Preview This! “Kung Fu Panda 3”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“Kung Fu Panda 3”  (2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Po (Jack Black) finds out that he has a father (Bryan Cranston) and that there are more of his kind in a far-away land. When Po travels with his father to find this magical land, the world is threatened by a new evil one, Kai (J.K. Simmons) who wants to destroy everything. Now Po must train his new-found family and take on the evil Kai. “Kung Fu Panda 3” Website

What to Watch For:  Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen Lucy Lu and David Cross are all back from the first two “Kung Fu Panda” films.

Word on the Street:  Critics that have seen the film say that the 3-D animation is amazing.

My Take:  This is one of my favorite animated series.

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

“The Finest Hours”  (2016)

The Finest Hours

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Two oil tankers off the Cape Cod coast are destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves.  It’s up to the Coast Guard to try and save the tanker’s crewmen. “The Finest Hours” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952.

Word on the Street:  Many of the remaining survivors were interviewed by the scriptwriters to make the film as accurate as possible.

My Take:  I like this cast of Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and Holiday Grainger.

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

“Fifty Shades of Black”  (2016)

Fifty Shades of Black

Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

Funnyman Marlon Wayans is back, this time making fun of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book and movie. “Fifty Shades of Black” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has a strong cast made up of Kali Hawk, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard, Mike Epps, and Affion Crockett.

Word on the Street:  Marlon has made a career of making fun of other movies with his “Scary Movie” series.

My Take: It will be interesting to see what Jane Seymour does in this film. She has quite the gift for comedy.

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

“Jane Got a Gun”  (2016)

Jane Got a Gun

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Jane (Natalie Portman), and her husband, Bill (Noah Emmerich) are terrorized by the Bishop Boys and their leader Colin (Ewan McGregor). Bill is being chased by the Bishop gang, and Jane turns to her former fiancé Dan (Joel Egerton) to find and rescue Bill from the gang. “Jane Got a Gun” Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The film went through numerous casting and crew changes before finally being produced.

Word on the Street:  Natalie Portman felt so strongly about the movie that she stuck with the film even though the original director and male lead were changed.

My Take:  I will see a Natalie Portman film any time.

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

“Lazer Team”  (2015)

Lazer Team

Photo courtesy of Rooster Teeth Productions

A 1980s style sci-fi comedy about four misfits who stumble upon alien technology and are forced to work together to save the planet. “Lazer Team” Website

What to Watch For: Brought to you by the Austin, Tx based studio, Rooster Teeth, a pioneering studio responsible for some of the biggest online series, including the award-winning, longest-running web series in history, “Red vs. Blue,” and has over 20 million subscribers to its YouTube Network. The director of the film, Matt Hullum will be doing a Q&A Friday night at AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 Theatres

Word on the Street;  Funding for the film was raised through a successful IndieGoGo campaign, generating more than $2 million in one month.

My Take:  I have been wanting to see this film since after hearing about it from people who saw it at the 2015 Fantastic Fest.

The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 .

“Oscar Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts”  (2016)

2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films

Photo courtesy of Shorts HD

This year’s Academy Award-nominated films from the Animated Shorts and the Live Action Shorts categories.

What to Watch For: These are some of the best films of the year.

Word on the Street:  Many of the writers and directors of these shorts will go on to become feature filmmakers.

My Take:  I look forward to seeing these every year.

The films opens Friday exclusively 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

“Spring Break”  (1983)  A bunch of cool college kids have to share a room with a couple of nerds at an over-crowded Fort Lauderdale hotel. A combination of parents and a building inspector may cancel all their spring break fun.

Sunday

1:00 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.

3:00 pm

“Spring Break”  (1983)  A bunch of cool college kids have to share a room with a couple of nerds at an over-crowded Fort Lauderdale hotel. A combination of parents and a building inspector may cancel all their spring break fun.

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