Coming this week to a theatre near you:

Jupiter Ascending

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“Jupiter Ascending”  (2015)

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) has always felt that she was destined for something better than her job as a janitor.  But it’s much to her surprise when an interplanetary warrior, Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), shows up and informs her that her destiny is to be part of a royal family who rules the solar system. “Jupiter Ascending” Website

What to Watch For:  Oscar-nominated Eddie Redmayne plays Balem, a fellow royal member of Jones’ family who has plans for Earth and will do anything to carry them out, including killing Jupiter.

Word on the Street:  The team behind the “Matrix” trilogy, the Wachowskis, have been working on this film since 2009. The inspiration for the film is said to be the, “Odyssey” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

My Take:  It worries me that this film was supposed to be released last summer, but I love Mila Kunis, and I am excited to see another performance by Channing Tatum.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

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“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of the Water”  (2015)

Someone has stolen the Krabby Patty secret formula.  Life in Bikini Bottom turns to chaos, and it’s up to SpongeBob and his friends to catch the culprit and return the formula. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is a mixture of animation and live action.  A number of live action scenes were shot on Tybee Island, off of the Georgia coast.

Word on the Street:  Antonio Banderas is said to be hilarious as the live-action pirate, Burger-Beard.

My Take:  I am hearing that the animation used during the live action sequences is greatly detailed.

Still Alice

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“Still Alice”  (2014)

Alice (Julianne Moore) is a high respected linguistics professor who gets the shock of her life – she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.  She and her family must deal with her rapid decline. “Still Alice” Website

What to Watch For:  Julianne Moore is the frontrunner to win Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards.

Word on the Street: Besides Moore’s performance, critics who have seen the film have also praised the performances of Alec Baldwin, who plays Alice’s husband, and Kristen Stewart, who plays their youngest daughter.

My Take:  I hear the book by Lisa Genova, is difficult and devastating to read, so expect the same from this film.

Seventh Son

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“Seventh Son”  (2015)

Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of a seven son.  He serves as an apprentice to The Spook (Jeff Bridges), learning how to fight with evil spirits. Thomas will need his skills more than ever as the evil and powerful Mother Makin (Julianne Moore) has escaped from her prison and is out for revenge. “Seventh Son” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the book, “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch” by Joseph Delaney.

Word on the  Street:  The studio is hoping this will become a series of films with Ben Barnes.

My Take:  Studios continue to mine the Young Adult genre to try and find the next “Hunger Games.”

Love, Rosie

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“Love, Rosie”  (2015)

Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were five years old.  But, life took Rosie and Alex in different directions.  Now, they reconnect, and now they must decide…is it just a friendship or is it something more? “Love, Rosie” Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film is based on Cecelia Ahem’s bestselling novel, “Where Rainbows End.”

Word on the Street:  The film has been described as a “modern comedy-of-errors.”

My Take:  Lily Collins has come a long way from her feature film debut in the 2009 film, “The Blind Side.”

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Glory”  (1989) — Robert Gould Shaw (Mathew Broderick) is given the task of leading the US Army’s first all-Black volunteer company during the Civil War. Can he, with the help of a few key members of his troupe (Denzel Washington, Moran Freeman), ship the company into fighting shape, and will they be allowed to fight?

Sunday

1:00 pm

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”  (2009)  A look at the beginning of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and why he became the superhero whom we know and love.

3:00 pm

“Glory”   (1989) — Robert Gould Shaw (Mathew Broderick) is given the task of leading the US Army’s first all-Black volunteer company during the Civil War. Can he, with the help of a few key members of his troupe (Denzel Washington, Moran Freeman), ship the company into fighting shape, and will they be allowed to fight?

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