Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

The Addams Family (2019) PG

The Addams Family

Photo courtesy of United Artists Releasing

The creepy, ghoulish and peculiar Addams Family is back, terrorizing their neighbors in hair-raising fun. The Addams Family Website

What to Watch For: Impressive voice cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, and Tituss Burgess.

Word on the Street: The Addams Family started as a cartoon in The New Yorker in 1938 by Charles Addams.

My Take: I love that Wednesday’s braids are now tied into nooses, something that has not been seen before.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Gemini Man (2019) PG-13

Gemini Man

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

An over-the-hill hit man (Will Smith) takes on his worst nightmare, a younger clone of himself bent on killing him. Gemini Man Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain (2006), Life of Pi (2012)).

Word on the Street: Portions of the film were shot in Cartagena, Colombia and Savannah, Georgia.

My Take: Ang Lee directed one of my favorite action films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Dolemite is my Name (2019) R

Dolemite is My Name

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) is a has-been singer/comedian who now works in a dingy club as an MC. He decides to create a character called Dolemite and records numerous successful ‘blue’ comedy records. Rudy decides that to take his Dolemite character to the next level, he will star in a ‘Blaxploitation’ film. Dolemite is My Name Website

What to Watch For: Many film critics who have seen the film believe that Murphy will get a Best Actor nomination for the role.

Word on the Street: Turning heads for her performance as Lady Reed is Tony-nominated Broadway star Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

My Take: The film is based on the real-life of Rudy Ray Moore, who is credited as ‘the Godfather of Rap.’

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and New Vision Stonecrest 16

 

Lucy in the Sky (2019) R

Lucy in the Sky

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) returns to Earth after having an otherworldly experience in space. Now Lucy begins to lose touch with reality as she strives to return to deep space. Lucy in the Sky Website

What to Watch For: This is the first feature film for the Emmy Award-winning Noah Hawley, creator of the TV series Fargo and Legion.

Word on the Street: The film is based loosely on the real-life story of astronaut Lisa Nowak, who drove long distance to kidnap her ex-lover’s girlfriend. The story made national headlines.

My Take: Who wants to see a film starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman? I do.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and
AMC Phipps Plaza

 

Jexi (2019) R

Jexi

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

Phil (Adam Devine) has no friends, a dead-end job and his love life is just wishful dreams. His life changes when he gets a new phone that has an A.I. life coach named Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne) that helps Phil get his life in order. Jexi Website

What to Watch For: Cast includes Justin Hartley, Michael Pena, Charlyne Yi, Ron Punches, and Wanda Sykes.

Word on the Street: The film was originally titled Lexi but due to legal issues, the name couldn’t be used. Star Adam Devine suggested the name Jexi and it stuck.

My Take: The film is brought to you by the same writing/directing team that brought you Bad Moms (2016 and A Bad Moms Christmas (2017).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Photo courtesy of Netflix

After escaping Jack and his gang, Jessie (Aaron Paul), who was given up for dead, must escape from the police and try to put his tattered life back together. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

What to Watch For: The film was shot in secret under the title Greenbriar.

Word on the Street: Rumors are that Bryan Cranston has a role in the film.

My Take: It will be interesting to see if this television series carries over well to the big screen.

The film opens Friday exclusively at The Plaza Theatre

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