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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:
Carrie (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a shy girl who is made fun of at her high school. Her home life isn’t any better as her life is run by her deeply religious mother (Julianne More). Carrie soon learns that she has telekinetic powers, powers that she may use to get revenge on everyone who has made her life a living hell. “Carrie” Website
What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 1976 classic horror flick directed by Brian De Palma. The film made Sissy Spacek a star. Will it do the same for Moretz?
Word on the Street: The film is reported to be more faithful to Stephen King’s 1974 novel than the 1976 film.
My Take: I think that Moretz will make an awesome Carrie, much better than who Stephen King wanted for the remake, Lindsay Lohan.
“12 Years a Slave” (2013)
Based on a true story, the film is about Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free Black man living in upstate New York with his wife and child in the year 1841. On a business trip, he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. His life is filled with misery and hard work as he is shipped from plantation to plantation in Louisiana at the mercy and whim of the plantation owners. `”12 Years a Slave” Website
What to Watch For: Chiwetel Ejiofor is a sure thing for a Best Actor nomination. The big question is will any of his co-stars, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lupita Nyong’o, also be nominated.
Word on the Street: The film won the People’s Choice Award for director Steve McQueen at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
My Take: This could be the frontrunner for a Best Picture Academy Award.
“The Fifth Estate” (2013)
The story of Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) the founder of WikiLeaks, the online publication. Assange has to dodge governments and spies as he leaks the world’s secrets. “The Fifth Estate” Facebook Page
What to Watch For: The film’s star, Cumberbatch, in real life has exchanged emails with Assange, including an email where Assange tried to get Cumberbatch to turn down the part.
Word on the Street: Cumberbatch’s performance is said to be the highlight of the film.
My Take: Will this controversial real life topic and story help or hurt box office success?
“Escape Plan” (2013)
A world renown security expert (Sylvester Stallone) is asked to test the world’s most secure prison from the inside, as a prisoner. Now he realizes that he was set up and must gain the help of one of the prisons most notorious criminals (Arnold Schwarzenegger) for help to escape. “Escape Plan” Website
What to Watch For: The film re-teams Stallone and Schwarzenegger who last worked together in 2012’s “The Expendables 2.”
Word on the Street: 50 Cent is said to steal the film as a computer expert who is in prison for cyber-crimes.
My Take: I am a big fan of Academy Award nominated Amy Ryan, who plays Stallone’s business partner.
Carter (Adam Scott) finds out that he was an unknowing participant in a study about children of divorce when he was younger, and now the study wants a follow up. When Carter’s young brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married, Carter must get his long divorced parents (Catherine O’Hara, Richard Jenkins) to not only attend the wedding, but also not wreck it with their bickering. “A.C.O.D. Website
What to Watch For: The movie was filmed in Atlanta, including in the Castleberry Hill area.
Word on the Street: The film is loosely based on co-writer/director Stu Zicherman’s own experiences as an “Adult Child of Divorce.”
My Take: I’m excited to see Mary Elizabeth Winstead in this film, whom I have loved since seeing her in “Smashed” (2012).
A young Saudi girl’s dream is to own a bicycle. She enters a school competition where she will need to recite the Koran better than her schoolmates. “Wadjda” Website
What to Watch For: This film is Saudi Arabia’s entry for the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film for this year.
Word on the Street: This is an impressive film debut for its director / writer Haifaa Al-Mansour. More impressive is that she made this film in a country that has no movie theatres.
My Take: I am hearing that the actress who plays Wadjda, Waad Mohammed, is incredible in her role.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Don’t Say a Word” (2001) Nathan Conrad (Michael Douglas) is one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists. He is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named, Elisabeth (Brittany Murphy), and soon learns that she may contain a secret to a rare gem that was stolen ten years prior. Patrick Koster (Sean Bean) wants to find the gem, a gem that he believes is his. Patrick is willing to do anything to get the gem and to get Elisabeth to disclose its whereabouts.
“The Blob” (1988) A meteor crashes outside of a small town carrying a strange alien creature, a blob that devours anyone that it comes in contact with. The film stars Kevin Dillon, Candy Clark and Shawnee Smith.