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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:
Think Like a Man (2012)
Adapted from Steve Harvey’s bestselling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the film follows four women who take Harvey’s advice on how to deal with their significant relationships. The men in their lives find out about the book and turn the tables on their women. Think Like a Man website
What to Watch For: The film features a strong cast with Gabrielle Union, Oscar Nominee® Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, and Terrence J.
Word on the Street: Lots of cameos in this film, including Wendy Williams, Ne-Yo, singer Marcus Canty and Steve Harvey himself.
My Take: The film is a little more than two hours, which is really long for a romantic comedy – but maybe the attractive and funny cast will make it an easy 2 plus hours.
The Lucky One (2012)
Based on the Nicholas Sparks bestseller of the same name, U.S. Marine Thibault (Zac Efron) returns to North Carolina after serving a tour in Iraq. He credits his survival to a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. He is now determined to find her, the woman in the photograph, his ultimate good luck charm. The Lucky One website
What to Watch For: Taylor Schilling plays the woman the Marine is searching for. Will this film bring stardom to Schilling like another Nicholas Sparks based film did for Rachel McAdams in The Notebook?
Word on the Street: Are there enough Zac Efron fans to knock The Hunger Games off the top of the box office?
My Take: Men, go ahead and buy the tickets now, because you know the woman in your life is going to want to see it.
From the team who brought you 2006’s hit film, Earth, this is a documentary about an orphaned 3 year-old chimpanzee that is adopted by a fully-grown male chimp. Chimpanzee website
What to Watch For: The film was co-produced by Disneynature and the Jane Goodall Institute, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Goodall Institute.
Word on the Street: Disney has a strong track record with these types of films. Their previous documentaries like Oceans and African Cats have done extremely well at the box office.
My Take: Come on! A baby chimp gets lost in the jungle. You have to have a hard heart not to cry at this one.
Documentary on the reggae legend, Bob Marley. The film includes archival concert footage and interviews with Marley’s family, friends and former band members. Marley website
What to Watch For: The film has concert footage, some of which has been rarely seen, that gives the audience a true feel on how great a performer Marley was.
Word on the Street: The film has taken years to make. Two different directors left the project (Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme), and making matters worse, there were disputes over music licensing and numerous legal issues due to the fact that Marley had eleven children by seven women and died without a will.
My Take: The music is the big draw here, and the film delivers with early recordings from when Marley was a teenager to Marley’s last concert in 1981.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay home and watch movies on CW69.
Walk the Line (2005) Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Reese Witherspoon’s Best Actress performance of June Carter Cash, the film tells in incredible story of the country legend, Mr. Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix).
A Few Good Men (1992) The legendary court room thriller with an brilliant cast, including Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland. Can you handle the truth?!