Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) R

Terminator: Dark Fate

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Two decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) saved humanity from Judgement Day, she must again take on a Terminator, this time a new Terminator called the Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna). Sarah, with the help of an enhanced super-soldier from the future named Grace (Mackenzie Davis), must keep a young woman named Dani (Natalia Reyes) safe. Terminator: Dark Fate Website

What to Watch For: Shown in the trailer, our old friend T-800, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, shows up to help Dani survive.

Word on the Street: James Cameron, who wrote and directed the first two Terminator films, produced this movie and considers it the true sequel to the first two films.

My Take: Anytime Linda Hamilton wants to take on a Terminator, I’ll be there to root her on.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Harriet (2019) PG-13

Harriet

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The story of Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) who went from escaping from slavery to becoming one of the forces who transported slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad. Harriet Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed/co-written by Kasi Lemmons, who in 1997 wrote and directed the acclaimed movie Eve’s Bayou.

Word on the Street: Co-writer Gregory Allen Howard, wrote the award-winning 2000 film Remember the Titans.

My Take: This film is a much-needed look at an amazing woman.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Motherless Brooklyn (2019) R

Motherless Brooklyn

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Set in 1950s New York, a private detective named Lionel (Edward Norton), afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, sets out to solve the murder of his friend and mentor, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Motherless Brooklyn Website

What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, Leslie Mann, Bobby Cannavale, and Fisher Stevens.

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by the lead actor Edward Norton.

My Take: This was a passion project for Norton and many of the actors, as a majority of them worked for scale or for free.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Pain and Glory (2019) R

Pain and Glory

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A famous film director (Antonio Banderas) must confront both his past and present as a film festival wants to celebrate the movie that made his career. Pain and Glory Website

What to Watch For: Banderas won Best Actor at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for the film.

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, who won the 2002 Academy Award for his movie Talk to Her (2002).

My Take: One of my favorite actresses, Penelope Cruz, plays Banderas’s mother in the film.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and
The Springs Cinema and Taphouse

 

JoJo Rabbit (2019) PG-13

JoJo Rabbit

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

A young boy (Roman Griffin Davis) in Hitler’s army finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. JoJo Rabbit Website

What to Watch For: Writer/director Taika Waititi plays Hitler and had to direct some of the scenes in the film in the full Adolf outfit.

Word on the Street: This is the first major feature that Watititi has directed since his breakout hit Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film from the creator of two of my favorite movies, Boy (2010) and Eagle vs Shark (2007).

The film opens at Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Arctic Dogs (2019) PG

Arctic Dogs

Photo courtesy of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Swifty (voiced by Jeremy Renner) works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. Still, he has a dream of someday being a Top Dog, the delivery services husky couriers. The problem is that Swifty isn’t a husky or even a dog, he is a small Arctic Fox. Arctic Dogs Website

What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Anjelica Huston James Franco, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, Michael Madsen, Omar Sy, and Heidi Klum.

Word on the Street: The film comes from the same writing team that brought us The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017).

My Take: I can always use another animated film to see.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Where’s My Roy Cohn? (2019) PG-13

Where's My Roy Cohn?

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Documentary on controversial lawyer Roy M. Cohn, who grew to prominence as Communist hunter Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man in the 1950s to a trusted advisor to the rich and powerful, including Donald Trump. Where’s My Roy Cohn? Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Cohn in the 70s, 80s, and 90s made his living defending some of the most notorious Mob bosses ever come to trial.

My Take: The film is directed by Matt Tyrnauer, who last year brought us the excellent documentary Studio 54.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema

 

Midnight Traveler (2019)

Midnight Traveler

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope

Documentary filmmaker Hassan Fazili, directs his own story on when the Taliban buts a bounty on his head, he must flee his native Afghanistan with his wife and two daughters. The film shows firsthand the dangers and hardships that refugees seeking asylum face in the world. Midnight Traveler Website

What to Watch For: The film has been winning major awards on the festival circuit, including the Golden Gate Award at the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is mostly shot on the family’s iPhones.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this documentary.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Greener Grass (2019)

Greener Grass

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Life is hard in suburban America. Soccer moms are always competing against each other for ‘best mom’ as their kids settle their differences on the soccer pitch. Families are judged by how fancy their golf carts are, how their lawns appear, and it’s all the while a serial killer is on the loose in their neighborhood. Greener Grass Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in Peachtree City, GA, which calls itself ‘the golf cart capital of the world.’

Word on the Street: The film was written and directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, who also appear in the movie as main competing soccer moms, Jill and Lisa.

My Take: I hear the film was a big hit with audiences at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.

The film opens Friday exclusively at the Plaza Theatre

 

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