Movies to Watch This Weekend


The Lion King:

The long-awaited “live-action” re-imagining of The Lion King is here. Simba (JD McCrary) and King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) are returning to the big screen after a 25-year hiatus.

In this Disney version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Simba questions what his royal destiny will be on the wide-open plains of Africa.  Mufasa’s brother, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has his own plan to take the throne. Eventually, Simba and Scar battle it out, and Simba is exiled after the Battle of Scar. He must figure out how to grow up and get back what is rightfully his.

Unlike it’s animated predecessor, 2019’s The Lion King has not been received well at the box office by movie critics. Rotten Tomatoes scored it a 55 percent. However, fans scored it a 90 percent.

Into the Ashes:

An ex-con name Nick (Luke Grimes) is adjusting to life in rural Alabama with his new wife and job. However, Nick was not able to escape his past violent life for long. His past crew has not forgotten about the money he stole, so they take his wife. Nick must decide if he wants to go the lawful route or the outlaw route.

Critics have given this crime drama a bad rating. Rotten Tomatoes gave this a 20 percent rating.


This drama tells the story of a mother (Sarah Greene) and father (Moe Dunford) who recently became homeless after their landlord sells their rented home. The parents of four try to protect their children from the bad break while trying to find a place to live.

The Irish film has gotten great reviews from movie critics. Rotten Tomatoes’ movie critics have given this film a 97 percent rating.

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Zachery Schmidt is the digital editor of Battleground State NewsFollow Zachery on Twitter.
Photo “Lion King” by Flicks and the City Clips.



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