Opening this week at a theatre near you: 

The Equalizer

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“The Equalizer”  (2014)

Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a man not to be messed with. McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl whose life is being controlled by Russian gangsters.  He decides to help her the only way he knows how – with his fists and his guns. “The Equalizer” Website

What to Watch For:  Washington is hoping that The Equalizer will become a franchise.

Word on the Street:  The film is based on a 1980’s TV show.  The director of the film, Antoine Fuqua, brought us “Training Day” (2001) and last year’s “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013).

My Take:  The year of Chloe continues, as Miss Moretz graces your screen once again.

The Boxtrolls

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“The Boxtrolls” (2014)

A young orphaned boy is raised by underground cave-dwelling trolls. He must now try and save his new-found family from the human world. “The Boxtrolls” Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in stop-motion animation by the makers of Coralline (2009) and Paranorman (2012).

Word on the Street:  The film’s characters are voiced by Ben Kingsley, Tracy Morgan, Elle Fanning and Nick Frost.

My Take: The trailer makes this film look like so much fun.

The Skeleton Twins

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“The Skeleton Twins” (2014)

Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) are adult twins that haven’t seen or talked to each other in years. An unexpected reunion forces the two together and causes them to re-examine their lives. “The Skeleton Twins” Website

What to Watch For:  “Saturday Night Live” vet, Bill Hader is said to be the breakout star in this film.

Word on the Street:  The screenplay by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 

My Take: I have wanted to see this film since I saw the trailer a few months ago.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

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“Hector and the Search for Happiness” (2014)

A psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) searches the world to find the secret to happiness. “Hector and the Search for Happiness” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  Hector visits China, Tibet and Africa

Word on the Street:  The supporting cast is said to make the movie worth watching.  Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, and Toni Collette make up some of the cast.

My Take:  I have heard that there are some remarkable animated drawings in the film.

Believe Me

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“Believe Me”  (2014)

Sam (Alex Russell) and his three roommates come up with a plan to make some money. They start up a sham charity and campaign across the country raising funds for a cause as fake as their message. “Believe Me” Website

What to Watch For:  Nick Offerman brings his unique talents to the screen in this film.

Word on the Street: The film was the centerpiece of the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival.

My Take: I will watch anything that Nick Offerman is in.

 

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW Atlanta.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Marmaduke”  (2010)  A family moves into a new home bringing their big Great Dane named Marmaduke.  There goes the neighborhood!  Film stars Owen Wilson, Judy Greer, and Lee Pace.

3:00 pm

“Armed and Dangerous”  (1986)  John Candy stars in one of his signature roles as a former cop who has to take a job as a security guard. Eugene Levy teams up with Candy as they realize that they have joined up with a group that is fleecing the companies that they’re guarding. A young, and very cute, Meg Ryan plays a fellow employee who believes that the boys may be on to something. But, can they stop the bad guys from stealing a million dollars?