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"The Identical" (2014)

Two Identical brothers are born in the 1930s to a poor family. One brother is given up to the local preacher (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd). The two brothers grow up not knowing about each other, and one becomes a famous entertainer and the other brother struggles with his love of music and his dedication to his family. He now must choose between his love of music and his father's wishes for him to follow in his footsteps.

What to Watch For: Blake Rayne plays the two identical brothers when they are grown up, is one of the premier Elvis impersonators in the world.

Word on the Street: This is another faith-based movie that hopes to capture the success that earlier films such as "God's Not Dead"(2014) and "Heaven is for Real" (2014).

My Take: Faith-based movies are starting to use A list actors such as Ray Liotta to make their films appeal to a broader audience.

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"The Last of Robin Hood" (2014)

Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline), dashing hollywood film star, meets an up-and-coming young woman, Beverly (Dakota Fanning). The two enter into a relationship, with Errol trying to land a big part in a film for his new girlfriend. Little does he know that Beverly, under the tutelage of her mother, Flo (Susan Sarandon), is working using a false birth certificate...her real age is 15.

What to Watch For: The majority of the film was shot in Atlanta, Ga.

Word on the street: Dakota Fanning's performance is being talked about by critics that have seen the movie.

My Take: It will be interesting to see Kline as Errol Flynn, someone he was compared to when he started his career.

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"Code Black" (2014)

Documentary on what goes on at the L.A. County General Hospital Emergency Room. Doctors in training are working in an environment that is more like a war zone hospital that an inter-city one.

What to Watch For: The film has been shown at a number of film festivals and won Best Documentary at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Word on the Street: Some of the early scenes in the ER are said to be hard to watch due to the level of blood and trauma going on.

My Take: After watching a number of "doctor" based TV shows, it will be interesting to see how a real ER works.

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"A Five Star Life" (2013)

Irene (Margherita Buy) thought she had the perfect life. She gets to travel around the world evaluating five star hotels.  Then she met Kate (Lesley Manville), and then her world turned upside down.

What to Watch For: The film has won a number of awards in Italy.

Word on the Street: Bay is said to give a performance of a lifetime.

My Take: I love films made in Italy, and this looks to be one of the best.

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"Innocence" (2014)

After the death of her mother, a young woman, Beckett (Sophie Curtis) and her father (Linus Roache) move to the city where she will start taking classes at the local preparatory school. There is more than meets the eye as Beckett soon discovers that all the beautiful students at the school have a dark, nasty secret.

What to Watch For: Sophie Curtis turned heads in her first two performances in "The Art of Getting" by (2011) and "Arbitrage" (2012).

Word on the street: The film is based on a YA novel by Jane Mendelsohn and the production has been talked about in Hollywood for the past three years.

My Take: Hollywood keeps trying to find the next Hunger Games. I just don't know if there will be another one.

If you can't make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69. 


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