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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:
Men in Black 3 (2012)
The MIB are back! Agent J (Will Smith) must travel back in time to 1969 to stop the death of Agent K (Josh Brolin) by an alien assassin. If Agent J isn’t successful, it could be the end of Agent K, the Agency and, even possibly, Earth. MIB3 Website
What to Watch For: It’s been ten years since Men in Black II premiered. Will audiences fondly remember the secret agents in the dark suits and sun glasses?
Word on the Street: This is more Will Smith’s film than Brolin’s or Tommy Lee Jones’. Former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air writer, Michael Soccio, was brought in to help finish the script.
My Take: Josh Brolin is perfect to play the young Agent K, as he looks like Tommy Lee Jones did in the late sixties.
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
Six tourists hire a guide to take them to the abandoned city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Soon after arriving, they realize that this isn’t any normal tour and soon discover that they may not be alone. Something may have been left behind after the disaster. Chernobyl Diaries Website
What to Watch For: This mostly young cast is led by former teen heart-throb Jesse McCartney, who hopes this will transition into more lead roles.
Word on the Street: Expect some scary stuff as the screenplay comes from the pen of Oren Peli, the director/creator of the film Paranormal Activity.
My Take: There currently aren’t any films like this in the theatres, so this may just be the film that horror fans are looking for.
Tonight You’re Mine (2012)
Two feuding rock stars (Luke Treadaway and Natalia Tena) get into an argument backstage at a music festival. During the argument, they are handcuffed together by a passerby, who proceeds to throw away the key. Now the two stars must spend the rest of the festival together, including having to perform with each other. Tonight You’re Mine Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot over five days at an actual music festival, the T in the Park festival that is held every year in Balado, Scotland.
Word on the Street: Some of the musicians who were performing at the festival make cameos, including The Proclaimers, Al Green and Paolo Nutini.
My Take: Because the film was made during a real music festival, it should give filmgoers a glimpse into a performer’s festival experience.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Daddy Day Care (2003) Eddie Murphy stars in this comedy about two fathers, who, after losing their jobs, have to take their kids out of a pricey day care decide that they can run one in their own home.
Flatliners (1990) A group of medical students begin to explore the near death experience when each of them has their heart stopped, then restarted. Have they now begun something that they will regret? Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland star in this tense thriller.
Unfaithful (2002) Diane Lane stars as Connie, a woman who seems to have everything – a handsome husband (Richard Gere), a nice home and a loving son. A chance encounter, though, on the street with a stranger (Olivier Martinez) turns into an affair – an affair that could have dangerous results.