Opening this week at a theater near you:
The Way Back (2020) R
A former high school basketball star (Ben Affleck) is struggling to overcome his alcoholism and is offered a job to coach at his alma mater. When his team starts on a winning stream, his old demons resurface to try to stop his road to redemption. The Way Back Website
What to Watch For: Ben Affleck and director Gavin O’Connor previously worked together on the 2016 film The Accountant.
Word on the Street: The movie’s original title was The Has-Been.
My Take: Screenwriter Brad Ingelsby wrote the 2018 film American Woman.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Onward (2020) PG
Two brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) go on a magical quest to try and revive their dead father for one day, a father the two barely remember. Onward Website
What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Ratzenberger, Octavia Spencer, Ali Wong, Tracey Ullman, and Mel Rodriquez.
Word on the Street: Director/co-writer Dan Scanlon is known for bringing us the 2013 Pixar film Monsters University.
My Take: Anytime I can see a Pixar film at the movie theatre is a good day for me.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
Burden (2018) R
When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) tries to broker a peace all the while sheltering a former Klansman (Garrett Hedlund), much to the shock of his family and his church. Burden Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award for Dramatic Films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: This is writer/director Andrew Heckler’s first feature film.
My Take: I think Forest Whitaker always gives us interesting performances.
The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.
Greed (2019) R
Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a billionaire fashion mogul, is determined to celebrate his 60th birthday in the grandest scale on the Greek island Mykonos, even if it kills him. Greed Website
What to Watch For: Sacha Baron Cohen was first attached to the film in the part that Steve Coogan eventually played.
Word on the Street: The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
My Take: I have been a fan of Steve Coogan since his BBC television show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.
The film opens exclusively on Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
The Banker (2020) PG-13
Two African American businessmen (Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson) devise a plan to help other African Americans get bank loans. The two men hire a working-class white man (Nicholas Hoult) to pose as the face of the banking empire, while the two businessmen pose as his janitor and chauffeur. Their plan succeeds beyond their wildest dreams, that is, until the federal government begins snooping around. The Banker Info
What to Watch For: This is the first Apple TV+ production to get a theatrical release.
Word on the Street: Writer/director George Nolfi is best known for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
My Take: I am always interested in a film shot in Atlanta, GA.
And Then We Dance (2019)
Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), with his partner Mary (Ana Javakishvili), is a devoted dancer who has dedicated his life to making it into the National Georgian Ensemble. Merab’s world is changed when a new dancer, Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), becomes Merab’s rival and possible love interest. And Then We Danced Website
What to Watch For: The film has done incredibly well at film festivals, including winning four awards at the 202 CinEuphoria Awards.
Word on the Street: Director Levan Akin also directed the award-winning 2011 film, Certain People.
My Take: The film is currently at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema