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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:
Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is a low level worker at a major company. He is caught at work playing a prank, to save his job he agrees to become a corporate spy. Now he is in way over his head, trapped in a war between two companies out for blood. Paranoia Website Main Photo courtsey of Relativity Media.
What to Watch For: Gary Oldman plays the CEO of the company that Adam works for and Harrison Ford is the CEO of the company that Adam is going to spy on.
Word on the Street: This action suspense film from director Robert Luketic is very different from his last two films that starred Katherine Heigl, “Killers” (2010) and “The Ugly Truth” (2009).
My Take: It’s always fun to see Harrison Ford act in a film.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013)
Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) goes from the cotton fields of Georgia to work as a butler in the White House. Cecil serves for more than three decades and deals with eight American Presidents during a time of great change in the country, including the Civil Rights movement, Watergate and the Vietnam War. Lee Daniels’ The Butler Website
What to Watch For: There are some really interesting casting choices in this film: Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jacqueline Kennedy and most interesting of all, John Cusack as Richard Nixon.
Word on the Street: Oprah Winfrey, playing Cecil’s wife Gloria, is already being mentioned as a possible Academy Award contender.
My Take: I am hearing that Mariah Carey looks very different in this film. In fact, audiences are having to wait and read the credits to figure out what part she played.
“Kick-Ass 2″ (2013)
Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) are back, this time they are joined by fellow crime fighting costumed do-gooders on the streets. Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has vowed to avenge his father’s death and will do anything he can to defeat Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass 2 Website
What to Watch For: Jim Carrey is Colonel Stars and Stripes, who decides to create a crime fighting team and asks Kick-Ass to join him.
Word on the Street: Carrey has stirred up some controversy by withdrawing his support for the film due to its high level of violence.
My Take: Atlanta born Moretz is going to have a busy year with “Kick-Ass 2″ and her starring role in the remake, “Carrie.”
The story of Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) who went from college dropout to running Apple, making it one of the most powerful companies in the world. Jobs Website
What to Watch For: The film has a strong supporting cast, including Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine and Lesley Ann Warren.
Word on the Street: Josh Gad is getting rave reviews for his portrayal of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
My Take: It’s going to be really interesting to see if Kutcher can project the charisma that real-life Steve Jobs had, especially in scenes where he reveals products such as the iPhone.
“The Spectacular Now” (2013)
Sutter (Miles Teller) is a high school senior who is just happy living in the present. He seems to have everything you would want – he’s popular, has a good job and his girlfriend is the prettiest girl in high school. Suddenly everything comes crashing down around Sutter when his girlfriend dumps him and leaves his once promising world now in tatters. Sutter then meets Aimee (Shailene Woodley) who isn’t like anyone he has ever met before and just might be the person to get him back on track. The film also stars Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The Spectacular Now Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot in Athens, GA by native son, James Ponsoldt.
Word on the Street: The performances of Teller and Woodley are said to be the highlight of the film.
My Take: This was my favorite film from the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Slackers” (2002) Ethan (Jason Schwartzman) is the biggest geek on campus at Holden University and is shunned by most of the students. He discovers the secret to Dave (Devon Sawa), Sam (Jason Segel) and Jeff’s academic success – they cheat. He threatens to expose their cheating ways unless the trio help him get the campus beauty, Angela (Jaime King).
“Jumper” (2008) David Rice (Hayden Christensen) learns at an early age that he has the ability to teleport or “jump” from one location and instantly land in another. Now, living on the money he steals through his teleportation, David discovers that there is an extremist group called the Paladinsis that is intent on tracking down and killing the “Jumpers.” The film also stars Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, AnnaSophia Robb and Samuel L. Jackson.
“X-2: X-Men United” (2003) The X-Men must deal with a mutant assassination attempt on the President and the backlash against mutants that it causes. Plus, there are plans to bring down Professor X and his school. The X-Men will be challenged like never before and their survival will depend on whether or not they can band together.