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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Entourage

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“Entourage” (2015)

Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is now a film studio head. Vincent (Adrain Grenier) is making his directorial debut, and his film is going way over budget. Can Vincent’s manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) convince Ari to cough up more money for the movie to be completed or will the gang have to move back to Queens? “Entourage” Website

What to Watch For: The whole “Entourage” gang is back, including Kevin Dillon as Drama, Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, and Debi Mazar as Shauna Roberts.

Word on the Street: Production was delayed when star Kevin Connolly broke his leg filming a football scene with pro quarterback Russell Wilson.

My Take: The film was supposed to be shot six months after the series ended.

Spy

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“Spy” (2015)

Susan (Melissa McCarthy) is a desk-bound CIA analyst. From her desk, she assists field agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When Fine goes missing, and every field agent has been compromised, Susan is forced to go out in the field to bring down arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). “Spy” Website

What to Watch For: The film was written and directed by Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids.”

Word on the Street: Jason Statham is said to steal the movie as a CIA agent that has gone rogue.

My Take: Paul Feig told me at SXSW Film Festival, that he always wanted to direct a James Bond film and this was about as close as he will ever get to one.

Insidious 3

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“Insidious: Chapter 3” (2015)

Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) has always been reluctant to use her psychic gift. She agrees to help a family that has a daughter who has been targeted by a supernatural entity.“Insidious: Chapter 3” Website

What to Watch For: This film takes place before the story of “Insidious,” the 2010 hit.

Word on the Street: Lee Whannell, who wrote the first two films, wrote and directed this third installment. Whannell as appears in the film as Specs, a ghost hunter who assists Elise.

My Take: I loved the first “Insidious.”

Barely Lethal

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“Barely Lethal” (2015)

Sixteen-year-old Megan (Hailee Steinfeld) has been training to be an assassin under the tutelage of Hardman (Samuel L. Jackson). She sees how other teenagers seem to be having fun and decides to fake her own death to get away from Hardman. She will soon discover that a teenager’s life isn’t always fun and games. “Barely Lethal” Website

What to Watch For: The film has an excellent cast, including Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Rachael Harris, and Thomas Mann.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in Atlanta in 2013.

My Take: I have been a big fan of Steinfeld since her Oscar-nominated role in 2010s “True Grit.”

Love & Mercy

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“Love & Mercy” (2015)

The story of Brian Wilson, the talented but troubled songwriter who led “The Beach Boys” to the top of the charts. “Love & Mercy” Website

What to Watch For: Brian Wilson is played by two different actors in the film. Paul Dano plays Wilson in the 1960s and John Cusack in the 1980s.

Word on the Street: The film got a standing ovation at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

My Take: I see that critics are saying great things about Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks performances. Banks plays Brian Wilson’s 2nd wife.

Saint Laurent

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“Saint Laurent” (2014)

Biography drama film about the life of famed French designer Yves Saint Laurent(Gaspard Ulliel). “Saint Laurent” Website

What to Watch For: The film was France’s entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated for nine awards at the 40th Cesar Awards (France’s version of the Academy Awards.

My Take: Critics are saying that the production design, and the costume design are amazing.

Results

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“Results”  (2015)

Recently Danny (Kevin Corrigan) has come into some big money. He’s bought a house and is living large, but he isn’t happy. He decides to hire a personal trainer and finds Kat (Cobie Smulders), a fiery woman who takes her job seriously. Soon Kat and Danny find that they might have more in common than just a workout. “Results” Website

What to Watch For: The film has played at a number of film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and the SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film has a very strong cast, including Guy Pearce, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker and Anthony Michael Hall.

My Take: I love seeing Cobie Smulders in a comedy.

The Connection

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“The Connection” (2014)

The film tells the story of Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) who mounts a relentless campaign to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling ring in history: “The French Connection.” “The Connection” Website

What to Watch For: This is the French side of the story told in the 1971 film “The French Connection.”

Word on the Street: The film won the audience award at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival.

My Take: I am interested to see Dujardin in something other than a comedy.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“About Last Night” (1986) The classic, romantic film starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, who play a couple in a new relationship, a relationship to which they bring much personal baggage – including their disapproving friends (James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins). Look for a very young Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) in one of her first film roles.

3:00 pm

“Straight A’s” (2013) Scott (Ryan Phillippe) has been away from his hometown for quite a while. He comes back to find his former high school sweetheart (Anna Paquin) is married to his brother (Luke Wilson), and his father (Powers Boothe) is suffering from dementia.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (2010) Greg (Zachary Gordon) is trying to survive middle school. To get by, he devises a bunch of “can’t miss schemes,” all of which fail. He’s got his trusty journal to document it all, and when he becomes famous, it will show just how great he is.

3:00 pm

“About Last Night” (1986) The classic, romantic film starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, who play a couple in a new relationship, a relationship to which they bring much personal baggage – including their disapproving friends (James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins). Look for a very young Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) in one of her first film roles.

 

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