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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 Words (2012)
A struggling writer, Rory (Bradley Cooper) is given an old briefcase that contains a manuscript. Rory decides to submit the work as his own and it becomes a big success. He must now, though, deal with the consequences of his actions. The Words website
What to Watch For: CBS Films won a bidding war for the film after it was shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (full disclosure, I work for CBS Television Stations).
Word on the Street: There is talk that Jeremy Irons may receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance.
My Take: I want to see this film because of the cast, which includes Cooper and Irons but also, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana.
For A Good Time, Call (2012)
College rivals, Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) who through a mutual friend (played by Justin Long), are forced to become roommates due to financial circumstances. Lauren soon learns that the job she moved to New York City for is gone and discovers that Katie makes ends meet by being a phone sex operator. Soon the two girls team up to open their own sex chat line. But, will success go to their heads? For a Good Time, Call website
What to Watch For: The co-writer of the film, Katie Anne Naylon actually did run her own phone sex line from her dorm in college.
Word on the Street: Lauren Miller, co-writer and star of the film is married to Seth Rogen, who plays one of the callers of the phone sex line.
My Take: It’s a very funny film that shows off the comedic talents of Ari Graynor – surely an actress to keep tabs on.
Three women (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) who were jerks to a fellow student, Becky (Rebel Wilson) while in college are now asked to join her wedding party. They are determined to give Becky a bachelorette party that she will never forget and they succeed … maybe a little too successfully. Bachelorette website
What to Watch For: Rebel Wilson is said to be the highlight of the film; much like she did in her appearances in “Bridesmaids” (2011) and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012).
Word on the Street: The film has already been released on the Video on Demand platform and at one time was the number one film on iTunes.
My Take: I have hope for this film since Will Ferrell produced the film and the director, Leslye Headland, is a former staff writer on the excellent TV show, “Terriers.”
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Jawbreaker (1999) When a high school prank goes horribly wrong and results in the death of their best friend, three popular girls cover up their participation. Now, they have to make a deal with a geek girl who has discovered their secret, either make her popular or she spills the beans.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) The Baker family returns in the second installment of this franchise, headed by Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as parents, Tom and Kate. The family goes on vacation, but their plans are soon ruined by a rival family headed by Eugene Levy.