Opening this week at a screen near you:
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) PG-13
Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan), an art gallery assistant, has horrible taste in men and has a memento from every lousy relationship she has been in. She decides to start up her own gallery where people can leave items to display that have been left behind by former lovers. This might be the fresh start that Lucy and all other romantics out there need. The Broken Hearts Gallery Website
What to Watch For: This is the feature-film debut for writer/director Natalie Krinsky, known for her writing on the TV shows Red Band Society, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, and 90210 (2009).
Word on the Street: Selena Gomez is an executive producer on the film, and the movie features her new single Souvenir.
My Take: At one point, the film was scheduled to be released theatrically before Tenet but then was pushed back to debut on Sept. 11.
All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) PG-13
The documentary takes a look at the history and current activism against voter suppression in this country, putting a spotlight on a threat to the fundamental rights of citizens of the United States. All In: The Fight For Democracy Website
What to Watch For: The film will first premiere at three simultaneous drive-in screenings throughout the state of Georgia.
Word on the Street: The film features Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, who lost a tight race to current Governor Brian Kemp.
My Take: Co-director Lisa Cortes brought us the 2019 documentary The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion.
Set in 1990, David (Brian Landis Folkins) is a lonely bachelor who is stuck caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a dating service, he discovers a VHS tape call Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by Andy (Wil Wheaton), the service seems to fit David’s needs for company and friendship until David realizes that Andy’s friendship comes at a price, a price that David might not be able to afford. Rent-A-Pal Website
What to Watch For: This is a rare feature film starring role for Will Wheaton, best known for his roles in the 1986 film Stand by Me, the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and playing himself in the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory.
Word on the Street: The film is inspired by a real-life VHS tape sold under the title Rent-A-Friend: The Original Companion.
My Take: One of my favorite Wil Wheaton roles is as Fawkes in the online series The Guild.
Red, White & Wasted (2019)
The film follows a family as Florida’s redneck culture is threatened as Orlando’s last mud-hole is being shut down. Red, White & Wasted Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Documentary Feature Audience Award at the 2019 American Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is based on a short directed by Sam Jones and Andrei Bowden Schwartz under the same title.
My Take: This film has gotten some great reviews from critics who have seen the movie at film festivals such as Tribeca.
The Social Dilemma (2020) PG-13
Documentary on how a handful of tech designers control the way we think, act, and live. The Social Dilemma Website
What to Watch For: The film uses Silicon Valley insiders to reveal how social media platforms are reprogramming society.
Word on the Street: The film won the Impact Film Award at the 2020 Boulder International Film Festival.
My Take: The film is from the awarding winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, who gives us the fantastic 2017 film Chasing Coral.
Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President (2020)
Documentary about how Jimmy Carter, a little known governor from the state of Georgia, used a tight bond with musicians to fund his campaign and give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President Website
What to Watch For: The film uses footage from the campaign trail as well as interviews with music icons Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan.
Word on the Street: Carter has always said, ˜It was the Allman Brothers who put me in the White House.’
My Take: We all remember Willie Nelson’s claim that he smoked pot with one of the President’s sons on top of the White House.