Preview This! “Warcraft”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“Warcraft” (2016)

Warcraft

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The peace of the Azeroth realm is about to be torn apart as the deadly Orc warriors invade the land. Two warriors are on a collision course that will change both their worlds. “Warcraft” Website

What to Watch For: The film has been in development since 2004.

Word on the Street: When Sam Raimi left the project, director Duncan Jones took over and had the script rewritten to where the storyline shows both sides of the war, not just the human side.

My Take: Jones wrote and directed the multi-awarded 2009 film, “Moon.”

“The Conjuring 2” (2016)

The Conjuring 2

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) head to North London to battle malicious spirits that are terrorizing a single mom and her four kids. “The Conjuring 2” Website

What to Watch For: Farmiga and Wilson visited the real Lorraine Warren to prepare for their roles.

Word on the Street: Like the 2013 film, this film is based on an actual case that the Warren’s worked on.

My Take: I thought “The Conjuring” was one of the best horror movies I have seen in the past ten years.

“Now You See Me 2” (2016)

Now You See Me 2

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

It’s been eighteen months since the Four Horsemen stole all that money from a Paris bank. They decide to make a comeback appearance, but their plans are thwarted by a tech prodigy (Daniel Radcliffe). He threatens to kill them if they don’t pull off a major heist. <a Now You See Me 2 Website

What to Watch For: Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco are all back for this film. Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher in the Horsemen lineup due to Fisher’s pregnancy at the time of shooting.

Word on the Street; The studio is so confident in this film that they are already planning the third movie.

My Take: Some of my critic friends who have seen the film say that Lizzy Caplan steals it from the rest of the cast.

“Maggie’s Plan” (2016)

Maggie's Plan

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Maggie’s (Greta Gerwig) life turns upside down when she falls for a “ficto-critical anthropologist” named, John (Ethan Hawke), who is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette (Julianne Moore). John leaves Georgette, but soon Maggie realizes that John just might not be the man for her. She hatches a plan to get Georgette and John back together. “Maggie’s Plan” Website

What to Watch For: Writer/director Rebecca Miller also brought us the award winning 2009 film, “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” with Robin Wright in the title role.

Word on the Street: Shortly after playing at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics bought the distribution rights

My Take: I love Gretta Gerwig. I can’t wait to see this film.

“Dheepan” (2015)

Dheepan

Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects

Dheepan leaves his life as a Tamil Tiger soldier during the last days of the Sri Lankan Civil War. He buys the passport of a dead man and, along, with a woman he doesn’t know and her child, travels to France to start over. There he gets a job as a caretaker of a building in a housing project that turns out is its own war zone. “Dheepan” Website

What to Watch For: The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, who plays Dheepan, is a former Tamil Tiger soldier.

My Take; This could be in the running for the next Foreign Language Oscar.

 

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

“Donnie Brasco” (1997) A young FBI agent’s (Johnny Depp) life and marriage suffer after he joins the local mob to gather evidence against the crime syndicate’s powerful boss (Al Pacino).

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Saved” (2004) When a Christian school girl learns that her boyfriend is gay and that she is pregnant, she is ostracized by the students except for the school’s misfits. The film stars Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin.

3:00 pm

“Donnie Brasco” (1997) A young FBI agent’s (Johnny Depp) life and marriage suffer after he joins the local mob to gather evidence against the crime syndicate’s powerful boss (Al Pacino).

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