interviewed for the film.
My Take: I love Fiddler on the Roof, so you know I will be seeing this film.