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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Playmobil: The Movie (2019)

Playmobil: The Movie

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A brother and sister, Charlie (voiced by Gabriel Bateman) and Marla (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy), are still getting over the death of their parents. Charlie sneaks out to visit a toy museum with a Playmobil exhibit. Marla goes after Charlie, and after she scolds him, a lighthouse in the display illuminates them and transports them to the Playmobil world. Playmobil: The Movie Facebook Page

What to Watch For: Voice cast includes Jim Gaffigan, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor, and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Word on the Street: This is the first of three films in the Playmobil series.

My Take: Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians, so it will be fun seeing him voice an animated character.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Aeronauts (2019) PG-13

The Aeronauts

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Scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) is convinced that he if learns more about the weather conditions in the upper atmosphere that he can eventually predict the weather, helping farmers know when to plant/harvest their crops and warn citizens of impending bad weather. James convinces a balloon pilot, Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones), to build and fly the largest ever gas balloon to fly almost into outer-space. It turns out that the flight will be an epic fight for their survival, a trip they might not return from. The Aeronauts Website

What to Watch For: The film is based loosely on the actual flight that English meteorologist Glaisher did in 1862.

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Word on the Street: The flight takes place in real-time in the film.

My Take: I find it fascinating that Redmayne and Jones actually flew in a hot-air balloon for several scenes in the movie. They flew to roughly 8,000 feet.

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


Little Joe (2019)

Little Joe

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Alice (Emily Beecham) is a single mother and a scientist who specializes in plant breeding. She has been working on a plant that she has called Little Joe, which can ‘make you happy.’ Alice brings one of the plants home to her son, Joe (Kit Connor), as a gift. Alice notices that as the plant grows, it begins changing her fellow worker’s personalities, and ‘Little Joe’ might be not as harmless as the nickname suggests. Little Joe Website

What to Watch For: Emily Beecham won the Best Actress award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Director/co-writer Jessica Hausner also wrote and directed the award-winning 2009 film Lourdes.

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

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