Opening this week at a theatre near you:

A Most Violent Year

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“A Most Violent Year”  (2014)

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The winter of 1981 was the most violent year in the history of New York City.  Under that backdrop, a businessman (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) struggle to keep their business against all the odds. “A Most Violent Year” Website

What to Watch For: Many critics thought that Jessica Chastain gave an Oscar worthy performance.

Word on the Street:  The writer/director of this film, J.C. Candor, was nominated for his 2013 film “All Is Lost”.

My Take:  Oscar Isaac is becoming one of my favorite actors.

Black or White

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“Black or White”  (2014)

A grieving widower (Kevin Costner) is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter. “Black or White” Website

What to Watch For:  Octavia Spencer won the Best Support Actress from the African-American Film Critics Association for the role of the mother of the son fighting for custody.

Word on the Street:  Kevin Costner is getting rave reviews for this film.

My Take:  I saw the film at the Austin Film Festival and fell in love with the young actress Jillian Estell, who plays the granddaughter.

Black Sea

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“Black Sea”  (2014)

A submarine captain (Jude Law) takes a job to find a World War II Soviet sub that may full of gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. “Black Sea” Website

What to Watch For:  Jude Law spent six days in a Royal Navy submarine.

Word on the Street:  A portion of the film was shot on an actual WW II sub.

My Take:  I always enjoy watching Jude Law work on the screen.

Two Days, One Night

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“Two Days, One Night”  (2014)

A young Belgian mother (Marion Cotillard) has a weekend to convince her fellow workers to give up a bonus so that she can remain with the company. “Two Days, One Night” Website

What to Watch For:  Cotillard is nominated for an Oscar for this role.

Word on the Street:  The film is written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, who were responsible for the well received 2011 film “The Kid With a Bike”.

My Take:  Cotillard is one of the best actresses out there.  She has been nominated twice for Best Actress by the Georgia Film Critics Association.

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Project Almanac

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“Project Almanac”  (2015)

A group of friends discover plans for a time machine.  They build it and use it for personal gain.  They then discover that their time traveling has bad consequences. “Project Almanac” Website

What to Watch For:  The movie was shot in Atlanta.

Word on the Street: The plot uses the “Found Footage” genre.

My Take:  I think it’s time for a new Sci-Fi film.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films

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“Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action and Animated”  (2015)

The Academy Award nominated shorts, both Live Action and Animated films for this year’s Oscars. Oscar Shorts Website

What to Watch for:  The films come from Poland, the UK, the US, France, China, Switzerland, Canada, the Netherlands, and Mexico.

Word on the Street:  “The Dam Keeper” and “Butter Lamp” both played at last years”s Atlanta Film Festival.

My Take:  I always enjoy seeing the nominees every year.

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”   (2009) Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) are successful in their professional lives but have let their marriage suffer. After witnessing a murder in New York City, they are placed in the Witness Protection Program and are relocated to a small town in Wyoming. Will the big city Morgans survive in the Wild West?

3:00 pm

“Bernie”  (2011)  In a small Texas town, a well like mortician gets involved with the meanest woman in the county (Shirley MacLaine). Now he is stuck in a relationship that just may kill him.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Princess Bride”  (1987)  The classic film from director Rob Reiner. The film stars  Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright and Andre the Giant.

3:00 pm

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“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”   (2009) Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) are successful in their professional lives but have let their marriage suffer. After witnessing a murder in New York City, they are placed in the Witness Protection Program and are relocated to a small town in Wyoming. Will the big city Morgans survive in the Wild West?