Preview This! “Tomorrowland”

Opening This Week at a Theatre Near You:

Tomorrowland

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“Tomorrowland” (2015)

Two opposites, Frank (George Clooney), a jaded former “boy genius,” and Casey (Britt Robertson), an optimistic teenager, embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a mysterious place -a place somewhere in time and space that somehow exists in their collective memory. “Tomorrowland” Website

What to Watch For: Director Brad Bird has won two Academy Awards for the animated films “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouilie” (2007). This is his second live-action film; the first was “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011).

Word on the Street: This is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and Walt Disney Studios has tried to keep the film’s plot a secret.

My Take: Bird directed my all-time favorite animated film, “The Iron Giant” (1999).

Poltergeist

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“Poltergeist” (2015)

A married couple (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt) move into a new house with their children. They start experiencing mysterious things happening inside the house. Now, their daughter is missing, and it seems there is a ghost in the house that is holding their daughter captive. “Poltergeist” Website

What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 1982 film of the same name. That film is considered one of the best horror films of all time and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Word on the Street: The film’s producer is Sam Raimi, director of 20 films, including the Spiderman trilogy.

My Take: It would have been a much different film if Tom Cruise, who was at one time attached to the film, had starred in this movie.

Slow West

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“Slow West” (2015)

16-year-old Scottish aristocrat, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), abandons his birthright and heads to the American frontier to find the love of his life, Rose (Caren Pistorius). Jay travels across frontier 19th-Century America with the help of a mysterious stranger named Silas (Michael Fassbender). “Slow West” Website

What to Watch For: Writer / director John Maclean started out his career as a musician with such bands as, “The Beta Band” and “The Aliens.”

Word on the Street: The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

My Take: I will go see Michael Fassbender act in any film.

About Elly

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“About Elly” (2015)

Elly (Taraneh Aldoosti) is invited to join three families going on a vacation to the beach. When Elly suddenly disappears while babysitting the kids, the group of friends begin to search for her. What became of Elly? “About Elly” Website

What to Watch For: Writer / director Asghar Faraddi also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated film, “A Separation” (2011).

Word on the Street: The film was made in 2009 and has won over ten awards at film festivals around the world.

My Take: I am excited to see this movie because “A Separation” was such an incredible film.

 

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

 

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Ultraviolet” (2006): Milla Jovovich plays Violet, a “hemophage” who, in 2078, is a member of an underground resistance that is fighting the government. Hemophanges are people who have been infected with a “vampire-like” disease that gives them superhuman strength/speed but, at a cost, they die after 12 years. Violet decides to risk everything to save a child who may be the key to her own survival.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Beach” (2000) 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

“Ultraviolet” (2006): Milla Jovovich plays Violet, a “hemophage” who, in 2078, is a member of an underground resistance that is fighting the government. Hemophanges are people who have been infected with a “vampire-like” disease that gives them superhuman strength/speed but, at a cost, they die after 12 years. Violet decides to risk everything to save a child who may be the key to her own survival.

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