Stephan James, left, stars as Jesse Owens and Jeremy Irons as Avery Brundage, in Stephen Hopkins’ “Race.” (Thibault Grabherr/Focus Features via AP)
Photo: Thibault Grabherr
Photo: Thibault Grabherr

'Race,' Risen' and other films to watch this weekend

Visiting your local movie theater to watch a new release is a great idea if you’re looking to keep your entertainment plans simple this weekend.

From films about historic figures (“Race”) to horror movies (“The Witch”), there are a few options to choose from.

Here are a few movies that are opening in Atlanta-area theaters this weekend. Find out which movies are playing in theaters near you with the AJC's movie listings.

“Race”

http://youtu.be/LQIe4JKjYn4

This film tells the story of four-time gold medalist Jesse Owens. The athlete competed in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany amid the Nazi regime and racial turmoil in America.

Stephan James, who portrays Owens in the film, used the Georgia Tech track to train for the role while filming the 2014 Oscar-nominated movie “Selma.”

James portrayed U.S. Rep. John Lewis in “Selma.”

RELATED: The trailer for "Race" features a single from Atlanta artist Raury.

“The Witch”

If you’re looking to add some horror to your weekend, this film might do the trick. Set in the 1630s in New England, “The Witch” follows a family as suspected witchcraft tests their faith following the disappearance of their youngest son.

 “Forsaken”

A gunslinger returns to his Wyoming hometown and faces an ill-intentioned businessman in this western.

“Risen”

http://youtu.be/ucUbAAMEF8M

A Roman military officer (and noted nonbeliever) is tasked with figuring out what happened to the body of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion.

“Brooklyn”

An Irish immigrant must choose between a former love back home and a new romance in Brooklyn in this film, which is set in the 1950s.

“We are Twisted [Expletive] Sister!”

This film explores the career of 1970s band Twisted Sister and the resistance the band encountered within the music industry. The heavy metal band is known for songs such as “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

 “Crazy about Tiffany’s”

http://youtu.be/n6dW0jftfCI

Taking its name from a line in the popular movie “Breakfast at Tifffany’s,” this documentary takes a look at the popular jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co.

“Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer”

A husband hires a man to seduce his wife and break up his marriage in this film.

If none of these movies sound appealing, consider seeing one of the films that were released last week.

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