Preview This! ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword  (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

A young Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) runs with his crew on the back streets of Londinium, unaware of his royal lineage. He then draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. With the sword and a mage (Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey), he is ready to take on the tyrant Vortigern (Jude Law) – the man who murdered his parents and stole his crown. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Website

What to Watch For:  The film is directed and co-written by Guy Ritchie, known for the Sherlock Holmes film series and the award-winning Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Word on the Street:  This is the first of six planned films about the King Arthur tale.

My Take:  I am interested to see this take on the legend.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer  (2016)

Norman

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is a small time operator who befriends a young Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi) at a low point in his life.  Little did the two friends know that the young politician was bound to become the Prime Minister of Israel. Norman Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles and Hank Azaria.

Word on the Street:  This is the first English language film for award-winning director Joseph Cedar.

My Take:  Richard Gere has been taking some fascinating roles lately.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4

Snatched  (2017)

Snatched

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, Emily (Amy Schumer) talks her ultra-cautious mother (Goldie Hawn) into taking the vacation with her. They are going to go on a trip of a lifetime if it doesn’t kill them. Snatched Website

What to Watch For:  This is Amy Schumer’s the first feature film since her 2015 hit Trainwreck.

Word on the Street:  Schumer insisted that Goldie Hawn play her mother, threatening to leave the project if she wasn’t cast.

My Take:  I loved Trainwreck, so I am looking forward to this film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

The Wall (2017)

The Wall

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attactions

Two American soldiers (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena) are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them and the shooter. The Wall Website

What to Watch For:  A former U.S. Ranger sniper, Nicholas Irving, was the technical advisor on the film.

Word on the Street:  Director Doug Liman also directed The Bourne Identity (2002), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

My Take:  It will be interesting to see John Cena back in the action film business.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

3 Generations  (2015)

3 Generations

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Ray (Elle Fanning) has decided to transition from female to male. Ray’s mom (Naomi Watts) must come to terms with Ray’s decision while trying to track down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent. 3 Generations Info

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for the Art Cinema Award at the 2016 Hamburg Film Festival.

Word on the Streets:  Director/co-writer Gaby Dellal is known for her 2005 film On a Clear Day.

My Take:  One of my favorite film actresses, Susan Sarandon, appears in the film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art CinemaLefont Sandy Springs 

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City  (2016)

Citizen Jane

Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects

A documentary about the writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs, who fought to save historic buildings in New York City in the 1960’s. Citizen Jane Website

What to Watch for:  Director Matt Tymauer’s first film Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) was about the life of the legendary fashion designer Valentino.

Word on the Street:  Jacobs was instrumental in saving historic buildings in Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy and Tribeca.

My Take:  I love documentaries like this one.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

One Week and a Day  (2016)

One Week and a Day

Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

When Eyal (Shai Avivl) finishes the traditional week of mourning for his late son, his wife Vicky (Evgenia Dodina) urges him to return to their routine.  Instead Eyal, finds his son’s medical marijuana and decides to go on adventure, finding that there are still things in life that are worth living for.

What to Watch For:  The film won four awards at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival and four awards, including Best Picture at the 2016 Israeli Film Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  This is the first feature film for award-winning writer/director Asaph Polonsky.

My Take: I loved the trailer for this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary  (2016)

Chasing Trane

Photo courtesy of Abramorama Films

A documentary on the legendary jazz musician who influenced music worldwide. Chasing Trane Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director John Scheinfeld specializes in films of musicians such as John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Bing Crosby and Ricky Nelson.

Word on the Street:   Scheinfeld was nominated for a Grammy for this Long Form Music Video: Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of “Smile” (2004).

My Take:  John Coltrane is one of my favorite jazz musicians.

The film opens Friday exclusively at 

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

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning  (2012)   After awakening from a coma, a man (Jean-Claude Van Damme) discovers that his wife and daughter were brutally murdered during a home invasion and sets out to find the killer, a man named, Luc Deveraux (Dolph Lundgren).

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

Crazy Heart  (2009)  A faded country music musician (Jeff Bridges) is forced to reassess his existence during a romance with a woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who changes his life.

3:00 pm

Universal Soldier: The Return  (1999) When the military’s supercomputer goes out of control, the “Universal Soldiers” must fight a whole army.  Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg, and Heidi Schanz.

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