Preview This! “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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“Avengers:  Age of Ultron “  (2015)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) attempts to re-start a dormant peacekeeping program.  Things go bad and, what should have helped mankind, threatens to destroy it. Now the Avengers must stop the evil Ultron from completing his evil plans. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Webstie

What to Watch For:  This is the sequel to one of the most successful franchise films of all-time, “The Avengers”: (2012).

Word on the Street:  Fans are upset that Captain Marvel will not be making an appearance in the film.

My Take:  I thought “The Avengers” was one of the best films of 2012.

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

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“The Mafia Kills Only in Summer”  (2014)

Arturo (Alex Bisconti) grows up in 1970s Sicily with an obsession for the Mafia. It seems that everyone whom Arturo meets by chance ends up dead or missing. The only thing that keeps Arturo from thinking about the Mafia is Flora (Ginevra Antona), a girl in his class he loves from afar. “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is written and directed by Pif Diliberto, a Italian comic known for his political commentary.

Word on the Street:  The film has won a number of European film awards.

My Take:  The film was a big hit at the recent Atlanta Italian Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre.

Hyena

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“Hyena”  (2015)

A brutal undercover cop, Michael (Peter Ferdinando) has been targeting London’s most violent drug traffickers.  Michael and his team are known to take a bribe or two and because of that, he and his team have been threatened with exposure. Now Michael may have to change it up and sell out his allies in order to stay alive. “Hyena” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was won a number of awards at some European film festivals.

Word on the Street:  Critics who have seen the film are raving about Peter Ferdinando’s performance.

My Take: Writer/Director  Gerard Johnson’s first film, “Tony” (2009) was a terrifying movie about a serial killer in a London suburb.

Dante's Down the Hatch

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“Dante’s Down the Hatch”  (2015)

For 43 years, Dante’s Down the Hatch was the place to hear live jazz and see a couple of live crocodiles swimming around an old pirate ship. This documentary looks at Dante Stephensen, as he gets ready to close his fondue restaurant. “Dante’s Down the Hatch” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film played to two sold out screenings at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Limited edition prints from the film, signed by Dante and director Jef Bredemeier, are available for sale at each screening.

My Take:  Anybody that was a fan of the restaurant will want to see this 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

“The Craft”  (1996)  A new student at a Catholic prep school meets three girls with a dirty little secret: they practice witchcraft.  Now the new girl must decide to join them or turn them in. Cast includes Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True.

3:00 pm

“The Simpsons”  (2007)  Homer has accidentally polluted Springfield’s water supply.  The town is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and Homer, Marge, Maggie, Bart, Lisa are on the run after being declared fugitives.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Stolen”  (2012)  A former thief, Will (Nicolas Cage), searches for his missing daughter (Sami Gayle).  She has been kidnapped by members of Will’s old gang who are convinced he still has the money from their last bank heist. Now Will has to avoid the FBI while trying to find the car where is daughter is locked in the trunk.

3:00 pm

“The Craft”  (1996)  A new student at a Catholic prep school meets three girls with a dirty little secret: they practice witchcraft.  Now the new girl must decide to join them or turn them in. Cast includes Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True.

 

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