Preview This! American Reunion
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:
American Reunion (2012)
The American Pie gang is back, and this time to attend their high school reunion. Jason Biggs, Alyson Hanningan, Tara Reid and Chris Klein star in the film that will answer if time has changed the gang, will they party like it’s 1999? American Reunion website
What to Watch For: While the film was shot locally, including Newton High School and Lake Lanier, don’t look for anything to say, “Georgia,” as the film is set in Michigan.
Word on the Street: There is hope that under the direction of John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the duo behind the Harold and Kumar films, the series will get back its endeared, comedic track.
My Take: I think there is just not much demand for a series where its recent films have gone direct-to-DVD.
Titanic (1997) in 3-D
The James Cameron film that the world fell in love with gets released in 3-D. This film is the epic romance of star-crossed lovers whose happiness is interrupted by the tragic sinking of the great Titanic. Titanic in 3-D website
What to Watch For: Star Wars Episode I, along with Beauty and the Beast, did not exactly set the box office on fire with their re-releases in 3-D. So, the question is, are there enough epic Titanic lovers who want to see Leo on-screen in 3-D?
Word on the Street: The second highest grossing film of all time has been re-mastered, and the release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sail on in 1912.
My Take: Judging by all the squeals of the crowd when the trailer came up at a recent screening of The Hunger Games that I attended, I think this re-release in 3-D will do quite well.
Boy, an 11 year-old living in Waihau Bay, New Zealand with his younger brother, Rocky and his grandmother, is obsessed with Michael Jackson. His mother died giving birth to Rocky and Boy spends a good deal of his day thinking about what his long lost father is doing. Is he a spy, a famous ruby player, a brilliant artist? Boy’s world is changed when his father suddenly shows up and he must come to grips with the realization that his father will never live up to the image he created for his father over the years. Boy website
What to Watch For: The director, Taika Waititi, was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for his short film Two Cars, One Night. He also plays Boy’s father, Alamein.
Word on the Street: Boy has been lighting up the film festival circuit, winning the American Film Institute Festival Audience Award. Waititi did a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to distribute the film in the U.S..
My Take: Don’t miss this brilliant film, with a performance by James Rolleston as Boy that is such a joy to watch.
The Raid: Redemption (2012)
A twenty man SWAT team is sent to raid a thirty story tenement run by a ruthless mob boss. To make matters worse, the whole building is occupied by thieves, murderers and rapists. Soon, it is not about arresting the mob boss…it’s about survival. The Raid: Redemption website
What to Watch For: This film is one of the most buzzed-about films on the film festival circuit.
Word on the Street: The action sequences are fast and furious with incredible fight choreography.
My Take: After seeing the film, I want to know how many stunt men were hospitalized during filming as the fight sequences are just brutal.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Fly Away Home (1996)
Based on a true story, Amy (Anna Paquin) is a teenager who lost her mother in a car accident and goes to live with her father (Jeff Daniels) in Canada. Amy finds an abandoned nest of goose eggs and decides to raise the newborn chicks. When the young birds are ready to migrate south for the winter, there isn’t a “Mama Goose” to lead them…that is, until Amy decides to guide them home using an ultra light airplane.
Joe Somebody (2001)
Joe (Tim Allen) is beaten up by a co-worker in front of his daughter on “Bring your child to work day.” Determined to redeem himself, he asks for a re-match. To prepare for the big day, he hires Chuck (James Belushi), a former B-actor, to teach him martial arts. As the word spreads of the rematch at work, Joe becomes popular, and suddenly gets attention and promotions. But, can Joe back up his talk with action?
I Am Sam (2001)
A mentally retarded man, Sam (Sean Penn), fights for the custody of his daughter (Dakota Fanning) when the state determines that he isn’t competent to care for her. Determined to get her back, Sam gets a high priced lawyer (Michelle Pfeiffer) to work his case pro bono, a case that she is reluctant to take. Can he beat the odds and get back the daughter whom he deeply loves?