Weekend Preview: This Week’s New Films

We have two new movies opening today.  The Great Gatsby should be pulling in most of the Box Office, but Peeples is also looking for a few of your dollars.

*Photo Courtesy Lions gate Entertainment

*Photo Courtesy Lions Gate Entertainment

Peeples

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material and language

Tyler Perry “presents” this take on Meet the Parents but Tina Gordon Chism did the actual writing and directing. Stars Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, and Diahann Carroll.

Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer ofDRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out . . . but bind us together with love.

*Photo Courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures

*Photo Courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures

The Great Gatsby

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language

And leading the pack this week is  take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age classic The Great Gatsby.  stars as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, and Joel EdgertonIsla FisherJason ClarkeAmitabh Bachchan, and Elizabeth Debicki round out the cast. The soundtrack is even more star-studded with music from Jay Z, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Will.I.Am, Fergie, Gotye, Florence + The Machine, The xx, and more.

“The Great Gatsby” follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

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