Atlanta Movie Reviews: Oscar Favorites Highlight the New Year Weekend

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Award season frontrunners are playing in full force as we close out 2016 and prepare for 2017.

la-la-land-posterThe last week of 2016 isn’t offering anything new to Regal Atlantic Station, but plenty of exciting, award season-friendly choices are playing.

Here’s a rundown of the four movies you should definitely see while you can, all playing at Regal Atlantic Station this weekend!


Denzel Washington stars in and directs this screen adaptation of the famed August Wilson play, but it’s Viola Davis‘ performance as his stern and giving wife that’s earning the most raves. The dialogue is rich, full of plenty of one-liners. Davis is the current frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award (her first win after multiple nominations).


An ensemble, historical pic, Hidden Figures soars with its performances by leads Taraji P. HensonJanelle Monae, and the recently Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Octavia Spencer. Much like the true story on which it’s based, the film is an inspiring look at one of the most trying, and exciting, times in American history. Plus, it was filmed in Atlanta, which makes for an even more fun movie-going experience.


The current Best Picture frontrunner is a breathtaking ode to the Golden Era of Hollywood. While it’s set in modern times, the style with which director Damian Chazelle shot La La Land, each frame feels like the grandchild of studio musical favorites like An American in Paris or Singin’ in the Rain. Plus, stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone deliver some of the year’s best performances. This is a film not to be missed!


Another Academy Award frontrunner, director Kenneth Lonergan‘s tale of family, heartbreak, and healing is just as entertaining as it is tough to muster. Plus, Casey Affleck has all-but solidified his place as the Best Actor winner for a subtle, muted, and inspiring performance. Newcomer Lucas Hedges is also just as mesmerizing. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the teen end up in the Supporting Actor category.

Animated hits Moana and Sing are also playing, as well as a plethora of other choices.

Want to see what else is playing at Regal Atlantic Station? Check out the MOVIES page, or call (404) 347-9894!



Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find his reviews and review roundups here each week and in more depth at!