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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Promised Land (2012)

Promised Land

Source: Focus Features

Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) go to a small Pennsylvania farming community to buy natural gas rights. The locals are receptive to the possibilities of a financial payout. That is, until a grassroots environmentalist (John Krasinski) arrives in town and begins to inform the townspeople about the big gas company and their controversial use of fracking; a procedure that may endanger their way of life. Promised Land Website

What to Watch For: Matt Damon, who co-wrote the script with co-star John Krasinski, intended to direct the film himself but had to back out due to scheduling problems. He got his friend, Gus Van Sant to direct it. Van Sant directed Damon in the Academy Award winning 1997 film, “Good Will Hunting.”

Word on the Street: Fracking, officially called hydraulic fracturing, has been in the news quite a bit (due to a number of lawsuits), and it will be interesting to see how audiences will react to this film.

My Take: Matt Damon is perfect for the role of the every-man sales guy who saw his own small hometown die as the result of a tractor factory closing.

Not Fade Away (2012)

Not Fade Away

Source: Paramount Pictures

Set in mid-1960’s New Jersey, Douglas (John Magaro) joins a garage band, formed after the teens see the “British Invasion” (British rock bands who seemed to keep coming to the US, like The Rolling Stones) on TV. But Douglas’s dad (James Gandolfini) isn’t happy his son is in a rock band and wants him to go to college. Will Douglas follow his dreams or the dreams

of his family? Not Fade Away Website

What to Watch For: Director/writer David Chase, who created the monster HBO hit “The Sopranos,” reunites with James Gandolfini, who plays the father in this film.

Word on the Street: Music is what makes this film work, and Steven Van Zandt, the film’s music director, has done a great job of picking some classic songs from the time period.

My Take: Gandolfini does a masterful job as the father, and there is some Academy Award buzz about his performance.

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

Texas Chainsaw 3D

Source: Lionsgate

Heather (Alexandra Daddario) finds out not only was she adopted, but has also inherited a piece of land in Texas. Heather convinces her friends to take a road trip to check it out. Little do they know that Heather, when she was a baby, was the sole survivor of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or was she? Texas Chainsaw 3D Website

What to Watch For: The film takes place right after the events of the original 1974 “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” film.

Word on the Street: This is the seventh film in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” series. Marilyn Burns, who played Sally in the original, makes an appearance in this film, her first in 28 years.

My Take: This film, which has been in the planning stages since 2007, is banking on the 3-D aspect to sell it, but are audiences getting tired of 3-D?

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.

Saturday
1:00 pm
Fire on the Amazon (1993) The Bolivian rain forest is being replaced by farm and cattle land at a speed that could destroy it and its wildlife in just a few years. A deforestation protestor is assassinated and a journalist (Craig Sheffer) joins forces with a woman (Sandra Bullock) to expose who did the killing and why.

3:00 pm
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Two brothers (Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo) never seem to get along – that is until they find a mysterious board game called Zathura. They begin to play the game and discover that they, along with their sister (Kristen Stewart), are now flying through space, and they must win the game to return back to Earth.

Sunday
1:00 pm
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) Two brothers (Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo) never seem to get along – that is until they find a mysterious board game called Zathura. They begin to play the game and discover that they, along with their sister (Kristen Stewart), are now flying through space, and they must win the game to return back to Earth.

3:00 pm
The Open Road (2009) Carlton (Justin Timberlake) is the son of a famous baseball player who learns that his mother (Mary Steenburgen) is dying and is refusing a life-saving operation. Carlton hasn’t talked to his father (Ted Danson) in years, but now he must convince his father to drive across the country with him to try and talk his mom into getting the operation.

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