Opening this week at a theater near you:

Joker (2019) R

Joker

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

The origin story of The Joker, one of Batman’s most evil combatants. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a man who just wants to make the world smile but instead, he is a man disregarded and looked down upon by society. No matter how hard Arthur tries he ultimately cannot deny the evil that is lurking deep inside him. Joker Website

What to Watch For: Phoenix lost so much weight for the role that at times they had to limit the amount of shooting in front of the camera.

Word on the Street: Shailene Woodley was offered the role of Sophie Dumond but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. The role is played by Zazie Beetz.

My Take: I can’t wait to see what Joaquin Phoenix has created.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

First Love (2019)

First Love

Photo courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment

A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) loses a fight, he was sure he would win and this triggers a chain of events that involve both the Yakuza and a female assassin. Complicating things is a call girl (Sakurako Konishi) that Leo must protect with his possible life. First Love Website

What to Watch For: The film has been wowing audiences on the festival circuit.

Word on the Street: The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

My Take: Director Takashi Miike is well known for his high action films, including the 2009 film Yatterman.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) PG-13

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Photo courtesy of Dada Films

Documentary on Jim Allison a scientist from Texas who after his mother died from cancer, devoted his life to finding a cure. Breakthrough Website

What to Watch For: Actor Woody Harrelson does the narration for the film.

Word on the Street: In addition to being a brilliant scientist, Allison is also an accomplished harmonica player who has played with Willie Nelson on the TV show Austin City Limits.

My Take: Director Bill Haney directed the award-winning documentary The Last Mountain in 2011.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Always in Season (2019)

Always in Season

Photo courtesy of Multitude Films

Seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in a small rural North Carolina town in 2014. This documentary explores the search by his mother for the truth of how her son died while also exploring the history of lynching in America. Always in Season Website

What to Watch For: The film played to a packed audience at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Actor Danny Glover is the narrator for the film.

My Take: This is director Jacqueline Olive’s first feature documentary.

The film opens exclusively on Friday at the Plaza Theatre

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