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Opening this week at a theater near you:

Joy

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“Joy”  (2015)

Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) is a single mom who lives with her two kids and her mother (Virginia Madsen). Joy has an idea for a mop that is revolutionary, but can she get anybody to back her idea? “Joy” Website

What to Watch For:  Cast includes Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini,  and Diane Ladd.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on a real-life person, Joy Mangano, who has more than 100 patents for her inventions.

My Take:  The film is written and directed by one of my favorite filmmakers, David O. Russell.

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

The Big Short

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“The Big Short”  (2015)

Four outsiders in the world of big banking predict the housing market is going to collapse in 2008. Can these four outsiders take on big banks and make money doing it? “The Big Short” Website

What to Watch For:  Many film critics feel that Steve Carell will get an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of finance guru Mark Baum.

Word on the Street:  Besides starring in the film, Brad Pitt also produced.

My Take:  I always enjoy Christian Bale’s performances.

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

Daddy's Home

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“Daddy’s Home”  (2015)

Brad (Will Ferrell) is trying to be the best step-dad he can to his wife’s (Linda Cardellini) two kids. Everything changes when Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), the kid’s real father,  comes to town. “Daddy’s Home” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the second collaboration by Ferrell and Wahlberg.  The first was the 2010 action-comedy, “The Other Guys.”

Word on the Street: The film is written and directed by  Sean Anders, who wrote the 2010 comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine.”

My Take:  I am a big fan of Thomas Haden Church, who plays Brad’s boss.

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

Concussion

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“Concussion”  (2015)

A brilliant forensic neuro-pathologist (Will Smith), discovers CTE, a football-related brain trauma in a pro player and puts him at odds with the billion dollar National Football League. “Concussion” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the true Life story of Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Word on the Street:  Will Smith won Best Actor for this role from the African-American Film Critics Association.

My Take:  Will Smith is nominated for a Golden Globe.  Will he also get an Oscar nomination?

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

Carol

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“Carol”  (2015)

Set in 1950s New York, Therese (Rooney Mara) is a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life. She meets and falls in love with an older woman (Cate Blanchett). “Carol” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won a number of Critic Awards and is nominated for 5 Golden Globes.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot on Super 16 mm film.

My Take:  I have wanted to see this film since I heard it received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film opens on Christmas Day exclusively at UA Tara Cinemas 4 and Lefont Sandy Springs

The Hateful Eight

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“The Hateful Eight”  (2015)

In post-Civil War Wyoming, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Russell) is escorting fugitive Daisy “The Prisoner” Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock where the latter will face justice for murder. They encounter a group of strangers at a stagecoach stop, including another bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson). “The Hateful Eight” Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot on 70mm film and will be shown in theatres using film projectors for the first week.

My Take:  I am glad that Quentin Tarantino decided to make this film after the script got leaked to the public last year.

Opening Christmas Day at Regal Atlantic Station 18 and AMC Southlake 24 Cinemas in 70mm.

Point Break

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“Point Break” (2015)

FBI Agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is going undercover inside a group of skilled extreme athletes led by a man named Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) whom the FBI suspects to be professional criminals. “Point Break” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot on four continents:  North America, Europe, South America and Asia.

Word on the Street: The film used some of the world’s best top extreme sports athletes to do the stunts in the film.

My Take:  It will be interesting to see what changes creators make from the 1991 “Point Break” film.

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

Yellow Day

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“Yellow Day”  (2015)

To most, the Yellow Day is just a fun day celebrating outreach at a kid’s camp called Camp Grace. For one man (Drew Seeley), Yellow Day will be an adventure full of challenges that will change his life. “Yellow Day” Website

What to Watch For: The film combines live action with beautiful animation.

Word on the Street:  The film is directed by Carl Lauten, an award winning Television director who has directed such programs as “The Cosby Show,” “Sunny with a Chance,” and “Spin City.”

My Take:  Hollywood has finally figured out that faith-based films are making money.

The film opens on Christmas Day at AMC Southlake 24 and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Zapped!”  (1982)  A high school science nerd (Scott Baio) gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident.  How much trouble can a high school kid who can move things just with his mind get into?

3:00 pm

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Family Stone”  (2005) An uptight and conservative woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) goes with her boyfriend (Dermot Mulroney) to his family home for the holidays. What she doesn’t know is that he is going to propose in front of his family.

3:00 pm

“Zapped!” (1982)  A high school science nerd (Scott Baio) gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident.  How much trouble can a high school kid who can move things just with his mind get into?

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