Opening this week at a screen near you:

 

Let Him Go  (2020)  R

Let Him Go

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Retired Sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch to find their dead son’s wife, Lorna (Kayli Carter), and their grandson. Lorna has moved to an isolated ranch in North Dakota with her new husband Donniel Weboy (Will Brittain), where the matriarch of the family, Blanche (Lesley Manville) lives. George and Margaret soon discover that the Weboy family have no intention of letting the child go and that the Blackledge’s are going to have to fight for their family.    Let Him Go Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson.

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, who also wrote and directed the awarding-winning 2000 film Big Eden.

My Take: Costner and Lane have worked together before as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Superman’s adopted parents in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

 

Love in Dangerous Times  (2020)

Love in Dangerous Times

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With the world shutting down due to the pandemic, Jason (Ian Stout) and Sorrell (Tiffany Groben) meet on a dating app. Can their relationship be built on the fact that they may never meet in person?    Love in Dangerous Times Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in April and May, with a cast and crew that quarantined for two weeks.

Word on the Street: Some of the cast were shot using video chats and iPhones.

My Take: It is going to be interesting to see what films come out of this pandemic.

 

Kindred (2020)

Kindred

Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight

When her boyfriend, Ben, suddenly dies in an accident, Charlotte (Tamara Lawrance), a mom-to-be, is taken in by his family in a crumbling manor house in the middle of nowhere. Ben’s family is determined to take care of Charlotte until the baby arrives. The grief-stricken Charlotte is increasingly haunted by visions that intensify as she begins to doubt Ben’s family’s intentions, feeling that they are trying to control her and her unborn baby.    Kindred Website

What to Watch For: This is director/co-writer Joe Marcantonio’s first feature film. Marcantonio is known for his short films, including four films that were selected as ‘Vimeo Staff Picks.’

Word on the Street: Lead actress Tamara Lawrance won Best Actress at the 2018 Little Wing Film Festival for her performance as Aleisha Edwards in the 2017 film The Gurney.

My Take: I am always in the mood for a good psychological thriller.

 

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man (2020)

Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man

Photo courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

Chuck Leavell has played piano and keyboards with some of the greatest acts of the last 40 years, including the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones.     Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man Website

What to Watch For: Interviewed for the film is a who’s who of legendary artists, including Paul Shaffer, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, and Bonnie Raitt.

Word on the Street: The film has been a big hit on the film festival circuit, including the 2020 SCAD Savannah Film Festival and the 2020 Macon Film Festival.

My Take: I can’t wait to see this film about a living legend.

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