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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:
“Evil Dead” (2013)
A group of friends want to get away and decide to go to a remote cabin in the woods. There they find a mysterious book called The Naturom Demono, despite warnings written on the book they decide to read it anyway. It’s a mistake that could cost them their lives. Evil Dead Webiste
What to Watch For: This is the fourth film of the “Evil Dead” franchise; produced by Sam Raimi (who also directed the 1981 original film of the same name), Bruce Campbell (who starred in the first three films) and Robert G. Tapert (who also produced the original film).
Word on the Street: This was a big hit at SXSW film festival just a few weeks ago. The film is said to be extremely gory and had to be re-cut to make the R-rating.
My Take: This film is one of the most anticipated horror films of the year.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” (2013)
Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a daredevil motorcycle rider on the carnival circuit who encounters Romina (Eva Mendes), a woman he had an affair with the last time he was in town. Now he finds out that he has fathered a son with Romina, And now wants to do right by his new found family, but he may have to turn to a life of crime to get ahead. The Place Beyond the Pines Website
What to Watch For: The film has an incredible cast besides leads Gosling and Bradley Cooper, including Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta and Bruce Greenwood.
Word on the Street: While Ryan Gosling is the main attraction, this is equally Bradley Cooper’s movie; as he plays Avery, a young cop who is on a collision course with Gosling’s character.
My Take: The big question is – Will Gosling’s character have more or fewer lines than he did when he played Driver in the 2011 film “Drive?”
“The Sapphires” (2012)
An Australian film about four Aboriginal girls who form a singing group and travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Chris O’Dowd plays Dave, the man who convinces the girls’ families that they will be safe on the tour that changes all their lives. The Sapphires Website
What to Watch For: Chris O’Dowd is making a name for himself with quirky characters, including the cop, Rhodes in the 2011 comedy hit “Bridesmaids.”
Word on the Street: This film has been a big hit on the festival circuit, getting a number of audience awards.
My Take: I saw this film at the 2012 Austin Film Festival and look forward to seeing it again here in Atlanta.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“The Visitor” (2007) Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is a widowed college professor who is in a rut in his life. When Walter travels to his old apartment in New York, he finds that an unmarried couple has been renting the apartment illegally. Walter feels sorry for the couple and allows them to stay in his apartment, a decision that he may regret.
“Double Team” (1997) Jack Quinn (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is an agent specializing in counter-terrorism. He has been asked to go after one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Stavros (Mickey Rourke). Now Quinn must team up with a weapons dealer named Yaz (Dennis Rodman) and go after Starvros after Starvros goes after Quinn’s family.
“Last King of Scotland” (2006) Dr. Garrigan (James McAvoy) is a young Scottish doctor who becomes the personal physician to one of the world’s most famous dictators, Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) of Uganda.