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Mike Mike 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

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Opening this week at a theatre near you:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit

Source: Warner Bros.

Set sixty years before “The Lord of the Rings,” a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is picked by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to journey across Middle Earth with 13 Dwarves to reclaim their homeland from a giant dragon. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Website

What to Watch For: The film was shot in 3-D and at 48 frames per second (films up to now have been shot at 24 frames per second); the faster technique will give the film greater detail and depth of field.

Word on the Street: The buzz for this film seems to have died down a bit, so will its box office meet or surpass any of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy films?

My Take: Please note that not all theatres are showing the film in 48 frames per second, so make sure you check your theatres website and look for the words “High Frame Rate” in the listings.

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

Hyde Park on Hudson

Source: Focus Features

Set in 1939, this film is about the love affair between President F.D.R. (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). Hyde Park on Hudson Website

What to Watch For: Will the film follow the box office success of the historical drama “Lincoln,” or is the stunt casting of Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt just too much for audiences to accept?

Word on the Street: Murray and Linney have been mentioned in Academy Award talk.

My Take: The film’s back-story is the visit to the U.S. by the King and Queen of England in an attempt to get America’s support for the coming war between England and Germany. The problem is that this is the same King of England (Samuel West is playing King George IV in this film) from 2010’s “The King’s Speech” and many film audiences will have trouble forgetting Colin Firth’s wonderful performance in that film.

If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.

Saturday
1:00 pm
12 Wishes of Christmas (2011) Laura’s (Elisa Donovan) life isn’t going as she envisioned it, so Laura hires a Life Coach who tells her to make 12 wishes so she can transform her life. Laura soon learns that her wishes, which are all coming true, aren’t turning out the way she wanted. And now she must find a way to stop them.

3 pm
Deep Winter (2008) Two friends (Eric Lively, Kellan Lutz) decide to be the first people to ski a dangerous mountain in Alaska. This will challenge not only their friendship but just may change their lives.

Sunday
1:00pm
Deep Winter (2008) Two friends (Eric Lively, Kellan Lutz) decide to be the first people to ski a dangerous mountain in Alaska. This will challenge not only their friendship but just may change their lives.

3:00 pm
The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Andy (Anne Hathaway) moves to New York City to try and work at a fashion magazine. She thinks she has gotten the job of her dreams until she meets her new boss, the ruthless, cutthroat Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Now Andy has to use her wits and charm to survive working with “The Devil.”

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