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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 Dark Knight Rises (2012)
It’s been eight years since Batman (Christian Bale) defeated The Joker and took the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes. Itleft most of Gotham City convinced that Batman is a criminal. Bruce Wayne is in a dark state and feels that he is no longer up to wearing the cowl and the cape. A new menace is hell-bent on destroying Gotham City and he’s a terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy). Complicating things is Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway); a burglar who goes by the name of Catwoman and who works for Bane. The city seems helpless as Bane takes what he wants until Batman decides to get back into the game. But is Batman, even with the new gadgets that Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) has developed, up for this final confrontation? The Dark Knight Rises website
What to Watch For: The third and final installment in the Christopher Nolan Batman film series is the must see film of the summer. The film, like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, used IMAX cameras. The picture image on the screen should be remarkable. Seventy-two minutes of the film was shot on IMAX cameras – the most any studio film has used to date. Look for a number of Pittsburgh Steelers, including Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger, as members of the Gotham Rogues football team.
Word on the Street: Many critics are saying that this film will be on the Best Picture list at the next Oscars. The big question is, will Director Christopher Nolan and lead actor Christian Bale also get nominations?
My Take: The film is 165 minutes long, so pack a lunch when you see it, but initial reports say that the film doesn’t feel too long and its length is necessary to tell the story. I am looking forward to seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast as the young police officer John Blake, who Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) takes under his wing.
If you can’t make it the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
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.
I Spy (2002) When the world’s most high tech stealth fighter plane is stolen, it takes the unlikely teaming of the foremost spy Alex Scott (Owen Wilson) with World Champion Boxer Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy) to defeat the bad guys and stop their terrorist plans for the plane.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Directed by Ridley Scott, this is a tale about a blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) who fights during the Crusades and leads an army that defends Jerusalem against an overwhelming force.