Preview This! “Krampus”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Krampus

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

“Krampus”  (2015)

Max (Emjay Anthony) and his family are just not feeling the Christmas spirit this year.  Max gets mad and decides he is done with Christmas.  Unfortunately, Max has unleashed Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. Now Max and his family are going to have to fight for their lives. “Krampus” Website

What to Watch For:  The director of the film, Michael Dougherty, says the film is both scary and sentimental.

Word on the Street:  The Krampus design was taken from traditional illustrations of the creature over the years.

My Take:  I always like seeing Toni Collette, who plays Max’s mom, on the big screen.

The film opens at a number of Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Chi-Raq

Photo courtesy of Roadside Pictures

“Chi-Raq”  (2015)

After another murder of a child by gang violence, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) organize against the on-going violence in the Southside of Chicago. “Chi Raq” Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the Aristophanes play, Lysistrata.

My Take:  The film was shot on location in Chicago, and I am happy to say that they hired a number of local actors and crew for the film.

The film opens at a number of Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

The Wonders

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope Pictures

“The Wonders”  (2014)

Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) is a young girl who is struggling to find her place in the world.  She works with her beekeeping family in the Tuscan countryside. Gelsomina’s life is changed when a troubled teen boy comes to work on the farm, and her family is chosen to be in a local reality show. “The Wonders” Website

What to Watch for:  The film won the Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The audience clapped for twelve minutes after the film was shown at Cannes.

My Take:  I was blown away by the trailer for this film, and I am looking forward to seeing this movie.

“The Wonders” opens on Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Switching Channels”    (1998)  Sully (Burt Reynolds) is a producer of a cable news network program. Christy (Kathleen Turner) is Sully’s best reporter, but she also is his ex-wife. Christy wants to quit the business and marry Blaine (Christopher Reeve). Sully knows that if he finds the big story, he can convince Christy to stay.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Local Boys”  (2002)  Two brothers (Eric Christian Olsen, Jeremy Sumpter) are spending the summer surfing the waves and getting into adventures.

3:00 pm

“Switching Channels”  (1998)  Sully (Burt Reynolds) is a producer of a cable news network program. Christy (Kathleen Turner) is Sully’s best reporter, but she also is his ex-wife. Christy wants to quit the business and marry Blaine (Christopher Reeve). Sully knows that if he finds the big story, he can convince Christy to stay.

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