Preview This! “Patriot’s Day”

Opening this week at a theater near you:

Patriots Day  (2016)

Patriot's Day

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

The events leading up to and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. A city cop (Mark Wahlberg) is determined to find the men responsible for hurting so many people. “Patriot’s Day” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot on as many of the real locations of the bombing.

Word on the Street:  The National Board of Review named Patriots Day on of the Top 20 Films of 2016 and also gave its Spotlight Award to Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg.

My Take:  Peter Berg has developed into an excellent action director with films such as Lone Survivor (2013) and last year’s Deepwater Horizon.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Live by Night  (2016)

Live by Night

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Set in the prohibition era, Joe (Ben Affleck) has been sent by the mob to the Tampa Bay area to run their rum-running organization. There he encounters Graciela (Zoe Saldana) who helps him take over the town.  Joe’s enemies of the past may just catch up with him. “Live by Night” Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Dennis Lehane.

Word on the Street:  Besides starring in the film, Ben Affleck also wrote and directed the movie.

My Take:  Affleck directed two of my favorite films; The Town (2010) and the Oscar-winning Argo (2012).

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Monster Trucks (2016)

Monster Trucks

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Tripp (Lucas Till) just wants to get away from the town he was born in. He builds a Monster Truck from bits of other trucks. After an accident at an oil-drilling site, a mysterious creature appears at Tripp’s home. It turns out this creature has a talent for speed and Tripp may have found a way to get out of town. “Monster Trucks” Website

What to Watch For: The cast includes Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover and Thomas Lennon.

Word on the Street: The idea for the film came from a conversation of a studio executive had when his young son.

My Take:  I have enjoyed Lucas Till’s work as Alex Summers / Havok in the X-Men series.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

The Bye Bye Man  (2017)

The Bye Bye Man

Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment

Three friends (Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas) move into an old, off-campus house. They soon discover that their house is haunted by the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure who just might be the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts. “The Bye Bye Man” Webiste

What to Watch For: The film is based on allegedly true story told in the non-fiction book The President’s Vampire.

Word on the Street:  Cast includes Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.

My Take:  I am always ready for a good scare.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Sleepless  (2017)

Sleepless

Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) is a cop with connections to the Mob. Now Vincent must roam the streets of Las Vegas looking for his kidnapped son. “Sleepless” Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in Atlanta, GA and Las Vegas, NV.

Word on the Street: The movie is a remake of a 2011 French film Sleepless Night.

My Take:  I have always liked Michelle Monaghan, who plays Vincent’s ex-wife in the film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Elle   (2016)

Elle

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is a businesswoman who one day is violently attacked and raped by a masked assailant. Michele makes it here mission to find out who the rapist is and get her revenge. “Elle” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  Huppert has received numerous awards for her performance, including a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Word on the Streets:  The film is directed by Paul Verhoeven, who directed RoboCop (1987) and Total Recall (1990).

My Take:  I was very surprised when the film did not make the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film opens exclusively in Atlanta on Friday at Regal Tara Cinemas 4 

 

Paterson  (2016)

Paterson

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

Paterson (Adam Driver)is a bus drive in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. His days are very simple, driving a bus, writing poetry in a notebook and stopping at his local bar for a beer. His girlfriend, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) has big plans that are ever changing. Somehow this couple makes it work as Paterson observes his city from the bus driver’s seat. “Paterson” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Jim Jarmusch, known for his films Coffee and Cigarettes (2004) and Broken Flowers (2005).

Word on the Street: Critics have been praising Adam Driver’s performance and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave Driver their Best Actor Award.

My Take:  This was one of the most talked about films at the Savannah Film Festival last year.

The film opens in the Atlanta area on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Real Genius  (1985)  Mitch (Gabriel Jarret) is the youngest student ever accepted to a university known for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, Chris (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project. Little do they know that the laser is going to be used for the military.

Sunday

1:00 pm

Hoosiers (1986) A coach (Gene Hackman) with a tattered past teams up with a small-town drunk (Dennis Hopper) to turn a bunch of high school losers into a winning basketball team.

3:00 pm

Real Genius (1985)  Mitch (Gabriel Jarret) is the youngest student ever accepted to a university known for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, Chris (Val Kilmer) to work on a laser project. Little do they know that the laser is going to be used for the military

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