Preview This! ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Opening this week at a theater near you:

The Hitman’s Bodyguard  (2017)  R

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

The world’s top bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) gets a new client, a hit man (Samuel L. Jackson). The bodyguard has to keep the hitman alive so that he can testify at the International Court of Justice. The Hitman’s Bodyguard Website

What to Watch For:  The film was partly shot in Amsterdam.

Word on the Street:  The movie poster is a spoof of the poster for the 1992 film, The Bodyguard.

My Take:  I am in for any movie that has Salma Hayek as one of its stars.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Logan Lucky  (2017)  PG-13

Logan Lucky

Photo courtesy of Bleecher Street

Two brothers (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver) come up with a wild plan to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Logan Lucky Website

What to Watch For:  This is the first feature film for Steven Soderbergh since his 2013 film, Side Effects.

Word on the Street:  The outstanding cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Dwight Yoakam, Hillary Swank, and Daniel Craig.

My Take:  I am hearing from fellow critics that Daniel Craig steals the film as a safecracker.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Brigsby Bear  (2017)  PG-13

Brigsby Bear

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Brigsby Bear Adventures was a children’s TV show, a show that James became addicted to. When the show abruptly ends, James (Kyle Mooney) decides to make the show himself. Brigsby Bear Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the John Schlesinger Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for the Golden Camera Award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: This is director Dave McCary’s feature film debut.  McCary is known for his short films on Saturday Night Live.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

Menashe  (2017)  PG

Menashe

Photo courtesy of A24

Menashe is about a Brooklyn ultra-orthodox widower, Menashe (Menashe Lustig), who, due to his faith, has had to let his sister’s family raise his young son, Menashe vows to one day raise his son and honor his late wife. Menashe Website

What to Watch For:  The film is entirely in Yiddish.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in New York in an actual Hasidic neighborhood, using locals for many of the characters.

My Take:  This was one of the most talked about films at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival.

The film opens Friday at Lefont Sandy Stprings and Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

The Midwife  (2017)

The Midwife

Photo courtesy of Music Box Films

Claire (Catherine Frot) is a midwife who is losing her job due to the closing of the hospital where she works. Her life gets more complicated when her father’s old mistress (Catherine Deneuve) comes back into her life. The Midwife Info

What to Watch For:  Award winning director Martin Provost also directed the 2013 hit, Violette.

Word on the Street:  Oscar-nominated Catherine Deneuve has been on a tear lately, having made seven films since 2014.

My Take:  I love Catherine Deneuve.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Shot Caller  (2017) R

Shot Caller

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

A newly released prison gangster (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is forced by his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Shot Caller Info

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Ric Roman Waugh also wrote and directed the 2013 film Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson.

Word on the Street:  The cast includes Lake Bell, Jeffery Donovan, and Benjamin Bratt.

My Take:  I am a big fan of Lake Bell.

The film opens Friday exclusively at AMC Southlake 24

The Adventurers  (2017)

The Adventurers

Photo courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment

The world’s top thieves, the infamous and charismatic Cheung (Andy Lau), his former partner in crime, Xiao (Tony Yang), and beautiful chameleon Ye (Shu Qi), all join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime.  But, when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective (Jean Reno), they have to take their game to the next level. The Adventurers Info

What to Watch For:  Writer/director Stephen Fung also wrote/directed the 2013 international hit Tai Chi 0.

Word on the Street:  The film was shot in Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.

My Take:  I am always up for good action film.

The film opens on Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

Dave Made A Maze  (2017)

Dave Made a Maze

Photo courtesy of Photon Pictures

An artist named Dave (Nick Thune) has never done anything in his career. His girlfriend leaves for a few days, and when she comes back to their apartment, she finds that Dave has built a maze in their living room.  The problem is that he is trapped inside and now Dave’s friends must go inside and rescue him from his own creation. Dave Made a Maze Website

What to Watch For:  The movie was the opening night film at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  30,000 square feet of cardboard was used to make the maze.

My Take: Critics that have seen the film say that it’s highly imaginative and fun.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Plaza Theater

The Only Living Boy in New York  (2017)

The Only Living Boy in New York

Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions

Thomas (Callum Turner) is the son of a publisher (Pierce Brosnan) and his artistic wife (Cynthia Nixon) and has just graduated from college. Thomas is trying to find his place in the world when he discovers that his father is having an affair with a younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). Thomas is determined to break up the relationship and in doing so will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family. The Only Living Boy in New York Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Marc Webb, who also directed the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer.

Word on the Street:  This is the 2nd film directed by Marc Webb to be released this year, he also directed  Gifted.

My Take:  I love Kate Beckinsale and 500 Days of Summer is one of my favorite films.

The film opens in Atlanta area theatres on Friday.

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

Cliffhanger  (1993)  A reluctant Ranger is tricked into locating three dangerous criminals and suitcases containing millions of dollars in stolen treasury money.  Starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner.

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