Preview This! “Magic Mike XXL”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Magic Mike XXL

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“Magic Mike XXL”  (2015)

Mike (Channing Tatum) has been out of the stripper biz for 3 years. He has his own furniture company, and though he occasionally thinks about his past life, it’s pretty much over with. That is until he gets a call from the guys and they decide to go on one last road trip to glory. “Magic Mike XXL” Website

What to Watch for:  Most of the gang from the first film are back, with the exception of Mathew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer.

Word on the Street:  Early word is that a new edition to the film, Stephen “tWitch” Boss holds his own when dancing on stage with Tatum.

My Take:  I hear there a number of fun cameos in the film.

Terminator Genisys

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“Terminator Genisys”  (2015)

John Connor (Jason Clarke) send back Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) but when he arrives, nothing is as he expected. “Terminator Genisys” Website

What to Watch For:  A number of actresses were considered for the role of Sarah Connor, including Tatiana Masalany (Orphan Black) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12), before Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) got the role.

Word on the Street:  The idea for the film has been kicked around since 2009 and at one time it was going to be a 3D animated film.

My Take:  “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991) has always been my favorite of the series, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in this film seems to be like his character in that film.

Aloft

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“Aloft”  (2015)

Nana (Jennifer Connelly) is an artist who recently became noticed for her work. A journalist (Melanie Laurent) finds out Nana abandoned a son (Cillian Murphy) over twenty years ago. The reporter sets up a meeting between the mother and son, and it will change their lives forever. “Aloft” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for an award at the Berlin International Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Many people who saw the film at the Berlin Film Festival thought Jennifer Connelly might get an award for her performance.

My Take:  I will watch anything that Melanie Laurent is in.

A Little Chaos

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“A Little Chaos”  (2014)

Sabine (Kate Winslet) is a landscape designer who is commissioned by King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) to build a garden at  Versailles.  She must deal with men who aren’t used to being bossed by a woman and work with Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), a landscaper to whom she becomes attracted. “A Little Chaos” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the second film that writer/director/actor Alan Rickman has created. His first was the 1997 film “The Winter Guest.”

Word on the Street:  Winslet was three months pregnant when she made this film.  Her daughter, Mia, appears briefly in the movie.

My Take:  I always enjoy watching Winslet perform on the screen.

Eden

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“Eden” (2014)

Paul (Felix de Givry) is a teenager spending his nights in the underground scene of early nineties Paris. He forms a DJ collective with his friends, and they get involved with every aspect of the nightlife scene; including sex, drugs and dance music. “Eden” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film has played in a number of International film festivals and been nominated for several awards.

Word on the Street:  The film is loosely based on the film maker’s (Mia Hansen-Love) brother.

My Take: I read that the film would have never been made if Daft Punk hadn’t lowered their licensing rights to the music used in the film. Once they did that, a number of other musicians did the same a lowered their price, letting the film make budget.

In Stereo

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“In Stereo”  (2015)

David (Micah Hauptman) and Brenda (Beau Garrett) are perfect for each other. Everyone knows that, with the exception of David and Brenda. They decide to break up and both their lives start spiraling down.  Will they ever realize the mistake they made? “In Stereo” Info

What to Watch For: This is director Mel Rodriguez’s first feature film, but he has done a number of short films and won awards for his editing.

Word on the Street: Critics have been saying the film is “real” and “truly scintillating.”

My Take:  I have been enjoying Beau Garrett on the TV show “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.”

3 1/2 Minutes Ten Bullets

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“3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets”  (2014)

On Black Friday 2012 a middle-aged white man and a young black teenager got into an argument over the volume of the teenagers music in his car. In just a few minutes, one person would fire ten times into the other car and one person would be dead in a Florida gas station. “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” Website

What to Watch For:  The documentary won the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Critics are calling the film “powerful” and “heartbreaking.”

My Take: I hope this film explores all the sides to this story.

 

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

“Roxanne”  (1987) Based on the play, “Cyrano De Bergerac,” local fire chief, C.D. (Steve Martin) takes Chris (Rick Rossovich) under his wing to help him woo the beautiful Roxanne (Daryl Hannah). The problem is Chris can’t talk to women, and C.D. is secretly in love with Roxanne.

3:00 pm

“Son of the Mask”  (2005) Ten years after Stanley’s encounter with the “Mask of Loki,” Tim (Jamie Kennedy) finds himself in possession of the Mask. Tim’s new baby, Alvery, has acquired some of the Mask’s special powers, but Loki (Alan Cumming), the God of Mischief, wants his mask back.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“King of California”  (2007)  Charlie (Michael Douglas) is a little different…okay, a lot different. He has just gotten out of a mental institution and is now convinced that he knows where a giant stash of Spanish gold is hidden.  He must now convince his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) that his quest for the gold is real.

3:00 pm

“Roxanne”  (1987) Based on the play, “Cyrano De Bergerac,” local fire chief, C.D. (Steve Martin) takes Chris (Rick Rossovich) under his wing to help him woo the beautiful Roxanne (Daryl Hannah). The problem is Chris can’t talk to women, and C.D. is secretly in love with Roxanne.

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