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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:
During the depression, three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) run a successful bootlegging business in Franklin County, Virginia. With the corrupt law (Guy Pearce) and a local mob boss (Gary Oldman) wanting to muscle in on the brothers business, now it’s up to the brothers to fight back. Lawless website
What to Watch For: Shia LaBeouf was meant to be the star of this film, but after Tom Hardy’s performance as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, it might be easy to say it’s his film.
Word on the Street: From the bestselling novel, “The Wettest County in the World,” in which the story was based on author’s Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and great-uncles.
My Take: The film is worth seeing if just for the cast. Besides LaBeouf, Hardy, Oldman, Pearce, alongside Mia Wasikowska and last year’s Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nominee, Jessica Chastain.
The Possession (2012)
A father (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and daughter (Natasha Calis) go to a yard sale and buy an antique box. Little do they know that the box they now possess is inhabited by an evil spirit, one waiting for the box to be opened so it can unleash a curse. Now the father and his ex-wife (Kyra Sedgwick) must find a way to end the curse or their daughter will die. The Possesion website
What to Watch For: Parts of the film were shot in an actual mental institution in British Columbia.
Word on the Street: The film is based on an actual box called the Dybbuk box; a wine cabinet said to be haunted by a Dybbuk, a spirit from Jewish Folklore. The box has been owned by a number of people. All of whom have claimed strange things happening after owning the box.
My Take: The Director of the film, Ole Bornedal, has cited The Exorcist and Poltergeist as the inspiration behind the film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
The Contractor (2007) A CIA agent, James Dial (Wesley Snipes), is asked to come out of retirement for one last job. But as usual in the spy world, not everything is as it seems and Dial may have been set up to take a fall.