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Into the Woods

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“Into the Woods”  (2014)

A childless couple (Emily Blunt, James Corden) make a deal with The Witch (Meryl Streep) to get the child they have always wanted. That deal will come back to haunt them. “Into the Woods” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the Tony awarding winning Broadway musical.

Word on the Street:  Critics are pointing to the performances of Emily Blunt and Meryl Street as the highlight of the film.

My Take:  I am looking forward to seeing Anna Kendrick in another musical role.

Big Eyes

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“Big Eyes”  (2014)

Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) has a secret.  Her husband (Christoph Waltz) isn’t the painter the world thinks he is.  Margaret is the creator of the “big eyes” portraits that the world has fallen in love with. “Big Eyes” Website

What to Watch For:  Margaret Keane is still alive and paints every day.

Word on the Street:  Many critics feel that Christoph Waltz could get a supporting actor nomination from this film.

My Take:  I am eager to see if a Tim Burton directed film can do well at the box office.

The Gambler

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“The Gambler”  (2014)

A literary professor (Mark Wahlberg) has a very serious problem; he loves to gamble.  Now will he gamble everything including his career to get the big score? “The Gambler” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a remake of the 1974 film that starred James Cann.

Word on the Street:  Originally Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio were attached to the film.

My Take:  I always enjoy seeing Brie Larson work on the screen.

The Imitation Game

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“The Imitation Game”  (2014)

English mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is given the task of breaking the Enigma code used by the Nazi’s during World War II. “The Imitation Game” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the real life story of Turning.

Word on the Street:  I am hearing that Keira Knightley gives a incredible performance in the film.

My Take:  This should be another memorable role for Cumberbatch.

Selma

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“Selma”  (2014)

Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) changed a nation with his civil rights marches at Selma, Alabama. “Selma” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot in and around the Atlanta area.

Word on the Street:  David Oyelowo is getting praise for his portrayal of King.

My Take:  I really want to see this film because of Tim Roth who plays the governor of Alabama, George Wallace.

Unbroken

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“Unbroken”  (2014)

Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) was an Olympic runner who had a bright future ahead of him.  After a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, Zamperini must survive a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. “Unbroken” Website

What to Watch For:  Many critics feel the director of the film, Angelina Jolie, will get an Academy Award nomination.

Word on the Street:  This could be the film that makes Jack O’Connell a star.

My Take:  I am sad that Zamperini is no longer alive to celebrate his story.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Buster and Chauncey’s Silent Night / Nuttiest Nutcracker” (1998) Buster (Jim Cummings) and Chauncey (Phil Hartman) are mice living in the town of Oberndorf. They have been hired to write a song celebrating Christmas. But first they must learn the true meaning of the holiday before they can write their song, “Silent Night.”

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Eragon” (2006) A farm boy (Ed Spellers) finds a dragon’s egg. Now the boy must use his dragon to defeat an evil king (John Malkovich.

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