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The Martian

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“The Martian”  (2015)

A mission to Mars goes bad as a storm forces the astronauts to quickly abandon the planet. Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is lost in the storm and is presumed dead by NASA and his crew. Left behind on a planet where life doesn’t exist, Mark must figure out how to survive long enough to be rescued. “The Martian” Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel of the same name.

Word on the Street:  Various experts from NASA were used on the film to make it as real as possible.

My Take:  Many film critics think this could be an Oscar contender.

The Walk

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“The Walk”  (2015)

Based on the true story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the summer of 1974. “The Walk” Website

What to Watch For:  The film will be released to IMAX screens only for the first week.

Word on the Street:  As soon as director Robert Zemeckis was attached to the project, he brought in Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star in the film.

My Take:  I am excited to see this movie. There is a great Academy Award winning documentary on this event called “Man on Wire” (2008).

Sicario

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“Sicario”  (2015)

An FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is sent to join a task force to aid Mexico in the war against the drug cartels. “Sicario” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has a distinguished cast including Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan, and Victor Garber.

Word on the Street:  Critics are raving about this film, and Emily Blunt has proven that she can be an action star.

My Take:  Other critics who have seen this film are saying this is one of the best films of the year.

The Keeping Room

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“The Keeping Room”  (2014)

In the last days of the American Civil War, three Southern women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru) are trying to survive.  They will have to fight off two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. “The Keeping Room” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been nominated for three best of films at film festivals around the world.

Word on the Street:  Critics have singled out Brit Marling in this film.  Her performance is said to be riveting.

My Take:  I saw this film at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Shanghai

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“Shanghai”  (2010)

An American (John Cusack) returns to Japanese-occupied Shanghai just four months before Pearl Harbor.  He discovers a friend of his has been murdered and sets out to find out who did it. “Shanghai” Info

What to Watch For:  The film has been sitting on the shelf for five years due to a dispute between the producer and the film’s director, Mikael Hafstrom.

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Li Gong, David Morse, Ken Watanabe and Jeffery Dean Morgan.

My Take:  I am always up for a John Cusack film.

 

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Mr. Fix It”  (2006)  Lance (David Boreanaz) makes his living as a man who gets hired by men to fix them back up with their ex-girlfriends. Lance does this by dating the ex’s and making it a horrible experience.  Lance is hired by Bill (Pat Healy) to fix his relationship with his ex, Sophia (Alana De La Garza). Lance starts working on Sophia but then starts falling for her.

3:00 pm

“No Mercy”  (1986)  Eddie (Richard Gere) is a Chicago cop who doesn’t always play by the rules. Eddie follows a case down to New Orleans and quickly gets involved with a couple of dead guys and a woman (Kim Basinger) whom he now has to protect from the mob.

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