Preview This! “Star Trek Beyond”

 

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

“Star Trek Beyond”  (2016)

Star Trek Beyond

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The USS Enterprise is halfway into their five-year mission. The ship is attacked by an unknown alien force and, after having to abandon ship, the crew finds their lives are hanging in the balance. “Star Trek Beyond” Website

What to Watch For: This is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek franchise and the third film in the reboot series.

Word on the Street: The film was co-written by Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the movie.

My Take:  It’s going to be a little sad to watch this film because of the untimely death of Anton Yelchin (Chekov).

 

“Ice Age: Collision Course”  (2016)

Ice Age Collision Course

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Manny (Ray Romano), with the help of Buck (Simon Pegg), must lead his family and friends on a journey to try and find a way to stop an asteroid from hitting the earth. “Ice Age: Collision Course” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has an outstanding voice cast, including Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jessie J, Max Greenfield, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch and Seann William Scott.

Word on the Street: This is Jessie Tyler Ferguson’s first animated film, and he blew out his voice on the first day of recording because he had to yell so much. It took a few days before he could get back into the studio.

My Take:  Interesting tidbit: the drawings that are part of the end credits were done by the children of Blue Sky employees, the company producing the film.

 

“Lights Out”  (2016)

Lights Out

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) are being tormented by a spirit that is only visible in the dark. “Lights Out” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a short film that director David F. Sandberg did in 2013.

Word on the Street: The screenwriter on this film, Eric Heisserer, is writing the much-anticipated film, “Van Helsing.”

My Take:  I am very excited to see this movie because the trailer looks horrifying.

 

“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” (2016)

Absolutely Fabulous The Movie

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are having to hide out in the south of France after causing a worldwide incident by knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames. “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” Website

What to Watch For: There are more than 60 cameos in this film, mostly from the British film/TV and fashion worlds. There are also more than 90 drag queens appearing in the film.

Word on the Street:  Jennifer Saunders started working on the script back in 2012.

My Take:  I was a big fan of the BBC TV series, so you know I will see this film.

 

“Captain Fantastic”  (2016)

Captain Fantastic

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Ben (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his family of six kids “off the grid” in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. His wife suddenly dies while she was away in an institution for the treatment of bipolar disorder. Ben, against the wishes of his wife’s parents, decides to take the family on a road trip to his wife’s funeral. “Captain Fantastic” Website

What to Watch For:  The film’s director, Matt Ross, won the Un Certain Regard – Directing Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Matt Ross was awarded ‘director to watch” at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival.

My Take:  Two of my favorite actresses are in the cast, Kathryn Hahn, and  Missi Pyle.

 

“Microbe & Gasoline”  (2015)

Microbe and Gasoline

Photo courtesy of Screen Media Films

Daniel (Ange Dargent) and Theo (Theophile Baquet) are two misfit kids who decide to build their own unique car and travel across the country. “Microbe & Gasoline” Info

What to Watch For: Audrey Tautou also stars in the film.  Tautou is best known for her starring role in the much loved 2001 film, “Amelie.”

Word on the Street: The director of the film, Michel Gondry, is known for his films, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), “The Science of Sleep” (2006), and “Mood Indigo” (2013).

My Take:  This film looks hilarious.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Loser” (2000) Paul (Jason Biggs) is a college student trying to survive in New York City and, while at the university he attends, he concentrates on his studies and skips the parties; so the other students call him a “loser.” That is until he meets Dora (Mena Suvari), who could change his life. There is just one problem, however. She is in love with her professor (Greg Kinnear).

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Walk the Line”  (2005)  Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Reese Witherspoon’s Best Actress performance of June Carter Cash, the film tells the story of the country legend, Mr. Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix).

3:00 pm

“Loser”  (2000) Paul (Jason Biggs) is a college student trying to survive in New York City and, while at the university he attends, he concentrates on his studies and skips the parties; so the other students call him a “loser.” That is until he meets Dora (Mena Suvari), who could change his life. There is just one problem, however. She is in love with her professor (Greg Kinnear).

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