Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) PG

Sonic the Hedgehog

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

After discovering a blue, incredibly fast hedgehog named Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), Tom (James Marsden), a small-town police officer, joins forces with the hedgehog to try to defeat an evil genius named Dr. Iva Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Sonic the Hedgehog Website

What to Watch For: Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog know Dr. Robotnik under a different name, Dr. Eggman.

Word on the Street: Jim Carrey agreed to do the project because his daughter was a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog games when growing up.

My Take: I want to see this film because the filmmakers gave Jim Carrey a lot of leeway to create his dialogue for the film, allowing Carrey a great deal of creative freedom.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (2020) PG-13

Fantasy Island

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Guests come to Mr. Roarke’s (Michael Pena) island to have their wildest dreams and fantasies come true. The Island isn’t what the guests expected, and now they will have to solve the island’s mystery to escape with their lives. Fantasy Island Website

What to Watch For: The film is loosely based on the popular 70s TV series Fantasy Island.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Michael Rooker, and Parisa Fitz-Henley.

My Take: Let’s see what the legendary Blumhouse horror name can come up with.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

The Photograph (2020) PG-13

The Photograph

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Mae (Issa Rae) is the daughter of a famous photographer, a mother she has a troubled past with. Mae falls for a journalist named Michael (Lakeith Stanfield), who has been assigned to interview Mae about her late mother. Will the past come between the two lovers? The Photograph Website

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Stella Meghie, who brought us the award-winning film 2016 film Jean of the Joneses.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Chelsea Peretti, Courtney B. Vance, and Lil Rel Howery.

My Take: I am always up for a film that features Lil Rel Howery (Get Out).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Downhill (2020) R

Downhill

Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

After escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation, a married couple (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell) are forced to reevaluate their marriage. Downhill Website

What to Watch For: The film is a remake of the Golden Globe-nominated 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure.

Word on the Street: The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: I enjoyed Force Majeure, so I am interested to see this version.

The film opens in select Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Photo courtesy of Juno Films

Documentary on the life and work of controversial film critic Pauline Kael whose work championed new filmmakers in the 60s and 70s. What She Said Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Golden Strands award at the Tallgrass International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film contains archival footage starring Johnny Carson, Peter Bogdanovich, Dick Cavett, and Woody Allen.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film about such an interesting and vital film critic.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

The Assistant (2019) R

The Assistant

Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street

A day in the life of an assistant, Jane (Julia Garner), to a powerful entertainment mogul. As we see her perform her duties, we discover just how horrible a boss Jane truly has. The question is, will Jane ever fight back? The Assistant Website

What to Watch For: The film was a hit on the film festival circuit and won at the Heartland Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is the first narrative feature film for writer/director, whose previous work included the documentary’s Casting JonBenet (2017) and Ukraine is Not a Brothel (2013).

My Take: A timely film for what is happening in the entertainment business.

The film opens on Friday at select Atlanta area theatres.

 

 

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