Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep (2019) R

Doctor Sleep

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Years after the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) meets a young girl (Emily Alyn Lind) who has similar powers like his. Dan takes the girl under his wing and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot. Their mission is to find and prey on children with powers so that their members can remain immortal. Doctor Sleep Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, a sequel to his classic book, The Shining.

Word on the Street: Stephen King got the idea for his book Doctor Sleep when, in 1998, he was asked by a fan at a book signing what happened to Danny after The Shining.

My Take: I hope this film will take its place in the horror hall of fame right next to The Shining.

The film opens Nationwide on Friday.

 

Last Christmas (2019)  PG-13

Last Christmas

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Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a person who keeps making one wrong decision after another, sleeping with men that pick her up at bars, staying on friend’s couches until she wears out her welcome, and avoiding her mother’s phone calls. Kate works as Santa’s elf for a local, year-round Christmas store. Her life takes a new turn when she meets Tom (Henry Golding) outside the store. Tom seems perfect, but Kate is doubtful as he looks too good to be true.    Last Christmas Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and is co-written by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Howards End) .

Word on the Street: The film is based on the George Michael penned song Wham!: Last Christmas.

My Take: I am so pleased with how quickly Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) has become a star.

The film opens Nationwide on Friday.

 

Midway (2019) PG-13

Midway

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

After the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, the U.S. Navy is reeling. Now, the Navy, against heavy odds, must fight the Japanese Navy in the Battle of Midway, a turning point in World War II. Midway Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Nick Jonas, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, and Luke Evans.

Word on the Street: Two of the Japanese ships that sunk during the battle, the Akagi and the Kaga, were just recently found.

My Take: It will be interesting to see what director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day) will bring to a WW II action film.

The film opens Nationwide on Friday.

 

Playing with Fire (2019) PG

Playing with Fire

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

A crew of firefighters called smokejumpers, led by tough as nails Jake Carson (John Cena) meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children. Playing with Fire Website

What to Watch for: Cast includes Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Dennis Haysbert, and John Leguizamo.

Word on the Street: Brianna Hildebrand, who plays the oldest of the three kids rescued, is known for her role as Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the Deadpool movies.

My Take: I’ll go see any movie that Keegan-Michael Key is in.

The film opens Nationwide on Friday.

 

By the Grace of God (2018)

By the Grace of God

Photo courtesy of Music Box Films

The story of three adult men, Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud), François (Denis Ménochet), and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud), who band together to expose the code of silence that continued to enable a priest who abused them as boys. By the Grace of God Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The film is based on real events.

Word on the Street: The film won the Silver Berlin Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

My Take: I really enjoyed writer/director Francois Ozon’s 2010 film Potiche.

The film opens Friday exclusively in Atlanta at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

 

Cyrano, My Love (2018)

Cyrano, My Love

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Edmond Rostand (Thomas Soliveres) hasn’t written anything for two years. Married with two kids, he tells everyone that he has a new heroic comedy though all he has written is the title: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac.’ Cyrano, My Love Website

What to Watch For: Writer/director Alexis Michalik has been trying to get this film made for fifteen years.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film that actor Alexis Michalik has written and directed. Michalik won numerous awards for his short film Au Sol in 2014.

My Take: I love the Cyrano de Bergerac tale.

The film opens Friday exclusively in Atlanta at Regal Tara Cinema

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