Preview This! “Ghostbusters”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“Ghostbusters”  (2016)

Ghostsbusters

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Abby (Melissa McCarthy) write a book that states that ghosts are real. When ghosts invade Manhattan, the author pair team up with Jillian (Kate McKinnon) and a nuclear engineer, Patty (Leslie Jones), to try and save the world from an evil and powerful demon, Rowan (Neil Casey). “Ghostbusters” Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes six Oscar Nominees: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Andy Garcia, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

Word on the Street:  Some of the fans of the original “Ghostbusters” (1984) have objected to the casting of women for the Ghostbusters roles.

My Take:  I am a big fan of the director / co-writer of the film, Paul Feig.

 

“The Infiltrator” (2016)

The Infiltrator

Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

A U.S. customs official (Bryan Cranston) uncovers a money laundering scheme that traces all the way back to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. “The Infiltrator” Website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Brad Furman, who directed the surprise hit, Lincoln Lawyer (2011).

Word on the Street:  The film was partially shot in Tampa Bay, FL.

My Take:  It’s going to be interesting to see if Bryan Cranston, after his stint on the popular “Breaking Bad,” can open a movie.

 

“Breaking a Monster”  (2015)

Breaking a Monster

Photo courtesy of Abramorama

Documentary about three 13-year-old boys who form a Metal band, get discovered playing on the streets of New York, and, within a year, are on the bill of big outdoor concerts. “Breaking a Monster” Website

What to Watch For:  The band is called “Unlocking the Truth,” and they were signed by a music label to a five-album contract.

Word on the Street: The film was nominated at four film festivals for Jury awards, including the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take:  This was the talk of the SXSW film festival. I missed it then, but I am making sure that I see this movie this time around.

 

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

A national manhunt is ordered when a kid (Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neil) go missing in the New Zealand bush. “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won six times at film festivals including the Audience Award at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film became the highest opening weekend grossing film in New Zealand history.

My Take:  Taika Waititi, is one my favorite directors out there. His past work includes “Eagle vs Shark” (2007), “Boy”  (2010), and “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014).  He is currently working on the big ticket film, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

 

“The Innocents”  (2016)

The Innocents

Photo courtesy of Music Box Films

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laage) is dealing with the aftermath of World War II. She is sent to assist the survivors of a German prison camp.  She soon discovers in a local convent that several of the nuns there are in advanced stages of pregnancy. “The Innocents” Info

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Anne Fontaine is known for making films that are controversial in their subject matter, including “Gemma Bovery” (2014), “Adore” (2013), and “Coco Before Chanel” (2009).

Word on the Street:  Many film critics think this could be in the running for a Foreign Language Oscar.

My Take: Fontaine’s films are always interesting to watch.

 

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

“The Devil’s Own”  (1997)  Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) is one of the world’s deadliest assassins who works for the IRA.  He is sent to America under a fake name to buy weapons on the black market. He strikes up a friendship with Tom O’Meara (Harrison Ford), a New York cop who doesn’t know Frankie’s real life.  Now, Frankie must choose between the friendship he has made with Tom and his IRA way of life.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Horton Hears a Who!”   (2008) When an elephant hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust, he discovers a city of tiny creatures and attempts to find a safe place for them to live. Voices by Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Carol Burnett.

3:00 pm

“The Devil’s Own”  1997)  Frankie McGuire (Brad Pitt) is one of the world’s deadliest assassins who works for the IRA.  He is sent to America under a fake name to buy weapons on the black market. He strikes up a friendship with Tom O’Meara (Harrison Ford), a New York cop who doesn’t know Frankie’s real life.  Now, Frankie must choose between the friendship he has made with Tom and his IRA way of life.

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