Preview This! “Bridget Jones’s Baby”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“Bridget Jones’s Baby”  (2016)

Bridget Jones's Baby

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is 43 and single again after breaking up with long-time boyfriend, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). Her fortune seems to change when she meets the handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey).  Nothing, though, is ever easy for Bridget, and, suddenly, she realizes she is pregnant and doesn’t know which of the two men are the father. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” Website

What to Watch For:  The is the third film in the franchise, and both Zellweger and Firth are reprising their roles from the 2nd film in the series, 2005’s “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.”

Word on the Street:  The film has been in development since 2009.  Emma Thompson (who is also in the movie as Bridget’s gynecologist) was hired to re-write the script.

My Take:  I loved the first film in the series, so I have high hopes for this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Blair Witch  (2016)

Blair Witch

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

After seeing a video of his sister and her experiences in the woods of Blair Witch, James (James Allen McCune) sets out with friends to find his sister.  It could be the last thing he does in his life. “Blair Witch” Website

What to Watch For:  A chance meeting between director Adam Winger and the original Blair Witch Project filmmakers, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez, at the Sundance Film Festival got the ball rolling.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot under a different name, and, only when the trailer was screened after the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, was it revealed to be a direct sequel to the 1999 blockbuster hit, “The Blair Witch Project.”

My Take:  I love that, at the screening, the studio had fake posters and no title sequence. It wasn’t until sometime during the screening that the audience figured out that this film was the sequel every horror fan has been waiting for.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Snowden”  (2016)

Snowden

Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

Based on a true story of an American computer professional named, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who believed that the U.S. government was illegally collecting data on its citizens.  Snowden decides to steal classified information from the National Security Agency and release it to the British newspaper, The Guardian. “Snowden” Website

What to Watch For:  Co-writer/director and three-time Oscar winner,  Oliver Stone, is known for his controversial historical films such as “W.” (2008), “World Trade Center” (2006), “Nixon” (1995) and “JFK”  (1991).

Word on the Street:  Before production began, Stone and Gordon-Levitt met with Snowden and his longtime girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, in Moscow, where Snowden has been living in exile since the release of the classified information.

My Take:  I will be interested to see this film after seeing the Academy Award-winning documentary “citizenfour” (2015), which is a movie about when Snowden released the information to The Guardian.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Kicks”  (2016)

Kicks

Photo courtesy of Focus World

Brandon (Jahking Guillory) is a 15-year-old boy living in L.A. who dreams of one day owning a pair of Air Jordan’s.  Brandon is convinced his life will change if he can just make enough money to swing them. While he is right, his life isn’t about to get easier but real complicated real fast after he gets his “kicks.” “Kicks” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film won Best Cinematography and was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director Justin Tipping garnered acclaim for his awarding winning live action short, “Nani” (2006).

My Take: There should be a lot of interest in this film after the exhibit, “The Rise of the Sneaker Culture” just ended at the High Museum.

 

The Hollars  (2016)

The Hollars

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

John Hollar (John Krasinski) is a struggling New York City graphic novelist who is forced to move back home when his mother (Margo Martindale) is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Moving back brings back all the old problems John had with his family and friends before he left for the big city. Complicating matters is his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), whom he left in New York City, just might be pregnant. “The Hollars” Website

What to Watch For: Besides Krasinski, Martingale, and Kendrick, the cast is made up of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Richard Jenkins, Josh Groan, Charlie Day and Sharito Copley.

Word on the Street: The film is written by James C Strouse who wrote “Grace is Gone”  (2007), “New York, I Love You” (2008) and “People Places Things” (2015).

My Take:  It should be interesting to see the first feature film directed by John Krasinski.  Krasinski directed three episodes of “The Office.”

The film opens at Landmark Midtown Art and AMC Phipps Plaza

 

“Demon”  (2015)

Demon

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

As the ceremony and the reception go on, the bridegroom (Itay Tiran) becomes possessed by something.  It’s a night that the families of this small Polish town will ever forget. “Demon” Info

What to Watch For;  The film won Best Horror Feature at last year’s Austin Fantastic Fest.

Word on the Street:  The movie was shown to a sold-out audience at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

My Take:  On a sad note, the director of the film, Marcin Wrona, committed suicide in his hotel room on September 19, 2015, during Gdynia Polish Film Festival.

The film opens on Friday exclusively Landmark Midtown Art 

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

Atlanta’s CW.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Kiss the Bride” (2007) In high school, Matt (Philipp Karner) and Ryan (James O’Shea) were best friends, well, more than best friends. Ten years later Matt receives a shock when he gets a wedding invitation to Ryan’s wedding. It’s not that Ryan is getting married, it’s that it’s to a woman (Tori Spelling).

3:00 pm

“The Cable Guy” (1996) Steven (Matthew Broderick), having been kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment, finds a new place to live. The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) comes to install cable and decides that Steven is his new best friend. At first, Steven goes along for the ride, but soon The Cable Guy’s attention becomes more that Steven can stand. The Cable Guy has decided that if Steven doesn’t want to be friends, they can now be mortal enemies.

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