Opening this week at a theater near you:

Ford v Ferrari (2019) PG-13

Ford v Ferrari

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Legendary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) is hired by the Ford Motor Company to create a race car that can take on the seemingly to defeat Ferrari racing team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Against Ford’s wishes, he hires the brash and outspoken driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) to drive the car. Can Shelby manage Mlle’s temper long enough to win the race?    Ford v Ferrari Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story that took place in the mid-1960s.

Word on the Street: Coming off his role as Dick Cheney in Vice (2018), Bale lost 70 pounds to play the very skinny Ken Miles.

My Take: The French race became my favorite when I saw the 1971 film Le Mans starring Steve McQueen.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Charlie’s Angels (2019) PG-13

Charlie's Angels

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A systems engineer, Elena (Naomi Scott), joins Jane (Ella Balinska) and Sabina (Kristen Stewart) to work for the mysterious Charles Townsend. The Townsend Agency is guided by multiple Bosleys (Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Djimon Hounsou) to stop the world’s mastermind criminals. Charlie’s Angels Website

What to Watch For: Elizabeth Banks, who plays one of the Bosleys, wrote and directed the film.

Word on the Street: Naomi Scott (Elena) is hot off her performance as Jasmine in the worldwide box-office hit Aladdin.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film since I was a big fan of the 70s TV series Charlie’s Angels.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Good Liar (2019) R

The Good Liar

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Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) meets wealthy widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) in an online dating service, and he can’t believe his luck. He begins a courtship with the intent of milking her dry, but he never thought for a moment that he would start to have feelings for her. The Good Liar Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Bill Condon, Oscar-winning writer of the 1998 film Gods and Monsters that starred Oscar-nominated Ian McKellen.

Word on the Street: The writer of the film, Jeffrey Hatcher, last screenplay was for the film Mr. Holmes (2015) that also starred Ian McKellen.

My Take: I just love Oscar winner (The Queen (2006)) Helen Mirren.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) R

The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Rani Lakshmibai (Devika Bhise) must rise up and lead her people to take on the formidable British East India Company when it threatens her family and her country with expansion.   The Warrior Queen of Jhansi Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story, and Lakshmibai is one of the legendary heroes of Indian history.

Word on the Street: Director of the film, Swati Bhise, won the Impact Award at the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

My Take: The film’s cast includes Rupert Everett, Milind Gunaji, Derek Jacobi, and Jodhi May as Queen Victoria.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Frankie (2019) PG-13

Frankie

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Three generations deal with life-changing experiences during one day on a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its water that heals. Frankie Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The outstanding cast includes Isabelle Huppert in the title role, along with Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, and Greg Kinnear.

My Take: I love that Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei can do the big pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming and still do these fantastic, smaller films.

The film opens Friday in Atlanta exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema

 

The Irishman (2019) R

The Irishman

Photo courtesy of Netflix

The story of Frank “The Irishman’ Sheeran (Robert De Niro) who went from a truck driving WWII vet to the right-hand man of the Bufalino crime family. Sheeran’s claim in the later years was that he was the hitman that killed his long-time friend Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in 1975. The Irishman Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese.

Word on the Street: Star-studded cast includes Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, and after an almost ten-year absence from the screen, Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci.

My Take: Scorsese directing a mob film starring Robert De Niro, count me in!

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

 

Light from Light (2019)

Light From Light

Photo courtesy of Grasshopper Film

A single mom and part-time paranormal investigator (Marin Ireland) is asked to look into a possible ‘haunting’ at a widower’s (Jim Gaffigan) home. Light from Light Website

What to Watch For: The film’s director, Paul Harrill, was nominated for the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Writer/director Harrill, also wrote and directed the 2014 award-winning film Something, Anything.

My Take: Jim Gaffigan was part of the cast of Them That Follow (2019) that won the Ensemble Cast Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival.

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

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