Preview This! “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

xXx: Return of Xander Cage  (2017)

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Just when you thought Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) was dead, he comes out of exile to help the CIA recover a powerful weapon known as “Pandora’s Box” before the evil villain Xiang (Donnie Yen) can acquire it. ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage” website

What to Watch For:  UFC champion Michael Bisping and former The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev are in the film.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in 3-D, and Paramount already has plans for a 4th movie.

My Take:  I will be interested to see former Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez up on the big screen.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

Split  (2016)

Split

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

After a birthday party, three girls (Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped. Their captor Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from the rare dissociative identity disorder where he has 23 split personalities. The girls must now find one of those personalities to help them escape before the arrival of the 24th and final personality, the “beast.” ” Split” website

What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, known for his films The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000) and The Village (2004).

Word on the Street:  Anya Taylor-Joy has won a number of awards for her breakthrough performance in The Witch (2016).

My Take: I am guessing by the look of the trailer that this film should be called a “psychological suspense thriller.”

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

The Founder  (2016)

The Founder

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

The story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), who turned a small hamburger shop into Mc Donald’s, the biggest restaurant business in the world. “The Founder” website

What to Watch For:  Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side (2009) turned down the film twice before finally reading the script and then he instantly said yes.

Word on the Street:  The McDonald’s restaurants in the film were specially built for the film.

My Take:  Michael Keaton has done some phenomenal work recently in Birdman (2014) and Spotlight (2015).

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

 

20th Century Women  (2016)

20th Century Women

Photo courtesy of A24

Set in Santa Barbara, California in 1979, a free spirit mother (Annette Benning) seeks help from her two housemates (Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning) with raising her son (Lucas Jade Zumann). “20th Century Women” website

What to Watch For: Many film critics feel that both Annette Benning and Greta Gerwig could be up for Academy Awards in February.

Word on the Street:  Mike Mills, wrote and directed the film, based the characters on his own family and friends whom he knew growing up.

My Take:  I am a huge Greta Gerwig fan and will definitely be seeing this film.

The film opens Friday at Lefont Sandy Springs and Regal Tara 4 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

Beverly Hills Ninja  (1997) Haru (Chris Farley) has been raised his whole life to become a ninja. Now, to prove that he is worthy of the ninja title, he travels to California to help a young woman (Nicollette Sheridan). Can Haru survive in the rough and tumble world of Hollywood?

 

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

Beverly Hills Ninja  (1997) Haru (Chris Farley) has been raised his whole life to become a ninja. Now, to prove that he is worthy of the ninja title, he travels to California to help a young woman (Nicollette Sheridan). Can Haru survive in the rough and tumble world of Hollywood?

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