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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:
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
In this retelling of the fairy tale, the Evil Queen (played by Charlize Theron) plots to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart), the only person in the land who is fairer than the Queen, herself. The Queen sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill Snow, but when he can’t bring himself to do the deed, he decides to train her to take on the Queen and her evil minions. Snow White and the Huntsman website
What to Watch For: Is first time director Rupert Sanders, whose previous experience is directing commercials, up to the task of a major motion picture?
Word on the Street: Chris Hemsworth is hot off The Avengers bandwagon and is ready for a breakout role. This might be the one that makes him a superstar.
My Take: Will this be the role where filmgoers and critics take Kristen Stewart seriously as an actress?
High School (2012)
After a night parting with an old childhood friend, Henry (Matt Bush) realizes that by agreeing to smoke the joint that Travis (Sean Marquette) gave him, he has just kissed his valedictorian/college career away. That is until Travis hatches a scheme to get the whole high school high on high grade pot before the mandatory drug test on finals day. High School website
What to Watch For: Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four) is almost unrecognizable as the uptight high school principal, who is hell-bent on ridding his school of drugs.
Word on the Street: The cast of the film is peppered with lots of TV actors as Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons), Colin Hanks (Dexter), Michael Vartan (Hawthorne) and Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement).
My Take: Where else can you see an Academy Award winning actor (Adrien Brody) play a wacked-out, pot head drug dealer?
The Intouchables (2012)
After a rich man (Francois Cluzet) becomes a quadriplegic from a terrible paragliding accident, he hires a young man (Omar Sy) from the projects to become his caretaker. Much to each man’s surprise, a real friendship develops. The Intouchables website
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for a number of Cesar Awards (France’s version of the Academy Awards®) and Omar Sy came away with the Best Actor award.
Word on the Street: The film has taken the film festival circuit by storm and is the second most successful French film of all time at the box office.
My Take: The film is currently getting an excellent 80% rating on Rottentomatoes.com and is testing extremely well with American audiences.
Crooked Arrows (2012)
Joe (Brandon Routh) is a mixed-blood Native American, who takes over coaching his reservation’s high school lacrosse team. Fighting against the odds, he takes his team to the state playoffs where they square off against richer, more prestigious schools. Crooked Arrows website
What to Watch For: The film combines the fast rising sport of lacrosse with a great David vs. Goliath storyline.
Word on the Street: It will be interesting to see if lacrosse lovers will come out to see a film about their sport.
My Take: We’re due for a good “come from behind” sports film. Let’s hope this is the one.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Whatever it Takes (2000) James Franco and Shane West star in this modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, with a twist, and try to help each other get the girl of their dreams. Jodi Lyn O’Keefe and Marla Sokoloff play the two girls the guys try to date.
Someone Like You (2001) Ashley Judd stars as Jane, a production assistant on a popular syndicated talk show. After being dumped by her boyfriend (Greg Kinnear), she writes a column accusing all men of being liars and cheaters, and the column becomes a huge hit. A new man (Hugh Jackman) enters her life, but will he be the kind of man she writes about?
Flight of the Phoenix (2004) A group of travelers are in a plane that crashes in the Mongolian desert, and the group appears to have no chance of rescue. Their only chance of survival is to build a working plane from the wreckage of the old one. Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson and Hugh Laurie lead the cast in this film about beating the odds.