by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor


Still deciding on what flicks to consider for NEXT weekend and beyond?  Here are a few "hints" as derived from "advance" screenings to assist your decision:

Begin Again: Upbeat flick about "good things" life has to offer ---  love, creativity, music, relationships , family and New York City. Opinions range from "Heartfelt music" to "flat" in comparison to "Once" (directed by John Carney). It focuses on songwriters and the ways their craft influences their lives: 

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City


Anarchy: Purge: The annual lawless purge receives a  sequel, which escapes  the confines of one family's plight in a subdivision, instead, a darkly lit "hunt" scene. Some preview viewers have called this an "edge of the seat thriller."  A rare instance, where the "sequel" blows the original "out of the water."


Sex Tape: Although you may find elements similar to the teen "Road Trip" in which college friends attempt to intercept a sex tape, this one has an adult couple playfully makiing a bedroom frolic, only to discover, it's on the way to possible distribution. No "hints from advance showings other than "it looks like a non-serious movie" unlike "The Other Woman."  A few speculations on the red band trailer i.e. will Diaz "show" any intimate assets?  Yes, it's R-rated, not family friendly.


Dawn of the Planet of Apes: Heralded by some as the best summer 2014 flick, the "war" movie has political, leadership, and betrayal subplots. One viewer celebrates that the series has been "freed of happy endings, which allows experimentation and audience gratification. One suggestion--- Dump the human, just tell the apes story in any sequel.



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