Preview This! ‘Geostorm’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Geostorm  (2017)  PG-13

Geostorm

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

A network of satellites designed to control the climate has been taken over by terrorists to attack Earth. Now it’s a race to uncover the terrorists before a worldwide geo-storm wipes out the planet. Geostorm Website

What to Watch For:  The film has an outstanding cast including Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy García.

Word on the Street: This is writer/actor/producer Dean Devlin’s first directorial featured film.

My Take:  I want to see how they make the Ocean freeze in mid-wave.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Only the Brave  (2017)  PG-13

Only the Brave

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

An elite crew of firefighters, named the Granite Mountain Hotshots, will risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Only the Brave Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on true events that happened during the Yarnel Hill Fire in June 2013.

Word on the Street: Joseph Kosinski, who directed this film, is known for the 2013 film Oblivion.

My Take:  The film stars two of my favorite actors, Josh Brolin and Mile Teller.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

The Snowman  (2017)  R

The Snowman

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) gets put on the case of a woman who has disappeared, and her pink scarf is wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. The Snowman Website

What to Watch For:  The studio is hoping to turn this into a series of films as it’s based on a group of books by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø.

Word on the Street:  It has been suggested that the film was inspired by the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

My Take:  I am interested to see this film as it was shot entirely in Norway.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween  (2017)  PG-13

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Medea Halloween

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Madea (Tyler Perry), Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), Hattie (Patrice Lovely) go to a haunted campground and unwittingly unleash monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman. Boo 2 Website

What to Watch For: This is the tenth ‘Madea” film in the series and the third film in the series that has not been adapted from the stage.

Word on the Street: The film was shot in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

My Take:  I love that these films are shot in Atlanta.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

 

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House  (2017)  PG-13

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Mark Felt (Liam Neeson), the Deputy Associate Director of the F.B.I., is forced to become “Deep Throat,” the inside man who helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974. Mark Felt Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on Felt’s 2006 autobiography.

Word on the Street:  The writer/director of the film, Peter Landesman, is known for his films Parkland (2013) and Concussion (2015).

My Take:  I suggest you see the 1976 film on Watergate called All the Presidents Men before seeing this film.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Breathe  (2017)  PG-13

Breathe

Photo courtesy of Bleeker Street

The story of Diana (Claire Foy) and Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) whose life is shattered when, at age 28, Robin is paralyzed from the neck down by polio. Breathe Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street:  This is the first film directed by actor Andy Serkis.

My Take:  I find it fascinating that Robin’s son, Jonathan Cavendish, is a producer on this film.

The film opens exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

The Florida Project  (2017)  R

The Florida Project

Photo courtesy of A24

Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) lives in an extended stay hotel near Disney World with her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite). It’s going to be a long summer. The Florida Project Website

What to Watch For:  Many film critics that have seen the film think that Willem Dafoe, as the hotel’s manager, gives an Oscar-caliber performance.

Word on the Street:  A majority of the film was shot on 35mm film stock.

My Take:  I know that Disney named Disney World “The Florida Project” to keep it secret.

The film opens exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4,

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton  (2017)

Take Every Wave

Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects

Documentary about the legendary “Big Wave” surfer, Laird Hamilton. Take Every Wave Website

What to Watch For: The film won the 2017 Critics Choice Documentary Award.

Word on the Street: The film was directed by Rory Kennedy, who was nominated for an Oscar for her 2014 documentary Last Days in Vietnam.

My Take: I will be sure to see this film as I love just about everything that Kennedy has done.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Lucky  (2017)

Lucky

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton) is a retired US Navy veteran who loves his rituals in his small town.  Lucky senses that his time on Earth is almost up, and he must reassess his life and what he believes in. Lucky Website

What to Watch For: This was the last film 91-year-old Stanton made before his death earlier this year.

Word on the Street: The film was one of the most talked about films at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take:  This is the directorial debut of actor John Carroll Lynch.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Leatherface  (2017) R

Leatherface

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate Premium

The origin of Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface.  Jedidiah (Sam Strike) spent years being tortured by his sadistic family.  After being committed, Jedidiah breaks out of a mental hospital and, with the help of three other mental patients, kidnaps a nurse (Lili Taylor) and goes on a rampage across the country. Leatherface Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The “Sawyer House” from the 1974 original film was rebuilt for this film.

Word on the Street:  The late Tobe Hooper, the director of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), was a producer on this film.

My Take:  I am a big fan of Lili Taylor.

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

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  (2000)  A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

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