Preview This! ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

War for the Planet of the Apes  (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are at war with the humans. After suffering heavy losses, Caesar decides to find the man who is responsible for the suffering, The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), and get his revenge. War for the Planet of the Apes Website

What to Watch For:  The filmmakers watch films like Bridge on the River Kwai and The Great Escape to get inspiration for making the film.

Word on the Street:  Many film critics believe that Andy Serkis could get an Oscar nomination for this role.

My Take:  I have enjoyed the first two films of the series, so I am looking forward to seeing this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Wish Upon  (2017)

Wish Upon

Photo courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

Clare (Joey King) is given a mysterious music box. She is surprised to find her every wish coming true, but soon she learns that there is a price for each wish. Wish Upon Website

What To Watch For:  The production company of the film is granting seven fan wishes submitted via the movie’s official website.

Word on the Street:  The film is directed by John R. Leonetti, who also directed the horror film, Annabelle (2014).

My Take:  Joey King was in one of my favorite series, Fargo.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Maudie  (2016)

Maudie

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman (Sally Hawkins) works as a housekeeper while she practices her artwork and becomes a beloved figure in the community. Maudie Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won over eight awards at film festivals such as the Atlantic Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the true story of Maud Lewis, whose house is on permanent display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

My Take:  I love to watch Sally Hawkins on screen.

The movie opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

 

The Little Hours  (2017)

The Little Hours

Photo courtesy of Gunpowder and Sky Pictures

A young servant (Dave Franco) flees his master and takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns in the Middle Ages. The Little Hours Website

What to Watch For:  The film was up for the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  The cast includes Molly Shannon, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza and Fred Armisen.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Chasing Coral  (2017)

Chasing Coral

Photo courtesy of Nexflix

A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out to discover why the world’s coral reefs are vanishing. Chasing Coral Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for best documentary.

Word on the Street: Jeff Orlowski directed this film as well as the Oscar-nominated Chasing Ice (2012).

My Take:  I loved Chasing Ice, so I am really looking forward to this film.

The film will be available on Netflix on Friday, July 14th.

 

Moka  (2016)

Moka

Photo courtesy of Film Movement

A grieving woman (Emmanuelle Devos) has lost her son in a hit and run accident. She now thinks she knows who killed her son and begins to pursue that person. Moka Info

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for Best Screenplay at the Swiss Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Lead actress Emmanuelle Devos has won two Cesar Best Actress awards.

My Take:  Director Frederic Mermoud also directed the award-winning Accomplices (2009).

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema 

 

To the Bone  (2017)

To the Bone

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Ellen (Lily Collins) is a 20-year-old anorexic woman who has spent her teenage years trying to beat her disease through what seems like a million programs without much success.  Her family sends her to a group home for youths, where an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) and the home seem to finally offer a solution. Now Ellen must do the hard work to make it happen. To the Bone Website

What to Watch For:  This is the first feature film that Marti Noxon has directed. Noxon is known for writing for UnReal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

Word on the Street:  Lily Collins has revealed that she suffered from an eating disorder when she was a teenager.

My Take:  Marti Noxon is one of my favorite screenwriters.

The film will be available on Netflix on Friday, July 14th.

 

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

Last Action Hero  (1993)  After receiving a magical ticket from his friend who is the movie projector operator at the local theater, a young boy (Austin O’Brien) is transported into his favorite movie.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

Laws of Attraction  (2004) Two legendary New York City divorce lawyers (Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore), who are familiar with opposing each other in court, decide to date. When they get married, can their relationship survive the stormy seas of the courtroom?

 

3:00 pm

Last Action Hero  (1993)  After receiving a magical ticket from his friend who is the movie projector operator at the local theater, a young boy (Austin O’Brien) is transported into his favorite movie.=

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