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Opening this week at a theater near you:

Bad Boys for Life  (2020) R

Bad Boys for LIfe

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The Bad Boys (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence) are back together for one last ride. The guys have to confront possible career changes and midlife crises, as they join a new task force named AMMO to take down a ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel. Bad Boys for Life Website

What to Watch For: The film comes to the theater 17 years after Bad Boys II (2003).

Word on the Street: The film was shot in the Atlanta area.

My Take: Let’s see if Smith and Lawrence can capture that movie magic again.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


Dolittle  (2020) PG


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Seven years ago, the famed doctor and veterinarian of Victorian England, Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), lost his wife and has been sequestered behind the walls of Dolittle Manor with his menagerie of animals for his only company. When Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley) falls ill, Dr. Dolittle sets out on an epic adventure to find a cure. Dolittle Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed and co-written by the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic (2000), Stephen Gaghan.

Word on the Street: Voices of the animals are provided by Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, and Selena Gomez.

My Take: The impressive cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, and Harry Collett.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Song of Names  (2019) PG-13

The Song of Names

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Several years after his close childhood friend, a violin prodigy, disappears on the eve of his big solo concert, an Englishman travels throughout Europe to find him. The Song of Names Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, and Richard Bremmer.

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Word on the Street: The film was nominated for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

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

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema 


Les Miserables (2019) R

Les Miserables

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A cop (Damien Bonnard) transfers to the 93rd district (where Victor Hugo wrote his 1962 novel ‘The Miserables’) so that he can be near his son after his divorce. He is assigned to the local Anti-Crime Brigade, where cops try to keep the peace between residents. Les Miserables Website

What to Watch For: The film has just been nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Word on the Street: The film won the Jury Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: The film was nominated by a lot of film critic groups for end of the year awards.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


Weathering With You  (2019) PG-13

Weathering With You

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A high-school boy runs away to Tokyo, where he meets and befriends a girl who seemingly can manipulate the weather. Weathering with You Website

What to Watch For: The film is up for three Annie Awards, considered the preeminent award program for an animated movie.

Word on the Street: The film is from the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed smash hit Your Name.

My Take: The film was Japan’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards International Feature Film (highly unusual for an animated movie).

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The film opens nationwide on Friday.