Preview This! ‘Atomic Blonde’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Atomic Blonde  (2017)  R

Atomic Blonde

Photo courtesy of Focus Features

The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and Lorraine (Charlize Theron), an undercover MI6 agent, is sent to the Communist side to find a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. Atomic Blonde Website

What to Watch For:  Charlize Theron did ninety-five percent of her own stunt work during the fight sequences.

Word on the Street:  This is director David Leitch’s first solo effort after co-directing John Wick with Chad Stahelski.

My Take:  Critics who saw the film at the 2017 SXSW film festival are comparing Charlize Theron’s character to a female James Bond.

Opens Wide at a theater near you. 

A Ghost Story  (2017)  R

A Ghost Story

Photo courtesy of A24

A recently deceased man (Casey Affleck) remains in his home and tries to reconnect with his bereft wife (Rooney Mara). https://a24films.com/films/a-ghost-story

What to Watch For:  David Lowery, director of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) and Pete’s Dragon (2014), directed, wrote and edited this film.

Word on the Street:  This is not a scary movie but a story of never-ending love and how grief affects the ones left behind.

My Take:  It will be interesting to see how Casey Affleck does in this role after his Oscar winning performance in Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Opens Wide at a theater near you. 

Detroit  (2017)   R

Detroit

Photo courtesy of Annapurna Distribution

Set in 1960’s Detroit, during the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, the city is under crew, and the National Guard patrols the streets. Three young black men are murdered in the Algiers Motel, and Detroit will never be the same. Detroit Website

What to Watch For:  The film stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Algee Smith (Earth to Echo).

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by two time Academy Award winning Kathryn Bigelow.

My Take:   The script is by Oscar winning writer Mark Goal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker).

Opens Wide at a theater near you. 

Lady Macbeth  (2016)   R

Lady Macbeth

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Set in 19th century rural England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) has married a man (Paul Hilton) much older than she. It’s a loveless marriage, and Katherine’s attention is soon drawn to a common worker, Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). When Katherine relets to the temptation, path that may destroy everything and anyone is set into motion. Lady Macbeth Website

What to Watch For:  The film won more than ten awards at film festivals, including one for William Oldroyd, who won the Directors to Watch award at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Film critics who have seen the film single out Florence Pugh’s performance as a possible Oscar contender.

My Take:  This is director William Oldroyd’s first feature film. Oldroyd directed the Sundance Film Festival nominated short, Best (2013).

The Emoji Movie  (2017)   PG

The Emoji Movie

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures

Ever wonder what the emoji’s in your phone do while you’re not using it? Turns out within the messaging app is Textopolis, a city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to one day be used in your messages. The Emogi Movie Info

What to Watch For: Voice cast includes T. J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Paris, Maya Rudolph and Sir Patrick Stewart as the Poop emoji.

Word on the Street:  Director/writer Tony Leondis was up for the prestigious Annie Award in 2006 for his animated short Kronk’s New Groove.

My Take:  I am looking forward to the short film that will play before The Emoji movie, Puppy!, a Hotel Transylvania short.

Opens Wide at a theater near you. 

Landline  (2017)   R

Landline

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

For the first time in her life, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, bonds with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn) after the two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) is having an affair. The two try and discover the truth without letting their mother (Eddie Falco) know. Landline Website

What to Watch For:  The movie re-teams Obvious Child (2014) writer/director Gillian Robespierre with her star of that film, Jenny Slate.

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  I think that Jenny Slate is one of the funniest actors around.

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday Regal Tara Cinemas 4, 

The Last Face  (2017)  R

The Last Face

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

Set in war-torn Liberia, Dr. Wren Petersen (Charlize Theron) and Dr. Miguel Leon ( Javier Bardem) start a relationship in incredibly difficult conditions.  They both want to help the people of Liberia but have different ideas on how to do that. The Last Face Info

What to Watch For:  The film premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film was directed by Sean Penn.

My Take:  I am always up to seeing Charlize Theron on screen.

The film opens Friday exclusively at the Plaza Theatre  

13 Minutes  (2017) R

13 Minutes

Photo courtesy of Sony Classics

A man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects, and just minutes later a bomb goes off in Munich, killing eight people. Just 13 minutes before Hitler had been giving a speech at the very lectern that the bomb was planted in. 13 Minutes Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for seven awards at the German Film Awards.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on a true story.

My Take:  I am always interested in movies about WWII.

The film opens Friday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

If you can’t get to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:

Saturday

1:00 pm

Open Season (2006) Boog (Martin Lawrence) is a 900 pound Grizzly bear with a bit of a problem – he’s never been out in the wild. Boog was raised by a park ranger and was the star of the town of Timberline’s nature show, now he is stuck in the middle of the woods with the one-antlered deer, Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), after rescuing Elliot from a hunter. The unlikely pair must find a way to survive the opening of hunting season.

Sunday

1:00 pm

Original Sin  (2001) A wealthy Cuban coffee farmer (Antonio Banderas) decides to use a matchmaker to get a wife. He marries a young woman (Angelina Jolie) who just might not be who or what she says she is.

3:00 pm

Open Season (2006) Boog (Martin Lawrence) is a 900 pound Grizzly bear with a bit of a problem – he’s never been out in the wild. Boog was raised by a park ranger and was the star of the town of Timberline’s nature show, now he is stuck in the middle of the woods with the one-antlered deer, Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), after rescuing Elliot from a hunter. The unlikely pair must find a way to survive the opening of hunting season.

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