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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“Don’t Breathe”  (2016)

Don't Breathe

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

Suspenseful film about a group of friends who break into a house inhabited by a blind man. They think it will be an easy heist…boy are they wrong. “Don’t Breathe” Facebook Page

What to Watch For: This film made quite an impression on audiences at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Co-writer / director Fede Alvarez decided to make a suspense film after he realized his first film, “Evil Dead,” had too much blood and was focused too much on shocking the audience.

My Take: I love a good suspense film.

 

“Hands of Stone”  (2016)

Hands of Stone

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) was one of the toughest fighters ever. He fought from age 16 to age 50. In 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher) to capture the WBC welterweight title. That was just the start of the story. “Hands of Stone” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  Many film critics feel that Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel, could get DeNiro an Oscar nomination.

Word on the Street:  The film has an outstanding cast including Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades, and John Turturro.

My Take:  Duran was one of my favorite fighters, so I am anxious to see this film.

 

 

“Mechanic: Resurrection”  (2016)

Mechanic: Resurection

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

After his partner almost killed him, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) has retired as a contract killer. But Bishop is going to have to kill again when his girlfriend is kidnapped. Now Bishop must circle the globe to complete three impossible assassinations. If he fails, she dies. “Mechanic: Resurrection” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the sequel to the highly successful 2011 film, “The Mechanic.”

Word on the Street: The film was shot all over the world including Thailand, Australia, and Bulgaria.

My Take:  After seeing Jason Statham in the comedy “Spy,” where he was hilarious, it will be fun to see him back in his action element.

 

 

“Equity”  (2016)

Equity

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) has worked hard to get to where she is. Now her life and work are being threatened by a financial struggle and a web of corruption she must untangle. “Equity” Website

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

Word on the Street:  Director Meera Menon won two awards for her film, “Farah Goes Bang” (2013), including the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

My Take:  Anna Gunn is best known for her portrayal of Skyler White on the TV series “Breaking Bad” for which she won two Prime Time Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

 

 

“Southside with You”  (2016)

Southside with You

Photo courtesy of Roadside

The film chronicles the first date in 1989 Chicago of future President Barack (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Obama (Tika Sumpter). “Southside with You” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the 2016 Maui Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This is writer/director Richard Tanne’s feature film directorial debut.

My Take:  Tika Sumpter played Raina Thorpe on the CW series “Gossip Girl.”

 

 

“Miss Sharon Jones”  (2016)

Miss Sharon Jones

Photo courtesy of Starz Digital Media

This documentary follows R&B singer Miss Sharon Jones in the most challenging year of her life when she confronts pancreatic cancer. Cancer will soon learn that you can’t keep a Grammy nominated powerhouse down for long. “Miss Sharon Jones!” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film has been a big hit on the film festival circuit, winning the Best Documentary category at the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple.

My Take:  Barbara Kopple has directed two of the iconic American documentaries; “Harlan County U.S.A.” (1976) and “American Dream” (1990).

 

 

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

“Poetic Justice” (1993)   Justice (Janet Jackson) witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. She decides to skip college and become a hairdresser. She reluctantly accepts a ride from Lucky (Tupac Shakur), a man with whom she just doesn’t get along. As the ride goes along, the pair discover  they have more in common with each other than they thought.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Phone Booth”  (2002) A man (Colin Farrell) attempting to call his mistress on a pay phone becomes the target of a dangerously deranged sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) who believes in his own moral superiority.

3:00 pm

“Poetic Justice” (1993)   Justice (Janet Jackson) witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. She decides to skip college and become a hairdresser. She reluctantly accepts a ride from Lucky (Tupac Shakur), a man with whom she just doesn’t get along. As the ride goes along, the pair discover  they have more in common with each other than they thought.

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