Preview This! “A Walk in the Woods”

Opening this week at a theater near you:

A Walk in the Woods

Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

“A Walk in the Woods”  (2015)

Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) is a world famous travel humorist whose books used to be on the best seller list, but he hasn’t written a thing in 5 years. He decides to hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail with an old friend, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte). “A Walk in the Woods” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has an outstanding cast including Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen and Emma Thompson.

Word on the Street:  Redford has been trying to get this film made since 1998.  Redford originally wanted the late Paul Newman to play the part that Nolte plays in the film.

My Take:  It’s always fun to watch Nick Nolte in a comedy.

The Transporter: Refueled

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“The Transporter:  Refueled”  (2015)

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is a former special-ops mercenary who is now transporting classified packages for questionable people.  He gets caught up in a cat and mouse game between some bank robbers and a Russian kingpin. “The Transporter: Refueled” Website

What to Watch For: This is a reboot of the popular Transporter film series that starred Jason Statham.

Word on the Street:  The film is meant to be part of a trilogy.

My Take:  Those are pretty big shoes that Ed Skrein has to fill.

Learning to Drive

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“Learning to Drive” (2015)

As Wendy’s (Patricia Clarkson) marriage falls apart, she decides to take driving lessons from a Sikh instructor (Ben Kingsley) who has marriage troubles of his own. “Learning to Drive” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was named first-runner up at the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This is director Isabel Coixet’s first comedy after making the thrillers, “The Secret Lives of Words” and “Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo.”

My Take: Patricia Clarkson is one of my favorite actresses.

Break Point

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“Break Point”  (2015)

Two brothers (Jeremy Sisto, David Walton) reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. “Point Break” Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film has been a big hit on the film festival circuit.

My Take:  Jeremy Sisto is becoming a very good comedic actor.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”  (2015)

A documentary about the man who built Apple. “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine” Website

What to Watch For:  The film played to a packed house at the SXSW film festival.

Word on the Street: This is an unauthorized documentary. Apple did not cooperate with the making of this film.

My Take:  Steve Jobs is one of the most fascinating people of this century, so this should be an interesting documentary.

 

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Trespass”  (2011)  A husband and wife (Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman) are held for ransom by four thugs.

3:00 pm

“Nothing in Common”  (1986) David (Tom Hanks) is a successful advertising, executive. His world is shattered when his parents split up. Now, his dad (Jackie Gleason) is living with him, and his mother (Eva Marie Saint) is enjoying her new-found freedom. Can David survive the breakup?

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