Preview This! “Get Out”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Get Out

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Get Out  (2017)

College students Rose (Allison Williams) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) have been dating for a while, and now it’s time for Chris to meet Rose’s parents.  Rose hasn’t told her parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) about Chris. Rose talks Chris into a visit but doesn’t tell him about the dark secret about her town, that the area has a history of young black men disappearing. Get Out Website

What to Watch For:  This is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele.

Word on the Street:  Peele has said that one of the influences on the film was the 1975 film The Stepford Wives.

My Take:  I will be interested to see how this movie does at the box office.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Rock Dog  (2017)

Rock Dog

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Bodi (Luke Wilson) has always known that he was a little different from his father, Khampa  (J.K. Simmons) who feels his son should follow in his footsteps and protect the flock. Instead, Bodi decides to go to the big city and try and become a rock star like his hero Angus (Eddie Izzard). Rock Dog Website

What to Watch For:  The voice cast of this animated movie includes Lewis Black, Keenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon and Sam Elliott.

Word on the Street:  The film cost 60 million to make making it the most expensive Chinese-financed animated film.

My Take:  I find it interesting that the film is based on a graphic novel which was written and illustrated by Chinese rock star Zheng Jun.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

The Red Turtle  (2016)

The Red Turtle

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island.  After the man tries numerous attempts to leave the island, a red turtle crawls onto the beach and turns into a woman. The pair eventually forms a relationship. The Red Turtle Website

What to Watch For:  The film is a nominee for Best Animated Feature Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

Word on the Street: The film won the Audience Award at the 2016 Athens International Film Festival and won the Un Certain Regard – Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  I will see anything that involves Studio Ghibli.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and AMC Barrett Commons 24

Bitter Harvest  (2017)

Bitter Harvest

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Set in the time of the Soviet famine of 1932, a young artist (Max Irons) fights to survive starvation, detainment, and torture to protect his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks). Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and battles to free Ukraine from Stalin’s reign. Bitter Harvest Website

What to Watch For:  The film was shot entirely in Ukraine.

Word on the Street:  Barks is known for portraying Eponine in both the stage and film versions of Les Miserables.

My Take:  One of my favorite actors, Terence Stamp is in this film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Voodoo  (2017)

Voodoo

Photo courtesy of HyperCube Films

Dani (Samantha Stewart), to escape her ever increasingly complicated life, she takes a trip to Los Angeles but soon learns it’s hard to get away from your past. Voodoo Website

What to Watch For:  The torches used in the film were the same torches that were used in the classic films The Ten Commandments and The Robe.

Word on the Street:  Star of the film, Samantha Stewart, hired a New Orleans native, to read and record her lines so that Stewart could study how to sound more like a resident of New Orleans.

My Take:  I am always up for a horror film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

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

My Girl  (1991)  Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is surrounded by death since her father, the widower Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), runs a funeral home.  Vada’s world changes when Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis) shows up to work at the funeral parlor.

Sunday

1:00 pm

Species (1995)  A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien (Natasha Henstridge) before she successfully mates with a human.  Cast includes Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg Helgenberger.

3:00 pm

My Girl   (1991)  Vada (Anna Chlumsky) is surrounded by death since her father, the widower Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Aykroyd), runs a funeral home.  Vada’s world changes when Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis) shows up to work at the funeral parlor.

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