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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Happy Death Day  (2017)  PG-13

Happy Death Day

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A college student (Jessica Rothe) keeps reliving the day of her murder. As she relives the day over and over, she starts to figure out who killed her and how to stop them.   Happy Death Day Website

What to Watch For: Director Christopher Landon (son of actor Michael Landon) wrote all but the first of the Paranormal Activity films and last directed the2015 film, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Word on the Street:  Originally Megan Fox was attached to the role that Jessica Rothe plays.

My Take:  I’m always up for a good horror film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Foreigner  (2017)  R

The Foreigner

Photo courtesy of STX Entertainment

An ordinary businessman, Quan (Jackie Chan), seeks justice when his daughter killed in the act of terrorism. They messed with the wrong man as Quan has a past that will help him track down his daughter’s killers. The Foreigner Website

What to Watch For:  Director Martin Campbell is known for his James Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and Casino Royale (2006).

Word on the Street:  Pierce Brosnan, who worked with Campbell on GoldenEye, plays a government official that may hold the key for Quan to finding the terrorists.

My Take:  In my opinion, Jackie Chan is the greatest action star of all time because he does almost all of his own stunts.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Marshall  (2017)  PG-13

Marshall

Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) is accused of raping his employer, Mrs. Strubing (Kate Hudson). NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is sent to defend him and is forced by the court to use local lawyer Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), who typically works on insurance cases.    Marshall Website

What to Watch For:  This film is based on a true story. Thurgood Marshall won 32 out of 35 cases presented to the Supreme Court, a court that he would be appointed to later in his life.

Word on the Street: The film had its world premiere at Howard University, the prestigious, historically black university in Washington, D.C. Thurgood Marshall was a graduate of the university.

My Take: Chadwick Boseman is certainly getting a lot of roles based on real people. He starred in the film 42 (2013) playing Jackie Robinson and Get on Up (2014), playing James Brown.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women  (2017)  R

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Photo courtesy of Annapurna Pictures

The true story of psychologist William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), who was in a polyamorous relationship between his wife (Rebecca Hall) and his mistress (Bella Heathcote). Marston went on to create the legendary and controversial (for its time) comic book character Wonder Woman.    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Website

What to Watch For:  The impressive supporting cast including Oliver Platt, Connie Britton, and Chris Conroy.

Word on the Street:  The film is written and directed by the award-winning Angela Robinson, who wrote and directed the 2004 film D.E.B.S..

My Take:  I am a big fan of Rebecca Hall.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)  (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories

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An estranged family gather together in New York for an event celebrating their father (Dustin Hoffman).    The Meyerowitz Stories Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Palm Dog award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and its writer/director Noah Baumbach was nominated for a Palme d’Or.

Word on the Street:  The film is currently at 90% with fifty reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

My Take: I am hearing from fellow critics that both Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller give outstanding performances in this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

King’s Choice  (2017)

The King's Choice

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

In 1940, the Nazi’s invade Norway, who up to that time in the war had been neutral.  The Norwegian King Jesper Christensen) must make the tough decision to give in to the German’s demands or fight on and lose countless lives of his own people. The King’s Choice Website

What to Watch For:  The film won 8 times and was nominated for four more awards at the Amanda Awards, Norway’s version of the Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  This film is the official submission for Norway for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards in 2017.

My Take:  I am interested to see this film as I know very little about Norway during WW II.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

 

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory  (2016)

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory

Photo courtesy of Abramorama

Documentary about piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all sidemen for the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters and rock legend Howlin’ Wolf.    Sidemen: Long Road to Glory Website

What to Watch For:  The film includes interviews with music icons Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, and Johnny Winter.

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for an Audience Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and won two awards at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival.

My Take: The idea for the film came when writer/director Scott Rosenbaum talked off camera to the three men while making his 2009 drama The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The film opens exclusively at Plaza Theatre.

M.F.A.  (2017)

M.F.A.

Photo courtesy of Dark Sky Films

An art student, Noelle (Francesca Eastwood), gets creatively inspired when she accidentally kills the man who raped her. After her painting is well received, she decides to become a vigilante, killing men who have wronged women on campus, which fuels her creativity.    M.F.A. Website

What to Watch For: Francesca Eastwood is the daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher.

Word on the Street: The film won the audience award at the 2017 Jameson CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival and was nominated for two awards at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take:  This was one of the films that everyone was talking about at SXSW Film Festival when I was there.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre.

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

Surf’s Up  (2007)  A behind the scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship and its newest participant, an up and coming surfer named, Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf).

3:00 pm

Taken   (2007)  A retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) uses all his skill as he travels across Europe to save his kidnapped daughter (Maggie Grace).

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