Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Queen & Slim (2019) R

Queen & Slim

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A couple, Slim and Queen (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith), are out on a first date when they are pulled over by a police officer. The situation quickly escalates, and Slim kills the officer in the act of self-defense. The pair go on the run, unknowing that the video of the confrontation goes viral. Queen & Slim Website

What to Watch For: The film is the feature film debut of Melina Matsoukas, the award-winning director of TV programs (Insecure) and music videos (Grammys for Beyonce: Formation (2016) and Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris: We Found Love (2011).

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film screenplay by Lena Waithe, known for her work on the TV series Bones.

My Take: It is going to be interesting to see what Matsoukas does with this material.

The film opens nationwide on Wednesday.

 

Knives Out (2019) PG-13

Knives Out

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

World famous mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has committed suicide, throwing his extending family into a jumbled mess. Private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is on the case and thinks that Harlan’s death might just be murder, with a house full of relatives who are all suspects. Knives Out Website

What to Watch For: An all-star cast makes this film a must-see that includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, and Katherine Langford.

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017).

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film based on its hilarious and rather strange trailer.

The film opens nationwide on Wednesday.

 

Dark Waters (2019) PG-13

Dark Waters

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

A corporate defense attorney on the fast track to partner, Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo), as a favor to a relative, takes on an environmental lawsuit against one of the biggest chemical companies in the world that exposes a history of pollution and cover up. Dark Waters Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Todd Haynes, known for Far from Heaven (2002), Carol (2015), and Wonderstuck (2017).

My Take: I know this is a passion project for Mark Ruffalo, an actor known for his work concerning the environment.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Wednesday.

 

White Snake (2019)

White Snake

Photo courtesy of GKIDS

Snake spirit Blanca (voiced by Stephanie Sheh) loses her memory while being disguised as a woman. She falls in love with a mortal enemy, a human snake hunter, Ah Xuan (voiced by Paul Yen). The union with a human greatly displeases Blanca’s sister, Verta (voiced by Vivian Lu), the green snake demon. White Snake Website

What to Watch For: The animated film is based on the Chinese fable, the Legend of the White Snake.

Word on the Street: The film won the Golden Angel Award at the 2019 Chinese American Film Festival.

My Take: I am always ready for a good animated film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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