Opening this week at a theater near you:


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“Minions”  (2015)

The Minions have been looking for a leader for ages to no avail. Kevin is a minion with a plan, and he, along with Stuart and Bob, are on a quest to find their next potential master. Scarlet Overkill(Sandra Bullock) just might be that leader. “Minions” Website

What to Watch For:  Besides Bullock, the rest of the voice cast includes Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan and, of course, Steve Carell as Gru.

Word On the Street:  The film is already a big hit overseas.

My Take:  I can’t wait for this “Despicable Me” spinoff.


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“Amy”  (2015)

Documentary on the late great singer Amy Winehouse, who died too soon. “Amy” Website

What to Watch For:  The film features behind the scenes footage to give an up close and personal look at Amy’s life.

Word on the Street:  The film was nominated for two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

My Take:  Critics are calling this film one of the best documentaries of the year.

The Gallows

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“The Gallows”  (2015)

20 years after a horrific accident during a school play, students decide to put the play on again to honor the anniversary.  It’s a decision they will soon regret. “The Gallows” Website

What to Watch For:  The film was independently funded and shot before being picked up by a studio, which is a rarity.

Word on the Street: The film has taken a couple of years to get to the screen.

My Take:  I am always up for a good horror film.


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“Self/Less”  (2015)

A rich man (Ben Kingsley)  is dying of cancer. He undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). “Self/Less” Website

What to Watch For:  The director of the film, Tarsem Singh, has directed some of the most famous commercials and music videos of the past 20 years.

Word on the Street:  Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label for this film.

My Take:  I always enjoy watching Ben Kingsley work on the screen.

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Testament of Youth

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“Testament of Youth”  (2014)

A headstrong young woman (Alicia Vikander) enters Cambridge just as World War I is breaking out. “Testament of Youth” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on the best-selling autobiography by Vera Brittian.

Word on the Street:  Lead actress Alicia Vikander blew everybody away in her performance as Ava in “Ex Machina” (2015).

My Take:  It will be interesting to see if “Game of Thrones” fans will follow Kit Harington to the big screen.


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“Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor”  (2015)

Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste) is an intern working in a busy Parisian hospital ward that is run by his father.  Benjamin is convinced he will be a great doctor. Abdel (Reda Kateb) was a doctor in his native Algeria but is now having to work as an intern to get his license in France.  Both men will be tested like never before. “Hippocrates” info

What to Watch For:  Kateb won the Cesar Award (France’s Academy Awards) for Best Supporting Actor from this role.

Word on the Street:  Writer/director Thomas Lilti is himself an M.D..

My Take:  Kateb played Ammar in one of my favorite films of the past few years “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012).


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


1:00 pm

“La Bamba”  (1987) Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens, who rises up from the migrant farms of California to become a teenage rock star, only to lose his life in a legendary plane crash.

3:00 pm

“Rio”  (2011)  Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), a domesticated macaw from the States meets Jewel (Anne Hathaway), the bird of his dreams and they go on an adventure of a lifetime, heading down to Rio de Janeiro.


1:00 pm

“Blade: Trinity”  (2004)  Blade (Wesley Snipes) is being hunted by the FBI, and, to make matters worse, he must team up with the Nightstalkers to take on the biggest vampire there is, Dracula.

3:00 pm

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“La Bamba”   (1987) Lou Diamond Phillips plays Ritchie Valens, who rises up from the migrant farms of California to become a teenage rock star, only to lose his life in a legendary plane crash.