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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:
Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) feels that at 60 years old, he is unappreciated and that others think of him as over-the-hill. So, Hitchcock decides to make a movie using his own money – a little film called, “Psycho.” Hitchcock Website
What to Watch For: Anthony Hopkins is sure to get an Academy Award nomination for this performance.
Word on the Street: Helen Mirren, who plays Hitchcock’s wife, Alma, is getting a lot of talk that she might also get a nomination.
My Take: While the film does show the making of “Psycho,” it really is a love story between the director and his wife.
The Collection (2012)
Arkin (Josh Stewart) is the only person to escape from a serial killer named, “The Collector.” The Collector likes to entrap his victims and then take them to maze-like buildings, full of deadly traps. Now, a young woman named, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), has been kidnapped, and it’s up to Arkin to rescue her. The Collection Website
What to Watch For: A sequel to the 2009 hit, “The Collector,” this film has the same director/writers which gives fans of the first film hope that the second film will be just as scary.
Word on the Street: The 2009 film was originally pitched as a prequel to the “Saw” films, but fans feel that this series is far more intelligent and inventive.
My Take: Only question is if the holiday season is the right time for a horror pic.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Three young men decide to make some easy money so they hold up a poker game. The problem is that it is a Mob-protected game and now Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) has been sent to find the men and kill them. Killing Them Softly Website
What to Watch For: Great cast in this film, headlined by Pitt, includes James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Sam Shepard.
Word on the Street: The film is said to be extremely violent, hence it’s R-rating.
My Take: This just might get Pitt another Oscar nomination.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
Saturday 12/1 1 pm
Project X (1987) Jimmy (Matthew Broderick) has just gotten his first assignment in the Air Force. He is to look after a bunch of chimps for a secret project. Jimmy learns that one of the chimps has been taught sign language, and Jimmy begins learning that the secret project might be dangerous to his new chimpanzee friends.
3 pm & Sunday 12/2 1 pm
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996) Connie (Ricki Lake) is eighteen and pregnant and was just kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend. She finds herself on a train to go to her hometown and meets a young, married couple, the Winterbournes. There is a train crash and, by chance, Connie is mistaken for Mrs. Winterbourne. Connie must then decide to continue the ruse or give up a cushy life that her new Winterbourne family has.
Sunday 12/2 3 pm
Vera Drake (2004) Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) is pro-abortion, and she finds that her beliefs may not only endanger her life but also the lives of her friends and family in 1950’s England.