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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 Hunger Games (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss, a girl who tries to help her family survive in a film based on the bestselling book by the same name. This film, set in the future, is about the country divided into 12 regions, where most are suffering from starvation and poor living conditions. Each region has to submit one boy and one girl to compete in a fight to the death that is telecast live to the entire nation. Katniss volunteers when her younger sister is picked for the games. Now Katniss must compete in the deadly game, a game that may lead to her own demise. The Hunger Games website
What to Watch For: The books are still on the best seller list, so, can the films live up to the books and the hype?
Word on the Street: Early reviews are very good, and Jennifer Lawrence has already established she can act with last year’s Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
Things are not going well in Afghanistan, meanwhile the British government is looking for a feel good story. The PR person (Kristin Scott Thomas) for the Prime Minister discovers that a sheik’s (Amr Waked) dream is to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen river. A fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is brought in by the sheik’s advisor (Emily Blunt) with the sole mission to make salmon fishing a reality. Salmon Fishing in Yemen website
What to Watch For: This could be the romantic film that audiences have been looking for.
Word on the Street: The chemistry between McGregor and Blunt is a sight to see in this film.
The 36th Annual Atlanta Film Festival
Friday March 23rd, Opening Night Film:
Life Happens (2012)
Party girl, Kim (Krysten Ritter), lives with her best friend, Deena (Kate Bosworth). After a one night stand, Kim gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby. But the girls are determined to not let this ”addition” change their way of life. Life Happens website
What to Watch For: The film has a great cast that includes CW’s Hart of Dixie’s Rachel Bilson, Geoff Stults and 3rd Rock from the Sun’s Kristen Johnston. The star of the film, Krysten Ritter, co-wrote the film with the director Kat Coiro.
Word on the Street: Director/screenwriter Kat Coiro will be in attendance at the screening.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Stir Crazy (1980) Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor star in this classic comedy (directed by Sidney Poitier) about a couple of friends who are framed for a bank robbery. They get sent to a prison, a prison that puts on an annual rodeo. The guys have trouble adjusting to prison life until the warden discovers that Wilder’s character has a talent for riding broncos. Can the guys use the rodeo as a distraction and escape from prison?
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Two brothers (real life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges) are professional musicians who barely making a living, play pianos in the small club circuit. Their world and fortune are changed when they hire a sultry singer (Michelle Pfeiffer) to join their act. But will the brothers’ friendship survive success on the road?