Preview This! “The Magnificent Seven”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“The Magnificent  Seven”  (2016)

The Magnificent Seven

Photo courtesy of MGM and Columbia Pictures

The small, western town of Rose Creek is under the clutches of industrialist Bartholemew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).  In desperation, the townspeople turn to employing seven outlaws, country hunters and hired guns to protect them. Against the odds, the seven gunfighters may win this battle, but, at what cost? “The Magnificent Seven” Facebook

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Matt Bomer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byrung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose films include “Training Day” (2001), “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) and “The Equalizer” (2014).

My Take:  The film is based on two of my favorite movies: “Seven Samurai” (1954) and “The Magnificent Seven” (1960).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Storks”  (2016)

Storks

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Storks used to deliver babies but, lately they are delivering packages for the global internet giant Cornerstone. That all changes when the top delivery stork, Junior (Andy Samberg), accidentally activates the “Baby Making Machine.” Now, Junior and his friends are off on a mission to deliver the baby before their boss (Kelsey Grammar) finds out what Junior has done. “Storks” Website

What to Watch for:  The voice cast is brilliant, including  Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo and Stephen Kramer Glickman.

Word on the Street:  “Storks” will be preceded by “The Master,“ a five-minute short-film based on the Lego Ninjago line of sets.

My Take:  The film was shot in 3-D animation, so I am excited to see all the flying scenes.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Queen of Katwe”  (2016)

Queen of Katwe

Photo courtesy of Disney

The film follows the life of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Natwanga), a Ugandan chess prodigy from Katwe who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads. “Queen of Katwe” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story and uses the book, “The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster” as its source material.

Word on the Street:  Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o took the part after only reading the first ten pages of the script.

My Take:  I love the game of Chess, so I want to see this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Tanna”  (2015)

Tanna

Lightyear Entertainment

Set in the South Pacific, Wawa, is a young girl from one the last traditional tribes. She falls in love with the chief’s grandson, but, when an inter-tribal war starts up, she may be wed to a rival tribe to make the peace.  The young lovers must decide to run away or put their love of their tribe ahead of their love for each other. “Tanna” Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story and is performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot on location and one of the directors of the film, Brentley Dean, lived on the island for seven months preparing the filming.

My Take: I am looking forward to this film, the official Australia 2017 Oscar submission.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

“Author: The JT LeRoy Story”  (2016)

Author: The JT Leroy Story

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

JT Leroy was the hit of the literary world. Having lived a life of prostitution, drug addiction, and vagrancy, he hit the literary scene  with a series of articles and his first novel, “Sarah.” Then it was discovered that JT LeRoy wasn’t a real person but the creation of author Laura Albert. This documentary explores this fascinating story. “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” Website

What to Watch For: The film has been a big hit on the film festival circuit and was nominated for the documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Many film critics feel that this could be one of the front-runners for the documentary Oscar.

My Take:  I love stories like this. This should be a fascinating film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

“Goat”  (2016)

Goat

Photo courtesy of The Film Arcade

After getting over a terrifying assault over the summer, 19-year-old Brad (Ben Schnetzer) starts college.  His older brother, Brett (Nick Jonas), is in a fraternity and very popular on campus. Brett talks Brad into pledging to his fraternity and what happens during “Hell Week” will change both their lives forever. “Goat” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film is produced by James Franco, who has a part in the film and is directed by Andrew Neel, the award winning director of  ”Darkon” (2006) and “King Kelly” (2012).

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the memoir by Brad Land.

My Take:  The film has been getting great reviews from film critics. The film is currently at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.

The film opens Friday at Cine Athens 

 

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

“Die Hard 2”  (1990)  John McClaine (Bruce Willis) is back at it as he finds out that a rogue military operation is trying to seize control of the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. To complicate matters, John’s wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedevil), is on a plane high-jacked and heading for Dulles.

3:30 pm

“Spanglish”  (2004)  John (Adam Sandler) is a celebrated chef whose home life is in shambles. His wife (Tea Leoni) is an insecure type A homemaker who is driven to make everything right, even when it doesn’t need to be fixed. Their daughter, Bernice (Sarah Steele), is trying to survive high school, and it’s not helping that her mother focuses so much on her weight. Into this walks Flor (Paz Vega).  Flor, her daughter (Shelbie Bruce) and each family member won’t be the same ever again.

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