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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:
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
Following 9/11, CIA operative Maya (Jessica Chastain) begins a ten year hunt for the mastermind of the attack, Osama bin Laden. The story ends with the strike on bin Laden’s hideout by Navy S.E.A.L. Team Six…but at what price? Zero Dark Thirty Website
What to Watch For: The film will almost certainly get Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow another shot at the Academy Award. The big question is how many nominations will the film get? Will it be a viable contender for Best Picture?
Word on the Street: In 2012, Jessica Chastain was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for “The Help.” She will probably get a Best Actress nomination this year.
My Take: This film is highly anticipated and has made almost every critics’ “Best-Of” list.
Gangster Squad (2013)
The story of a group of police officers who form an elite squad with the intention of keeping 1950’s Los
les free of Mafia influence. This squad though is going to have to make tough decisions in their attempt to fight crime, and the Mafia plays dirty, so the squad may have to do the same. Gangster Squad Website
What to Watch For: The film has an incredible cast, including: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick and Emma Stone.
Word on the Street: It is going to be interesting to see if Gosling, Stone and Brolin can bring in an audience that doesn’t see a lot of action films – women.
My Take: I am really looking forward to seeing Sean Penn play the role of mobster Mickey Cohen.
A Haunted House (2013)
Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Keisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream home, a home that just seems too good to be true. There is a reason the house was on the market – it seems it’s possessed and now it wants to take possession of Keisha. Malcolm won’t stand idly by because if Keisha becomes possessed, he might never have sex again. That truly would be a horror story. A Haunted House Website
What to Watch For: Marlon Wayans, part of the Wayans Brothers team that brought you “Scary Movie” 1 and 2, has branched out on his own to give you his version of the “Paranormal Activity” films, as only he can.
Word on the Street: Marlon got a couple of comic masterminds to play key parts: Nick Swardson as the Psychic and Cedric the Entertainer as Father Williams, a priest brought in to do an exorcism.
My Take: The studio moved up the release date so that it could be in theatres before “Scary Movie 5.” I am hoping that potential moviegoers don’t have flashbacks to the horrible, similarly titled 2003 Eddie Murphy film, “The Haunted Mansion.”
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Aquamarine (2006) Two BFF’s, Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (Joanna Levesque) have been spending their summer pining after a lifeguard named Raymond (Jake McDorman). After a storm, they find a mysterious girl (Sara Paxton) who just might make their dreams come true.
27 Dresses (2008) Jane (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid 27 times. Now, her sister (Malin Akerman) has come to town and has been swept off her feet by the man Jane has been secretly in love with, Jane’s boss (Ed Burns). Will it be bridesmaid dress number 28 or can she figure a way to stop the wedding?
The Patriot (2000) In 1776 South Carolina, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), a hero of the past French-Indian War, is trying to stay out of the fight for independence between the Colonies and the mighty British Empire. Now a sadistic British Officer (Jason Isaacs) is about to invade the area that where Martin lives, and he must decide to take up arms against the British at the peril of his family and friends.