Preview This! “Furious 7”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Furious 7

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“Furious 7’  (2015)

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out for revenge, and he is targeting Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family.  It’s time to get the gang back together and take down Mr. Shaw. “Furious 7” Website

What to Watch For:  Everyone is wondering how the film will handle the death of actor Paul Walker.

Word on the Street:  I hear current producers are continuing what the filmmakers did in “Fast & Furious 6,” making the film a big action film with lots of breathtaking stunts.

My Take:  The film is more than two hours.  It that too much of a good thing?

Danny Collins

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“Danny Collins”  (2015)

Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star who has been self-absorbed his whole life. After given a letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to try to right the wrongs of his life. “Danny Collins” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has an impressive cast including Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer and Annette Bening.

Word on the Street:  This is the directorial debut of  who has written screenplays for Cars (2006), Tangled (2010) and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011).

My Take: It’s always fun to watch Al Pacino tackle a part on-screen.

Woman in Gold

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“Woman in Gold”  (2015)

A Jewish refugee(Helen Mirren) takes on the government with the help of a lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family; artwork that was taken from her family by the Nazis during WWII. “Woman in Gold” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The last feature film that director Simon Curtis worked on was the well-received, “ My Week with Marilyn” (2011).

Word on the Street:  It’s said that Mirren gives another one of her great performances in this film.

My Take:  I am hearing from critics lots of praise about actress Tatiana Mislay, who plays Mirren’s character during the WWII flashbacks.

An Honest Liar

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“An Honest Liar”  (2014)

Documentary about James “The Amazing” Randi, a world-famous magician and escape artist who has dedicated his life to exposing psychics, faith healers and con-artists.  For a man who has practiced the art of deception all his life with magic, there is one secret that he is hiding from the world. “An Honest Liar” Website

What to Watch For:  James Randi is world famous for exposing Uri Geller, a man who claimed he could use his mind to bend objects.

Word on the Street:  The film used a successful crowdfunding project to finance the film.

My Take:  I have been a fan of James Randi for years and have met him at his numerous appearances at DragonCon.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Booty Call”  (1997)  Two friends (Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson) are looking forward to their dates with two ladies (Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones) .  Little do they know that their world is about to change!

3:00 pm

“Red Lights”  (2012)  Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) is a specialist who exposes fraudulent paranormal phenomena.  She is now confronting the most famous psychic of them all, Simon Silver (Robert De Niro).

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Antwone Fisher”  (2002)  A sailor (Derek Luke) is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) to get his outbursts under control.  With the help of the psychiatrist, Antwone will confront his horrific childhood.

3:00 pm

“Booty Call”  (1997)  Two friends (Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson) are looking forward to their dates with two ladies (Vivica A. Fox, Tamala Jones) .  Little do they know that their world is about to change!

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