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San Andreas

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“San Andreas” (2015)

For years California has been trying to prepare for the “Big One,” and now it has happened. A massive earthquake occurs, and rescue chopper pilot, Ray (Dwayne Johnson), is making every effort to find his daughter (Alexandra Daddario). “San Andreas” Website

What to Watch For: Dwayne Johnson has become the main Hollywood box-office draw for these types of big, over-the-top films.

Word on the Street: The trailer is one of the most viewed and talked about trailers of the past few weeks.

My Take: I will watch any movie that Carla Gugino is in. She plays Ray’s ex-wife in the film.

Aloha

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“Aloha” (2015)

Brian (Bradley Cooper), a former Air Force pilot, comes back to the site of some of his biggest triumphs and his most spectacular failures. As a private defense contractor, he has to work closely with a gung-ho Air Force Pilot (Emma Stone), and against his better judgment, he starts to fall for her. Complicating matters is his ex-wife (Rachel McAdams) who still lives in the area. “Aloha” Website

What to Watch For: The film has a dream cast including Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

Word on the Street: I hear that once again Bill Murray steals a movie from the leads.

My Take: I am a big fan of the writer / director of the film, Cameron Crowe. Two films he directed, “Say Anything” (1989) and “Almost Famous” (2000), are two of my favorite films.

I'll See You in My Dreams

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“I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015)

Carol (Blythe Danner) is a widow who lost her husband 20 years ago. Her beloved dog dies which propels her to make changes in her life. With the help of her pool guy (Martin Starr) and a possible romantic encounter with a rich man (Sam Elliott), she just might succeed. “I’ll See You In My Dreams” Website

What to Watch For: Blythe Danner has been making films since the early seventies, but this is her first film as the headliner.

Word on the Street: Audiences at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival loved this movie.

My Take: I hear that some of the best scenes from the movie are when Danner is on-screen with June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place.

Good Kill

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“Good Kill” (2014)

Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) used to fly fighter jets. Now he flies drones from an air-conditioned building in Las Vegas. His job is to hunt the Taliban, and he is very good at it. After fighting a war from thousands of miles away, Egan starts questioning if this war is creating more terrorists than he’s killing. “Good Kill” Info

What to Watch For: Besides Hawke, the cast includes January Jones, Zoe Kravtz, and Bruce Greenwood.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated for a Golden Lion at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

My Take: Ethan Hawke always gives impressive performances.

Sunshine Superman

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“Sunshine Superman “ (2015)

A documentary about Carl Boenish who started the sport of BASE jumping – where you skydive off of buildings, bridges and mountains. “Sunshine Superman” Website

What to Watch For: The film was a big hit at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The BASE jumping footage is spectacular, as Boenish was an earlier pioneer of the helmet mounted camera.

My Take: I saw this film at the Atlanta Film Festival and can’t recommend this film enough.

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
“Ultraviolet” (2006)  Milla Jovovich plays Violet, a “hemophage” who, in 2078, is a member of an underground resistance that is fighting the government. Hemophages are people 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. Hemophages are people 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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