Preview This! “Taken 3”

Coming this week to a theatre near you: 

Taken 3

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“Taken 3” (2015)

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is accused of a crime he did not commit. As a determined lawman (Forest Whitaker) attempts to capture Bryan, he must use his special skills to track down and get revenge on the men who have caused him so much pain. “Taken 3” Website

What to Watch For: Portions of the film were shot in the Atlanta area, including Newton College in Covington.

Word on the Street: This will be the last “Taken” film in the franchise with Neeson in the role.

My Take: I am interested to see how they end this franchise.

Inherent Vice

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“Inherent Vice” (2014)

Larry (Doc) Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a private investigator in Los Angles in the 1970’s. He is asked to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. He will soon regret taking the job as it’s a tangled web of lies and deceptions that he encounters. “Inherent Vice” Website

What to Watch For: Besides Phoenix, many critics are citing Martin Short’s performance as a possible Oscar worthy role.

Word on the Street: Director Paul Thomas Anderson is said to have drawn inspiration for the film from the legendary hard-boiled detective films from the 1940’s and comedies like, “Police Squad!” (1982) and “Airplane” (1980).

My Take: The trailer makes this film look like it is going to be a blast to watch.

Predestination

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“Predestination” (2014)

A time-traveling law enforcement officer (Ethan Hawke) goes after the one bad guy who has eluded him all these years, the infamous terrorist known as the “Fizzle Bomber.” During his travels, the officer encounters a man (Sarah Snook) who has an incredible tale to tell. “Predestination” Facebook page

What to Watch For: The film is based on a Robert A. Heinlein short story called, “All Your Zombies.”

Word on the Street: The film was a big hit at last year’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

My Take: The film has gotten a lot of buzz among SCI-FI fans.

The World Made Straight

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“The World Made Straight” (2015)

In 1970’s Western North Carolina, Travis (Jeremy Irvine) is just trying to survive in a world of drug dealers and an abusive father. Travis meets Leonard (Noah Wyle), a mild-mannered drug dealer who has an interest in the Civil War. Leonard decides to take Travis under his wing to try and show the boy how to be a man. “The World Made Straight” Website

What to Watch For: There are a couple of interesting casting choices in this film. Singer/songwriter Steve Earle plays a bad guy, and former child star, Haley Joel Osment, plays Leonard’s best friend.

Word on the Street: I hear that Minka Kelly, playing the drugged out girlfriend of Leonard, is outstanding in the role.

My Take: I am a fan of actress Adelaide Clemens, who plays Travis’s girlfriend, from her role on the TV show “Rectify.”

 

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

“Whatever It Takes” (2000) James Franco and Shane West star in this modern re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac, with a twist, and try to help each other get the girl of their dreams. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Marla Sokoloff play the two girls the guys try to date.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Employee of the Month” (2006) At Super Club, every employee does whatever they can to become “Employee of the Month. Zack (Dane Cook) and Vince (Dax Shepard) step up the competition when Amy (Jessica Simpson) comes to work at the store. Now, it’s everything goes to impress Amy and win her affection.

3:00 pm

“Whatever It Takes” (2000) James Franco and Shane West star in this modern re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac, with a twist, and try to help each other get the girl of their dreams. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Marla Sokoloff play the two girls the guys try to date.

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