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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:
“The Counselor” (2013)
Michael Fassbender plays a greedy lawyer, only known as The Counselor, who becomes involved with the seedy world of drug trafficking. The Counselor Website
What to Watch For: The film is dedicated in memory of the director, Ridley Scott’s late brother, Tony Scott.
Word on the Street: Brad Pitt may get an Oscar nomination for his role as the drug dealing middleman, Westray.
My Take: I would go to this movie just to see this impressive cast which, aside from Fassbender and Pitt, includes Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Rosie Perez and Ruben Blades.
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” (2013)
86 year-old Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) takes his 8 year-old grandson (Jackson Nicoll) on a road trip across America. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Website
What to watch for: The plot allows Knoxville and Nicoll to do real life pranks on the unsuspecting public as part of the film.
Word on the Street: The first scene shot was on a golf course in Ohio where Knoxville’s character caused havoc with golfers. The filmmakers shot it as a test to see if the film would work, and they were happy with the results.
My Take: Knoxville is giving his fans a “Jackass Light” film without the large Jackass cast.
If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“The Fog” (1980) A California fishing town was built over 100 years ago on the site of a former leper colony. Now a mysterious fog is enveloping the town, and people are dying. This is a classic John Carpenter horror film starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh.
“The 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.