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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Hot Pursuit

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“Hot Pursuit”  (2015)

A by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) and a widow of a drug kingpin (Sofia Vergara) are on the run as they race through Texas trying to avoid mobsters and crooked cops. “Hot Pursuit” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  Coming off her stellar performances in “Inherent Vice” (2014), “The Good Lie” (2014) and her Oscar-nominated role in “Wild” (2014), Witherspoon is on a hot streak.

Word on the Street: The director of the film, Anne Fletcher’s, past work includes, “Step Up” (2006), “27 Dresses” (2008) and “The Guilt Trip” (2012).

My Take: It’s always good to see Reese Witherspoon in a comedy.

Far From the Madding Crowd

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“Far From the Madding Crowd”  (2015)

In Victorian England, a beautiful, headstrong, independent woman named, Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan), is courted by three suitors. “Far From the Madding Crowd” Website

What to Watch for: This is the fifth time the Thomas Hardy novel has been made into a film.  The most famous was the 1967 version with Julie Christie, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. The three men who are rivals for Bathsheba are played by Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen.

Word on the Street:  Schoenaerts went to a sort of farming boot camp to prepare for his role.

My Take:  Carey Mulligan is becoming one of our better actresses in film, and, I predict that soon, she will win an Oscar.

The D Train

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“The D Train”  (2015)

The head of the high school reunion party, Dan (Jack Black), is worried that no one will come. So he decides to travel to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy, Oliver (James Marsden).  Dan knows if Oliver attends, everyone else will.  Be careful what you wish for! “The D Train” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was up for the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Critics are loving Jack Black’s performance in this film.

My Take:  This film has a couple of my favorite comedic actors in it:  Jeffrey Tambor and Kathryn Hahn.

5 Flights Up

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“5 Flights Up”  (2015)

Alex (Morgan Freeman) and his wife, Ruth (Diane Keaton) have been living in the same apartment for forty years. They decide to move to a more convenient neighborhood, but is it worth giving up the place where they have made so many good memories? “5 Flights Up” Website

What to Watch For: Besides the team of Freeman and Keaton, the cast includes Carrie Preston and Cynthia Nixon.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the Jill Ciment novel, “Heroic Measures.”

My Take:  Director Jeffrey Tambor and Kathryn Hah won a Primetime Emmy for his direction of one of my favorite TV series, “Band of Brothers.”

Noble

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“Noble”  (2014)

A woman , Christine Noble (Deirdre O’Kane), overcomes her harsh childhood to help orphans in Vietnam. “Noble” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street: The film is said to have some scenes shot in both Ireland and Vietnam.

My Take:  I read that Deirdre O’Kane shadowed Christine Noble at her foundation in Vietnam for more than two weeks to prepare for the role.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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“The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”  (2013)

After traveling the world and experiencing the most unbelievable things, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he climbs out his window and starts a new adventure. “The 100 Year-Old Man” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won numerous awards at film festivals as the Chicago International Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film has been playing to large crowds in Europe.

My Take:  I saw the trailer, and this film looks like so much fun.

 

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

“Fools Rush In”  (1997)  Alex (Matthew Perry) has a one-night stand with Alex (Salma Heyek).  He finds out later that she is pregnant and decides to marry her.  Now can their relationship last having only this short time together?

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Beach”  A young traveler (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Thailand is given an island map and told it’s a paradise. It seems that it’s a legendary island paradise where wayward souls have settled, but is it?

3:00 pm

“Fools Rush In”  (1997)  Alex (Matthew Perry) has a one-night stand with Alex (Salma Heyek).  He finds out later that she is pregnant and decides to marry her.  Now can their relationship last having only this short time together?

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