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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:
Total Recall (2012)
Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is a factory worker unhappy with his boring life and decides to visit Rekall, a company that for a price, offers artificial memories; memories of the life you wished you lived. Douglas though learns that he has a past life and it’s a life that someone or something doesn’t want him to remember. His new recollection could cost him his life. Total Recall website
What to Watch For: While this is a remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, think of it more as a re-tooling of said film. It’s a very different film and doesn’t include a trip to Mars.
Word on the Street: Schwarzenegger had expressed interest to star in this film, but creators decided to take a different path with Farrell in the starring role.
My Take: Will the fans of the original film come out to see this film that was made on a reported 200 million dollar budget, especially considering there isn’t a trip to Mars with this film.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
Greg (Zachary Gordon), Rowley (Robert Capron) and the rest of the gang are back; as school is out for summer break. Greg’s big plans for the summer have fallen through; so now what’s a kid to do for a whole summer? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days website
What to Watch For: This is the third installment of the film series and is based on the third and fourth books in the Wimpy Kid series.
Word on the Street: This could be the perfect end of summer film for the kids before they have to go back to school.
My Take: This is probably the last of the Wimpy Kid films with this cast, as they are all getting too old for the parts.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Calvin (Paul Dano) is a writer whose first and only book was released ten years ago; now is struggling to write his newest book. Inspired by a dream, he begins writing about a girl whom he names Ruby Sparks. Calvin’s life changes when he realizes that what he writes becomes real, including Ruby and her adventures. Ruby Sparks website
What to Watch For: This film is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the same directing team that brought you the 2006 Indie hit, Little Miss Sunshine.
Word on the Street: Zoe Kazan who stars in the film as Ruby Sparks, also wrote the screenplay.
My Take: Besides Dano and Kazan, the film has an incredible cast including Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Elliott Gould.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Super Troopers (2001) Five Vermont State troopers, known for playing pranks on each other, must settle down to solve a crime or they could lose their jobs.
Garden State (2004) Zach Braff stars as Andrew, a TV actor who comes back to his hometown for his mother’s funeral. Now Andrew must deal with his family, whom he hasn’t seen in years. He’s going to have help from his friends, including Sam (Natalie Portman), and he just might find love.
Suspect (1987) A Public Defender (Cher) and a congressional advisor (Dennis Quaid) team up to prove that a homeless, deaf mute Vietnam vet didn’t kill a judge in Washington DC. But they soon discover that the murder of the judge just might be a cover-up for a much larger scandal.