Preview This! “Ride Along 2”

Opening this week at a theatre near you.

 

“Ride Along 2”  (2016)

Ride Along 2

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Ben (Kevin Hart) is about to marry James’s (Ice Cube) sister. The guys head to Miami to bring down a drug lord (Benjamin Bratt) who is supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. “Ride Along 2” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot in both Miami and Atlanta.

Word on the Street:  Director Tim Story also directed the first “Ride Along” film.

My Take:  I understand that there are a couple of surprise cameos.

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

 

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”  (2016)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

On the evening of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a group of Islamic militants attack the American Embassy.  A group of six CIA security contractors undertake a desperate attempt to defend the Embassy and the American Ambassador. “13 Hours” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is adapted from the book by Mitchell Zuckoff called 13 Hours and is based on a true story.

Word on the Street:  Much has been made about John Krasinski getting into such good shape to play the lead role of Jack Da Silva, a former Navy SEAL.

My Take:  I find it interesting that the film is having its premiere at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

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

 

“Norm of the North”  (2016)

Norm of the North

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Norm (Rob Schneider) is a fun-loving polar bear who loves to dance.  With the help of three lemmings, Norm travels to New York City to try and stop a real estate developer from building homes in the Artic. “Norm of the North” Website

What to Watch For:  The voice casting is impressive with Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney and Bill Nighy.

Word on the Street:   Two sequels have already been announced to follow this film.

My Take: Director Trevor Wall has a long history of directing animated TV series such as “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch.”

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

 

“Anomalisa”  (2015)

Anomalisa

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people, even though he specializes in books about customer service.  When he goes on a business trip, he meets an extraordinary stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who changes his life. “Anomalisa” Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and has won a number of critic awards including  Best Animated Film from the Boston Society of Film Critics. The film is nominated for Best Animated Featured Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  Many film critics feel that this is a sure bet to be nominated for an Academy Award.

My Take:  I can’t wait to see this film.

“Anomalisa” is playing exclusively in the Atlanta area at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

“Lamb”  (2015)

Lamb

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

 

A man (Ross Partridge) meets a young girl (Oona Laurence) in a parking lot and decides to take her on a trip to show her the beauty of the outside world.  It’s a journey that will shake them in ways neither expects. Lamb Info

What to Watch For:  The film was written and directed by the lead actor Ross Partridge.

Word on the Street:   The film won the Independent Visions Award at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival.

My Take:  I am anxious to see this film as I missed the screening at last year’s SXSW Film Festival.

“Lamb” is playing exclusively in the Atlanta area at The Plaza Theatre

 

“Mustang”  (2015)

Mustang

Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group

Five young orphaned girls are struggling to survive in a remote Turkish village. “Mustang” Infor

What to Watch for:  The film is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  The film won the Label Europa Cinemas award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  The film made the Georgia Film Critics Association final five list for Best Foreign Film.

“Mustang” is playing exclusively in the Atlanta area at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

”Meatballs, Part II”  (1984)  Camp Sasquash is in financial trouble and may have to close. It’s up to the kids to figure out a way to save the day.  The film stars Richard Mulligan, John Laroquette, Jason Hervey and Paul Reubens.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules”  (2011)  Back in school after the summer break, Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) just don’t get along. So their mom has come up with a way to get them to bond if they don’t kill each other first.

3:00 pm

“Meatballs, Part 2”  (1984)  Camp Sasquash is in financial trouble and may have to close. It’s up to the kids to figure out a way to save the day.  The film stars Richard Mulligan, John Laroquette, Jason Hervey and Paul Reubens.

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