Preview This! “The 5th Wave”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“The 5th Wave”  (2016)

The 5th Wave

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Four waves of increasingly savage alien attacks have hit earth and have devastated the planet. Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is trying to save her younger brother from the aliens and may be the key to defeating them. “The 5th Wave” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film was shot in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia.

Word on the Street: The film is based on the best-selling books by Rick Yancey. The third book, entitled “The Last Star” is scheduled to be released this year.

My Take:  I think that Chloe Grace Moretz is one of best young actresses out there.

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

 

“The Boy”  (2016)

The Boy

Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment

A young woman, Greta (Lauren Cohan) takes a job as a nanny in a remote village in the United Kingdom.  When she arrives at the home, she discovers that the child she is in charge of is actually a life-size porcelain doll. The parents treat the doll like he is a real boy and have strict rules that Greta must obey.  When she fails to follow the rules, the boy comes alive. “The Boy” Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by William Brent Bell, who directed the 2012 supernatural horror film “The Devil Inside.”

Word on the Street:  The screenwriter, Stacey Menear, had a script, “Mixtape” on the industry’s prestigious “Black List” of the best-unproduced scripts of the year.

My Take:  It will be interesting to see “The Walking Dead” Lauren Cohan dealing with something other than a zombie.

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

 

“Dirty Grandpa” (2016)

Dirty Grandpa

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Jason (Zac Efron) is an uptight guy about to marry the girl of his dreams. He is tricked into taking his grandfather (Robert De Niro), a retired Army general, to Florida for spring break. After this trip, Jason will never be the same. “Dirty Grandpa” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was mostly shot in the Atlanta area including Marietta, McDonough and at the Grand Atrium in Atlanta.

Word on the Street:  The cast is outstanding with such performers as Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Hough and Mo Collins.

My Take: Zac Efron has shown that he has a knack for comedy.

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

 

“45 Years”  (2015)

45 Years

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and her husband Geoff (Tom Courtenay) had to cancel the party for their 40th wedding anniversary, so with their 45th coming up, they plan a big party. Kate’s world starts to fall apart when she learns something about Geoff’s past. “45 Years” Website

What to Watch For: Rampling has received a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for this year’s Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  Many critics felt that Courtenay deserved an Oscar nomination also.

My Take:  I have always been a big fan of Charlotte Rampling since seeing her in the 1974 film “The Night Porter.”

The film starts Friday exclusively at UA Tara Cinemas 4

 

“Ip Man 3”  (2015)

Ip Man 3

Courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment

When a band of brutal gangsters threaten to overtake the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand against them. “Ip Man 3” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the third in the “Ip Man” film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man.

Word on the Street:  Mike Tyson has a part in the film as a street fighter and the part of Bruce Lee was portrayed by a CGI of Lee himself.

My Take:  I am a huge Bruce Lee fan, so I really want to see this film.

The film starts Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24

 

“Synchronicity”  (2015)

synchronicity Preview This! The 5th Wave

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Physicist Jim Beale (Chad McKnight) invents a time travel machine. He becomes suspicious of a woman (Brianne Davis) that he meets.  To learn her motives, he sends himself back in time, potentially stopping the woman from stealing his invention for an untrustworthy venture capitalist. “Synchronicity” Website

What to Watch For: The film wowed movie goers at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film has been called a “mind-bending Sci-Fi Noir in the tradition of “Dark City,” “Blade Runner,” and “Alphaville.”

My Take: I am always up for a good Sci-Fi film.

The film starts Friday exclusively at The Plaza Theare

 

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

“Hardbodies”  (1984)  Three middle-age dads visit California to have a great time at the beach. When they figure out that it’s going to take more than a nice apartment to get girls, they hire a student to help them with their task.

3:00 pm

“Fame” (1980)  The chronicle of the lives of students who attend a New York high school for the performing arts. The film stars Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Anne Meara and Gene Anthony Ray.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003)  During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain (Russell Crowe) pushes his ship and crew to their ultimate limits in pursuit of a French war vessel near South America.

3:30 pm

“Hardbodies” (1984)  Three middle-age dads visit California to have a great time at the beach. When they figure out that it’s going to take more than a nice apartment to get girls, they hire a student to help them with their task.

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