Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Gone Girl

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“Gone Girl”  (2014)

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A husband (Ben Affleck) comes home to find a smashed coffee table and his wife (Rosamund Pike) missing.  As the media intensifies, the husband quickly goes from victim to villain. Is he really responsible for his wife missing? “Gone Girl” Website

What to Watch For:  The director of the film, David Fincher, has been nominated in the past for two Academy Awards.  Will this film lead to his first win?

Word on the Street:  Many critics who have seen the film are talking about the strong supporting actor performances including Neil Patrick Harris and Missi Pyle.

My Take:  This just might be Ben Affleck’s time to win an Oscar for acting to go with his two Oscars for producing and writing.

The Good Lie

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“The Good Lie”  (2014)

Three “Lost Boys”  escape the civil war in the Sudan and are transported to Missouri  by a humanitarian organization. There they encounter a fiery employment agency counselor (Reese Witherspoon).  Their meeting not only changes their world but her life, as well. “The Good Lie” Website

What to Watch For:  Almost all the actors playing the “Lost Boys” are actual refugees from the area.

Word on the Street:  The film was mostly shot in the Atlanta area, so be on the lookout for some buildings posing as Kansas locations.

My Take:  I hear the film is being praised for its hard look at the continuing problem of refugees in the Sudan and the surrounding countries.

Annabelle

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“Annabelle” (2014)

A couple (Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis) acquire a vintage doll.  Soon after, horrifying things begin happening in the home. “Annabelle” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a spinoff of the very scary 2013 film, “The Conjuring.”

Word on the Street:  The director of the film, John R. Leonetti, was the Director of Photography on “The Conjuring,” so this film should have the same look and feel of the other creepy film.

My Take:  “The Conjuring” was one of the best horror films of the past five years.

The Hero of Color City

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“The Hero of Color City”  (2014)

Crayons come to life while their owner, a little boy, is asleep.  Now a paper giant is threatening their home in Color City. “The Hero of Color City” Website

What to Watch For:  Christina Ricci, Owen Wilson, Sean Astin, Rosie Perez, Craig Ferguson and Wayne Brady make up some of the voices cast in this animated film.

Word on the Street:  Some of the original songs written for the film are said to be quite catchy.

My Take:  Looks to me to be the perfect film for your kindergartener.

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Left Behind

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“Left Behind”  (2014)

An airline pilot (Nicolas Cage), his daughter (Cassi Thomson) and a reporter (Chad Michael Murray) are “Left Behind” after millions around the world just vanish in one moment. “Left Behind” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a remake of the “Left Behind” film series that Kirk Cameron starred in around the early 2000’s.

Word on the Street:  With the success of faith-based films such as Heaven Is For Real (2014), expect to see more of these type of films in the future.

My Take: It’s always interesting to see what Nic Cage is going to do up on the screen.

Tracks

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“Tracks” (2013)

A young woman (Mia Wasikowska) goes on a 1,700-mile hike across the desert of Australia, accompanied by four camels and a dog. “Tracks” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been in the works for over 30 years.

Word on the Street:  Many critics who have seen this film at film festivals feel that this is one of the best films of the year.  They especially praise its cinematography.

My Take:  This film reminds me of one of my favorite films, the 1971 Australian film, “Walkabout.”

The Notebook

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“The Notebook”  (2013)

Two boys (Laszlo and Andras Gyemant), a set of twins, are given a notebook to record their lives by their father (Ulrich Matthes), a German officer in Hitler’s army.  Their world is shattered when things start going bad for Germany and they are sent off to live in Hungary with their Grandmother. “the Notebook” Info

What to Watch For: The film was submitted as Hungary’s selection for Best Foreign Language Film for last year’s Academy Awards.

Word on the Street: Many critics have singled out the performance of Piroska Molnár as the twins grandmother.

My Take:  I have been hearing about this film for over a year and really want to see it.

 

If you can’t go to the movie theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch films on ATLCW.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Ultraviolet” (2006): Milla Jovovich plays Violet, a “hemophage” who, in 2078, is a member of an underground resistance that is fighting the government. Hemophages are people who have been infected with a “vampire-like” disease that gives them super human strength/speed but, at a cost, they die after 12 years. Violet decides to risk everything to save a child who may be the key to her survival.

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