Preview This! ‘Justice League’

Opening this week at a theatre near you:

 

Justice League  (2017) PG-13

Justice League

Photo courtesy of WarnerBrothers

Batman (Ben Affleck) is inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act in Batman vs. Superman; Bruce Wayne decides to enlist Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to form a team of superheroes to face an enemy that threatens mankind. Justice League Website

What to Watch For:  Far into the shoot, Joss Whedon had to take over directing the film after director Zack Snyder’s daughter committed suicide.

Word on the Street:  The film boasts a cast that has three Oscar winners: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons; and four Oscar nominees: Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane and Jesse Eisenberg.

My Take:  I wonder how this film would have done if it didn’t have the significant momentum that Wonder Woman (2017) brings to this movie.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Wonder  (2017)  PG

Wonder

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

The story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) who was born with a facial deformity, who has been in and out of hospitals for years. Previously homeschooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts), she decides that August should go to public school so he can try to be an ordinary kid. Wonder Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio.

Word on the Street: The impressive cast includes Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga and Danielle Rose Russell.

My Take:  The studio moved the release date from April to November, often indicating that the studio feels it might have an Oscar contender on its hands.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   (2017)  R

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

After police fail to solve her daughter’s murder, a mother (Frances McDormand), personally challenges the local authorities. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Website

What to Watch For:   The film has already won awards at film festivals and now is nominated for eleven times for the upcoming British Independent Film Awards.

Word on the Street: Film critics who have screened the film say that Frances McDormand gives an Oscar-caliber performance.

My Take: I love this cast that includes Woody Harrelson as the beleaguered sheriff, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish and Lucas Hedges.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4

Lady Bird  (2017) R

Lady Bird

Photo courtesy of A24

The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California as she goes through her senior year of high school, finding love and trying to figure out her future. Lady Bird Website

What to Watch For:  The film is up for two awards at the upcoming Gotham Awards, including the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award for Greta Gerwig.

Word on the Street:  The film received several standing ovations at its screening at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

My Take: This film has to be good with the talent of Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Regal Tara Cinemas 4

Last Flag Flying  (2017)   R

Last Flag Flying

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, Larry Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old buddies Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Richard (Laurence Fishburn). They go on a road trip to pick up the body of Larry’s son, who has died in the Iraq War. Last Flag Flying Website

What to Watch For:  The film is written and directed by five times Oscar-nominated Richard Linklater.

Word on the Street:  The film is a sequel to the 70’s film, The Last Detail, the three-time Oscar-nominated film that starred Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid.

My Take: This film should be a blast to watch.

The film opens in Atlanta on Friday.

Mudbound  (2017)  R

Mudbound

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Two men (Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell) come back to their small Southern town after serving in the armed services during WWII. The two men share the experience of having fought a war and how it affects you while you try to adjust to ordinary life and the racism that still exists in the town. Mudbound Website

What to Watch For:  Mary J. Blige is garnering acclaim and awards for her role of Florence Jackson in the film.

Word on the Street:  The film is currently at 94% on Rotten Tomatoes with 50 critic reviews.

My Take:  I have heard praise for this film since it received a standing ovation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

The Star  (2017)  PG

The Star

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Animated film about a small but brave donkey and his animal friends who become the unsung heroes of Christmas. The Star Website

What to Watch For: The voice cast includes Steven Yeun, Kristin Chenoweth, Zachary Levi, Tyler Perry, Gina Rodriguez, Patricia Heaton and Ving Rhames.

Word on the Street:  Mariah Carey wrote and sings the title song in the film.

My Take:  I just love this diverse voice cast.

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

BPM (Beats Per Minute)  (2017)

BPM

Photo courtesy of The Orchard

A film about a group of people who are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS. BPM Website

Word on the Street:  The film won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival including the Grand Jury Prize.

What to Watch For:  This film is France’s submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

My Take:  I find it interesting that director Robin Campillo and co-writer Philippe Mangetout, based the film on their experiences working with the legendary AIDS activist group ACT Up.

The film opens on Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Cook Off!  (2007)  R

Cook Off!

Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

A bunch of quirky cooking contestants are vying for the renowned Van Rookie Farms Cooking Contest, with a million dollar prize. A documentary film crew follows the contestants as foodies and celebrity judges descended on the contest. Cook Off Info

What to Watch For:  The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey,  Mellissa Peterman, Markie Post,  Mo Collins, Diedrich Bader, and Louie Anderson. The film has been sitting on the shelf for ten years due to unknown reasons.

Word on the Street:  Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, who appears in the film, co-wrote the screenplay.

My Take: This should be fun just based on the outstanding cast.

The Film opens on 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

Vertical Limit  (2000) A mountain climber (Chris O’Donnell), who lost his father in a climbing accident, now must rescue his sister (Robin Tunney) on top of K2, one of the world’s tallest mountains.

3:00 pm

A Fish Called Wanda  (1988) Four friends (John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin) plan on stealing a batch of diamonds. Someone is about to double cross the rest of the team.

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