ture, using the author’s own text. Amazingly Baldwin’s words are as relevant as ever and director Raoul Peck stitches this all together beautifully. It is one of three documentaries dealing with race – the others being “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” – that are on the Oscar Best Documentary shortlist, to be narrowed down to five on Jan. 24. It would be a shame if this inspired work didn’t make the cut.
After a film festival run in 2015, the gay-themed “I Am Michael” is now getting a limited theatrical release. It stars James Franco in another of his gay roles. This time, he is Michael Glatze, a gay rights journalist who eventually turned his back on his former life and became a Christian pastor. Zachary Quinto stars as his boyfriend and the cast includes Emma Roberts and newly-out actor Charlie Carver. Directed by ‘Elle’ Now playing at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive N.E. Atlanta, GA 30308 www.landmarktheatres.com Free Advance Screening of ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Morehouse College Bank of America Auditorium 830 Westview Drive S.W. Atlanta, GA 30314 www.bit.ly/ianyngaeq ‘Julieta’ Opens Jan. 27 at Justin Kelly, this one is fairly nondescript, without even the lurid appeal of last year’s “King Cobra,” also with Franco. No doubt Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive N.E. Atlanta, GA 30308 www.landmarktheatres.com ‘I Am Michael’ Opens Jan. 27 at Plaza Atlanta 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30306 www.plazaatlanta.com ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Opens Feb. 3 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive N.E. Atlanta, GA 30308 www.landmarktheatres.com Glatze’s story is a juicy one, but “Michael” doesn’t have much punch, despite solid, subtle work from Franco.
James Franco (l) and Zachary Quinto star in director Justin Kelly’s ‘I Am Michael,’ opening Jan. 27 in Atlanta. (Courtesy photo)