Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Hustlers (2019) R


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When financial hard times hit a strip club, the crew of strip club employees decide to band together and turn the tables on their Wall Street clients. Hustlers Website

What to Watch For: Several critics that have seen the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival say that Jennifer Lopez gives a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Word on the Street: The film is based on a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler that went viral.

My Take: The film has an impressive cast including Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, and Cardi B.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Goldfinch (2019) R

The Goldfinch

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A young boy named Theodore (Oakes Fegley) is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of the Art. The Goldfinch Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by John Crowley, who last directed the 3-time Oscar-nominated film, Brooklyn.

Word on the Street: Donna Tartt’s novel of the same name spent 30 weeks on the The New York Times Bestseller list.

My Take: This is the first feature film by editor Kelley Dixon, who is a nine-time Emmy Award nominee, winning one for her work on Breaking Bad.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Official Secrets (2019) R

Official Secrets

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True story of a British whistle blower (Keira Knightley) who leaked information on a spy operation that was designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Offical Secrets Wesite

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Indira Varma, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, and Rhys Ifans.

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Word on the Street: The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival.

My Take: Keira Knightley always gives interesting and edgy performances in dramas and suspense films.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.


This is Not Berlin (2019)

This is Not Berlin

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Set in 1980s Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de Leon) does not fit it, whether it is his family or his school. His world changes when he is invited to a nightclub where discovers the underground nightlife scene. This is Not Berlin Website

What to Watch For: The film won four awards at the 2019 Malaga Spanish FilmFestival, including the Special Jury Award.

Word on the Street:  Lead actor Xabiani Ponce de Leon is mostly known for his roles on television in Mexico

My Take: The film is directed by the award-winning director Hari Sama.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) PG-13

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

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Documentary on one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. Linda Ronstadt trail-blazed a career that spanned everything from country to rock to folk to Spanish Language albums.    Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: A who’s who of musical greats are interviewed for this film, including Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, and Aaron Neville.

My Take: I won’t be missing this documentary about one of my favorite singers of all time.

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The film opens Friday exclusively at the Regal Tara Cinema