Opening this week at a theatre near you:
Abominable (2019) PG
Yi (voiced by Chloe Bennet), a young girl, finds a friendly Yeti that longs to go back to his mountain. Yi and two other friends make it their mission to help the Yeti return to its homeland. Abominable Website
What to Watch For: Co-director Jill Culton worked on such animation classics as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and A Bug’s Life.
Word on the Street: This will be the last DreamWorks Animation film of the 2010s.
My Take: This is Chloe Bennet’s first theatrical animated feature film.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Judy (2019) PG-13
A penniless and considered washed-up Judy Garland (Renee Zellweger) arrives in London to restart her career with a series of sold-out concerts. She must deal with the demons of the past while battling her ex-husband over the custody of her children. Judy Website
What to Watch For: Renee Zellweger recorded all the songs in the film and is set to release her first-ever solo album covering the songs of Judy Garland in connection with the release of the film.
Word on the Street: Zellweger trained with a vocal coach for a year before shooting the film.
My Take: The film is being released just in time of the 50th anniversary of her death, six months after the events of the film.
The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday
Monos (2019) R
A group of kids perform military training exercises up in the mountains under the name The Organization. A series of events are about to test their will and their relationships with each other in the group. Monos Website
What to Watch For: The film has won 14 awards at film festivals around the world, including the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Director/co-writer Alejandro Larides has said in interviews that the film is based loosely on William Golding’s landmark book Lord of the Flies.
My Take: The shoot was so grueling that director Larides at one point was taken out of the jungle where they were shooting on a stretcher.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (2019)
Documentary on the groundbreaking legendary Texas journalist who loved to take on ‘Good Old Boy’ corruption and raise as much trouble as she could with her voice and her typewriter. Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for the director Janice Engel, who has won awards for her TV documentaries Addicted (2010) and Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace (1996).
My Take: Molly was one of my favorite writers for Texas Monthly magazine.