Preview This! “Beauty and the Beast”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast

Photo courtesy of Disney

The classic Disney tale of the monstrous beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson), the young woman who commits to live in the castle to save her father. Beauty and the Beast Website

What to Watch For: Unlike the 1991 animated film, this movie is a combination of live action with CGI (special effects).

Word on the Street: Five songs have been added from the original, and several plot points have been cleared up from the earlier version.

My Take: I can’t wait to see the ballroom scene.

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

The Sense of an Ending

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

A semi-retired divorced man (Jim Broadbent) receives notice that he has inherited an item from the mother of an old flame. His attempt to retrieve the item causes him to relive his past, a past full of friends and lovers of his school years. The Sense of an Ending Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on the book by the same name by Julian Barnes.

Word on the Street: The film features Oscar winner Jim Broadbent and Oscar-nominated Charlotte Rampling.

My Take: A favorite of mine, Emily Mortimer, is featured in the movie.

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

Donald Cried (2016)

Donald Cried

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

Peter’s (Jesse Wakeman) grandmother has passed forcing him to return to his hometown after a long absence. He encounters his childhood friend, Donald (Kris Avedisian). What starts as a simple favor turns into one long journey into the past. http://www.donaldcried.com

What to Watch For: The film has won a number of awards, including the American Independents award at the 2016 AFI Fest.

Word on the Street: The film started out as an award-winning short.

My Take: I will be sure to see this film, as I missed it at last year’s SXSW Film Festival.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

Nowhere to Run (1993)  Sam (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a convicted bank robber who escapes from the authorities. On the run, Sam takes refuge on a small, isolated farm managed by Clydie (Rosanna Arquette), a widowed mother of two. Sam discovers that Clydie is being pressured to sell her farm to a developer (Joss Ackland). When she resists, the developer, with the aid of a corrupt Sheriff (Edward Blatchford), decides to use any means necessary which now leaves Sam to risk his freedom if he goes to Clydie’s aid.

Sunday

1:00 pm

(500) Days of Summer (2009) Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets and falls in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel). The problem is that Summer doesn’t believe that true love exists.

3:00 pm

Nowhere to Run  (1993)   Sam (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a convicted bank robber who escapes from the authorities. On the run, Sam takes refuge on a small, isolated farm managed by Clydie (Rosanna Arquette), a widowed mother of two. Sam discovers that Clydie is being pressured to sell her farm to a developer (Joss Ackland). When she resists, the developer, with the aid of a corrupt Sheriff (Edward Blatchford), decides to use any means necessary which now leaves Sam to risk his freedom if he goes to Clydie’s aid.

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