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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:
John Carter (2012)
A Civil War veteran, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), is mysteriously transported to Mars, which is at war between several different races, each vying for control over the planet. Because Mars has less gravity than Earth, Carter soon discovers that he has almost super-human powers. Those powers will come in handy when he gets involved with a kidnapped princess (Lynn Collins) who needs to be rescued. John Carter website
What to Watch For: John Carter is Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton’s first live action film. Stanton was behind some of Pixar’s most successful films, Toy Story, WALL-E and Finding Nemo.
Word on the Street: Extensive re-shoots and lots of special effects make this one of the most expensive films in history to produce. The film will have to do tremendously at the box office (Avatar-like success) to make a profit.
A Thousand Words (2012)
Eddie Murphy plays a literary agent, Jack McCall, who lies to a client. McCall is cursed by the client and a tree suddenly appears in McCall’s yard. With every word uttered by McCall, a leaf falls, and if the tree loses all its leaves, McCall will die. A Thousand Words website
What to Watch For: The film has an impressive cast led by Murphy and Kerry Washington, who played Ray Charles’ wife in the 2004 film, Ray.
Word on The Street: The film was shot in 2008 and has been sitting on the shelf since then. Also, it’s not being screened for critics – neither are good signs.
Friends with Kids (2012)
Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) directs and stars in this film about two best friends who decide to have a child together. There’s a twist, though… they want to keep their relationship platonic. Friends with Kids website
What to Watch For: With Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph part of this very large cast, the studio is hoping for a little lift from women moviegoers who enjoyed Bridesmaids.
Word on the Street: Jon Hamm was originally cast in the part of the best friend, which would have been interesting, since he and Jennifer Westfeldt are dating.
Silent House (2012)
A young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) goes with her father to their family lakeside home to help with renovations. As soon as they get inside, they realize something is wrong. Soon, she gets separated from her father, and it ‘s apparent that someone or something doesn’t want her to leave. Silent House movie trailer
What to Watch For: The film stars Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Last year she got rave reviews for her film debut in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Word on the Street: The film was shot in real time in one uninterrupted shot.
This film explores the affair that shocked the world – the romance between American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and the man she fell in love with, the soon to be King, Edward VIII. W.E. is intercut with a contemporary romance between an unhappily married woman and a security guard at Sotheby’s Auction House. W.E. website
What to Watch For: Madonna co-wrote and directed the film, her second time to take the helm. Her first was 2008’s Filth and Wisdom.
Word on the Street: The film was nominated for but did not win Best Achievement in Costume Design. The film did win a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Paparazzi (2004) A successful actor’s (Cole Hauser) family is almost killed in a car accident, an accident that was caused by the aggression of four photographers (paparazzi). Hauser’s character then goes after the four to get revenge. Be on the lookout for some Hollywood A-listers who play small parts in this movie, including Chris Rock, Vince Vaughn, Matthew McConaughey and Mel Gibson.
Blade II: Bloodhunt (2002) Our vampire hunter, Blade (Wesley Snipes), is back, and this time he has to make an alliance with the vampires he has been hunting when a new strain of vampire called, The Reaper, makes both humans and vampires part of his prey.
Silverado (1985) Four cowboys (Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Kevin Costner) band together and travel to the town of Silverado to take down a corrupt sheriff and the shifty rancher that backs him.