Preview This! ‘Cars 3’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Cars 3  (2017)  G

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After losing his racing title to Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer), Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) decides he is going to retire after the season. Lightning decides to make one last stand at the Florida 500 and starts training with a spunky race technician named Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), who has her own racing dreams. Cars 3 Website

What to Watch For:  The voice cast is incredible with Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, John Ratzenberger, Lea DeLaria, Cheech Marin and Jenifer Lewis.

Word on the Street:  NASCAR personalities are voicing some of the roles, including Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Shannon Spake, Humpy Wheeler, Jeff Gordon, Daniel Suárez, Kyle Petty, Mike Joy, and Ray Evernham.

My Take:   Director Brian Fee says that this is a love letter to Southern racing, where every small town has a dirt track.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Rough Night  (2017)  R

Rough Night

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Five best friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer) reunite ten years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. While partying, they accidentally kill a male stripper and then try to conceal the death. Talk about a buzz kill. Rough Night Info

What to Watch For: Cameron Diaz was in early talks to play the part the Johansson plays in the film.

Word on the Street:  Critics that have seen the film are talking how, once again, Kate McKinnon has another scene stealing performance.

My Take:  We know that Scarlett Johansson can open an action film, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this comedy does at the box office.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

47 Meters Down  (2017)  PG-13

47 Meters Down

Photo courtesy of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Two sisters (Mandy Moore, Claire Holt) are vacationing in Mexico when a caged dive goes wrong, and they are stuck on the bottom of the ocean with an hour of oxygen and a group of great white sharks between them and the boat. 47 Meters Down Website

What to Watch For:  Both actresses had never scuba dived before, so they had to take an intense course before starting the film.

Word on the Street:  Co-writer/director Johannes Roberts is known for the horror films The Other Side of the Door (2016) and Storage 24 (2012).

My Take:  After the success of last year’s The Shallows, it seems the public wants more shark horror films.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Book of Henry  (2017)  PG-13

The Book of Henry

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

In a small town, a single mom (Naomi Watts) is raising her two boys, an 11-year old genius named Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and his younger brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay). Henry has a crush on his neighbor Christiana (Maddie Ziegler), and when she becomes threaten by her stepfather, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her. The Book of Henry Website

What to Watch For:  Writer Greg Hurwitz has been trying to get this film make since he wrote the script back in 1998.

Word on the Street:  The film is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

My Take:  I’m excited to see one of my favorite actresses, Sarah Silverman, in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

All Eyes on Me  (2017)  R

All Eyez on Me

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

The film follows the true and untold story of rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.). All Eyez on Me Website

What to Watch ForThe Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham stars in the film as Jada Pinkett.

Word on the Street: The film was shot primarily in Atlanta, GA.

My Take:  I can’t believe it’s been 21 years since Tupac Shakur died.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Dean  (2016)   PG-13

Dean

Photo courtesy of CBS Films

A New York illustrator, Dean (Demetri Martin) is still not over the death of his mother. To make matters worth, his love life is nonexistent, and his father (Kevin Kline) is thinking about selling the family home.  At a party, Dean meets Nicky (Gillian Jacobs), who he clicks with right away. Learning she is about to go back to L.A., he uses a business opportunity to follow Nicky to L.A.. Will Dean’s history of bad luck end with Nicky? Dean Website

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Demetri Martin did his own drawings for the film.

Word on the Street:  The film won the Best U.S. Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

My Take:  The film was one of the most talked about films at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival.

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

Wakefield  (2017)  R

Wakefield

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

A man (Bryan Cranston) suffers a nervous breakdown, which causes him to leave his wife without telling her and living for months in their attic while she believes that he has been abducted or worst, is dead. Wakefield Website

What to Watch For:  Cast includes Jennifer Garner, Beverly D’Angelo, and Jason O’Mara.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director Robin Swicord was nominated for an Academy Award for her writing on the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

My Take:  Bryan Cranston has become on of our best actors.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Past Life  (2016)

Past Life

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Nana (Nelly Tagar) and Sephi (Joy) are two very different sisters living in Israel in the 1970’s. Nana is a fiery writer who is fast with sharing her opinion. Sephi is a singer who is going to school to try and become a composer in the man-dominated field. On a chance encounter, Sephi is confronted by a woman who accuses her father (Doron Tavory) with murder.  Now the two sisters are determined to find out what happened to her father during World War II. Past Life Website

What to Watch For:  The film is written and directed by Avi Nesher, known for his award-winning films The Wonders (2013), The Matchmaker (2010) and Turn Left at the End of the World  (2004).

Word on the Street:  Nelly Tagar is known for her role as Daffi in the 2014 film Zero Motivation, which played to a packed house at the 2015 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

My Take:  Israeli films have had a great run lately.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

 

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

The Mask of Zorro  (1998)  A young thief (Antonio Banderas) is seeking revenge for the death of his brother.  He talks the once great but aged Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), to training him, but Zorro has an agenda of his own.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

Big Mommas: Life Father, Like Son  (2011)  Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence) and his stepson Trent (Brandon T. Jackson) go undercover at an all-girls school to find a killer.

3:00 pm

The Mask of Zorro  (1998)  A young thief (Antonio Banderas) is seeking revenge for the death of his brother.  He talks the once great but aged Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), to training him, but Zorro has an agenda of his own.

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