Preview This! “The Best Man Holiday”
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 theater near you:
“The Best Man Holiday” (2013)
When old college friends get together for the Christmas holidays, they find out just how easy it is to pick right back up where they left off, which is good in the romance department but not so much when dealing with a rival. The Best Man Holiday Website
What to Watch For: Writer/Director Malcolm D. Lee brings back most of the original cast from his 1999 hit, The Best Man, including Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Regina Hall.
Word on the Street: The soundtrack could become a holiday must-have with songs by Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Ne-Yo.
My Take: I loved the first film, so I have high hopes for this one.
“Dallas Buyers Club” (2013)
A Texas electrician / part-time cowboy named, Ron (Matthew McConaughey), is diagnosed in 1986 as HIV-positive. When told he has only 30 days to live, he does research and discovers that there are experimental drugs in Mexico and overseas for treating AIDS, but these drugs are not allowed in this country. Ron figures out a way to get the drugs and help other HIV-Positive patients live longer.
What to Watch For: McConaughey is almost a sure-thing to get an Academy Award nomination out of this film.
Word on the Street: Besides McConaughey, Jared Leto, who plays a transvestite who helps distribute the AIDS treatments, is also a good shot at getting a Best Supporting Role nomination.
My Take: The film also stars one of my favorite actresses, Jennifer Garner, who plays a doctor who helps McConaughey deal with his diagnosis.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Armed and Dangerous” (1986) John Candy stars in one of his signature roles as a former cop who has to take a job as a security guard. Eugene Levy teams up with Candy as they realize they have joined a group of guys who are fleecing the companies they are guarding. A young and very cute Meg Ryan plays a fellow employee who believes that the boys may be on to something. Can they stop the bad guys from stealing a million dollars?
“Wall Street” (1987) A young stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), is willing to do anything to get to the top. He is mentored by a legendary broker, Gorden Gekko (Michael Douglas), whose mantra is “Greed is Good.” Will success and money take Bud down the wrong path?