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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“Deadpool”  (2016)

Deadpool

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Wade (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Force operative who is now a mercenary for hire. He finds out he is dying of cancer and decides to take up an offer to try a rogue experiment. While it does cure his cancer, the experiment leaves him badly scarred. Now he is using his accelerated healing powers and his finely tuned reflexes to find the man who is responsible for the experiment going wrong. “Deadpool” Website

What to Watch For:  Ryan Reynolds has been trying to get this film made for the past seven years.  He appeared as Deadpool in the 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

Word on the Street:  This is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and the fans of the comic book can’t wait.

My Take:  The marketing campaign for this movie has been one of the best I have ever seen.

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

 

“Zoolander 2”  (2016)

Zoolander 2

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The “world’s most beautiful people” are being assassinated and left with the “Blue Steel” look on their faces. Interpol recruits Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) to find out who is doing this murderous deed.  To make matters worse, Derek’s rival, Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), has been set free from prison and is out for revenge. “Zoolander 2” Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen and Milla Jovovich.

Word on the Street:  There will be a number of cameos in this film.

My Take:  Who doesn’t want to see Derek and Hansel strut down the runway again?

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

 

“How to be Single”  (2016)

How to Be Single

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Four friends (Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann)  struggle with being single in New York City. “How to Be Single” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Liz Tuccillo.

Word on the Street:  The studio is banking that this will be a great date movie for Valentine’s Day.

My Take:  Rebel Wilson is just getting better and better.

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

 

“The Lady in the Van”  (2015)

The Lady in the Van

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A playwright (Alex Jennings) makes the mistake of letting a homeless woman (Maggie Smith) park her van in his driveway.  It’s the start of a relationship that lasts fifteen years. “The Lady in the Van” Website

What to Watch For:  Many film critics feel that Maggie Smith deserves an Oscar nomination for this role.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on a true story.  It was turned into a play and later a film script by Alan Bennett.

My Take: Maggie Smith can do no wrong in my book.

The film opens Friday at  Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and AMC Phipps Plaza 14.

 

“The Final Project”  (2016)

The Final Project

Photo courtesy of Favu Pictures

The film follows six college students as they set out to create a documentary about one of the most notorious haunted houses in America, Lafitte Plantation. Venturing deep into the backwoods of Louisiana, the students set out to record live footage of supernatural activity at the abandoned plantation, but one unsettled spirit gives more than they asked for. “The Final Project” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Atlanta-based filmmaker Taylor Ri’chard and was shot in Georgia.

Word on the Street:  The film features a number of Atlanta-based actors including Teal Haddock, Arin Jones, Leonardo Santaiti, Amber Erwin, Evan McLean, Sergio Suave.

My Take:  I am always happy to see a Georgia-based production.

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

 

“Where to Invade Next”  (2015)

Where to Invade Next

Photo Courtesy of Dog Eat Dog Films

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore travels around the world to seek out alternative methods of dealing with the social and economic problems that the United States is experiencing. “Where to Invade Next” Website

What to Watch For:  The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and had its American premiere at the 2015 New York Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in secret, using a minimal crew.

My Take:  Moore’s film are always interesting to watch.

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

 

“Southbound”  (2016)

Southbound

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

The film is made of five interlocking tales of horror as it follows the fates of a group of travelers as they travel through the desert. “Southbound” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film is made up of five stories each written by a different writer and director.

Word on the Street:  Horror fans are looking forward to this film.

My Take:  The trailer reminds of the old TV series “Tales from the Darkside.”

The film opens Friday exclusively at  The Plaza Theatre

 

”Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words” (2015)

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures

Documentary about the life and loves of one of the greatest actors in film. “Ingrid Bergmen: In Her Own Words” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was made with the help of Bergman’s own daughter Isabella Rossellini.

Word on the Street:  The film won awards at both the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 2015 Vancouver International Film  Festival.

My Take:  I can’t wait to see this movie.  I am a huge fan of Ingrid Bergman.

The film opens Friday exclusively at  Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas.

 

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

“It Could Happen to You”  (1994) Police Officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) has a good life. He lives in a city that he loves, he’s married to a beautiful wife (Rosie Perez), and he enjoys going to his favorite neighborhood diner. When he doesn’t have enough money for a tip, he tells Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) that he will give half of his lottery ticket to her. What’s going to happen when he wins?

Sunday

1:00 pm

“’Rise of the Planet of the Apes”  (2011)  James Franco is a research scientist working on a cure for Alzheimer’s, and he begins testing a new treatment on a chimpanzee named, Caesar. The treatment is such a success that Caesar develops human-like intelligence. That’s when the trouble starts. It’s all about Ape vs. Man…and man is in big trouble.

3:00 pm

“It Could Happen to You”  (1994) Police Officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) has a good life. He lives in a city that he loves, he’s married to a beautiful wife (Rosie Perez), and he enjoys going to his favorite neighborhood diner. When he doesn’t have enough money for a tip, he tells Yvonne (Bridget

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