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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:
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (2013)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) is a young girl living in New York City with her single mom (Lena Headey). Her ordinary life is shattered when she discovers that her mother never told her the truth about her heritage and her dead father. Clary discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors who are in a continuous battle to protect the world from demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary meets Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Alec (Kevin Zegers), two Shadowhunters who introduce her to the dangerous alternate New York called, Downworld. Now, with the help of her human best friend, Simon (Robert Sheehan), the Shadowhunters and Clary must battle demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to get her mother back. The Mortal Instruments Website Main Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures
What to Watch For: Lily Collins, who played Snow White in last year’s “Mirror Mirror,” is a big fan of the best-selling “Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare. Collins campaigned heavily for the role of Clary.
Word on the Street: The studio feels that this will be a franchise film series as they have already scheduled the next film to start shooting in September.
My Take: I really enjoyed reading the book series, and I am eager to see this film.
“The World’s End” (2013)
Five friends reunite twenty years later to relive a pub-crawl, they never finished, in their hometown. Their mission is to visit twelve pubs with the final destination as the legendary pub, The World’s End. As they plow through the pubs, they realize that something is not right in their town. There are mysterious things going on around them and completing the pub crawl may be the least of their worries. The World’s End Website
What to Watch For: The film comes from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the team who brought you “Hot Fuzz” (2007) and “Shaun of the Dead” (2004).
Word on the Street: The film opened in July in England to rave reviews, especially for the performances of Frost and Pegg.
My Take: “Shaun of the Dead” is one of my favorite films. I am hearing that the stunts in the film are amazing, staged by Brad Allen, who works on all the Jackie Chan films.
“You’re Next” (2013)
The Davison clan has gathered together to celebrate their parents 35th wedding anniversary at their isolated home in the country. The dinner party comes to a halt when the family is attacked by men dressed in black wearing Halloween masks in the shape of animals. You’re Next Website
What to Watch For: Barbara Crampton, who plays the mother, was a big star in some of the classic low budget horror films of the eighties, appearing in such movies as “Re-Animator” (1985), “Chopping Mall” (1986) and “Puppet Master” (1989).
Word on the Street: The film has done well on the Film Festival circuit and played at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest.
My Take: This is another one of those horror / thriller films that revels in their homage to the low budget horror films of the seventies and eighties.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
Escape From New York (1981) Manhattan has been turned into a giant, maximum security prison. The United States President’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes right in the middle of the island and is now being held hostage by a criminal named, The Duke (Isaac Hayes). There is only one man who can rescue the President, a one-eyed criminal named, Snake (Kurt Russell).