Preview This! “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Smurfs: The Lost Village  (2017)

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

A map is found and Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends decide to set out through the Forbidden Forest to find the biggest secret in Smurf history. Smurfs: The Lost Village Website

What to Watch For:  The voice cast includes Ariel Winter, Joe Manganiello, Michelle Rodriguez, Julia Roberts, Ellie Kemper and Rainn Wilson.

Word on the Street:  Unlike the first two Smurf films, this movie does not contain any live action footage.

My Take:  I have learned that there a couple of really cool guest stars in this film.

The film opens Friday in Atlanta area theatres.

Going in Style (2017)

Going in Style

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Three retired pals (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin) decide that they are going to rob the very bank that absconded their retirement money. Going in Style Website

What to Watch For:  The film is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name that starred George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg.

Word on the Street:  The film is directed by Scrubs alum Zach Braff.

My Take:  The screenplay is written by Theodore Melfi, who wrote Hidden Figures (2016) and St. Vincent  (2014).

The film opens Friday in Atlanta area theatres.

After the Storm  (2016)

After the Storm

Photo courtesy of Film Movement

After the death of his father, a private detective (Hiroshi Abe) struggles to reconnect with his son and ex-wife. After the Storm Website

What To Watch For:  The film won the Best Non-U.S. release award from the 2017 Online Film Critics Society.

Word on the Street:  The film was also nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  The film is directed by one of my favorite Japanese directors, Hirokazu Korea, who directed the brilliant Like Father, Like Son  (2015).

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

The Assignment  (2017)

The Assignment

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

After waking up and discovering that he has undergone a gender reassignment surgery, an assassin (Michelle Rodriguez) wants revenge on the doctor who performed the surgery (Sigourney Weaver). The Assignment Info

What to Watch For:  The film was directed by Emmy award winner Walter Hill.

Word on the Street:  The director optioned the script with his own money.

My Take:  I always enjoy watching Sigourney Weaver on the big screen.

The film opens Friday exclusively at the Plaza Theatre 

Queen of the Desert  (2015)

Queen of the Desert

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

British writer Gertrude Bell (Nichole Kidman) traveled the world, spending her entire life trying to make a difference in the Middle East, an area that she loved. Queen of the Desert Website

What to Watch For:  This is director Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature in six years.

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

My Take:  Excited to see this film because most of the filming took place in Morocco, a place that I have always wanted to travel to.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

 

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

Fools Rush In  (1997)  Alex (Matthew Perry) has a one-night stand with Isabel (Salma Hayek). He finds out later that she is pregnant and decides to marry her.  Can their relationship last after only this short time together?

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

Dark Blue (2002) A corrupt LAPD officer (Kurt Russel) rethinks his tactics after investigating a robbery homicide that becomes more and more complicated.

3:00 pm

Fools Rush In  (1997)  Alex (Matthew Perry) has a one-night stand with Isabel (Salma Hayek).  He finds out later that she is pregnant and decides to marry her.  Can their relationship last after only this short time together?

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