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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

Bridge of Spies

“Bridge of Spies” (2015)


Brooklyn lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) works for an insurance company during the height of the Cold War. He is volunteered by his company to be the lawyer of an accused Russian spy.  Donovan finds himself at the center of a war of nerves” between the United States and the Soviet Union. “Bridge of Spies” Website

What to Watch For:  The movie is based on a true story and was filmed at several of the actual historical locations.

Word on the Street:  Many film critics feel this film could be a major Oscar contender.

My Take:  I am in for any film that is written by the Coen brothers.

Crimson Peak

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“Crimson Peak”  (2015)


Set in England in the late 19th century,  Edith (Mia Wasikowska) falls in love and marries Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). They move to Sir Sharpe’s mansion, a crumbling home that harbors some sinister entities that will threaten Edith’s life. Crimson Peak

What to Watch For: The film is directed and co-written by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth).

Word on the Street:  Del Toro says this film will be a “ghost story and gothic romance” that will pay homage to the old haunted house films like, “ The Haunting” and “The Innocents.”

My Take: We are due for a great horror film.


Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

“Goosebumps”  (2015)


Zac (Dylan Minnette) moves to a small town and meets Hannah (Odeya Rush) and her father, the famous writer R.L. Stine (Jack Black) the creator of the children’s horror series “Goosebumps.”  Zac mistakenly opens one of R.L. Stine’s manuscripts that releases every ghost and ghoul from Stine’s works. Now Zac, Hannah, and her father must team up to try and get the monsters back where they belong. “Goosebumps” Website

What to Watch For:  The studio has wanted to make a movie based on the bestselling series of the same name since 1998. The film was shot in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Word on the Street:  The director of the film, Rob Letterman, says that the film will be both scary and funny, just like the books.

My Take:  I am interested to see how this film turned out. I know that Jack Black met with R.L. Stine to get insight for the film and the role.

Steve Jobs

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“Steve Jobs”  (2015)


A look at the founder and leader of Apple, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender). The film is set backstage at three iconic product launches giving us a look at the man, the myth and the legend. “Steve Jobs” Website

What to Watch For:  Many film critics feel that Fassbender could get his second Oscar nomination for this role.

Word on the Street:  The film has an impressive supporting cast including Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels.

My Take:  I am anxious to see this film after seeing the documentary, “Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine” at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

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“Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”   (2015)


Documentary about the humor magazine that created a culture through its magazine and movies that changed comedy forever. “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” Website

What to Watch For:  The film features rare and never-before-seen footage.

Word on the Street:  The poster for the film was inspired by the poster for the 1978 film “National Lampoon’s Animal House.”

My Take:  I have wanted to see this film for a long time.

Beasts of No Nation

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“Beasts of No Nation” (2015)


Agu (Abrahma Attah) has a good life. He lives in a village with his family and goes to school that is run by his father. It’s a loving family, and while Agu gets into a bit of mischief from time to time, he’s a good kid. All that changes when civil war breaks out. His mother and his baby brother are sent away to escape the war, and then government forces invade the village and kill his father and brother. Agu escapes into the wilderness, eventually being captured by Commandant (Idris Elba) and his band of rebels. Agu is soon indoctrinated into the rebel army, and he is now a soldier in a war that will destroy a lot of lives. “Beasts of No Nation” Website

What to Watch For:  The film won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Writer / Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) has been working on the film for seven years.  The film is currently at 89% on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

My Take:  I am always excited to see Idris Elba on screen.


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


1:00 pm

“Monster-in-Law”  (2005)  Charlotte (Jennifer Lopez) has always had hard luck in the dating world until she meets Kevin (Michael Vartan). He is perfect in every way, except for one problem:  his mother (Jane Fonda).

3:00 pm

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”  (1994)  Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) creates a living, breathing creature from dead body parts. The creature (Robert De Niro) escapes and is presumed dead. Frankenstein’s fate is about to take a horrible turn.


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