Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Wedding Ringer

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“The Wedding Ringer” (2015)

Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) provides a service: he will be the best man in your wedding. It’s a service for guys who are a little socially challenged and don’t have anyone close enough to stand by them. Doug (Josh Gad) has got himself in a pickle; he has fabricated not only his best man but all nine of his groomsmen. Now, Jimmy must come to the rescue. “The Wedding Ringer” Website

What to Watch For: Kevin Hart has been on a roll with a string of hit movies, including last year’s ,“Think Like a Man Too.”

Word on the Street: The film has been in development since 2002 and, at one time, was going to be a starring vehicle for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

My Take: It’s about time to see if Kevin Hart can headline a movie.

American Sniper

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“American Sniper” (2014)

Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is the deadliest sniper in the U.S. armed services. This Navy SEAL saves lives of his fellow warriors on the battlefields. Back home, Chris struggles to return to a normal life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids. Is Chris’s dedication to his duty going to be his downfall? “American Sniper” Website

What to Watch For: The question isn’t if “American Sniper” is going to get any Oscar nominations, it’s how many? The film is based on a true story.

Word on the Street: The film won the AFI Award for Movie of the Year.

My Take: I am hearing that besides Bradley Cooper giving an Oscar worthy performance, Sienna Miller is equally impressive in the role of the wife he leaves behind.

Blackhat

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“Blackhat” (2015)

A cyber-criminal is threatening to take down the international banking system. American and Chinese agencies work together to try and track the criminal, but they will need the help of a furloughed convict named, Nicholas Hathaway(Chris Hemsworth), a fellow cyber-criminal. “Blackhat” Website

What to Watch For: With cyber-attacks so much in the news, this is sure to be a box-office hit.

Word on the Street: Hemsworth, to research the role, went to code-writing school.

My Take: I am interested to see this film as it is director Michael Mann’s first all-digital film, and he shot a number of sequences with anamorphic lenses, which will give the movie a very distinctive look.

Paddington

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“Paddington” (2014)

After Paddington The Bear loses his uncle to an accident in the Peruvian jungle, Paddington makes his way to London where he befriends the Brown family in a train station. They decide to take the bear into their home, and their lives will never be the same. “Paddington” Website

What to Watch For: I hear the special effects, especially Paddington, himself, are amazing.

Word on the Street: Nicole Kidman, playing Millicent, a woman who wants to capture and stuff Paddington for her museum collection, did her own stunts. She also learned how to throw and twirl knives and took a taxidermy course.

My Take: This should be a big hit with families who have been reading the Michael Bond books for years.

Spare Parts

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“Spare Parts” (2015)

Four Hispanic students from a high school decide to compete in a robotics competition against schools such as M.I.T. The team only has $800 and no experience, but the students are helped by their high school teacher (George Lopez). “Spare Parts” Facebook page

What to Watch For: The film is based on a true story and is the first film produced by comedian George Lopez’s production company.

Word on the Street: Besides Lopez, the film has a strong cast, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Esai Morales and Marisa Tomei.

My Take: I liked the trailer and want to see this film.

Little Accidents

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 “Little Accidents” (2014)

A small American town is still recovering from a disastrous coal mine accident when a little boy disappears. Amos (Boyd Holbrook), the missing boy and the mine manager’s (Josh Lucas) son, is the sole survivor of the mine accident. Is the boy’s disappearance a coincidence or retaliation for the disaster? “Little Accidents” Website

What to Watch For: This is the first feature film for director Sara Colangelo. The film is based on her award-winning short film of the same name.

Word on the Street: Critics are praising the film for its gritty look, done by shooting the whole movie on film, a rarity these days.

My Take: I love Elizabeth Banks, who plays the missing boy’s mother.

 

If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend then stay at home and watch movies on ATL CW:

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Blood and Bone” (2009) In the rough and tumble world of underground fighting, an ex-con (Michael Jai White) is on a mission to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

3:00 pm

“Kingdom of Heaven” (2005) Directed by Ridley Scott, this is a tale about a blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) who fights during the Crusades and leads an army who defends Jerusalem against an overwhelming force.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Happening” (2008) Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) is a high school science teacher and notices, in the newspaper, that honey bees are dying at a massive rate. It is soon discovered that a neurotoxin was released, that no one knows how and anyone exposed to it will commit suicide. Now, Elliot and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) must attempt to escape from this disaster.

3:00 pm

“Blood and Bone” (2009) In the rough and tumble world of underground fighting, an ex-con (Michael Jai White) is on a mission to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

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