Preview This! “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant”  (2016)

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) must go beyond the wall and leave behind their family and friends to try and find a peaceful solution for their fractured city. Now they must decide whom to trust and who is their enemy. “The Divergent Serives: Allegiant”

What to Watch For:  This is part one of the final part of the Divergent Series.

Word on the Street: The studio feels that breaking the final book into two movies will work, just as it did with both the “Twilight” series and the “Mockingjay” series.

My Take:  Shailene Woodley has developed into one of our better young actresses.

The film opens on Friday at area Atlanta Theatres.

“Miracles From Heaven”  (2016)

Miracles from Heaven

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

Set in a small Texas town, a 12-year old girl named Anna (Kylie Rogers) gets sick, and only her determined mother (Jennifer Garner) believes that she is far sicker than any doctor thinks.  Finally, they find a doctor that determines Anna has a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder, which means Anna will never live a normal life and may die soon. It will take a miracle to save her. “Miracles from Heaven” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is produced by DeVon Franklin, T.D. Jakes and Joe Roth, the same team that brought us the box office hit, “Heaven is For Real” (2014).

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in Atlanta, GA area.

My Take:  Hollywood has finally figured out that faith-based films can make money and has started making them with big stars.

The film opens Wednesday in Atlanta area theaters.

“Creative Control”  (2016)

Creative Control

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

David (Benjamin Dickinson) is a tech-addled ad executive who is developing a campaign for a new generation of Augmented Reality glasses. Bored with his own relationship, he uses the glasses to create a life-like avatar of his best friend’s girlfriend (Alexia Rasmussen).  Things are going to go badly very quickly. “Creative Control” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Special Jury Award at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This film was one of the most talked about films at SXSW.

My Take:  I missed this film at last year’s SXSW, but I am going to make sure that I see it.

The film opens exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

“The Bronze”  (2015)

The Bronze

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A foul-mouthed former gymnast (Melissa Rauch) has made a living on the fact that she won an Olympic bronze medal. Now she is asked to put her ego aside and help mentor a new up-and-coming star. “The Bronze” Website

What to Watch For: “The Big Bang Theory’s” Melissa Raunch co-wrote the film with her husband, Wilson Rauch.

Word on the Street:  The film was the talk of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  I love Melissa Rauch and am looking forward to seeing what director Bryan Buckley can do with this material. Buckley has directed some of the best commercials of the past ten years.

The film opens on Friday at Atlanta area theaters.

“Hello, My Name is Doris”  (2016)

Hello, My Name is Doris

Photo courtesy of Roadside Pictures

Doris (Sally Field) is an ordinary office worker in her sixties. She is set in her ways, living in the house that she grew up in and wearing the same style clothes she wore in the 70s. Her life changes when a new manager (Max Greenfield) takes over and takes an interest in Doris. “Hello My Name is Doris” Website

What to Watch For: You Tube star Anna Akana plays a web blogger who thinks Doris is a fashion trendsetter.

Word on the Street: Sally Field has been getting rave reviews from critics since the movie premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take:  I love the cast which includes Beth Behrs, Stephen Root, Tyne Daly and Wendi McLendon-Covey.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theaters.

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

“Best of the Best”  (1989)  Five very different young men must find a way to put aside their differences to take their karate team to international competition.  Cast includes Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, and Sally Kirkland.

3:00 pm

“The Marine”  (2006)  A recently discharged Marine (John Cena)  searches for a group of diamond thieves through the South Carolinian wilderness after they kidnap his wife (Kelly Carlson).

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Lions for Lambs”  (2007) US soldiers are injured behind enemy lines, which sets off a chain of events that involve a Republican senator, a journalist and a political science professor. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford.

3:00 pm

“Best of the Best”  1989)  Five very different young men must find a way to put aside their differences to take their karate team to international competition.  Cast includes Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland.

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