Preview This! “The Jungle Book”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“The Jungle Book”  (2016)

The Jungle Book

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pctures

Retelling of a the classic tale of an orphan boy, Mowgli (Neei Sethi) , raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther. “the Jungle Book” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has “”voicing the animals.

Word on the  Street:  Neei Sethi got the role of Mowgli after more than a thousand kids were auctioned for the part.

My Take:  The Walt Disney film from 1967 is one of my favorite childhood films.

 

“Barbershop: The Next Cut”  (2016)

Barbershop: The Next Cut

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

When the surrounding community seems to be falling apart, the crew at the barbershop takes a stand to try and make things better again. “Barbershop: The Next Cut” Website

What to Watch For: While the film is about Chicago, the film was shot in the Atlanta area.

Word on the Street: The film is the fourth in the Barbershop series, which includes the spin-off, “Beauty Shop” (2005).

My Take:  It’s always nice to see Eve up on the screen.

 

“Criminal”  (2016)

Criminal

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The memories and skills of a dead CIA agent are implanted into a career criminal, Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner), to complete a mission. “Criminal” Website

What to Watch For:  Hot off her appearance as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman (2016), Gal Gadot plays Stewart’s wife.

Word on the Street:  The film has an outstanding cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve and Ryan Reynolds.

My Take:  I love that Kevin Costner is back to making movies.

 

“The First Monday in May”  (2016)

The First Monday in May

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

This documentary follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, “China: Through The Looking Glass,” an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. “the First Monday in May” Website

What to Watch For:  Appearing in the film are such fashion icons as Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano, as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna.

Word on the Street:  The film was chosen to open the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

My Take:  I really liked director Andrew Rossi’s last film, the documentary “Page One.”

 

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

“Silverado” (1985) Four very different gunslingers thrown together by fate travel to the western town of Silverado, where they encounter a corrupt sheriff.  The film stars Kevin Kline, Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn, and Sharon Stone.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Just My Luck”  (2006) Two lives collide when a fortunate girl (Lindsay Lohan) who has everything inherits the misfortune of a sweet guy (Chris Pine), and together they reconstruct their luck and find love.

3:00 pm

“Just Married” (2003)  While on their honeymoon, newlyweds (Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy) face a series of obstacles that test their love for each other, including her ex-boyfriend’s desire to end the marriage.

 

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