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Some Movies to See This Weekend, April 3, 2015

Friday, April 03, 2015 Rob Samuelson

There are only two new wide releases this week, and with good reason. These studios and theater chains know where their bread is buttered. A mega sequel of one of the biggest franchises on the planet is given as much room to breathe as it wants. It will make lots of money, send off one of its stars in his last role, and hopefully some warm fuzzies will be had. Oh, and there's a prestige picture, oddly placed on the release schedule, for your counter programming needs.



Furious 7
Director: James Wan
Writer: Chris Morgan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson



I'm probably not the right guy to write this preview. I've only seen the first and fourth entries in this series. I liked them a great deal but it's one of those things where something falls through the cracks. I will say I am very confused that Michelle Rodriguez's character, Letty, is in this seventh movie because I thought we watched her die in 4. Whatever, it looks like fun.

In this one, Jason Statham plays the bad guy. He fights Dwayne Johnson. Cars leap from buildings and airplanes. Paul Walker, whose untimely death pushed the production of this movie to a halt midway through shooting, will reportedly be “retired” from the series, with the help of Walker's real brothers acting as his stand-ins for scenes he was unable to perform in. For a series ostensibly about family, that's a nice gesture and hopefully one that works well within the dramatic construct.

Woman in Gold
Director: Simon Curtis
Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Charles Dance




Based on a true story, Woman in Gold explores Maria Altmann's (Mirren) attempts to be reunited with a painting of her aunt stolen by Nazis in World War II. After the war, the Austrian government commandeered it and displayed it as one of the country's great pieces of art. Decades later, living in America, Maria hires a friend's lawyer son, played by Reynolds, to take the Austrian government to court to return the painting to her.

That is all in the trailer. That's pretty much the whole movie right there. It's a problem of modern trailer making, but that's a discussion for a different day. It looks like a handsome movie, with lots of high drama about big issues of ownership and family and memories. It might make for a weird double feature with the first movie on this list.

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