Preview This! ‘Jigsaw’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Jigsaw  (2017)  R

Jigsaw

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

It’s been ten years since the Jigsaw killer died. Now bodies are turning up around the city that point to the man whom the police thought was dead, John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw. Jigsaw Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  This is the eighth film in the series.

Word on the Street:  Charlie Clouser, who provided the score for all the films in the series, is ‘re-imagining” the music for the film.

My Take:  It will be interesting to see if this film revives the series.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Suburbicon  (2017)  R

Suburbicon

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Gardiner (Matt Damon) lives in a quiet family town. The problem is that Gardiner has a secret, he owes money to the mob, and the mob is willing to destroy his family to get what he owes. Gardiner will have to defend his family, and it will be costly. Suburbicon Website

What to Watch For:  The film was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and was directed by George Clooney.

Word on the Street:  This is the first time George Clooney directs a film where he does not have an acting role.

My Take:  I am always ready for a film written by the Coen brothers.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Thank You For Your Service  (2017)  R

Thank You For Your Service

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A group of U.S. soldiers return home after serving in Iraq. They all struggle to integrate back into civilian life. Thank You For Your Service Website

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Haley Bennett, Miles Teller, Amy Schumer, and Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Word on the Street:  Amy Schumer donated her salary from the film to the Army War Veterans Foundation.

My Take:  Miles Teller is a brilliant actor.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

All I See is You   (2016)  R

All I See is You

Photo courtesy of Open Road Pictures

A blind woman (Blake Lively) regains her sight and discovers that her husband (Jason Clarke) has been hiding some secrets that could destroy their relationship. All I See is You Website

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Marc Forster, who has directed Monster’s Ball )2001), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and World War Z  (2013).

Word on the Street:  Lively is coming off the big box office 2016 film The Shallows.

My Take:  One of my favorite actresses, Yvonne Strahovski, is in this film.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Goodbye Christopher Robin  (2017)  PG

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) has returned from WW I to his wife (Margot Robbie) but is suffering from PTSD.  After the birth of his son, Christopher Robin, he moves his family to the country. There, as he interacts with Christopher, a book idea springs up. That book would become the beloved Winnie the Pooh. Goodbye Christopher Robin Website

What to Watch For:  Christopher Robin is played by five different actors, including twins.

W0rd on the Street: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

My Take:  The film was shot on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex, and London.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4 and Lefont Sandy Springs

The Killing of a Sacred Deer  (2017)  R

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Photo courtesy of A24

Steven (Colin Farrell) is married to Anna (Nicole Kidman) and live in a nice house with their two children. After Steven begins mentoring a young man, Martin (Barry Keoghan), things start going horribly wrong that will threaten Steven and his family. The Killing of a Sacred Deer Website

What to Watch For:  The film is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who also directed The Lobster (2015) and Dogtooth  (2009).

Word on the Street:  The film won the Best Screenplay award and was nominated for the Palme d’Or award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

My Take: I see that Alicia Silverstone is also in the cast.

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday. 

78/52  (2017)

78/52

Photo courtesy of IFC Midnight

Documentary on the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), a scene so terrifying and dramatic that it changed the bathing habits of a generation. 78/52 Info

What to Watch For:  The film won the Jury Award at the Calgary Underground Film Festival this year.

Word on the Street:  The film contains interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of Psycho star Janet Leigh) and directors Peter Bogdanovich and Guillermo del Toro.

My Take:  The film is titled 78/52 because there are 78 camera setups and 52 cuts in the shower scene.

The film opens Friday at Plaza Theatre

Acts of Vengeance  (2017)

Acts of Vengenace

Photo courtesy of Saban Films

Criminal defense lawyer (Antonio Banderas) takes a vow of silence and goes on a mission to find the man responsible for killing his wife and child. Acts of Vengeance Info

What to Watch For:  The film has an outstanding cast including Paz Vega, Robert Forster, and Karl Urban.

W0rd on the Street:  The film’s director, Isaac Florentine, knows action films, having directed Ninja (2009) and Assassin’s Bullet (2012).

My Take:  I have followed Paz Vega’s career since her starring role in Spanglish  (2004).

The film opens Friday at AMC Sugarloaf Mills

Barracuda  (2017)

Barracuda

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

Sinaloa (Sophie Reid) comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy. Barracuda Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival and was nominated for two awards at the SXSW Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film was called La Barracuda when I reviewed the film at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

My Take:  I loved Allison Tolman in the TV series Fargo.

The film opens Friday at Plaza Theatre

Dina  (2017)

Dina

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

Documentary about an eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter who navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. Dina Info

What to Watch For:  The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Co-directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles also made the award-winning documentary Male Male (2014).

My Take: I am always up for an excellent documentary.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Human Flow (2017)  PG-13

Human Flow

Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

Artist and director Ai Weiwei looks at the heartbreaking state of the global refugee crisis. Human Flow Website

What to Watch For:  The film is at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Word on the Street:  The film won 5 awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

My Take:  I have been a fan of Ai Weiwei since Alison Klayman’s documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry  (2012).

The film opens Friday 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

Ali  (2001)  The biography of boxer Muhammad Ali (Will Smith), focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

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