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Mike's ProfileMike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at: lastonetoleavethetheatre.blogspot.com He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave
Opening this week at a theatre near you:
The Woman In Black (2012)
A young lawyer (played by Daniel Radcliffe) travels to a remote village to settle the estate of a deceased woman. When he arrives, he discovers a town that is afraid to let their children go outdoors and virtually barricades them inside their homes. What could cause this behavior? Could it be a ghost intent on revenge? The Woman in Black
What to Watch For: Will fans of Harry Potter follow Daniel Radcliffe to more adult roles? It doesn’t hurt that one of his co-stars, Janet McTeer, is fresh off an Oscar nomination for Albert Nobbs.
Word on the Street: Looks like Radcliffe has chosen this role well, as many critics are comparing this film to the great tradition of the British horror films of the 60’s and 70’s.
Three high school friends somehow gain super powers after discovering a mysterious crater. At first, they have fun exploring their newfound skills, but things get serious when one of the three begins to explore the darker side of his powers. Chronicle
What to Watch For: The film stars aren’t well-known, so the film’s popularity will have to depend on strong word-of-mouth.
Word on the Street: The film is getting praise for its dark and edgy script.
Big Miracle (2012)
In a small, remote town in Northern Alaska, a family of gray whales is discovered, trapped by ice, five miles from open water. A local TV reporter (played by John Krasinski) works with his former girlfriend (played by Drew Barrymore), a Greenpeace worker, to try and save the whales before they die. Big Miracle
What to Watch For: Based on the 1988 true story that garnered worldwide attention.
Word on the Street: A strong script and a supporting cast that includes Ted Danson, Stephen Root, Kristen Bell and Kathy Baker, makes this a cut-above your ordinary tear-jerker family film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch these movies on CW69 this weekend:
Saturday at 1:00 pm
Boogeyman (2005) Barry Watson stars as Tim, who, as a child, witnessed his father’s abduction. Haunted by this, Tim returns to his childhood home to confront his fears and feels that “the Boogeyman” is just a figment of his imagination. But could it be that “the Boogeyman” really does exists in his childhood home’s bedroom closet?
Saturday at 3:00 pm
X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are back as they take on Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his band of bad mutants, the Brotherhood, for control of a possible cure to treat mutations.
Sunday at 2:00 pm
John Q (2002) Denzel Washington plays an out-of-work father whose son needs an expensive heart transplant. When it’s apparent the father doesn’t have the money for the surgery and becomes desperate, he takes a hospital emergency room and its doctors hostage until they agree to perform the surgery on his son.