Opening this week on a screen near you:
Army of the Dead (2021) R
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Following an outbreak of zombies in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries venture into the quarantine zone to pull off the heist to end all heists. Army of the Dead Website
What to Watch For: Director Zach Snyder (Justice League (2017), Watchmen (2009)) returns to the zombie genre after his directorial debut, the horror hit Dawn of the Dead (2004).
Word on the Street: The cast includes Dave Bautista, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tig Notaro, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, and Ana de la Reguera.
My Take: I know that the film was shot at the former Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, giving it an authentic look for an abandoned Last Vegas hotel.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) R
A teenage murder witness (Finn Little) turns for help from a forest fire fighter (Angelina Jolie) in the Montana wilderness as he is being pursued by two assassins, who are determined to kill him, even if it takes burning down the whole forest to do it. Those Who Wish Me Dead Website
What to Watch For: Taylor Sheridan, Oscar nominee for the screenplay for Hell or High Water (2016), was hired to rewrite the script, then signed on to direct the film when persuaded he persuaded Angelina Jolie to star in the movie.
What to Watch For: The outstanding cast includes Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, and Jake Weber.
My Take: I thought Hell or High Water was one of the best films of 2016, so I am looking forward to this film.
Profile (2018) R
An undercover British journalist (Valene Kane) uses the Internet to bait and hopefully expose a terrorist recruiter. Things start to get real when she begins to be sucked into the world by her recruiter and soon must decide whether she will be lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. Profile Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Audience Award at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Valene Kane is known for her role as Lyra Erso in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
My Take: I am a of fan of director Timur Bekmambetov’s films Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006), films about the battle to save Moscow during the battle of forces that control daytime and nighttime.
Finding You (2021) PG
Finley (Rose Reid), an aspiring violinist, is spending a college semester abroad in a small coastal village in Ireland. There she meets Beckett (Jedidiah Goodacre), a famous young movie star, in town to shoot a movie. Beckett takes the uptight Finley on an adventurous reawakening, and romance blooms. Unfortunately, life and stardom get in the way. Finding You WebsiteREAD MORE: Meet The 11-Year-Old President Of The Pinellas Non-Profit, Trash Turles
What to Watch For: The film is based on the best-selling YA novel There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones.
Word on the Street: The film was primarily shot around Dublin and other locations in Ireland.
My Take: I’ll watch any film set in Ireland.
The Woman in the Window (2021) R
Anna (Amy Adams) is a woman who is confined to her apartment by her agoraphobia. She befriends a neighbor, Jane (Julianne Moore), who tries to help Anna overcome her fear. One night, Anna looks out her window and sees Jane being assaulted. She calls the police to report the crime, only to discover that everything she knows about her friend Jane is not true and worse, Jane could be a figment of her imagination. The Woman in the Window Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Finn.
Word on the Street: The cast includes Anthony Mackie, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tracy Letts.
My Take: Hey, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, and Gary Oldman in the same movie, count me in!
The Djinn (2021) R
Dylan (Ezra Dewey) is a mute boy who has just moved into an apartment with his father (Rob Brownstein). When his father leaves him alone to work the overnight shift, Dylan discovers a book that promises to give him his greatest desire. However that wish is granted only with a price. The Djinn Website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the American Independents Competition Award at the 2021 Cleveland International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Ezra Dewey has had a reoccurring role on the Criminal Minds TV series as Jake Simmons.
My Take: I am ready for a good horror film.
The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) R
David (Clayne Crawford) is a father who is struggling to keep his large family together. He is separated from his wife Nikki (Sepideh Moafi), and things get complicated when Nikki starts up a new relationship. The Killing of Two Lovers Website
What to Watch For: The film won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film made the Indiewire Critics’ Poll for Best Films Opening in 2021.MORE NEWS: CW69 Sports Interview: Shawn Elliott (Cont'd)
My Take: The film is currently at 88% on rottentomatoes with 26 reviews.