Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) PG-13

Jumanji: The Next Level

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The gang (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan) is back, and this time it’s a rescue mission. In order to escape the most dangerous game, they will have to go into an unknown country full of arid deserts and snowy mountains.    Jumangi: The Next Level Website

What to Watch For: The film does connect with the original 1995 film Jumanji through a character from the first film that makes an appearance in this film.

Word on the Street: Rumor is that the film contains a reference to the Game of Thrones series.

My Take: I hope this film is as fun and funny as the first film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Richard Jewell (2019) R

Richard Jewell

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A security guard, Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) is initially hailed a hero when he saves thousands from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Soon the FBI and the press believe that Richard is not a hero but the bomber himself. Richard Jewell Facebook Page

What to Watch For: Cast includes Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Ian Gomez, and Jon Hamm.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

My Take: I had just moved to Atlanta when this happened, so I am incredibly interested in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Two Popes (2019) PG-13

The Two Popes

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The conservative Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) reign is plagued by a corruption scandal. He invites the liberal and future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) to the Vatican to discuss life and try to find common ground. The Two Popes Website

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

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Word on the Street: The director of the film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for his movie Cidade de Deus.

My Take: Anytime I can see Anthony Hopkins work his magic on the silver screen, it’s a good thing.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Black Christmas (2019) PG-13

Black Christmas

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A group of female students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break, only to learn that the killer is part of an underground college conspiracy. Black Christmas Website

What to Watch For: This is the third Black Christmas film. The first two films were released in 1974 and 2006.

Word on the Street: The four lead actresses are Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Aleyse Shanno.

My Take: It should be interesting to see how well this horror/suspense film does during the holidays.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


63 Up (2019)

63 Up

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Every seven years, filmmaker Michael Apted has done a documentary about the same group of British-born adults to see what changes have occurred in their past seven years.   63 Up Info

What to Watch For: The film series has won awards from around the globe.

Word on the Street: Michael Apted has said that this might be the last film in the series.

My Take: I make sure that I never miss a film in this series.

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The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema