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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Dunkirk  (2017)

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Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers
Dunkirk - Trailer 1 [HD] by Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube

Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk. Now, one of the largest evacuations will take place. Dunkirk Website

What to Watch For:  Director Christopher Nolan has tried to make this film for twenty-five years. The film is told from three perspectives:  the air with planes, the land with the beach and by the sea with the evacuation.

Word on the Street: The film was shot on location at Dunkirk, France.

My Take:  I am interested to see this movie as IMAX 65 mm large format film stock was primarily used.


Girls Trip  (2017)

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Girls Trip - Official Trailer #2 [HD] by Universal Pictures on YouTube

Four life-long friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival where the women are sure to get into trouble. Girls Trip Website

What to Watch For: The film reunites Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah just over 20 years since they co-starred in Set It Off (1996).

Word on the Street:  The film was shot on location in New Orleans.

My Take:  The film is produced by Atlanta's own Will Packer.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets  (2017)

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers by Rotten Tomatoes Trailers on YouTube

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast space station and home to species from a thousand planets. Special Ops Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are sent to find out what is happening to the space station and fix it. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Luc Besson based the film on the French comic book series.

Word on the Street:  Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, and Rutger Hauer make up the cast.

My Take:  The film is the most expensive film ever made in France.


Band Aid  (2017)

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Band Aid - Official Trailer | HD | IFC Films by IFC Films on YouTube

A couple (Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally) who can't stop fighting, start up a band and turn their scraps into songs.  It just might save their marriage. Band Aid Website

What to Watch For:  The film got Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at the Calgary Underground Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director/actress Zoe Lister-Jones is known for roles in New Girl and Life in Pieces.

My Take:  Everyone that has seen this film has fallen in love with it.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre


The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography  (2016)

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The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie by Rotten Tomatoes Indie on YouTube

Documentary about the life and work of photographer Elsa Dorfman. The B-Side Info

What to Watch For:  Oscar winning director Earl Morris made this film.

Word on the Street:  Dorfman is known for her portraits taken with a Polaroid Land 20x24 camera.

My Take: I have always admired Elsa Dorfman's work.


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


1:00 pm

AVP: Alien vs. Predator  (2004)  Scientists exploring a mysterious Antarctic pyramid find themselves caught in a centuries-old battle between two deadly and merciless alien races.  Cast includes Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, and Raoul Bova.

3:00 pm

Finding Forester  (2000)  A young writing prodigy (Rob Brown) finds a mentor in a reclusive author (Sean Connery).

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