Opening this week at a theatre near you:
“Dumb and Dumber To” (2014)
It’s been 20 years since their last adventure, so the boys (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels) are ready for a new road trip. This time Lloyd and Harry try to find Harry’s daughter. “Dumb and Dumber To” Website
What to Watch For: Writer / directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly need a hit after “The Three Stooges” (2012) and “Hall Pass” (2011) didn’t do well at the box office. The film was primarily shot in Atlanta, GA.
Word on the Street: I am hearing that there are many cameos in this film.
My Take: It should do big on opening weekend, but I don’t know if this film will have legs.
“Beyond the Lights” (2014)
A young musician (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) has been trained her whole life by her manager / mother (Minnie Driver) to become a pop star at any price. It all becomes too much until she encounters a knight in shining armor, a police officer named, Kaz (Nate Parker). “Beyond the Lights” Facebook page
What to Watch For: Mbatha-Raw has already wowed audiences with her performance in “Belle” (2014).
Word on the Street: Critics are comparing this film to the 1992 film, “The Bodyguard” starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
My Take: After seeing “Belle,” I predicted big things for Gugu Mbatha-Raw. This is just the start.
Journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) was back in his home country of Iran to cover the national elections for the BBC. After reporting on protests going on in the country, he was arrested and held for more 100 days in solitary confinement, enduring both mental and physical torture. “Rosewater” Facebook page
What to Watch For: “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart wrote and directed this film based on the book by Maziar Bahari.
Word on the Street: The movie played to a packed house as the closing night film at this year’s Austin Film Festival.
My Take: I have always enjoyed the work of actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who portrays Maziar’s mother in this film.
“The Theory of Everything” (2014)
The love story between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). “The Theory of Everything” Website
What to Watch For: Both Redmayne and Jones are being touted as possible Academy Award nominees.
Word on the Street: Jane Hawking has redone the book that the film is based on. Its title is, “Traveling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything.
My Take: I think this will make both leads, who have done more TV than film, big film stars.
“The Way He Looks” (2014)
Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a blind teenager who is searching for his place in life. His world changes when Gabriel (Fabio Audi) enters his life. “The Way He Looks” Website
What to Watch For: The film has been winning quite a few awards on the Film Festival circuit including Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival.
Word on the Street: This film is the official submission of Brazil to the best foreign language film category at next year’s Academy Awards.
My Take: I missed this film at The Cinema Club a couple of weeks ago, so I really want to see it when it comes out.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW:
“Domino” (2005) Based on a true story of the life of Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley) who was the daughter of an actor, worked as a high-end model, then became a bounty hunter.
“Can’t Hardly Wait” (1998) It’s high school graduation and everything is leading up to the party of the year. Will it be everything the graduates hoped for? Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose and Ethan Embry.