Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Frozen 2 (2019) PG

Frozen II

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios

Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven leave Arendelle to find the origin of Elsa’s powers to save the kingdom. Frozen II Website

What to Watch For: The younger version of Elsa is voiced by Mattea Conforti, who portrayed Young Anna in the Broadway adaptation of Frozen.

Word on the Street: The voice cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jason Ritter, Alan Tudyk, and Jeremy Sisto.

My Take: I just hope there is another show stopper like ‘Let it Go’ from the first film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) PG

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Photo courtesy of Tristar Pictures

Journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is a hard-hitting reporter who is known to ruffle the feathers of the people he interviews. Lloyd’s outlook on life is about to change as his next assignment is to interview the legendary nice guy, Mr. Rogers (Tom Hanks). A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the actual interview in 1998 for Esquire Magazine that journalist Tom Junod wrote when he profiled Fred Rogers.

Word on the Street: Fred Rogers’ widow, Joanne Rogers, has stated that Tom Hanks is the perfect actor to portray her late husband.

My Take: I am almost positive that Tom Hanks will get an Academy Award nomination from this role.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

21 Bridges (2019) R

21 Bridges

Photo courtesy of STX Films

A NYPD detective, Andre Davis (Chadwick Boseman), is given the task to hunt down a pair of cop killers, and for the first time in its history, Manhattan is completely locked down. His job just got tougher when Davis discovers that there is a massive conspiracy to keep the killers free. 21 Bridges Website

What to Watch For: This is the second feature film for award-winning director Brian Kirk, known for his directing of TV shows like Game of Thrones and Luther.

Word on the Street: The film is produced by the Russo brothers worked together in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

My Take: One of my favorite actors, J.K. Simmons, plays an NYPD Captain in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Waves (2019) R

Waves

Photo courtesy of A24

The story of a suburban family, led by a domineering father (Sterling K. Brown), that starts to fall apart when an accident turns deadly. Waves Website

What to Watch For: The writer/director of the film Trey Edward Shults came to prominence with his award-winning film Kirsha (2015).

Word on the Street: Kelvin Harrison Jr., who plays Tyler, the son in the family, has made a name for himself with his roles in Luce (2019), Monsters and Men (2018), and Mudbound (2017).

My Take: The film won the Zicherman Screenplay Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The film opens Friday in Atlanta area theatres.

 

The Report (2019) R

The Report

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

A Senate staffer (Adam Driver) is given the lead in an investigation into the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program. What he finds will cause shockwaves across the nation. The Report Website

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

Word on the Street: This was a passion project for the actors who all worked at very reduced rates.

My Take: I believe Adam Driver is one of the best American actors in film.

The film opens Friday in Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre.

 

Marriage Story (2019) R

Marriage Story

Photo courtesy of Netflix

The story of a couple (Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson) whose marriage is falling apart, told from the separate viewpoints of the husband and the wife. Marriage Story Website

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Noah Baumbach, who was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award for his screenplay for the film The Squid and the Whale.

Word on the Street: The film won the Audience Award at the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival.

My Take: I’ll go see any movie that Scarlett Johansson is in.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Synonyms (2019)

Synonyms

Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

Yoav (Tom Mercier), an Israeli man, decides to forgo his heritage and his country, choosing to start a new life in France. No matter the obstacle, Yoav is determined to become French, even if it means he has to lose his identity. Synonyms Website

What to Watch For: The film won twice at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy in 2019.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for lead actor Tom Mercier.

My Take: I have heard great things about this film from people that have viewed the film at film festivals around the country.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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