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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:
Broken City (2013)
Former NYPD cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to follow the mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), whom he thinks is cheating on him. But, as Taggart tails the wife, he discovers a much bigger secret. One that could get him killed. Broken City Website
What to Watch For: This is the first film that director Allen Hughes has done without his brother Albert (“Dead Presidents,” “Menace II Society”).
Word on the Street: The film is filled with Oscar nominated/award winning actors – as Wahlberg has two nominations, Crowe with two nominations and one win, and Zeta-Jones, with one win.
My Take: This film will need great word-of-mouth if it’s going to survive in a very crowded marketplace.
The Last Stand (2013)
Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has moved from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the small border town of Sommerton Junction. Now a notorious drug lord has escaped from federal authorities and is headed right for Owen’s town. The Last Stand Website
What to Watch For: This is Schwarzenegger’s first leading role since 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”
Word on the Street: Director Kim Ji-woon is making his US debut. He is known for his stylish films and has a world-wide range of fans.
My Take: Schwarzenegger hand-picked this film to be his comeback role and is hopeful that the film can be turned into a film series.
Two young girls (Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse) are found in a remote cabin, apparently living by themselves for the last five years. The two orphan girls are taken in by their uncle (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend (Jessica Chastain). But now mysterious things are happening in the home, and the big question is are the girls causing the problems or did they bring something with them? Mama Website
What to Watch For: Jessica Chastain just got her second Academy Award nomination for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Will her presence in the film elevate it in the eyes of the public?
Word on the Street: Producer Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) saw a short film made by director Andres Muschietti, and immediately hired him to write and direct the feature length-film.
My Take: I will follow Jessica Chastain anywhere, including to a horror film.
An 11 year old boy, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) plays hooky from school when his uncle Vincent (Common) decides to give him a lesson on how to be a man. But it’s a tough world, especially if you are an ex-con like Vincent, which makes it even harder to start over. LUV Website
What to Watch For: The film has an incredible supporting cast, including Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and Danny Glover.
Word on the Street: Michael Rainey Jr. is impressive in his film debut and is already getting more acting jobs based off of his performance in this film.
My Take: This is a much tougher role than Common’s last three films (“The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “New Year’s Eve” and “Happy Feet Two”).
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) The second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue on their quest as Sauron’s army grows, ready to attack Aragorn and the people of Rohan. Can Rohan be saved under such over whelming odds?
The Open Road (2009) Carlton (Justin Timberlake) is the son of a famous baseball player who learns that his mother (Mary Steenburgen) is dying and is refusing a life-saving operation. Carlton hasn’t talked to his father (Ted Danson) in years; but now he must convince his father to drive across the country with him to try and talk his mom into getting the operation.
The Cable Guy (1996) Steven (Matthew Broderick), having been kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment, finds a new place to live. The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) comes to install cable and decides that Steven is his new best friend. At first, Steven goes along for the ride, but soon The Cable Guy’s attention becomes more that Steven can stand. The Cable Guy has decided that if Steven doesn’t want to be friends, they can now be mortal enemies.