Opening this week at a theatre near you:

John Wick

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“John Wick”  (2014)

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A hit man (Keanu Reeves) comes out of retirement to hunt the gangsters who took everything from him. “John Wick” Website

What to watch For:  Fans of the TV show, “Supernatural,”  will be glad to see Adrianne Palicki in the film.

Word on the Street: The film was a big hit with action fans at Fantastic Fest ’14.

My Take:  I have heard that there is a car chase sequence that is spectacular.

Birdman

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“Birdman”  (2014)

A washed up actor (Michael Keaton)  who once played an iconic superhero  named, “Birdman,” attempts a comeback on Broadway. “Birdman” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been wowing audiences at film festivals and, besides Keaton, Emma Stone has been getting great reviews.

Word On the Street:  Keaton is all but guaranteed an Oscar nomination with this role.

My Take:   Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu always makes interesting films.  His past credits include “21 Grams” (2003), “Babel” (2006), and “Biutifu”l (2010).

Ouija

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“Ouija”  (2014)

A group of friends unknowingly awaken  the dark powers of an ancient board game. “Ouija” Website

What to Watch For:  Director Stile White and writer Juliet Snowden also brought us, “The Possession” (2012).

Word on the Street:  Fans of horror films have been looking forward to seeing this film.

My Take: Just in time for Halloween, this film should do well at the box office.

23 Blast

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“23 Blast” (2014)

“23 Blast” is about two best friends who have grown up playing football together.  Travis (Mark Hapka) is the more successful of the two as the star running back of the high school team.  Jerry (Bram Hoover) is not as successful or popular, as he is the 2nd string quarterback of the team. Now a life changing incident will drastically change both of their lives. “23 Blast” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street:  The film has been given a PG-13 rating not due to language or nudity.  There are a couple of scenes of teenage drinking that the producers of the film felt was necessary to include in the film.

My Take:  We are seeing more and more Faith-based films being released as Hollywood has figured out that there is an audience for these films.

Viktor

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“Viktor”  (2014)

After spending seven years in prison for an art heist, Frenchman Victor Lambert (Gerard Depardieu) travels to Moscow to try and figure out who killed his son.  When Victor makes the discovery, he will make them pay. “Viktor” Website

What to Watch For:   This is Elizabeth Hurley’s first film in ten years.

Word on the Street:  I am hearing this is a very violent film.

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My Take:  I always enjoy watching  Depardieu on the screen.

Pump

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“Pump”  (2014)

A documentary on America’s addiction to oil. “Pump” Website

What to Watch For:  The film explores a variety of replacement fuels that could possibly lead us away from our dependency on oil.

Word on the  Street:  The film features notable experts as John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil US; Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors; Peter Goldmark, former president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and other noteworthy figures who share their passionate views and knowledge.

My Take:  I look forward to seeing this documentary as I enjoyed the filmmakers 2008 film, “Fuel.”

The Blue Room

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“The Blue Room”  (2014)

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller.  Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation—but just what exactly happened? “The Blue Room” Info

What to Watch For:  Moviegoers will know Mathieu Amalric from his performance in “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for an Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  I hear this film’s plot is full of twists and turns.

The Green Prince

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“The Green Prince”  (2014)

Documentary about Mosab Hassan Yousef, who is the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas.  After being sent to prison by the Israeli’s, he became a spy for them when Hamas’s ruthless tactics shocked him. “The Green Prince” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has won Best Documentary at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  The film has become one of the most talked about documentaries of the year.

My Take:   I am anxious to see this film as I have been hearing about it for some time by other film critics.

 

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

Sunday

2:00 pm 

“Wrong Turn”  (2003)  Due to an auto accident, six people are stuck in the woods.  They find a cabin to take shelter in but someone else knows about the cabin, and it could be lethal.

 

4;00 pm

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“Predators”  (2010)  A group of elite warriors (Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace) are hunted by members of a vicious alien race known as Predators.