Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Rambo: Last Blood (2019) R

Rambo: Last Blood

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

John Rambo has been living peacefully and staying out of the man’s gaze. When a friend’s daughter is kidnapped, Rambo crosses the U.S.-Mexico border to bring her back home but he will find himself up against one of Mexico’s biggest cartels. The cartel has no idea who they are dealing with, but they will soon find out. Rambo: Last Blood Website

What to Watch For: The film comes 11 years after the last film, Rambo (2008) and this is the first film that Rambo does not have long hair.

Word on the Street: Shooting down rumors that this is the last Rambo film in the series, Stallone has stated that he would be willing to do one more if this film does well at the box office.

My Take: You know what type of film you are getting with a Rambo movie, lots of action, gunfire and explosions.

Opening nationwide on Friday.

 

Ad Astra (2019) PG-13

Ad Astra

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) undergoes a mission into deep space to find out the truth about what happened to his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who went on a mission 30 years earlier and apparently is still alive and may have a weapon that can destroy half the solar system. Ad Astra Website

What to Watch For: Co-director/writer James Gray has described the film as a mash-up between Apocalypse Now (1979) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Word on the Street: The title of the film in Latin means ‘to the stars.’

My Take: I always enjoy a good adventure in space.

Opening nationwide on Friday.

 

Downton Abby (2019) PG

Downton Abbey

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The continuing story of the Crawley family, owners of a vast estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. The estate is thrown into a frenzy when the family learns that King George V will be coming to visit. Downtton Abbey Website

What to Watch For: Maggie Smith will be reprising her role of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, for which she won three Emmy awards for the role on the TV series of the same name.

Word on the Street: The film is partially based on a real visit that George V made to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire. The ballroom scenes in the film were shot at Wentworth Woodhouse.

My Take: The director of the film, Michael Engler, is familiar with the subject matter having directed four episodes of the Downton Abby TV series.

Opening nationwide on Friday.

 

Aquarela (2018)

Aquarela

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Documentary where the main protagonist is water. Water and ice are captured on screen from around the world, showing just how powerful water is. Aquarela Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Golden Star for Feature Documentary at the 2018 El Gouna International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The filmmakers went all over the world, from the frozen waters of Lake Baikal in Russia to Miami being hit by Hurricane Irma to the magnificent Angels Falls in Venezuela.

My Take: The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky.

Opening this Friday at AMC Phipps Plaza and
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Ms. Purple (2019)

Ms. Purple

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope

A young woman, Kaise (Tiffany Chu) works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown. She reconnects with her estranged brother (Teddy Lee) when their father is on his deathbed. Ms. Purple Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Director/co-writer Justin Chon directed the award winning film Gook (2017).

My Take: You may know the director Justin Chon from his role as Eric in the Twilight series.

Opening this Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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