Preview This! “Power Rangers”

Opening this week at a theater near you:

Saban’s Power Rangers (2017)

Power Rangers

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

A group of high school outcasts discover an alien spaceship, where inside they are given superpowers and dubbed the “Power Rangers.” They learn that Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) has come back to earth vowing vengeance. Now the Power Rangers must learn to harness their new powers and defeat Rita. Power Rangers Website

What to Watch For: This is the third film of the series, having been based on the 1993 TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Word on the Street: This is the first Power Rangers movie to receive a PG-13 rating.

My Take: It will be interesting to see how this film does at the box office since it is the first Power Rangers movie to come out in 20 years.

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

CHIPS (2017)

CHIPS

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers (Dax Shepard, Michael Pena) as they make their way around the freeways of Los Angeles. CHIPS Website

What to Watch For: Star of the film, Dax Shepard also wrote and directed the film.

Word on the Street: The movie is based on the 70s TV show of the same name. Not once in the six years that it was on TV did the officers ever use their guns.

My Take: It will be interesting to see this film, which has been in the planning stages since 2005.

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

Life (2017)

Life

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Six astronauts aboard a space station discover that life on Mars is a reality. They find a single-celled organism that will have unintended consequences for the astronauts. Life Website

What to Watch For: The movie was the closing night film of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal headline the massive cast.

My Take: The director of this film, Daniel Espinosa, also directed the fascinating Safe House (2012).

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

Wilson (2017)

Wilson

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

A lonely, neurotic middle-aged man (Woody Harrelson) reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern), and he meets his teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) for the first time. Wilson Website

What to Watch For: Several scenes were filmed in a working correctional facility.

Word on the Street: The director of this film, Craig Johnson, also directed the award winning 2014 film The Skeleton Twins.

My Take: I am looking forward to this film because one of the stars of the film, Mary Lynn Rajskub, is one of my favorite actresses.

Opening in Atlanta area theaters on Friday.

T2 Transpotting (2017)

T2 Trainspotting

Photo courtesy of TriStar Picutes

Twenty years after being abroad, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friend’s Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). T2 Trainspotting Website

What to Watch For: The first Trainspotting film in 1996 put writer/director Danny Boyle on the map.

Word on the Street: There is a David Bowie tribute in the film.

My Take: It will be interesting revisiting these iconic characters.

The film opens Friday exclusively at UA Tara Cinemas 4

 

Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

Maureen (Kristen Stewart) is a lonely personal shopper who starts communicating with ghosts, especially her deceased twin brother. Personal Shopper Website

What to Watch For: The director of the film, Olivier Assayas, won Best Director at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Kristen Stewart was also the star of Assayas 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria.

My Take: Kristen Stewart has developed into an extortionary access.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Song to Song (2017)

Song to Song

Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

Two love triangles set in the music world of Austin, Texas. Song to Song Website

What to Watch For: The film is a love letter to Austin, the city that writer/director Terrence Malick calls home.

Word on the Street: All-star cast includes Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Holly Hunter and Cate Blanchett.

My Take: It will be interesting to see this film, as Malick has been editing the film since 2012.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

RAW (2016)

RAW

Photo courtesy of Focus World

A young vegetarian student (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at her Veterinary school and an unbidden taste for meat beings to grow in her. RAW Website

What to Watch For: The film won Best Director for Julia Ducournau at the 2016 Austin Fantastic Fest.

Word on the Street: The film has won a number of awards at film festivals around the world.

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

The film opens 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

La Bamba (1987) Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens, who rises from the migrant farms of California to become a teenage rock star, only to lose his life in a legendary plane crash.

Sunday
1:00 pm

Mystic Pizza (1988) Three girls (Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor) work at the local pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut. There they learn about love, friendship, and life.

3:00 pm

La Bamba (1987) Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens, who rises from the migrant farms of California to become a teenage rock star, only to lose his life in a legendary plane crash.

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