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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Bloodshot (2020) PG-13


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Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) was an elite soldier who was killed in battle and is brought back to life by an advanced technology that gives Ray the ability of superhuman strength and almost immediate healing. Ray soon learns that what he thinks is real or knows may not be what is happening to him. Bloodshot Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on an award-winning best-selling comic book of the same name.

Word on the Street: This is the first feature film for director Dave Wilson, known for his work on the video game Star Wars franchise.

My Take: Co-star Eiza Gonzalez has become someone to watch with her roles in Baby Driver (2017), Welcome to Marwen (2018) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


I Still Believe (2020) PG

I Still Believe

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Jeremy (K.J. Apa) goes off to college, where he meets and falls in love with Melissa (Britt Robertson). As Jeremy’s singing/songwriting career starts to take off, the young couple learn that Melissa has cancer. Their belief in God and each other will be challenged in this troubling time. I Still Believe Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the real-life story of award-winning Christian singer Jeremy Camp.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Gary Sinise, Gregory Hobson, and Shania Twain.

My Take: Fans of the CW show Riverdale already know that K.J. Apa is a very talented singer.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Hunt (2020) R

The Hunt

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Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing and don’t have any idea where they are or how they got there. They are about to find out why they have been chosen, chosen for ‘The Hunt.’ The Hunt Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the famous short story ‘The Most Dangerous Game’ by Richard Connell.

Word on the Street: Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank plays one of the strangers in the film.

My Take: I love that singer Sturgill Simpson plays a character named Vanilla Nice.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

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Wendy (2020) PG-13


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Retelling of the classic story of Peter Pan, where in a land that aging and time have become unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family. Wendy Website

What to Watch For: Director/co-writer Benh Zeitlin, brought us the fantastic, two-time Oscar-nominated 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Word on the Street: Several scenes of the movie were shot on the volcanic island of Montserrat, which was so dangerous, only essential actors and crew were allowed on set.

My Take: I find it fascinating that the film was shot on 16mm film.

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday at Regal Tara Cinema and The Springs Cinema and Taphouse


Balloon (2018)


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In the summer of 1979, two families plot to escape East Germany to the West by making a homemade hot-air balloon. Balloon Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on true events and was previously portrayed in the 1982 film Night Crossing.

Word on the Street: The film won the Audience Awards at the 2019 Washington DC Filmfest and the St. Louis International Film Festival.

My Take: Director Michael Herbig brought us Manitou’s Shoe, which in 2001 was one of the most successful movies in German cinema history.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


Hope Gap (2019) PG-13

Hope Gap

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An adult son (Josh O’Connor) is caught in the middle when after 29 years, Grace (Annette Bening) learns that her husband, Edward (Bill Nighy), is leaving her for another woman. Grace is caught unaware of her husband’s unhappiness, and her life comes apart at the seams. Hope Gap Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on two-time Oscar nominated writer/director William Nicholson’s own life whose parents divorced after a lengthy marriage.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in part on location in Seaford, East Sussex.

My Take: You can not ask for a better cast than Bill Nighy and Annette Bening.

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The film opens on Friday in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.