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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 theater near you:
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
The G. I. Joe team is in a world of trouble as they have been framed as traitors – traitors to their own country. To make matters worse, Cobra’s own Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) is still in power, impersonating the President of the United States. The Joes are going to need help getting their country back, so how about the original Joe, General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis) joining back up with the team?
What to Watch For: While this is a sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” the studio went all out, adding Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson to the cast, and adding additional scenes for Channing Tatum.
Word on the Street: The film was originally set for release last summer, but the studio decided to hold the film until now so that it wouldn’t get lost in the summer blockbuster season.
My Take: I am hoping that the writing team responsible for the 2009 hit “Zombieland,” Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, had fun with this script and give us a wild time.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
A marriage counselor, Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), is married to her childhood sweetheart (Lance Gross), but her life has become predictable and boring. Enter a handsome billionaire who will tempt Judith to consider betraying her husband and her profession.
What to Watch For: Perry adapted his play of the same name but made several changes to the storyline to fit the screen better.
Word on the Street: Perry has tweeted that he considers this film to be his most powerful one to-date.
My Take: I have loved Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s work since her appearance in 1997’s Eve’s Bayou.
The Host (2013)
Aliens have invaded the Earth and have taken over the minds and bodies of most of the population. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) sacrifices her own body to let her boyfriend and brother escape from the aliens. Now Melanie’s body/mind have been taken over by an alien named the Wanderer, but to the alien’s chagrin, Melanie hasn’t given up. It turns out that Melanie is sharing her body, mind and memories with the alien, an experience that will change both of their lives.
What to Watch For: The film is based on the Stephenie Meyer’s (Twilight book series) novel of the same name. Meyer was heavily involved in the making of the film.
Word on the Street: The studio is hoping this is the next big Young Adult series, and the film’s appeal is helped by the casting of the three leads, Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel.
My Take: Writer/Director Andrew Niccol has an impressive pedigree, having written and directed such films as Gattaca (1997), S1m0ne (2002) and Lord of War (2005), which should help this film be a cut above the Twilight series.
Chile in 1988 is ruled with an iron fist by the dictator Augusto Pinochet. When increasing international pressure is mounted against the ruling government, Pinochet agrees to a national vote. A vote Yes means that he stays in power, and a vote No means democracy stands a chance in the country. A young ad executive (Gael Garcia Bernal) is asked to head a campaign against overwhelming odds to convince a country to vote NO.
What to Watch For: The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars and has won a number of awards at film festivals around the world.
Word on the Street: The film is based on true events and should give a fascinating look at a country trying to escape from an oppressive regimen.
My Take: Gael Garcia Bernal always gives a great performance, and I am looking forward to what he does with this role.
If you can’t go to the theater this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
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National Security (2003) Earl (Martin Lawrence) and Hank (Steve Zahn) both couldn’t cut it at the LAPD, and now they are working as security guards. After stumbling on a complex smuggling operation, Earl and Hank decide to bring down the bad guys on their own. Now the question isn’t can the guys survive their run in with the mob, but can they survive working with each other?