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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) PG-13

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Final Trailer by Star Wars on YouTube

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order in a showdown to close out the final chapter in the Skywalker saga. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Website

What to Watch For: The late Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will be making her third appearance in the Skywalker saga as Lieutenant Connix.

Word on the Street: The cast includes series regulars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, and John Boyega, along with new cast member Keri Russell as Zorii Bliss.

My Take: I can't wait to see this film as I am a huge Star Wars fan.

Opens nationwide on Friday.


Bombshell (2019) R

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Bombshell Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers by Rotten Tomatoes Trailers on YouTube

A group of women, including anchors Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman and Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), decide to take on Fox News chief Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) and the toxic atmosphere he created and presided over at the network. Bombshell Website

What to Watch For: Margot Robbie plays Kayla, a wide-eyed Fox News worshiper who begins her career at the network and must decide if she is going to play Ailes's game to get promoted.

Word on the Street: The cast includes Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Allison Janney, Rob Delaney, Mark Duplass, Stephen Root, Richard Kind, and Jennifer Morrison.

My Take: I hear from fellow critics that the makeup in this film is truly remarkable and will surely get an Oscar nomination.

Opens nationwide on Friday.


Cats (2019) PG

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CATS Trailer # 2 (NEW 2019) Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen Movie by Movie Coverage on YouTube

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide every year which one of their clan will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. Cats Website

What to Watch For: Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) directed and co-wrote the film.

Word on the Street: Cast includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Mette Towley as Cassandra.

My Take: Taylor Swift just got a Golden Globe nomination (along with Andrew Lloyd Webber ) for the song 'Beautiful Ghosts.'

Opens nationwide on Friday.


A Hidden Life (2019) PG-13

A Hidden Life
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A HIDDEN LIFE | Official Trailer [HD] | FOX Searchlight by SearchlightPictures on YouTube

Bl. Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), with the support of his wife, Fani (Valerie Pachner) and his children, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II, even when threatened with execution for treason. A Hidden Life Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on real events.

Word on the Street: The writer/director of the film, Terrence Malick was awarded the Francois Chalais Award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: I find it interesting that Terrence Malick spent almost three years editing this film.

Opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema

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