Opening this week at a theatre near you:
“The Intern” (2015)
70-year-old widower Ben (Robert De Niro) isn’t happy in his retirement and he wants to experience something new, so he decides to become a “senior intern” at an online fashion site. The fashion site was founded and is run by Jules (Anne Hathaway), but sales are slow, and the company’s board is considering cutting Jules’ power. Jules needs help, and Ben might just be the right man for the job. “The Intern” Website
What to Watch For: Tina Fey and Reese Witherspoon were, at different times, attached to the role of Jules.
Word on the Street: Writer/director Nancy Meyers has an excellent directing film resume with films such as “It’s Complicated (2009) and “The Holiday” (2006).
My Take: I am very hopeful about this film. The trailer is funny.
“Hotel Transylvania 2” (2015)
Dracula (Adam Sandler) and the hotel gang are back. Jonathan (Andy Samberg) and Mavis (Selena Gomez) get married and have a baby, Dennis (Asher Blinkoff). The question is, will Dennis turn into a vampire or will he be human? And, if he remains a human, will Dracula and the gang be okay with that? “Hotel Transylvania 2” Website
What to Watch For: This is the sequel to the 2012 surprise hit “Hotel Transylvania.”
Word on the Street: Keegan-Michael Key replaces Cee-Lo Green as the voice of Murray the Mummy.
My Take: I am a big fan of Mel Brooks, who is the voice of Vlad, the father of Dracula.
“Sleeping With Other People” (2015)
Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) make unlikely friends. Jake is a womanizer, and Lainey is a serial cheater. After losing their virginity to each other in college, they meet up at a “sex addict anonymous” session years later and decide to strike up a non-sexual friendship. The big problem is they are attracted to each other but think that sex will ruin the friendship. “Sleeping with Other People” Website
What to Watch For: The film won the 2nd place Audience Award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film has played at some festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
My Take: I always love seeing Amanda Peet on the screen. She plays Jake’s new boss in the film.
Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) left his family behind to move to New York City in 1969. He finds his way to the Stonewall Inn where he meets Trevor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), and his life will never be the same. “Stonewall” Website
What to Watch For: The plot centers around the infamous 1969 Stonewall Riots, the violent clash that led to the gay rights movement in New York City.
Word on the Street: The producer/director of the film, Roland Emmerich, is used to making big budget films such as “Independence Day” and “White House Down.” The budget for this film was only $12 million.
My Take: I am interested in seeing this film after seeing a couple of documentaries on the Stonewall riot.
“A Brilliant Young Mind” (2014)
Ethan (Asa Butterfield) is autistic and has trouble dealing with people. He takes comfort in numbers, and his mother (Sally Hawkins), a widow, is determined to keep Ethan’s life as normal as possible. A math teacher (Rafe Spall) at Ethan’s school thinks that he is talented and could be a candidate for the International Mathematics Olympiad. “A Brilliant Young Mind” Website
What to Watch For: Asa Butterfield is starting to make a name for himself with recent roles in “Hugo” (2011) and “Ender’s Game” (2013).
Word on the Street: Critics who have seen the film are raving about Rafe Spall’s performance.
My Take: In my opinion, Sally Hawkins makes any film better.
Ed (Nat Wolff) is a 17-year old high school student who is just trying to figure out his place in the world. He makes friends with his neighbor, Ashby (Mickey Rourke), a terminally ill ex-CIA agent who killed people for a living. Their friendship will change both their outlooks on life.
What to Watch For: The film has an exceptional cast, including Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Dunn, and Michael Lerner.
Word on the Street: Critics are talking about Emma Roberts’ performance. Emma Roberts is Julia Roberts’ niece.
My Take: One of my favorite comedians, Sarah Silverman, plays Ed’s mother.
“Meet the Patels” (2015)
Documentary about Ravi Patel, an almost 30-year-old Indian-American, who is searching for someone to settle down with. This makes Ravi’s parents very happy, but they want him to go the traditional Indian route and use a matchmaker. “Meet the Patels” Website
What to Watch For: The film has been winning awards at film festivals, including winning the Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival and both Best Documentary Film and Best Film at the Traverse City Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Critics are calling this film “warm and funny” and “the real-life My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
My Take: I have heard that there is a surprise ending.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW.
“The Upside of Anger” (2005) Terry (Joan Allen) is a suburban wife whose husband suddenly disappears. Left with four daughters, Terry struggles to put her life back together. Things change when she falls for Denny (Kevin Costner), a former big league ballplayer who makes a living on the radio.
“Me, Myself & Irene” (2000) Charlie (Jim Carrey) is a Rhode Island state trooper with a problem; he has multiple personalities that show up when he is confronted. Charlie is assigned to accompany a prisoner, Irene (Renee Zellweger), to upstate New York. Unfortunately, Irene knows something that could get an important official in trouble, and a hit has been put on her. Charlie and Irene must go on the run. Which personality of Charlie’s will show up?