Opening this week at a theater near you:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” (2014)
Moses (Christian Bale) has always known he was different than his brother, the future Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton). He learns that he was born a slave and that his destiny is to lead his people to freedom. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” Website
What to Watch For: Besides Bale and Edgerton, this film has an all-star lineup of Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and John Turturro.
Word on the Street: Director Ridley Scott’s first cut was more than 4 hours in length. The film ended up with a running time of 150 minutes.
My Take: It will be interesting to see how this does at the box office.
“Top Five” (2014)
A comedian (Chris Rock) is trying to make it as a serious actor. His fiancee (Gabrielle Union) convinces him to allow their wedding to be broadcast on her reality TV show. Everything is going well until a reporter (Rosario Dawson) shows up to do an interview that just may change his life. “Top Five” Website
What to Watch For: The film was written and directed by Chris Rock and was picked up for distribution by Paramount Pictures after a well-received debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film has a number of comedians appearing as themselves including Adam Sandler, Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld and Brian Regan.
My Take: I am hearing that Cedric the Entertainer steals the movie.
In 1994, a troubled young woman (Reese Witherspoon) decides to hike, alone, more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. “Wild” Website
What to Watch For: Many critics feel that Witherspoon is a sure thing for an Academy Award nomination.
Word on the Street: Hot off the” Dallas Buyers Club” (2013), director Jean-Marc Vallee is making a name for himself.
My Take: I am hearing that this is one of Witherspoon’s best performances.
“The Great Invisible” (2014)
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the biggest man-made disasters in modern time. The big question is, could it have been prevented? “The Great Invisible” Facebook page
What to Watch For: Margaret Brown, who previously directed “The Order of Myths,” brings this documentary to the screen.
Word on the Street: The film won best Documentary Feature at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
My Take: It will be interesting to see the reaction to this film.
“Antarctica: A Year on the Ice” (2014)
This documentary looks at the scientists and researchers that work in one of the most isolated places on earth, Antarctica. “Antarctica: A Year on Ice” Website
What to Watch For: The film uses footage shot over the last 15 years.
Word on the Street: Critics that have seen the film have mentioned how beautiful the film.
My Take: I hear that there is even a marriage performed during the time the filmmaker, Anthony Powell was making the film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Mixed Nuts” (1994) Philip (Steve Martin) normally loves his job managing the crisis hotline, but tonight is Christmas Eve, and every nut job in the city is trying to get some attention.
“Eragon” (2006) A farm boy (Ed Spellers) finds a dragon’s egg. Now the boy must use his dragon to defeat an evil king (John Malkovich.