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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 Bourne Legacy (2012)
Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg; now because of all the trouble he has caused, the men in charge have decided to shut down the program and the other nine agents have been marked for death. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is no ordinary agent and it’s going to take a lot to take him down. The Bourne Legacy website
What to Watch For: Hot off his appearances in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Avengers, Renner is taking over the Bourne film series from Matt Damon.
Word on the Street: If this film is successful, the next film in the Bourne series is rumored to be starting both Renner and Damon.
My Take: This film could make Renner a big star and my guess is by the time Mission: Impossible 5 rolls around he will be taking over the reins from Tom Cruise on that series also.
Hope Springs (2012)
After 31 years of marriage things have gotten a little stale in Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold’s (Tommy Lee Jones) relationship. Kay convinces her husband to go to an intense, week-long marriage counseling course run by therapist Dr. Feld (Steve Carell). Hope Springs website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by David Frankel, who worked with Streep on her Oscar-nominated performance in 2007’s The Devil Wears Prada.
Word on the Street: Finally, a romantic comedy for adults. This film should do well at the box office with all of its star power.
My Take: The first cast announced for this film, Jeff Bridges as the husband and Philip Seymour Hoffman as the therapist, would have created an entirely different movie.
The Campaign (2012)
Long term Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is used to running his re-elections unopposed. But that’s all going to change when Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) decides to leave his job as director of a local tourism center and enter the race. The Campaign trailer
What to Watch For: Should be an easy role for Ferrell to play since he had all that practice playing George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live.
Word on the Street: Will Ferrell is said to be hilarious in the role of Cam, harking back to his days in Anchorman and Talladega Nights.
My Take: Will Ferrell could use a hit after his little seen films, Casa de mi Padre and Everything Must Go, underperformed at the box office.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Loser (2000) Paul (Jason Biggs) is a college student trying to survive in New York City and while at the university he attends, he concentrates on his studies and skips the parties; so the other students call him a “loser.” That is until he meets Dora (Mena Suvari), who could change his life. There is just one problem, though. She is in love with her professor (Greg Kinnear).
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.