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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:
Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
George Needleman (Eugene Levy), CFO of a company controlled by the mob, gives up information to the Feds on a Ponzi scheme. Now, he and his family have to enter the Witness Protection Program. Guess where they end up? A little home in the South run by Madea (Tyler Perry). Madea’s Witness Protection website
What to Watch For: Look for plenty of Atlanta landmarks as the film was shot at the Tyler Perry Studios.
Word on the Street: Perry’s films have grossed more than 500 million dollars worldwide, and expect the latest to the Madea line to be a hit.
My Take: It is going to be interesting to see how Eugene Levy interacts with Perry’s Madea.
Magic Mike (2012)
Mike (Channing Tatum) is the hot star of the strip club and takes “The Kid” (Alex Pettyfer) under his tutelage to show him the lifestyle of partying, women and money. Mike, though, is about to meet his match in a woman (Cody Horn) who is unimpressed with his job or his lifestyle. Mike Magic website
What to Watch For: We know that women will go to this film, but will they be able to drag their boyfriends/husbands to it? While this is definitely Tatum’s film, Alex Pettyfer, as “The Kid” may be the breakout star.
Word on the Street: The film is partly based on Channing Tatum’s experiences as a stripper.
My Take: Hey, it’s directed by Steven Soderbergh, the man who brought us Contagion, Traffic and Erin Brockovich, so I’m in.
People like Us (2012)
After his estranged father dies, Sam (Chris Pine) finds out that he has a sister (Elizabeth Banks) about whom he never knew. Now, as ordered in his father’s will, he must find his sister and give her 150,000 dollars, an amount of money he could desperately use. People Like Us website
What to Watch For: First time director Alex Kurtzman has written some of Hollywood’s most successful films of the last ten years, including The Legend of Zorro, Star Trek and the first two Transfomers films.
Word on the Street: In this film, Chris Pine hopes to show that he is more than just Star Trek’s Kirk.
My Take: Elizabeth Banks, as the alcoholic sister, gives her best performance to date.
When John was a child, he made a wish that his teddy bear could come to life. That wish was granted, but now John (Mark Wahlberg) is an adult, and his teddy bear, Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane), is no longer cute. In fact Ted, The Teddy Bear, is a lout who gets wasted and curses at the drop of a hat. John, at the urging of his girlfriend (Mila Kunis), must decide if it’s time to give up his childhood friend. Ted website
What to Watch For: The film is written, produced and directed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Can the Family Guy success be translated into a film?
Word on the Street: The film is a labor of love for MacFarlane, who alluded to the film in Family Guy back in 2010.
My Take: It is going to be interesting to see how Wahlberg, who is known mostly for is drama and action roles, does in a comedy.
Your Sister’s Sister (2012)
After the death of his brother, Jack (Mark Duplass) is in a dark place. To cheer him up, Jack’s friend, Iris (Emily Blunt), invites him to stay at the family island cabin. Things become interesting when Iris’s sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), has a drunken night with Mark. Your Sister’s Sister website
What to Watch For: The film was shot on the San Juan Islands near Seattle in just over twelve days.
Word on the Street: While Blunt and Duplass are the better known of the cast, it’s said that Rosemarie DeWitt, who is mostly known as Midge in Mad Men, is the reason to see this film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Birth (2004) Anna (Nicole Kidman) lost her husband 10 years ago. Now, she has gotten her life back together and is about to get married. Suddenly, she has a chance encounter with a young boy, who proceeds to tell her that he is her husband, reincarnated. At first she doubts the story, but as she has more and more contact with the boy, she starts to question whether his story is true, and her fiancée begins to question her sanity.
Rudy (1993) Rudy’s lifelong dream is to play football for Notre Dame. But all his life, Rudy has been told he is too small to be playing football, much less for the Fighting Irish. Will having determination and heart be enough for Rudy to achieve his dream?