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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:
“Pacific Rim” (2013)
In the near future giant monsters, named “Kaiju,” have risen from a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean and are causing overwhelming destruction to the world. The only hope for Earth is a new type of weapon, a gigantic robot known as Jaegers, driven by two human pilots. The Jaegers are man’s last, best hope, but will they be enough to ensure the survival of the human race? Main picture provided by Warner Bros, & Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim Website
What to Watch For: The film is directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, best known for his work on the” Hellboy” series and the 2006 Academy Award winning film, “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
Word on the Street: The “fan-boys” have been talking about this film since scenes were shown at last year’s San Diego Comic Con.
My Take: I have a feeling this film is visually going to outdo the “Transformers” film series and be a huge box office hit.
“Grown Ups 2” (2013)
Three years after reuniting with his old high school friends, Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to his hometown. Things are not quite working out as well as Lenny had hoped, as the past is not easily escaped, especially if your friends are some of the root of your problems. Grown-Ups 2 Website
What to Watch For: Most of the cast from the surprise 2010 hit, “Grown Ups” are back, including Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek and David Spade.
Word on the Street: As with the first film, there are a number of interesting supporting actors in this film: Milo Ventimiglia, Shaquille O’Neal, Jon Lovitz and Stone Cold Steve Austin, just to name a few.
My Take: Any film that has Nick Swardson, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello is something I could watch.
“The Way, Way Back” (2013)
Duncan (Liam James) is not having the best of summers. Instead of spending his summer vacation with his father in California, he is forced to spend it with his mom (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend (Steve Carell) at his summer beach house. When Duncan discovers a water park, called Water Wizz, that’s when he meets Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manager, and Duncan’s summer finally starts to get a little better. The Way, Way Back Website
What to Watch For: The film has been getting great reviews by critics and has an outstanding and funny supporting cast led by Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney and “The Carrie Diaries’”, AnnaSophia Robb.
Word on the Street: Sam Rockwell, coming off of last year’s “Seven Psychopaths” (2012) and is said to give a “Bill Murray” style performance as the quick-to-tell-a-story water park manager.
My Take: This is one of the smaller summer films that I have really been looking forward to.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Godzilla” (1998) After a nuclear accident occurs in the South Pacific, a giant mutated reptile invades North America. It is up to Dr. Niko Tatopoulos (Mathew Broderick), a scientist specializing in effects of nuclear radiation, who is recruited by the military to come up with a scheme to defeat the creature now known as, “Godzilla” before it destroys New York City.
“Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) Jamal (Dev Patel) grew up on the mean streets of Mumbai, India. He appears on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and starts a winning streak, exceeding even his own expectations. After a streak that no one believes, Jamal is held on suspicion of cheating and retells his life through a series of flashbacks that explain why he knows each answer in the game show. This film won eight Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle.