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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 Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
In this re-telling of the origin of Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is a teenager whose parents abandoned him at an early age. He encounters a genetically altered spider that gives him his spidey powers. Parker sets off to discover what really happened to his parents while trying to win the heart of his high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). The Amazing Spider-Man website
What to Watch For: Instead of doing a 4th sequel with Toby McGuire, the studio decided to retool the series with the relatively unknown Garfield.
Word on the Street: Fans of the comic books are excited to be seeing a story that more closely resembles the story-line of Spider-Man in the comics.
My Take: Emma Stone is the reason I want to see this film. She is perfect for the role of Gwen Stacy, Peter’s first true love.
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
This is a documentary on Katy Perry that shows Perry’s concert experiences and includes behind-the-scenes footage. Katy Perry: Part of Me website
What to Watch For: The film is in 3-D and gives filmgoers the experience of seeing her concert up close and personal.
Word on the Street: Concert footage used is from her California Dreams Tour.
My Take: It’s going to be interesting to see Katy’s early family life. Perry was brought up in a strict Christian family and her early singing career was as a Christian singer.
To Rome With Love (2012)
Writer/Director Woody Allen brings to the screen a story of love and relationships in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Rome. To Rome With Love website
What to Watch For: This is Woody Allen’s first acting role since his 2006 film, “Scoop.”
Word on the Street: This is another of Allen’s films that is shot overseas. It seems that Woody has stopped making films in America.
My Take: This film has a great cast, including Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz.
Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) are living a carefree, hippy life – hanging out and growing marijuana. That all changes when they cross a Mexican drug cartel. and their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) is kidnapped. Now they must rescue her. Savages website
What to Watch For: This film is directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, whose last film was the 2010 sequel, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Word on the Street: Salma Hayek and Benicio del Toro are said to be the highlight of the movie as the leaders of the Mexican drug cartel called The Baja Cartel.
My Take: Blake Lively got the part of Ophelia, the girlfriend that has to be rescued, after Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of the film to go make The Hunger Games.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Armed and Dangerous (1986) John Candy stars in one of his signature roles as a former cop who has to take a job as a security guard. Eugene Levy teams up with Candy as they realize they have joined a group that are fleecing the companies they are guarding. A young and very cute Meg Ryan plays a fellow employee who believes that the boys may be on to something. Can they stop the bad guys from stealing a million dollars?
I Heart Huckabees (2004) Albert (Jason Schwartzman) is worried that he is being followed, and he hires a couple of detectives (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) to find out. But these aren’t your ordinary detectives. No, they are existential detectives who are all about solving the big problems of the world.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Directed by Ridley Scott, this is a tale about a blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) who fights during the Crusades and ends up leading an army that defends the city of Jerusalem against an overwhelming force.