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Countdown (2019) PG-13


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When a nurse (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that claims to predict the moment a person will die, she discovers that she has only three days to live. Now she must figure out a way to save her life before the countdown strikes zero. Countdown Website

What to Watch For: This is stand-up comedian Tom Segura’s only 2nd feature film as an actor.

Word on the Street: Lead actress Elizabeth Lail is best known for her portrayal of Princess Ann in the TV series Once Upon a Time.

My Take: It’s been a while since It: Chapter Two has been out, so it will be interesting to see how this horror/suspense film does at the box office.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Black and Blue (2019) R

Black and Blue

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A rookie police officer, Alice West (Naomie Harris), witnesses dirty cops, including her partner, kill a man. West now is on the run from both her fellow officers and her community that she has sworn to protect and serve.   Black and Blue Website

What to Watch For: Director Deon Taylor also directed the Dennis Quaid thriller The Intruder (2019).

Word on the Street: The film stars Naomie Harris, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2017 Oscars.

My Take: I am a fan of Tyrese Gibson, who plays Milo ‘Mouse’ Jackson, the only community member who will help Officer West.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Current War: Director’s Cut (2017) PG-13

The Current War: Director's Cut

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The story of the race between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), Nikola Tesla (Nichoas Hoult), and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to determine whose electrical system will be adopted by the modern world.  The Current War Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The film got caught up in the Harvey Weinstein scandal and has been sold several times since then.

Word on the Street: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was nominated for two Primetime Emmy’s for his work on American Horror Story.

My Take: I always love to see Michael Shannon on the screen.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

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The Lighthouse (2019) R

The Lighthouse

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Two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson) work together, and the isolation takes a toll on the two men’s minds.   The Lighthouse Website

What to Watch For: The film has done well on the festival circuit, including the FIPRESCI Prize at eh 2019 Cannes Film Festival for co-writer/director Robert Eggers.

Word on the Street: The film is based loosely on a true story and was shot in black and white with a camera lens dating back to 1918.

My Take: Both main actors are being talked about for possible Oscar nominations.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Say Amen, Somebody (1982) G

Say Amen, Somebody

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Documentary about the American gospel music scene focusing on two legendary performers, Willie May Ford Smith, and Thomas A. Dorsey. Say Amen, Somebody Website

What to Watch For: The 1982 award-winning film has been given a 4K restoration by Milestone Films, with support from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Academy Film Archive.

Word on the Street: Roger Ebert gave the film 4 stars in his 1983 review saying ‘Say Amen, Somebody is the most joyful movie I’ve seen in a very long time.’

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film!

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


Parasite (2019) R


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A down on their luck family’s fortune changes when their out of work son, Kim Ki-woo (Woo-sik Choi), poses as an English tutor for a wealthy teenage daughter of a very affluent family.  Parasite Website

What to Watch For: Director Bong Joon Ho (Okja (2017), Snowpiercer (2013), Mother (2009),) won the prestigious Palme d’Or award for this film at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is the official submission of South Korea for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.

My Take: Bong Joon Ho has become one of my favorite directors.

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The film opens Friday in the Atlanta area at AMC Phipps Plaza and Regal Tara Cinema