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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:
“The Internship” (2013)
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen who see the business they work for destroyed by the digital world. They decide, when you can’t beat them, join them; as they talk their way into an internship at the ultimate digital workplace, Google. Now, they must compete with fellow interns who are younger and much more tech savvy to land a job in the fast pace, high tech world. The Internship Website
What to Watch For: Though the film is set in California, the film was shot mostly in Atlanta.
Word on the Street: Vince Vaughn co-wrote the screenplay. The last time Vaughn co-wrote a screenplay, it was for the very funny, “Couples Retreat” (2009).
My Take: I have high hopes for this one, as Director Shawn Levy was responsible for “Date Night” (2010) and “Night at the Museum.”
“The Purge” (2013)
In the near future, all crime has been eliminated due to The Purge. It’s one night, where in a twelve-hour period anybody can commit any crime and get away with it. The Sandin family is set for the night, as their house is literally a fortress. But a stranger begs his way into their home and suddenly they are the target of some devious hitmen out to get the stranger. The Purge Website
What to Watch For: The Sandin family is made up of James (Ethan Hawke), the father, Mary (Lena Headey), the mother and the two kids, Charlie (Max Burkholder) and Zoey (Adelaide Kane).
Word on the Street: Producer Jason Blum is responsible for the “Paranormal Activity” films, so he knows how to create an action film that is also scary too.
My Take: I wonder if Lena Headey gets to use any of the fighting skills that she learned starring on the TV show, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”
“The Kings of Summer” (2013)
Three teenage boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) decide to get away from their rather strange and controlling parents by running away to build a house in the middle of the woods. The Kings of Summer Website
What to Watch For: The film has in outstanding supporting cast made up mostly of comedic actors, including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullaly, Mark Evan Jackson, and the always hilarious Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Word on the Street: Former “Hannah Montana” cast member, Moises Arias (he was Rico), has been getting rave reviews for this film where he plays the part of Biaggio.
My Take: This was one of my favorite films at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival.
“Stories We Tell” (2013)
In this documentary, Actress/Director Sarah Polley has known that her family has harbored some secrets for some time now. So Sarah decides to interview members of her family and let them, in their own words, tell what really happened. Stories We Tell Website
What to Watch For: The film has won a number of awards, including the $100,000 prize for best Canadian film at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.
Word on the Street: The film is almost a sure thing for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.
My Take: I enjoyed Polley’s last directorial effort, the narrative film “Take This Waltz” (2011), so I am looking forward to this one.
Violet & Daisy (2013)
Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are not just your ordinary teenager girls. They do love clothes and the music of their favorite pop star, Barbie Sunday. But, the girls are a little different from your average teenager, as they are assassins for hire. When they discover that Barbie Sunday has designed a costly dress, they take a hit job – a job that may change their lives forever. Violet & Daisy Website
What to Watch For: Besides Bledel and Ronan, who handled a gun pretty well in 2011’s “Hanna,” the film stars tough guys James Gandolfini and Danny Trejo.
Word on the Street: This is Geoffrey Fletcher’s first attempt at directing, but his previous screen writing credit was for the well received 2009 film “Precious.”
My Take: Will Alexis Bledel’s “Gilmore Girls” fans go for a film where she kills for a living?
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Half Past Dead” (2002) Sascha (Steven Seagal) and Nick (Ja Rule) are partners in crime. After a botched robbery attempt, they get put into the newly reopened Alcatraz prison. There, they met Lester (Bruce Weitz), who stole 200 million dollars worth of gold and won’t tell anyone where it’s hidden. Now a group of terrorists have invaded the prison and are hell-bent to find Lester, to make him talk – leaving Sascha and Nick as his only hope for survival.
“Hitman” (2007) Agent 47 (Timothy Olyphant) isn’t your ordinary hitman – he has been raised since birth to be a cold blooded killer. So when the gun-for-hire takes a job from “The Organization,” he travels across Europe; being pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military. He then meets a mysterious Russian woman (Olga Kurylenko) who just may change his way of life.