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Mike Mike 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:

“Frozen” (2013)

Frozen

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

In the kingdom of Arendelle, there are two Princesses: Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is soon to be Queen and who has the strange ability to make snow and ice out of nothing, and her sister, Anna (Kristen Bell). When Elsa lets her emotions get the better of her, she accidentally triggers a magical winter that freezes the entire kingdom. Elsa, known now as the “Snow Queen,” goes into hiding, and Anna must set out on a journey with a mountain man named, Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and a reindeer sidekick named Sven to find her sister and save the kingdom. Frozen Website

What to Watch For:  Jennifer Lee, who co-wrote last year’s much loved, “Wreck-It Ralph”, wrote and co-directed “Frozen”. The movie has been in development since 1943. Yes, 1943, when Walt Disney first tried to make the film.

Word on the Street: Critics who have seen this film are saying this is one of the best Disney films in years.

My Take:  Kristen Bell is one of my favorite actresses. I am hearing the film is worth seeing in 3-D due to the short animation that plays before the feature.

“Homefront” (2013)

Homefront

Photo courtesy of Open Road

A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves his family to what he thinks will be a quiet, small town. He soon crosses path with a band of drug traffickers, led by a man named Gator (James Franco). Homefront Facebook page

What to Watch For:  The film is written by Sylvester Stallone, who personally picked Statham for the part.

Word on the Street:  The film has an incredible cast including Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lefevre, and Kate Bosworth.

My Take:  If anybody can play a crazy drug lord, it’s James Franco.

“Philomena” (2013)

Philomena

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

In an effort to resurrect his journalistic career, Martin (Steve Coogan) agrees to do a human interest story on Philomena (Judi Dench), a woman who is searching for her son and whom she gave up for adoption almost 50 years ago. Philomena Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a true story. The film has been a big hit at several film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival

Word on the Street:  Judi Dench is almost a sure thing to get a Best Actress nomination for this role at this year’s Academy Awards.

My Take:  Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the script, is better known in Brittan where he has created a number of memorable roles on British television.

“Nebraska” (2013)

Nebraska

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Woody (Bruce Dern) is convinced that he has won a million dollars and wants to travel from Montana, where he lives, to Nebraska to collect the winnings. Against the wishes of Woody’s wife, Kate (June Squibb) and brother, Ross (Bob Odenkirk), David (Will Forte), Woody’s youngest son, decides to take his father cross-country to the company that has issued the ticket. Nebraska Website

What to Watch For:  June Squibb, who plays Woody’s very opinionated wife, is getting a lot of talk about a possible Supporting Actress nomination.

Word on the Street:  Bruce Dern, in the role of a lifetime, is a sure bet to get a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars.

My Take:  I love Alexander Payne films, including last year’s Oscar winning film for Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Descendants”.

“Black Nativity” (2013)

Black Nativity

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

After Langston (Jacob Latimore) and his mom (Jennifer Hudson) have been evicted from their apartment, he is sent to New York City to spend the holidays with the Reverend Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) and his family. There Langston discovers the strength of family and friends. Black Nativity Website

What to Watch For:  The film is written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, whose work includes the 1997 film, “Eve’s Bayou”.

Word on the Street: Mary J. Blige is said to steal the film as a character named, Platinum For.

My Take: I always enjoy seeing Angela Bassett, who plays the Reverend’s wife, work on-screen.
If you can’t go to the theater this weekend, stay at home at watch movies on CW69.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Wild Things” (1998) Two high school girls (Neve Campbell, Denise Richards) accuse their high school counselor (Matt Dillon) of rape. Now a cop (Kevin Bacon) must untangle a case that is much more complicated than first thought.

3:00 pm

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is out of prison and wants to rebuild his financial empire while taking down his enemies. He enlists his future son-in-law (Shia LaBeouf) to help him get back what he thinks is rightfully his, at any cost.

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