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Dark Phoenix (2019) PG-13

Dark Phoenix
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Dark Phoenix | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX by 20th Century Studios on YouTube

Due to a freak accident in space during a rescue, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) starts developing powers far beyond she can control. If Jean doesn't get a hold of these powers it could be the end of what the X-Men have worked so hard to build. Dark Phoenix Website

What to Watch For: This is probably the last X-Men movie with this cast which includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan.

Word on the Street: Legendary composer Hans Zimmer came out of retirement from superhero movies to score this film.

My Take: The film takes place in 1992 which is when the comic book got a makeover.

Opens nationwide on Friiday.


The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) PG

The Secret Life of Pets 2
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The Secret Life Of Pets 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Illumination by Illumination on YouTube

The continuing adventures of Max (Patton Oswalt), Snowball (Kevin Hart) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet), The Secret Life of Pets 2 Website

What to Watch For: This is Harrison Ford's first animated film as he voice's the character Rooster, a herding dog on a farm.

Word on the Street; The film is from the creators of Despicable Me.

My Take: I enjoyed Kevin Hart's performance as Snowball, the fiery rabbit in the first film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.


The Tomorrow Man (2019) PG-13

The Tomorrow Man
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THE TOMORROW MAN | Official Trailer by Bleecker Street on YouTube

Ed (John Lithgow) is retired and spends all his time and money on preparing for a disaster that he is convinced is coming. Ed meets Ronnie (Blythe Danner) at a chance meeting. Ed becomes enamored with Ronnie and to his delight, they begin dating. Ronnie is hiding a secret that may cause them to break up. The Tomorrow Man Website

Word on the Street: The film played at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival and was nominated for the Best American Independent Feature Film at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

What to Watch For: This is only the second film in Blythe Danner's career where she is the leading actress in a feature film (the first was I'll See You in My Dreams (2015).

My Take: I have always been a big Blythe Danner fan.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.


Pavarotti (2019) PG-13

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PAVAROTTI - Official Trailer - HD by CBS Films on YouTube

A look at the larger than life work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. Pavarotti Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by two time Oscar winner Ron Howard.

Word on the Street: The film has great interviews from Spike Lee, Princess Diana, Bono, Stevie Wonder, and Placido Domingo.

My Take: It should be a wonderful and inspiring experience to hear his voice again.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.


Walking on Water (2018)

Walking on Water
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Walking on Water – Official U.S. Trailer by kinolorber on YouTube

An uncensored look at controversial artist Christo who is know for creating large-scale installations, most of which only lasts for days. Walking on Water Website

What to Watch For: The film was edited from 750 hours of footage.

Word on the Street: The film concentrates on the building of The Floating Piers which attracted an estimated 1.2 visitors.

My Take: I have always been fascinated by Christo's work.

The film opens exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema


If you can't make it to the movie theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta's CW.


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