The Boy Next Door

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“The Boy Next Door”  (2015)

High school teacher Claire (Jennifer Lopez) has just come off a messy divorce.  She has a one night stand with a young neighbor (Ryan Guzman) who then develops an obsession with her. “The Boy Next Door” Website

What to Watch For:  Lopez hand-picked Guzman for the role.

Word on the Street:  Jennifer Lopez did her own sex scenes in this film.

My Take:  Let’s see if Lopez can open a film by herself.

Mortdecai

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“Mortdecai”  (2015)

Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is an art dealer who is hired to find a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold. “Mortdecai” Website

What to Watch for:  The studio hopes that this will be the first of a trilogy.

Word on the Street:  Director David Koepp last worked with Depp on the 2004 film Secret Window.

My Take:  I always look forward to films with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Cake

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“Cake”  (2014)

Claire (Jennifer Aniston) suffers from constant pain.  Not only does Claire have physical scars she also has mental ones.  She has driven away everyone, including her chronic paid support group.  Now she only has her housekeeper (Adriana Barraza).  Claire’s world is shaken when  a fellow chronic-pain group member commits suicide. “Cake” Website

What to Watch For:  Many critics thought that Aniston was going to get an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

Word on the Street:  I am hearing that Anna Kendrick gives an equally great performance in the film.

My Take:  Aniston has shown that she can carry a film, like she did with the 2002 film “The Good Girl.”

Strange Magic

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“Strange Magic”  (2015)

Goblins, fairies and imps battle over a powerful potion. “Strange Magic” Facebook Page

What to Watch For:  The cast includes Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina, Evan Rachel Wood, and Maya Rudolph.

Word on the Street:  This musical is based on Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

My Take:  The film has been George Lucas’ passion project for a number of years.

Song of the Sea

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“Song of the Sea”  (2014)

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selfies, a legendary group that can transform from seals into people. Now she is on a journey to free fairy creatures that are tapped in the modern world. “Song of the Sea” Website

What to Watch For:  The film got a surprising nomination for the Academy Award.

Word on the Street:  Director Tomm Moore also directed the Oscar nominated 2010 film, The Secret of Kells.

My Take:  I loved Secret of Kells, so I am looking forward to this film.

The Humbling

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 “The Humbling”  (2014)

Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is an actor whose world is turned upside down when he starts an affair with Pegeen (Greta Gerwig). “The Humbling” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been a hit on the film festival circuit.

Word on the Street:  This is screenwriter Buck Henry’s first film since 2001 Town & Country.

My Take:  I loved Greta Gerwig in “Francis Ha,” so I am looking forward to this film.

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Flatliners” (1990) A group of medical students begin to explore the near death experience when each of them has their heart stopped, then restarted. Have they now begun something that they will regret? Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland star in this tense thriller.

3:00 pm

“Employee of the Month”  (2006) At Super Club, every employee does whatever they can to become “Employee of the Month. Zack (Dane Cook) and Vince (Dax Shepard) step up the competition when Amy (Jessica Simpson) comes to work at the store. Now, it’s everything goes to impress Amy and win her affection.

Sunday

4:00 pm

“Flatliners”  (1990) A group of medical students begin to explore the near death experience when each of them has their heart stopped, then restarted. Have they now begun something that they will regret? Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland star in this tense thriller.

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