Preview This! “Get Hard”

Opening this week at a theater near you:

Get Hard

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“Get Hard”  (2015)

Millionaire James King (Will Ferrell) is convicted of fraud and sentenced to spend jail time in San Quentin.  He hires Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to train him for his time in the big house.  The problem is Darnell has never spent time in prison. “Get Hard” Website

What to Watch For:  The film played to a packed house at SXSW.

Word on the Street:  This is Etan Cohen’s directorial debut.  Cohen has written for TV shows, “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill” and feature films, “Tropic Thunder” (2008) and “Men in Black 3” (2012).

My Take:  Kevin Hart has been on a hot streak with “Ride Along” (2013), “Think Like a Man Too” (2014) and “The Wedding Ringer” (2014).

Home

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“Home” (2015)

Alien race, called the Boov, led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), takes shelter on Earth, hiding from their mortal enemies.  Tip (Rihanna) is looking for her missing mother and enlists the aid of a Boov outcast named Oh (Jim Parsons).  The big problem is Oh has mistakenly notified his people’s enemies and them on their way to Earth to destroy the Boov. “Home” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the best-selling children’s book, “The True Meaning of Smekdqy” by Adam Rex.

Word on the Street:  Fans are excited that Rihanna has created a concept album for the film, also titled, “Home.”

My Take:  Dreamworks Animation has been hit or miss with their films, but anytime Steve Martin is involved, I go and see that movie.

A Girl Like Her

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“A Girl Like Her”  (2015)

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Burns (Jessica Burns) has a secret that she feels she can’t share with anyone; she is being bullied by the most popular girl in school, Avery (Hunter King).  Now, with the help of friend, Brian (Jimmy Bennett), she decides to take action and bring down Avery. “A Girl Like Her” Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Amy S. Weber’s previous film was the extremely well received, “Annabelle & Bear.”

Word on the Street:  The film has been using the instant messaging service, Kik,  to promote the film and create awareness of the bullying in schools problem.

My Take:  I loved “Annabelle & Bear,” so I am looking forward to this film.

It Follows

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“It Follows” (2015)

For nineteen-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), life should be all about school and boys. After having sex in what should have been an innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself having visions and the feeling that she is being followed. “It Follows” Website

What to Watch For: Critics are calling the film highly imaginative and a new take on teen horror films.

Word on the Street: Maika Monroe is making a name for herself in critically acclaimed roles such as, “Labor Day” (2013) and “The Guest” (2014).

My Take: I am hoping this film will be a big hit to show Hollywood that intelligent horror films can be made.

Merchants of Doubt

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“Merchants of Doubt”  (2015)

A documentary that explores the world of pundits-for-hire who present themselves to the media as experts on topics such as global warming and toxic chemicals. “Merchants of Doubt” Website

What to Watch For: The film is inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, written by Naomi Oreskes, and Erik M. Conway.

Word on the Street:  The film is directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner, who produced and directed, “Food, Inc.”  (2008).

My Take:  It should be an interesting film as topics such as climate change are highly debatable.

Seymour: an introduction

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“Seymour: An Introduction”  (2015)

Documentary about Seymour Bernstein, a beloved pianist and teacher who has touched countless people through the magic of music. “Seymour: An Introduction” Website

What to Watch For:  Actor Ethan Hawke directs this film,  his first documentary.

Word on the Street:  Hawke and Seymour met randomly, having shared with each other their experiences with stage fright.

My Take:  Critics have been raving about this film from early screenings at a few film festivals.

The Wrecking Crew

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“The Wrecking Crew”  (2014)

A celebration of musicians you have never heard of but have loved their music.  The wrecking crew was a group of session musicians who backed up everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys. “The Wrecking Crew” Website

What to Watch For:  The film interviews a who’s who of musical talent, including Herb Albert, Glen Campbell, Cher and Mickey Dolenz.

Word on the Street: This is the first directing job for Danny Tedesco, a producer of TV specials.

My Take: This is one film I will not miss.

Deli Man

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Deli Man (2014)

The deli has been the center of Jewish culture in America for over 100 years. One man, a third-generation deli man, Ziggy Gruber, is keeping the traditions and the delicacies alive in his Houston, Texas deli. His story, along with the great deli’s in America, such as the 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al’s, the Carnegie and the Stage, are told in this documentary. “Deli Man”
Website

What to Watch For: This film was a big hit at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is a must for foodies as there are a number of dishes that Ziggy serves that are not available at most Jewish Deli’s.

My Take: Be sure to see this film on a full stomach, or you will be looking for a deli right after the film.

 

 

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

“Eddie and the Cruisers”  (1983)  Eddie and the Cruisers was a legendary band whose lead singer (Michael Pare) disappeared before the band could hit it big.  Now a television reporter (Ellen Barkin) is determined to get to the bottom of the story.  Can she find the legendary recording tapes and is Eddie still alive?

Sunday

1:00 pm

“A Little Bit of Heaven”  (2011)  Marley (Kate Hudson) never takes things too seriously, preferring to deal with things with a sense of humor.  Now she gets news that will test that outlook.

3:00 pm

“Eddie and the Cruisers”  (1983)  Eddie and the Cruisers was a legendary band whose lead singer (Michael Pare) disappeared before the band could hit it big.  Now a television reporter (Ellen Barkin) is determined to get to the bottom of the story.  Can she find the legendary recording tapes and is Eddie still alive?

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