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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
“Captain Phillips” (2013)
Based on a true story, the American ship Maersk Alabama, captained by Richard Philips (Tom Hanks), becomes the first U.S. ship in two hundred years to be hijacked by pirates. The Somali pirates want millions of dollars to return the ship and its crew. Can Capt. Philips and his crew stall long enough for help to arrive? Captain Phillips Website
What to Watch For: This could be another Academy Award nomination performance by Tom Hanks.
Word on the Street: The film just played at the New York Film Festival to rave reviews by festival attendees and film critics.
My Take: I have heard that Tom Hanks in the last three minutes of the film gives one of his best performances of his career.
“Romeo & Juliet” (2013)
The time honored story of the two star-crossed lovers whose love is forbidden by their warring families. Romeo and Juliet Website
What to Watch For: Hailee Steinfeld is Juliet. Steinfeld blew everyone away with her Oscar nominated performance as Mattie Ross, the determined little girl in 2010’s “True Grit.”
Word on the Street: The film is causing quite a bit of controversy due to the fact that while the film is following the play’s plot, it’s not using the Shakespeare’s traditional dialogue.
My Take: Can this surpass the box office of this year’s other Shakespeare film, Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing?”
“Machete Kills” (2013)
Machete (Danny Trejo) is recruited by the President (Carlos Estevez) to go to Mexico and find one of the most dangerous men in the world, Mendez (Demian Birchir), and stop him from launching a deadly missile aimed at the nation’s capital. Along the way Machete will have to deal with Voz (Mel Gibson), an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has a plan to cause a worldwide crisis. Machete Kills Facebook Page
What to Watch For: You may know Carlos Estevez who plays the President of the United States. He usually goes by the name of Charlie Sheen. Estevez is Sheen’s birth name.
Word on the Street: A third film has already been planned, “Machete Kills…In Space!”
My Take: Will the “Little Monsters” follow their Lady Gaga to the box office as she makes her big screen debut?
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
”Black Knight” (2001) Jamal (Martin Lawrence) works at an amusement park named, “Medieval World.” Jamal has an accident and suddenly finds himself magically transported to the medieval times of the 14th century. Now, Jamal must come to the aid of Victoria (Marsha Thomason) and join forces with Sir Knolte (Tom Wilkinson) to defeat the evil Sir Percival (Vincent Regan) and restore the Queen to her rightful place.
”A League of Their Own” (1992) During World War II, two sisters (Geena Davis, Lori Petty) join the first professional female baseball league. Former Major Leaguer, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hank is given the task of rounding the girls into a winning team. Bill Pullman, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell also star.