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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Underworld: Blood Wars  (2016)

Underworld: Blood Wars

Photo courtesy of Screen Gems

Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire angel of death, is back and is fighting to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her. “Underworld: Blood Wars” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the fifth film in the series, and it has already been announced that Beckinsale will do a sixth movie as Selene.

Word on the Street:   Director of the film, Anna Foerster, is known for her work under director Roland Emmerich, either as his cinematographer or in charge of a film’s visual effects.

My Take:  I am hoping the film will return to its roots of the dark noir undertones that the first film in the series had.

 

Silence  (2016)

Silence

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

In the seventeenth century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) travel to Japan to find their mentor (Liam Neeson).  They will find that they are not welcome in this foreign country so far from home. “Silence” Website

What to Watch for:  Director Martin Scorsese has been trying to get this film made for the past 25 years.

Word on the Street:   The film was chosen by American Film Institute as one of the Top Ten Films of 2016.

My Take:  This just could be an Oscar contender for Best Picture.

 

A Monster Calls  (2016)

A Monster Calls

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

Conor (Lewis MacDougal) is dealing with the one thing that any child fears, the illness of his mother (Felicity Jones). One night, Conor meets a “monster” (Liam Neeson) who is in the shape of a giant tree. The monster promises to help Conor deal with the sadness of his life. “A Monster Calls” Website

What to Watch For:  Patrick Ness, who wrote the screenplay, took over writing the novel the film is based on when the original writer, Siobhan Dowd, died before finishing the book.

Word on the Street:  The film currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with more than 100 film critics.

My Take:  I am looking forward to this movie because it’s directed by J.A. Bayona, who directed the exceptional film The Impossible (2012).

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale  (2009)  Professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a lost dog and tries to find its owner.  When no one claims the dog, Parker and his family decide to keep Hachi, and the dog changes their lives forever.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

Ice Age: The Meltdown  (2006) Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary), Scrat (Chris Wedge) and the rest of the Ice Age gang are back. Everyone is adjusting to their new melting world, except for Manny. Manny is convinced that he is the last wooly mammoth in the world until he meets Ellie (Queen Latifah), a female wooly. One problem – they hate each other.

3:00 pm

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale  (2009)  Professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) finds a lost dog and tries to find its owner.  When no one claims the dog, Parker and his family decide to keep Hachi, and the dog changes their lives forever.

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