Preview This! “Deepwater Horizon”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

“Deepwater Horizon”  (2016)

Deepwater Horizon

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) is the chief electronics technician on the floating oil rig named, Deepwater Horizon. Williams will need all his skills when the rig explodes and creates one of the worst oil spills of all time. “Deepwater Horizon” Website

What to Watch For:  The director of the film, Peter Berg, last directed “Lone Survivor” in 2013.

Word on the Street:  The film cost $156 million to produce.

My Take:  I understand the audience at the Toronto International Film Festival gave it a standing ovation.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”  (2016)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Jake (Asa Butterfield) goes on a quest to find the home that his grandfather told so many stories about. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

Word on the Street:  Eva Green plays Miss Peregrine in the film. Zooey Deschanel, Miranda Cosgrove, Demi Lovato, Laura Marano and Selena Gomez were considered for the role of Dr. Golan.

My Take:  Jane Goldman wrote the script.  Her past films include “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014) and “X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

“The Dressmaker”  (2015)

The Dressmaker

Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

A glamorous woman (Kate Winslet) returns to her small town in rural Australia.  While she changes the style and dress of the women of the small town, she is there to get revenge on those who did her wrong in the past. “The Dressmaker” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won 5 awards in Australia, including Best Lead Actress for Kate Winslet at the Australian Film Institute Awards.

Word on the Street: Director Jocelyn Moorhouse’s, last feature film was 1997 “A Thousand Acres.”

My Take:  I always enjoy seeing Kate Winslet work on the silver screen.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

“Masterminds”  (2016)

MasterMinds

Photo courtesy of Relativity

David (Zach Galifianakis) is a security guard who drives an armored car every day. With a group of half-brained criminals, David does the impossible and steals over 17 million dollars. Now, will he be able to keep the money? “Masterminds” Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Owen Wilson, and Leslie Jones.

Word on the Street:  Zach Galifianakis joined the cast to replace Jim Carrey after he dropped out.

My Take:  I like the name of the hitman whom Jason Sudeikis plays; Mike McKinney.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

“Operation Avalanche”  (2016)

Operation Avalanche

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

In 1967, four CIA agents went undercover at NASA to find a mole.  What they didn’t count on was stumbling upon one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. “Operation Avalanche” Website

What to Watch For:  Matt Johnson, who stars in the film, also co-wrote and directed the film.

Word on the Street:  The film has been nominated at several film festivals, including winning 3rd place at the Fantasia Film Festival.

My Take:  Film critics that have seen the film seem split on what they think of the film. The movie has been called “Fresh” and “Diverting,’ while others have said it “doesn’t go far enough.”

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

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

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Natural”  (1984)  Out of nowhere, Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) appears on the baseball scene, taking the rag-tag New York Knights on a ride of a lifetime.

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