Opening this week at a screen near you:
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) PG-13
We fast forward to 1984, and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is facing new challenges and new enemies in Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig), also known as The Cheetah. Wonder Woman 1984 Website
What to Watch For: Directed and co-written by the award-winning Patty Jenkins, who directed Wonder Woman (2017).
Word on the Street: Part of the film was shot with 70 mm IMAX cameras.
My Take: I can’t wait to see this one as I thought Wonder Woman was one of the best films of 2017.
Soul (2020) PG
A musician (Jamie Foxx) who has lost his passion is transported out of his body and must now find his way back, helping an infant soul (Tina Fey) learn about herself. Soul Website
What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Graham Norton, Phylicia Rashad, Questlove, Angela Bassett, and David Diggs.
Word on the Street: The film is already picking up significant awards from film critic groups around the country.
My Take: The score of the film by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste is being hailed by film critics that have seen the movie as one of the best of the year.
News of the World (2020) PG-13
Five years after the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) makes his living going town to town as a storyteller, reading from news accounts, telling stories of all kinds. In the plains of Texas, he finds Johanna ( Helena Zengel), a ten-year-old girl who was raised by the Kiowa people as their own. Against her will, the Captain agrees to take Johanna to her relatives in a remote town hundreds of miles away. The two will travel a great distance to meet the tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces to find Johanna a home. News of the World Website
What to Watch For: The film reunites Tom Hanks with his director of their 2013 hit Captain Phillips.
Word on the Street: This is Hanks’s first live action western, though we all know he voices the cowboy Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story Franchise.
My Take: I am a huge fan of westerns, so you know I will be seeing this one.
One Night in Miami (2020) R
Fictional account of one night where Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cook, and Jim Brown gathered to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement in the turbulent 1960s. One Night in Miami Website
What to Watch For: The film has won awards at film festivals all over the United States, including the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by Oscar-winning actress Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk).
My Take: I am looking forward to Leslie Odom, Jr. in the role of Sam Cooke.
The Midnight Sky (2020) PG-13
Augustine (George Clooney) is a scientist in the Arctic who learns of a mysterious global catastrophe. He now races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to an uncertain future. The Midnight Sky Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by its star, two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney.
Word on the Street: The film is based on the book Goodbye Midnight Sky by Lily Brooks Dalton.
My Take: I am a big fan of Felicity Jones since her role as Miranda in the 2010 film The Tempest.
Promising Young Woman (2020) R
A young woman (Carey Mulligan), traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks revenge against those she feels have wronged her, getting vengeance against those who crossed her path. Promising Young Woman Website
What to Watch For: The film won 2 awards this past week from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan, and Best Screenplay.
Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by actress Emerald Fennell, known for her role as Camilla Parker Bowles in the TV series The Crown.
My Take: Many film critics who have seen the film feel that Carey Mulligan is a sure thing for an Academy Award nomination for the role.
Sylvie’s Love (2020) PG-13
Set in the summer of 1957 in New York, Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha) is an up and coming saxophonist who meets Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), a young woman who dreams of a career in television while she waits for her fiancé to return from the war. Sylvie’s Love Website
What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Eugene Ashe, known for his 2012 film Homecoming.
Word on the Street: The cast includes Eva Longoria, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tone Bell, Aja Naomi King, and Ron Funches.
My Take: I am a big TV fan, so looking at the behind the scenes world of 1950s TV is a dream come true.
The Dissident (2020) PG-13
When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi goes missing, his fiancee and dissidents worldwide go on a search to find out what happened to him and why. The Dissident Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2020 Stockholm Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is from director Bryan Fogel who won the 2018 Academy Award for his documentary Icarus.
My Take: This is the second documentary in the past year to tackle the subject; the first was the Showtime film Kingdom of Silence. It will be interesting to see if The Dissident can shed any more light on the horrible events.
We Can Be Heroes (2020) PG
When the earth’s superheroes are captured by alien invaders, their children must band together to save their parents and the world. We Can Be Heroes Website
What to Watch For: The cast includes Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater, Haley Reinhart, and Boyd Holbrook.
Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by Robert Rodriquez (Spy Kids, From Dusk To Dawn). He brings back the Sharkboy and Lavagirl characters from his 2005 film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.
My Take: We always use a little superhero fun.