Preview This! “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“X-Men: Apocalypse”  (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

An ancient cyber-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) has awakened and plans on using his Four Horsemen to take over the world.  It’s up to the X-Men to stop him and his team. “X-Men” Apocalypse” Website

What To Watch For:  This is the 9th installment in the X-Men film series.

Word on the Street:  There are already talks about a sequel. The director of this film, Brian Singer, wants to set the next X-Men film in space.

My Take:  As long as Jennifer Lawrence is in the X-Men series, I will go and see them.

“Love & Friendship”  (2016)

Love & Friendship

Photo courtesy of Roadside

Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) decides it’s time for her and her daughter to find husbands. She will manipulate anything and anybody to make that happen. “Love & Friendship” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a Jane Austen novel, “Lady Susan,” that she wrote when she was 14 years old.

Word on the Street:  Kate Beckinsale got the part of Lady Susan when Sienna Miller dropped out to go and star in “American Sniper.”

My Take: I heard The Atlanta Film Festival audience loved this film.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass”  (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Films

After being away for three years, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland to save her friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). “Alice Through the Looking Glass” Website

What to Watch for:  Alan Rickman voices Absolem, the caterpillar in the film.  This is the last appearance of the late actor, and the film is dedicated to him.

Word on the Street:  The film used four historic ships including one that was renamed, “The Wonder.”

My Take: Tim Burton directed the first film, “Alice in Wonderland.” It will be interesting to see how this movie turned out since Tim Burton is only producing the film and not directing it.

“The Lobster”  (2015)

The Lobster

Photo courtesy of A24

Set in the near future, David (Colin Farrell) is at “The Hotel” where he has 45 days to find a partner.  If he doesn’t find one, he will be turned into an animal of his choice. “The Lobster” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been racking up awards at film festivals including three wins at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This is the first English-language film for director Yorgos Lanthimos. Lanthimos’ 2009 film, “Dogtooth,” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards.

My Take: The trailer makes this film look amazing!

“Weiner”  (2016)

Weiner

Photo courtesy of IFC

Documentary on disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor of NYC. “Weiner” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Film critics who have seen this movie have called it one of the best documentaries in years.

My Take: I am fascinated to see how much Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, participates in his campaign. Abedin is one of Hillary Clinton’s main advisors.

“Hockney”  (2014)

Hockney

Photo courtesy of Film Movement

Documentary on the charismatic artist David Hockney whose career took off in the 1960’s British Pop Art scene. “Hockney” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  This is the 2nd documentary that director Randall Wright has done on David Hockney. In 2002, he directed the award-winning documentary, “David Hockney: Secret Knowledge.”

Word on the Street:  Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

My Take: I will be interested in seeing this film as one of my favorite paintings is Hockney’s, “A Bigger Splash.”

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Cliffhanger”  (1993)  A reluctant ranger is tricked into locating three dangerous criminals and suitcases containing millions of dollars in stolen treasury money.  Starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner.

3:00 pm

“Marley & Me”  (2008) Newlyweds (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) adopt a cuddly and friendly puppy, but they soon learn that they have an incorrigible, head-strong and neurotic pooch as a member of their family.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Wedding Crashers”  (2005) Two womanizing divorce lawyers and lifelong friends (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn) sneak into weddings to get acquainted with romantically inspired female guests.

3:30 pm

“Cliffhanger”  (1993)  A reluctant ranger is tricked into locating three dangerous criminals and suitcases containing millions of dollars in stolen treasury money.  Starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner.

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