Opening this week at a theatre near you:
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“Doctor Strange” (2016)
Doctor Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant neurosurgeon, life changes after he has a tragic car accident. He decides to travel the world to rediscover his life’s purpose. He encounters “The Ancient One” (Tilda Swinton) who teaches him the art of dimensional and mystic arts. He decides to use his newfound power to defend the world from evil forces. “Doctor Strange” Website
What to Watch For: Filming took place all over the world, including the Kathmandu Valley, New York City, London and Hong Kong.
Word on the Street: Over one hour of footage in the film was specially formatted for IMAX.
My Take: I was a big fan of the Doctor Strange comic books when I was growing up.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016)
True story of WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) who enlists in the Army but refuses to handle a rifle due to being a Seventh-day Adventist. He becomes the first Conscientious Objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. “Hacksaw Ridge” Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson, who last directed the 2006 film, “Apocalypto.”
Word on the Street: The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where it received a 10-minute standing ovation.
My Take: One of my favorite actresses, Teresa Palmer, plays Dorothy Schutte, a nurse who falls in love with Desmond.
The film opens nationwide on Friday.
A troll princess (Anna Kendrick) and her grumpy friend (Justin Timberlake) must muster all their courage to save their friends from the clutches of the evil Bergins. “Trolls” Website
What to Watch For: Cast includes Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, and Gwen Stefani.
Word on the Street: This animated musical has a number of classic and original songs.
My Take: Anytime we can hear Anna Kendrick sing is a good thing.
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“Gimme Danger” (2016)
Documentary on the legendary band The Stooges, led by its iconic frontman Iggy Pop. “Gimme Danger” Website
Watch to Watch For: The film was nominated for the “Golden Eye” award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is directed by Jim Jarmusch, who also has the drama, “Paterson” coming out this fall.
My Take: I saw The Stooges with David Bowie playing keyboard, so I will not miss this film.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
We Are X (2016)
Documentary about the legendary band X Japan. Little known in the U.S., X Japan has sold over 30 million singles, and albums combined and have fans around the world including KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor. Known for their legendary concerts, the documentary tells the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades––persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache––the film culminates with preparations for their breathtaking reunion concert at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. “We Are X” Website
What to Watch For: The film won the World Cinema Editing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film uses a lot of behind the scenes footage that Yoshiki, the founding member of the band has been shooting since the band started.
My Take: I missed this film at SXSW Film Festival but won’t miss it this time.
The film opens Friday exclusively at Plaza Theatre
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on Atlanta’s CW.
“Anaconda” (1997) A “National Geographic” film crew traveling through the Amazon jungle forest stumbles upon a stranded man (Jon Voight). The man, unbeknownst to the crew, is on a mission to capture the giant anaconda snake, by any means necessary. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, and Eric Stoltz.
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“Fargo” A car salesman who tries to get out of financial trouble hires two bumbling criminals to kidnap his wife to demand a ransom from her wealthy father. The film stars William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stromare, Frances McDormand and John Carrol Lynch.