Preview This! “The Water Diviner”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Water Diviner

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“The Water Diviner” (2015)

An Australian farmer, Conner (Russell Crowe) is sent by his wife to Turkey to find his dead sons’ bodies after WWI. “The Water Diviner” Website

What to Watch For: This is Russell Crowe’s first feature film directorial debut.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in Turkey and Australia.

My Take: Olga Kurylendko plays a hotel owner where Conner stays when in Turkey. I have been a fan of her since 2008’s James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace.”

The Age of Adaline

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“The Age of Adaline” (2015)

A young woman (Blake Lively) born at the turn of the 20th century is rendered ageless after an accident. She meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who is worth losing her immortality for. “The Age of Adaline” Website

What to Watch For: Katherine Heigl and Natalie Portman were both up for the role before Blake Lively was cast as the lead.

Word on the Street: This is Blake Lively’s first film since her stint on “Gossip Girl.”

My Take: Director Lee Toland Krieger wrote and directed one of my favorite films, “The Vicious Kind” (2009).

Clouds of Sils Maria

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“Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014)

A veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) decides, at the urging of her assistant (Kristen Stewart), to take a role in a revival of a play that started her career twenty years earlier. “Clouds of Sils Maria” Facebook Page

What to Watch For: Kristen Stewart won the Cesar Award (French Oscars) for this role.

Word on the Street: The film has also won awards at several film festivals.

My Take: The film was shot on 35-mm film, which is a rarity these days.

Lambert and Stamp

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“Lambert and Stamp” (2014)

Documentary about the partnership of filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert that produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who. “Lambert and Stamp” Website

What to Watch For: Lambert and Stamp were looking for a rock band they could shoot a documentary about. They went on to mentor and manage The Who.

Word on the Street: The film played to rave reviews at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: Having seen The Who in the 1970’s I am anxious to see this film.

5 to 7

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“5 to 7” (2014)

An aspiring novelist (Anton Yelchin) has an affair with the beautiful wife (Berenice Mariohe) of a French diplomat. The couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening. “5 to 7” Website

What to Watch For: The writer / director of the film, Victor Levin, has been nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys for “Mad Men” and “Mad About You.”

Word on the Street: The film has an impressive cast including Glenn Close and Frank Langella.

My Take: Berenice Mariohe was in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“National Security”  (2003) Earl (Martin Lawrence) and Hank (Steve Zahn) both couldn’t cut it at the LAPD, and now they are working as security guards. After stumbling on a complex smuggling operation, Earl and Hank decide to bring down the bad guys on their own. Now the question isn’t can the guys survive their run in with the mob, but can they survive working with each other?

3:00 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.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

 “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”  (2008) Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are called back to duty to investigate the disappearance of a fellow FBI agent. It seems a former priest has begun having psychic visions about the agent

3:00 pm

“National Security”  (2003) Earl (Martin Lawrence) and Hank (Steve Zahn) both couldn’t cut it at the LAPD, and now they are working as security guards. After stumbling on a complex smuggling operation, Earl and Hank decide to bring down the bad guys on their own. Now the question isn’t can the guys survive their run in with the mob, but can they survive working with each other

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