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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:

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Opening this week at a theater near you:

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen

Source: FilmDistrict

After a tragic accident, Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has been taken off the Presidential Detail and been given a desk job. But Banning finds himself trapped in the White House, just as it is invaded by terrorists and the President has been captured. Now Banning must use his Special Forces training, along with his Secret Service knowledge to rescue the leader of the free world. Olympus Has Fallen Website

What to Watch For: The film has an impressive cast with Aaron Eckhart as the President, Ashley Judd as the First Lady, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker of the House, Melissa Leo as Secretary of State and Angela Bassett as the head of the Secret Service.

Word on the Street: The film is being described as “Die Hard” in the White House.

My Take: Gerard Butler is coming off a string of box office failures (“Chasing Mavericks,” “Playing For Keeps,” “Movie 43”), so he is in need of a big box office hit. I have high hopes for this film, as the director is Antoine Fuqua, director of “Training Day.”

The Croods (2013)

The Croods

Source: 20th Century Fox

The Croods, Grug (Nicolas Cage), his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), grandmother Gran (Cloris Leachman), son Thunk (Clark Duke) and daughter Eep (Emma Stone) are your ordinary, run of the mill caveman family. Their world is turned upside down when their beloved cave is destroyed and they must find a new place to live. Then, Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a nomadic cave boy who would rather use his brain than his braun, enters the picture and their lives will never be the same. The Croods Website

What to Watch For: The film is co-written/directed by Chris Sanders, who brought us the 2010 Oscar nominated film, “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Word on the Street: This animated film was shot with 3-D technology and should be impressive it’s use of the technology.

My Take: I don’t care if they are animated, any film that pairs up Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone can’t be half bad.

Admission (2013)

Admission

Souce: Focus Features

Portia (Tina Fey) is an admissions officer for Princeton University, who is up for a promotion. She is determined that no stone will be unturned looking for the best and brightest students in the country for her university. When she visits a small alternative school, at the behest of a former classmate (Paul Rudd), she discovers a secret that she had hoped would forever be forgotten. Admission Website

What to Watch For: It is going to be interesting to see how this romantic comedy is going to do, with Fey headlining a film, something that she hasn’t done since 2010’s “Date Night.”

Word on the Street: Wallace Shawn, as Portia’s boss and Lily Tomlin as Portia’s mom, are said to steal every scene that they are in.

My Take: Fey seems a perfect fit to play the part of a serious academic who needs somewhat of a push to get her out of her rut.

The Gatekeepers (2013)

A documentary, that for the first time gives you an inside look at the Israeli Shin Bet, the secretive governmental group that is in charge of Israel’s security service. The film combines interviews, archival footage and computer animation to show the role of this government faction that has been around since the Six-Day War. The Gatekeepers Website

What to Watch For: Three years in production, the film has received high praise from film critics around the world

Word on the Street: The film was so well received that it was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this years Academy Awards.

My Take: The film got unprecedented access, which included interviewing the six former heads of the service. This has never been done before and probably will never happen again.

If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:

Saturday
1:00 pm
Anaconda (1997) A “National Geographic” film crew traveling through the Amazon jungle forest stumbles upon a stranded man (Jon Voight). The man, unbeknownst to the crew, is on a mission to capture the giant anaconda snake, by any means necessary. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Eric Stoltz.

3:00 pm
After Life (2009) After a horrible car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to discover that she is in a funeral home. She meets the funeral director, Elliot Deacon (Liam Neeson), who convinces her that she is dead and that he is the only one who can talk to her as he has a special skill that allows him to talk to the dead. Is Anna really dead, or is there something more to the story?

Sunday
1:00 pm
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Mr. Fox (George Clooney) has put his wild, hen chasing days behind him. Now, married to Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep), he’s trying to be the best husband and father he can be. That is until he decides to attempt one last raid of the farm. Unfortunately, his raid of the farm may put his family in harm’s way.

3:00 pm
Anaconda (1997) A “National Geographic” film crew traveling through the Amazon jungle forest stumbles upon a stranded man (Jon Voight). The man, unbeknownst to the crew, is on a mission to capture the giant anaconda snake, by any means necessary. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Eric Stoltz.

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