Preview This! “The Huntsman: Winter’s Tale”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“The Huntsman: Winter’s Tale”  (2016)

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

As war rages between rival Queens and sisters, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and Freya (Emily Blunt), two warriors, Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), try to keep their forbidden love alive. “The Huntsman: Winter’s Tale” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a prequel to the 2012 film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Word on the Street:  It’s reported that Charlize Theron would not sign up for the film unless she was paid the same amount as fellow co-star, Chris Hemsworth.

My Take:  Can’t wait to see Jessica Chasten in action.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

 

“Elvis & Nixon”  (2016)

Elvis & Nixon

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Elvis, the “King,” (Michale Shannon) decides that he needs a Federal Agent at Large badge.  He travels to Washington D.C. in 1970 to get one and meets President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) along the way. “Elvis & Nixon” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is loosely based on a true story.  The picture of Elvis and Nixon in the White House is the most requested photo from the National Archive.

Word on the Street:  Many critics who have seen the film feel that Michael Shannon may get an Oscar nomination for this role.

My Take:  I have said it before, and I’ll say it again, Michael Shannon makes any film better.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

 

“Miles Ahead”  (2016)

Miles Ahead

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) hasn’t been heard from in the five years. Wannabe Rolling Stone reporter Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor) connives his way into Miles’ apartment and into his life. As Davis and Brill talk, Miles flashes back to his meeting and falling in love with his first wife, Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). “Miles Ahead” Website

What to Watch For:  Don Cheadle wrote, directed and stars in this film. Cheadle has, for years, been trying to find the right director for this project but finally decided that he had to do the job, himself.

Word on the Street:  Cheadle’s wife says she will never let him direct another film that he stars in as it was just too hard on him.

My Take: Cheadle’s performance was one of the most talked about performances at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

 

“Too Late”  (2015)

Too Late

Photo courtesy of Foe Killer Films

Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone,” “The Sessions”) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his past. Too Late takes the spine of the classic private eye genre and tears it to pieces, weaving it back together into a tapestry of Southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it. “Too Late” Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/Director Dennis Hauck was raised in Roswell, GA, north of Atlanta, and attended Emory University where he majored in Creative Writing and Film Studies. Writer/Director Dennis Hauck will be at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema on Friday and Saturday to do a Q&A session after the 7 pm screening.

Word on the Street:  The film won the Breakthrough Achievement Award at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Festival.

My Take:  I always enjoy when Atlanta area filmmakers are able to achieve their dreams.

The film 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

“Escape from New York” (1981) Manhattan has been turned into a giant, maximum security prison. The United States President’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes right in the middle of the island and is now being held hostage by a criminal named, The Duke (Isaac Hayes). There is only one man who can rescue the President, a one-eyed criminal named, Snake (Kurt Russell).

3:00 pm

“Valkyrie”   (2008)  An idealistic German officer (Tom Cruise) conspires with military and political leaders to assassinate Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Thing About My Folks”  (2005)  Sam’s (Peter Falk) wife of 46 years has left him.  Sam’s son, Ben (Paul Reiser), decides to take his dad on a road trip to reconnect and maybe figure out where Sam can go from here.

3:00 pm

“Escape From New York”  (1981) Manhattan has been turned into a giant, maximum security prison. The United States President’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes right in the middle of the island and is now being held hostage by a criminal named, The Duke (Isaac Hayes). There is only one man who can rescue the President, a one-eyed criminal named, Snake (Kurt Russell).

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