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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
When Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) young daughter and her friend go missing, the families of the two girls start to panic. A main suspect is released due to lack of evidence, and that’s when Keller decides to take matters into his own hands. How far will he go to find his daughter? Prisoners Website
What to Watch For: The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, and Paul Dano. That’s a lot of star power. The film was shot in the Atlanta area.
Word on the Street: This could be an Oscar contender, based on the cast and the director, Denis Villeneuve’s, whose last film was the well-received Indie film, Incendies (2010).
My Take: Just to watch Jackman, Gyllenhaal and Howard work on-screen together is worth the price of admission.
“Battle of the Year” (2013)
Every year an international event is created to decide what country is the best at b-boying (breakdancing). The Americans haven’t won in 15 years, so Dante (Laz Alonso) enlists Blake (Josh Halloway) to assemble and shape a group of the best dancers in America to bring the Trophy back to the U.S.A. Battle of the Year Website
What to Watch For: Chris Brown, appearing as one of the dancers named, Rooster, is going back to his film roots. His first appearance on the big screen was in Stomp the Yard (2007).
Word on the Street: The film should have an interesting look as it is in 3D, and portions of the film were shot in Montpellier, France.
My Take: The film is written and directed by Benson Lee, who did a documentary in 2007 called, Planet B-Boy, about the annual dance competition, “Battle of the Year,” that this film feature.
“Thanks for Sharing” (2013)
Adam (Mark Ruffalo), Neil (Josh Gad) and Mike (Tim Robbins) come from different backgrounds and seem like they wouldn’t have anything in common. But, they are all addicts in a support group… a support group for sex addiction. Thanks for Sharing Website
What to Watch For: Writer / director Stuart Blumberg co-wrote the 2010 indie hit, “The Kids Are All Right.”
Word on the Street: Alecia Moore as sex addict, Dede is said to steal the movie from the rest of the outstanding cast. You might know her under a different name, Pink.
My Take: I am a huge fan of Mark Ruffalo, and teaming him with Gwyneth Paltrow should be a winner.
“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
Dorothy (Judy Garland), her dog Toto, The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and The Tin Man (Jack Haley) are off to see The Wizard (Frank Morgan). The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) is out to stop Dorothy from finding a way home. The Wizard of Oz Website
What to Watch For: This is the 75th Anniversary of the film, and it is being released in a 3D re-mastered version.
Word on the Street: Seeing the film in the immersive IMAX 3D format is a sight to be seen.
My Take: I am always in the mood to see this film, and that it’s been digitally re-mastered for the IMAX 3D experience just tops it off.
“The Short Game” (2013)
The World Championship of Junior Golf brings 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries to compete in a tourney that will crown the next possible “Tiger Woods.” The Short Game Website
What to Watch For: The film follows eight young athletes and their families, up close and personal in this highly competitive world of golf.
Word on the Street: The film shows, that while the kids are highly motivated, they couldn’t do it without the help of their friends and family.
My Take: I am looking forward to seeing these young athletes do something at a young age that I can’t even come close to doing myself.
A documentary on one of the world’s most successful authors, J.D. Salinger, the writer of the legendary book, The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger was a legend, not only for his classic book, but also because he was such a recluse. Salinger Movie Info
What to Watch For: The film is written and directed by Shane Salemo who has also co-wrote a 700 page biography on Salinger with New York Times bestselling author, David Shields.
Word on the Street: The film is said to contain quite a few revelations about Salinger, some of which are so groundbreaking, the film employed security protocol so that some of its secrets would remain unknown until the film’s release.
My Take: The film contains more than 150 interviews, including some with the most famous authors of our time such as Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, A. Scott Berg and Gore Vidal.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“28 Days Later” (2002) Animal activists break into a laboratory to rescue chimpanzees, and they unknowingly release a virus, a virus that causes uncontrollable rage in humans. 28 days after the break-in, we encounter Jim (Cillian Murphy) who has been in a coma. He awakens to find a deserted London, or so he thinks, as he soon encounters that the virus has created zombie-like humans filled with rage.
“I Like it Like That” (1994) Chino (Jon Seda) and Lisette (Lauren Velez) are a married couple on the rocks. She is tired of taking care of the kids, and Chino keeps having job troubles. Their marriage is tested when Chino is sent to jail and Lisette gets a good job, which gives her the independence she has always wanted. Will their marriage survive. and can they save their son from a life of drugs?