Opening this week on a screen near you:
Unhinged (2020) R
After a minor traffic confrontation with an unstable man (Russell Crowe), a woman (Caren Pistorius) and her son become a target of his rage. Unhinged Website
What to Watch For: Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth is known for his work on Red Dawn (2012), The Last House on the Left (2009) and Disturbia (2007).
Word on the Street: Actress Caren Pistorius is known for her role as Pandora Shaw in the 2018 film Mortal Engines.
My Take: This should be a wild ride.
Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) PG-13
Adam (Charlie Plummer), halfway through his senior year, has a breakdown in his chemistry class and is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Adam doesn’t just hear voices, he sees the people talking to him. Adam transfers to a new school, with thoughts of graduating and going on to cooking school. He then meets Maya (Taylor Russell), and she gives him hope that together he can make it in the world. Words on Bathroom Walls Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the Young Adult novel of the same name by Julia Walton.
Word on the Street: Cast includes AnnaSophia Robb, Walton Goggins, and Andy Garcia.
My Take: I have become a fan of Taylor Russell from her role as Judy Robinson on the TV show Lost in Space.
Chemical Hearts (2020) R
Seventeen-year-old Henry (Austin Abrams) has never been in love. On his first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace (Lili Reinhart), and his luck changes when they are picked to co-edit the school paper. Grace is hiding a secret that deeply impacted her life and will come between her and Henry. Chemical Hearts Website
What to Watch For: Lili Reinhart, known for her role as Betty Cooper on the hit CW show Riverdale, is an executive producer on the film.
Word on the Street: Writer/director Richard Tanne is known for his award-winning work on the 2016 film Southside with You, about the courtship of Barack and Michelle Obama.
My Take: The trailer for this film looks outstanding.
Desert One (2019)
Documentary on the daring and failed mission in 1980 to rescue the 52 hostages being held in the American Embassy in Iran. The story up to now hasn’t been entirely told, and legendary two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple brings us a documentary that will explore both sides of the story. Desert One Website
What to Watch For: The film includes interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, and Nightline anchor Ted Koppel.
Word on the Street: The film uses actual communication recordings taken in the White House between President Jimmy Carter and his military commanders.
My Take: I was in college when this happened, so I am interested to learn more about what went on.
Tesla (2020) PG-13
Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, battling fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan), who is determined that his system will win the battle to bring electricity to the US. Tesla Website
What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Eve Hewson, Josh Hamilton, and Jim Gaffigan.
Word on the Street: The film won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
My Take: I read a lot about the life of Nikola Tesla, so I can’t wait to see this film.
The Sleepover (2020)
Two siblings ( Maxwell Simkins, Sadie Stanley) discover that their mom (Malin Akerman) has a big secret, she used to be a high-end thief who has been in the witness protection program. When their mom is forced to pull one last job, the two kids decide to rescue her over the course of an action-packed night. The Sleepover Website
What to Watch For: The cast includes Joe Manganiello, Ken Marino, Karla Souza, and Erik Griffin.
Word on the Street: Director Trish Sie is known for her work on Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), and Step Up All In (2014).
My Take: I have been a big fan of Malin Akerman since her role as Dr. Valerie Flame on Childrens Hospital.