The following is opening on Friday at Drive-In Theatres across the country, including the Starlight Drive In Theatre in Atlanta, GA and the Jesup Drive In Twin in Jesup, GA.
The Wretched (2019)
Ben (John-Paul Howard), a rebellious teenage boy who is struggling to deal with his parent’s separation. Ben believes that somehow the family next door is responsible for the missing children in a town that is hiding secrets. Ben learns that the woman next door isn’t your ordinary neighbor; she is a thousand-year-old witch that has the ability to live beneath the skin of her victims. The film is also available for rent on participating on-demand services. The Wretched Facebook Page
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Film at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Writer/Directors Bret and Drew T. Pierce are best known for their 2011 award-winning zombie horror-comedy Deadheads.
My Take: What a great way to spend some time at a drive-in with a horror movie!
The following are this week’s new releases available on digital platforms:
In a rundown subdivision near Houston, a troubled teen, Kris (Amber Havard) breaks into a neighbor’s house, an aging bullfighter, Abe (Rob Morgan), who has seen his better days in the rodeo. Abe decides to take Kris under his wing, and their relationship will change both their lives forever. Bull Info
What to Watch For: The film was a big hit on the film festival circuit, including winning the Lone Star Award at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Rob Morgan is known for his roles as Officer Powell in the Stranger Things TV series, and as Turk Barrett in the Marvel Universe TV shows The Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil.
My Take: Having grown up in Texas, I love a film about rodeos.
The Half of It (2020) PG-13
Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is smart, so smart that she makes needed cash doing school work for other students. Ellie gets an unusual assignment; Paul (Daniel Diemer) wants Ellie to write love notes for him to give to Aster (Alexxis Lemire) the most popular girl in school. Ellie’s notes begin to work when Ellie realizes that she may have gotten in over her head and might be creating a surprising love triangle. The Half of It Website
What to Watch For: This is the second feature film for writer/director Alice Wu.
Word on the Street: Leah Lewis is best known as Georgia ‘George’ Fan in the CW series Nancy Drew.
My Take: I can’t wait to see this film. I am a big fan of Alice Wu’s first film, Saving Face (2004).
A Secret Love (2020)
A documentary on the love story between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel. Terry played in the women’s professional baseball league, which inspired the classic movie A League of Their Own. The film tells Terry and Pat’s story, who had to keep their relationship under wraps for most of their lives. A Secret Love Website
What to Watch For: The film was a selection at the SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is the directorial debut of actor Chris Nolan.
My Take: I love A League of Their Own, so to see the real story of the women’s professional baseball league should be fascinating.
Circus of Books (2019)
In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason were struggling to make money. Barry happened to see an ad for a magazine salesman, and before you know it, the couple had an adult bookstore in Los Angeles that became a national icon.
What to Watch For: This documentary was directed by the couple’s filmmaking daughter and was the hit of the Out on Film Festival last year in Atlanta.
Word on the Street: The film won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival.
My Take: Every film critic that has seen this movie has fallen in love with it.
Here are my reviews of movies just released on DVD/BluRay:
The Assistant (2019) R
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 is a small, quiet film that follows a young woman who tries her best to perform the duties of her job, all the while waiting for the boss to blow up at her at a moment’s notice. The film is quite unassuming in the way it shows just how horrible Jane’ s job is. It’s not only that she is expected to be perfect in every way but also must handle the continual beat down that she suffers not just from her boss but from her coworkers as well. The film doesn’t have any significant moments in the movie, but that’s the point of this movie. It’s the continual degrading, exhausting job with a promise that all Jane’s hard work and suffering will pay off someday. The question that Jane must answer is it all worth it? My Rating: Full Price
My movie rating system from Best to Worst: 1). I Would Pay to See it Again 2). Full Price 3). Bargain Matinee 4). Cable 5). You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again