Preview This! ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) R

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Galahad (Taron Egerton) and Harry Hart (Colin Firth) are back and head to the United States to match up with Statesman,  Kingsman’s American counterpart, after the Kingsman’s headquarters is destroyed by a ruthless crime syndicate called, ‘The Golden Circle.’ Kingsman: The Golden Circle Website

What to Watch For:  This sequel, like the first Kingsman film, is written by director Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman.

Word on the Street:  The stellar cast includes Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore and Elton John, who, basically, plays himself.

My Take:  Matthew Vaughn has already planned a third film for the series.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Lego Ninjago Movie  (2017)  PG

The Lego Ninjago Movie

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By day six, young friends are just trying to survive high school, but, at night, they change into ninjas who have been given the task of defending their island home from evil. The Lego Ninjago Movie Website

What to Watch For:  The voice cast includes Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn and Jackie Chan.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on the Lego Ninjago toy line.

My Take:  I loved the first two films, so I am looking forward to this one.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Friend Request  (2016)  R

Friend Request

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A college student (Alycia Debnam-Carey) accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, and soon she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to kill her friends. Friend Request Facebook Page

What to Watch For: The film was shot entirely in Cape Town, South Africa.

Word on the Street: The film was directed by award-winning filmmaker Simon Verhoeven.

My Take: This should be an interesting take on the horror film genre.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Brad’s Status  (2017) R

Brad's Status

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A father (Ben Stiller) takes his son (Austin Abrams) on a tour of colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend (Michael Sheen) who seems to have everything that Brad wants in life. Brad’s Status Website

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Platform Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is at an excellent 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

My Take:  I love writer/director Mike White’s past work including School of Rock (2003), Nacho Libre (2006) and The Good Girl (2002).

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Stronger  (2017) R

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The story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ordinary man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and must start his life again. Stronger Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story, a story that captured the hearts of the city of Boston.

Word on the Streets:   The film was shot on location in Boston, MA.

My Take:  I am a big fan of Tatiana Maslany, who plays Jeff Bauman’s girlfriend in the film.

The film opens Friday at Atlanta area theatres.

Polina  (2016)

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A young Russian girl named, Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova), is about to achieve her dream and become a classical ballet dancer at the prestigious Bolshoi ballet.  She meets a free-spirited Frenchman, and she decides to take a different life path. Polina Website

What to Watch For:  Famed dancer/choreographer Angelin Preljocai, who co-directed the film, also designed the dance sequences.

Word on the Street:  Shevtsova is a trained classical ballet dancer and trained for six months in modern dance for the movie.

My Take: One of my favorite actresses, Juliette Binoche, plays a choreographer in the film.

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

Year by the Sea  (2016)

Year by the Sea

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Joan (Karen Allen) decides to part ways with her husband and move to Cape Cod, hoping to reclaim who she was before she got married and had children. Year by the Sea Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won over 15 awards at film festivals across the U.S., including the Festival Prize at the Hamilton Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  This is the directorial debut for composer Alexander Janko, who also wrote the screenplay based on the book by Joan Anderson.

My Take:  Besides, of course, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Karen Allen also was in one of my favorite films from the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival, White Irish Drinkers.

The film opens Friday in Atlanta exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema 4

Rebel in the Rye  (2017)  PG-13

Rebel in the Rye

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

The life of J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult), before he wrote ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is told in this film as we follow his life from his boyhood to his romance with Oona O’Neill, the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Rebel in the Rye website

What to Watch For:  The stellar cast includes Kevin Spacey as Whit Burnett, the mentor of Salinger, Sarah Paulson, Salinger’s loyal agent, and Victor Garber as Salinger’s father.

Word on the Street:  This is actor Danny Strong (Mad Men, Gilmore Girls) first directorial feature film.

My Take:  I am looking forward to this film as J.D. Salinger work and life has always fascinated me.

The film opens on Friday in Atlanta exclusively at Regal Tara Cinema 4

Viceroy’s House  (2017)

Viceroy's House

Photo courtesy of IFC Films

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is given the task of transitioning India to independence. Lord Mountbatten and his wife (Gillian Anderson) will have to use all their diplomatic skills to keep the peace in a country about to go through a monumental change.    Viceroy’s House Website

What to Watch For:  This is the first film to be released in British theatres in two languages, English and Hindi.

Word on the Street: The film was directed by award-winning Gurinder Chadha, known for such films as Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Bhaji on the Beach (1993).

My Take:  India just celebrated it’s 70 anniversary of independence from Britain

The film opens Friday in Atlanta 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:

Sunday

1:00 pm

A Guy Thing  (2003)  Paul (Jason Lee), a soon to be husband, wakes up on the morning after his bachelor party and finds another woman is sleeping next to him. Cast includes Julia Stiles and Selma Blair.

3:00 pm

Karate Kid III  (1989)  Dojo master John Kreese (Martin Kove) is back to his old ways and attempts to get revenge on Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Daniel (Ralph Macchio).

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