Opening this week at a theatre near you:
The Invisible Man (2020) R
Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) is in an abusive relationship with her husband (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and with the help of her sister (Harriet Dyer), and their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge), she escapes and goes into hiding. When her husband takes his own life. Cecilia is the sole beneficiary of his will, leaving her millions of dollars. Cecilia was always told by her husband that he would hunt her down if she ever left him, even from the grave. Now Cecilia is convinced that her husband has figured out a way to become invisible, making her life a living hell. The Invisible Man Website
What to Watch For: The film is loosely based on the classic novel of the same name by H.G. Wells.
Word on the Street: The film was originally going to be part of the Dark Universe film series but is now a stand-alone movie.
My Take: It is going to be interesting if the planned spin-off film, The Invisible Woman, starring Elizabeth Banks, gets a green light.
The film opens Friday nationwide.
Emma. (2020) PG
Emma (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a young, beautiful woman, who much to the delight of her father, Mr. Woodhouse (Bill Nighy), refuses to marry. Instead of matrimony for herself, she feels it is her mission to play matchmaker for her friends and family. Emma’s plans don’t always work out, and Emma may find that love may be just around the corner, whether she wants it or not. Emma. Website
What to Watch For: Anya Taylor-Joy has quickly made a name for herself with roles in The Witch (2015), Split (2016), and its sequel, Glass (2019), and the upcoming, much-anticipated film, The New Mutants (2020).
Word on the Street: This is the first feature film by director Autumn de Wilde, who is known for her music videos starring Beck.
My Take: One of my favorite movies, Clueless, is also based on the novel Emma by Jane Austen.
The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.
The Traitor (2019) R
The life of Tommaso Buscetta, the ‘boss of two worlds’ who was a high-ranking mafia chief who became an informant and brought down the Sicilian mafia in the 1980s. The Traitor Website
What to Watch For: The film was a nominee for the Palme d’Or award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film won seven awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
My Take: I am always in the mood for a good Italian mafia based film.
The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Blood on Her Name (2019)
Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind) accidentally kills a man on her property, which Leigh decides to cover up. Leigh’s life becomes unraveled as she struggles to keep her son safe, her livelihood secure, and the deceased’s girlfriend (Elizabeth Rohm) at bay. Blood on Her Name Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Film at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Lead actress Bethany Anne Lind, is best known in the role of Grace Young on the TV series Ozark.
My Take: Will Patton has a starring role in this film, is a favorite of mine having starred in the TV series Swamp Thing, The Good Wife, and Falling Skies.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Studio Movie Grill Marietta
In 1945, post World War II Leningrad, two women (Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina) who bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, are trying to put their lives back together when a shocking accident brings them closer and seals their fates. Beanpole website
What to Watch For: The film has been winning awards on the festival circuit, including the Fipresci Prize and the Un Certain Regard/Best Director at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The two lead actresses tied for the Best Actress award at the 2019 Torino Film Festival.
My Take: My film critic friends who have seen this film say it is one not to be missed.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
In the summer before starting college, Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a music producer who has just moved to the city. Before long, the couple are wrapped up in a summer romance, but young love sometimes has many obstacles, and Ayanna must navigate difficult choices that will shape her life to come. Premature Website
What to Watch For: Director/co-writer Rashaad Ernesto Green was a nominee for the NEXT Innovator Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Lead actress Zora Howard co-wrote the screenplay for the film.
My Take: I find it impressive that the film was up for the prestigious John Cassavetes Award at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The film opens Friday exclusively at the Plaza Theatre