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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:
Betrayed and left for dead on an isolated planet, Riddick (Vin Diesel) is now facing his most dangerous enemy, a race of alien predators that inhabit the planet. To make matters worse, the word has gone out that Riddick may be vulnerable, so bounty hunters are coming to the planet to try and destroy Riddick once and for all. Riddick Website
What to Watch For: Vin Diesel loves the Riddick character and believes in this film so much that he leveraged his own house to guarantee the collateral needed to get the film production started.
Word on the Street: The studio hopes that the very popular Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galatica”) can bring in the fan boys to the cinema.
My Take: This film should do well since there aren’t a lot of actions films in the marketplace right now.
Jane (Keri Russell) is obsessed with the author Jane Austen and the world she described in her books, especially “Pride and Prejudice. Now, against the wishes of her friends, she uses her life savings to go to a Jane Austen theme park, where she hopes to find her own “Mr. Darcy,” her ideal Regency-era gentleman. Will her fantasies become reality and can her new reality live up to her lofty expectations? Austenland Website
What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Jerusha Hess, the screenwriter responsible for “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004) and “Nacho Libre” (2006).
Word on the Street: The film was shot in the County of Buckinghamshire, England and is said to use its locations to full effect.
My Take: It’s nice to see Keri Russell back in a romantic comedy after her appearance in last year’s “Dark Skies” (2012).
Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) grew up being best friends. Now both women live near each other on the coast of Australia. Lil is a widow with a son named, Ian (Xavier Samuel), and Roz is married to Harold (Ben Mendelsohn) and has a son named Tom (James Frecheville). Just like their moms, Ben and Tom grow up to be best friends. When Harold moves across the country for a job, the two women will be challenged by changes in their lives and relationships. Adore Website
What to Watch For: The film, under the title Two Mothers, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Word on the Street: Robin Wright’s performance is getting rave reviews from the critics.
My Take: I am looking forward to seeing Naomi Watts in this film after really enjoying her Academy Award nominated performance in last year’s The Impossible (2012).
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“Last Action Hero” (1993) Danny (Austin O’Brien) loves the movies and especially the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger when Arnold plays the character Jack Slater. Danny is given a mysterious “magic” ticket to the latest Schwarzenegger portrayal of Slater. He then finds that the ticket doesn’t just get him into the movie house but into the film, itself. Being in the film with his hero has a life-long dream for Danny, suddenly it becomes a nightmare when some real bad guys find their way into the movie and are determined to kill Schwarzenegger and Danny.
“High School High” (1996) Principal Clark (Jon Lovitz) is trying to turn the students at Marion Berry High School into something they can be proud of. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be proud of at this school. This comedy stars Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, Malinda Williams, Brian Hooks, and Natasha Gregson.