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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 Cabin in the Woods
Five friends need a break from their hectic life and decide to get away to a remote cabin. Soon, they discover there is a secret hiding in the basement – a secret that they will regret discovering. Cabin in the Woods website
What to Watch For: This film has been the big hit on the film festival circuit. It was the closing night film of the Atlanta Film Festival and played to a packed house.
Word on the Street: The film is from the team of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, the men behind the beloved series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
My Take: Absolutely breaks all the rules of the “horror genre,” at times very scary but also, from almost the first frame of the film, a very funny film.
The Three Stooges
In the movie edition, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) are back, once again, trying to save their childhood orphanage when they stumble upon a murder plot. But, as with anything the Stooges get involved in, things get crazy, and they just might be the next big stars of reality TV. The Three Stooges Movie website
What to Watch For: The film was shot in Atlanta, so be on the lookout for Stone Mountain, Piedmont Park and the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District.
Word on the Street: Look for quite a few cameos, including the Jersey Shore gang and basketball star, Dwight Howard.
My Take: I’m not sure how today’s audiences will react to the Stooges slapstick humor, but the film does have a strong supporting cast, including Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Larry David and Stephen Collins.
Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) are three roommates living the single life in L.A. Things are going great until, after a one night stand, Kim becomes pregnant. But the girls are determined to keep up their lifestyle, even with a baby in the house. Life Happens website
What to Watch For: The star of the film, Krysten Ritter, co-wrote the script with Kat Coiro, the director of the film.
Word on the Street: Rachel Bilson (Heart of Dixie) steals the movie as the twenty-something virgin who continually gets inappropriate jobs.
My Take: Opening night film of the Atlanta Film Festival, was a crowd pleaser with it’s very funny look at the L.A. dating scene.
A man named Snow (Guy Pearce) has been wrongly accused of committing a crime. To get his sentence reduced, he “volunteers” to go on a suicide mission where he must break into a high security prison to save the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) who was taken hostage during a prison uprising. The catch…this prison is in space. Lockout website
What to Watch For: Producer of the film, Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) came up with the story and co-wrote the screenplay, a film he describes as “Taken in Space.”
Word on the Street: Guy Pearce is a master of the deadpan quip, and he delivers a number of great lines in the film.
My Take: This is definitely a “guys” movie. I don’t see a lot of women going to see this film.
Documentary on peer-to-peer bullying that goes on in schools across America. The film explores how bullying has affected more that 13 million kids and what can be done to stop it. Bully website
What to Watch For: The Studio releasing the film and the Motion Picture Association of America (the body that gives out ratings to movies) battled over the film’s rating. Just recently, the rating was changed from R to PG-13, which means that children of any age can now see the film.
Word on the Street: The film is getting great reviews and due to all the publicity of the rating change, it should do well at the box-office.
My Take: If the film had gotten an R rating or no rating at all, it would have meant the film would only have shown on a few screens around the country. But this film should be seen by anyone who has a child, and teens should see this film to understand the severity of bullying.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay home and watch movies on CW69.
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?
Look Who’s Talking (1989)
Kirstie Alley and John Travolta star in this classic comedy about a single woman (Alley) who has a baby with a married man. The child (voiced by Bruce Willis) narrates the film as his mom slowly falls for the cab-driving, James (Travolta).
Thirteen Days (2000)
This film is a dramatization of the Cuban Missile Crisis as President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) and his team of advisors, led by Kenny O’Donnell (Kevin Costner), attempt to force the Soviet Union to take its missiles out of Cuba.