Opening this week at a theatre near you:
It’s April, 1945, and the Germans are determined to defend their homeland with everything they have. A Sergeant named, Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), leads his five-man tank crew with the goal of getting everybody back alive. Norman (Logan Lerman) has just joined the crew but was trained as a typist, not a warrior. Now the crew must go on a mission that has impossible odds, just what Wardaddy has trained his crew for. “Fury” WebsiteREAD MORE: Dragon Con 2021 Draws Thousands Of Fans To Atlanta
What to Watch For: Could this be Brad Pitt’s Oscar performance?
Word on the Street: The battle sequences are said to be the most realistic war scenes ever filmed.
My Take: I hear that Shia LeBeouf’s performance is unlike anything he has ever done.
“The Best of Me” (2014)
A pair of high school sweethearts (James Marsden, Michelle Monagham) reunite years later when they both return to their small hometown. Can they overcome the past to start their romance again? “The Best of Me” Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks.
Word on the Street: The chemistry between James Marsden and Michelle Monagham is said to be the reason to see this film.
My Take: Hot off her role on the hit TV show “True Detective,” will this make Michelle Monagham a big star?
“The Book of Life” (2014)
Growing up in a small town in Mexico, Manolo (Diego Luna), Joaquin (Channing Tatum) and Maria (Zoe Saldana) are the best of friends. Manolo wants to be a musician, Joaquin a solider, and Maria has a passion for saving animals. After Maria is sent away, the three are reunited years later. Will the musician or the soldier win Maria’s heart? “The Book of Life” Website
What to Watch For: The film is produced by noted director Guillermo del Toro who wanted to create an animated film that featured the traditions and culture of Mexico.
Word on the Street: Advanced word is the film’s animation is gorgeous.
My Take: The Day of the Dead Holiday, one of my favorite Mexico traditions, is an important part of the film’s plot.
“Dear White People” (2014)
The lives of four black students at an Ivy League school change drastically after an ill-conceived Halloween party on campus happens. “Dear White People” Website
What to Watch For: The film was a huge hit at the Atlanta Film Festival this year.
Word on the Street: I am hearing that “Everybody Hates Chris” star Tyler James Williams is the breakout star of the film.
My Take: This is one of the most talked about films of the fall season, and I really want to see it.
“St. Vincent” (2014)
A mother (Melissa McCarthy) and her son (Jaeden Lieberher) move next door to a cranky war veteran (Bill Murray). An unlikely friendship between the boy and the old man starts up when the vet begins babysitting the boy after school. “St. Vincent” WebsiteREAD MORE: Meet The 11-Year-Old President Of The Pinellas Non-Profit, Trash Turles
What to Watch For: Bill Murray is almost certain to get an Academy Award nomination for this role.
Word on the street: Jaedan Lieberher is said to hold his own in his scenes with Murray.
My Take: I am hearing that Naomi Watts, who plays a pregnant Russian prostitute, is hilarious in this film.
“Keep On Keepin’ On” (2014)
93-year-old jazz musician, Clark Terry, has mentored blind 23-year-old Justin Kauflin for a few years. Just as Kauflin’s career is taking off, Terry’s health turns for the worse. This is their story, one of friendship bound by the love of music. “Keep On Keepin’ On” Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot over the course of five years. Legendary musician/producer Quincy Jones discovered Justin Kauflin while visiting Clark Terry at his home. He was so impressed, he decided to produce the film.
Word on the Street: The film won at numerous film festivals including the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.
My Take: I want to see this film as I’ve been an admirer of Clark Terry’s music for quite a while.
“Last Days in Vietnam” (2014)
During the last day of the Vietnam War, the United States had withdrawn almost all of its troops. Saigon is about to fall, and thousands of South Vietnamese are trying to get out of the country before the Communists take over. This documentary explores the last days and the heroic efforts of a few to try to save as many as possible before a nation crumbles. “Last Days in Vietnam” Website
What to Watch For: Director Rory Kennedy is an Emmy award winning filmmaker who has won a number of film festival awards for her documentaries, including Best Documentary at the 1999 Atlanta Film Festival for her film, “American Hollow.”
Word on the Street: Critic Louis Black of the Austin Chronicle says “Last Days in Vietnam is a powerful and terrifying documentary.”
My Take: I hope this film sheds light on what was one of the toughest and most controversial time in our country’s history.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW.
“Prom Night” (2008) Donna (Brittany Snow) is looking forward to her senior prom. Unfortunately, so is a sadistic killer from her past.
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“After the Sunset” (2004) Max (Pierce Brosnan) is a master thief who just did his last big score. He has moved to an island where he plans on living the rest of his life. Detective Stan Lloyd (Woody Harrelson) has other plans for Max.