Preview This! ‘The Dark Tower’

Opening this week at a theater near you:

 

The Dark Tower  (2017)

The Dark Tower

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Mathew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. The Dark Tower Website

What to Watch for:  The series is seven books long.

Word on the Street:  Stephen King sold the film rights to The Dark Tower for $19; this is a significant, recurring number in later books in the series.

My Take:  Daniel Craig, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem were considered for the lead role before Idris Elba was cast.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Step  (2017)

Step

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Documentary of the senior year of a girls’ high school dance team. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city. Step Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won a number of awards including the Inspirational Filmmaking award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film won the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

My Take:  I have wanted to see the film since it won the award at the AFI Docs Festival.

The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Phipps Plaza 14, Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, and Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Kidnap (2017)

Kidnap

Photo courtesy of Aviron Pictures

A mother (Halle Berry) is on a mission to save her son’s life. Kidnap Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The director of the film, Luis Prieto,  also directed the 2012 film Pusher.

Word on the Street:  His film Bamboleho won Best Narrative award at first annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, May 2002.

My Take:  I will see any film that Halle Berry is in.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power  (2017)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. An Inconvenient Sequel Website

What to Watch For:  The film was nominated for the Golden Eye award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film received two standing ovations at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  I loved the first film.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

Opening Night  (2016)

Opening Night

Photo courtesy of Wolfe Video

A failed Broadway singer (Topher Grace) who now works as a production manager must save opening night when his leading lady (Anne Heche) has an accident, and her understudy (Alona Tal) must take her place. Opening Night Info

What to Watch For:  The director Isaac Rentz is known for his music videos that he did for 5 Seconds of Summer.

Word on the Street:  The cast includes Taye Diggs, Rob Riggle, Lauren Lapkus and Paul Scheer.

My Take:  The film will be released on DVD on Tuesday, Aug.1st.

The film is available on DVD from Wolfe Video.

Armed Response  (2017)

Armed Response

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

A team of special forces soldiers approach the designer of a high-tech military compound to investigate the disappearance of another team guarding the facility.   The compound, known professionally as a Temple, is an artificial intelligence powered facility designed for interrogating high-level prisoners.  Upon entering the Temple, the soldiers quickly find the earlier team horrifically slaughtered but no evidence as to who is responsible. Armed Response Website

What to Watch For:  This is the first of two films from WWE Studios and Wesley Snipes production company.

Word on the Street:  Director John Stockwell directed the TV movie Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012).

My Take:  Cast includes Anne Heche and Gene Simmons.

The opens on Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24

Person to Person  (2017)

Person to Person

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

The film follows a variety of New Yorkers as they work, live and play in the big city.

What to Watch For:  The film takes place in one day and was shot in 16mm.

Word on the Street:  The film was written and directed by Dustin Guy Defa and is based on his award winning short film.

My Take:  The cast includes  Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins, and newcomer Bene Coopersmith

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

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

Loverboy  (1989)  Randy (Patrick Dempsey) has come back home for the summer after a disappointing year at college.  To make some money for the next term, Randy starts working as a pizza delivery boy for the Senor Pizza shop.  He learns that are a lot of lonely, older woman on his route, and soon the term, “With extra Anchovies” means that the woman on his route want much more than a just a pizza.

Sunday

1:00 pm

The Pink Panther  (2006)  Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) is on the case and must solve the murder of a soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

3:00 pm

History of Violence (2005)   A mild-mannered family man(Viggo Mortensen) becomes a hero when he kills two men as they attack his customers and attempt to rob his diner but his life takes a strange turn.

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