Preview This! Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
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:
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) had it all – a good anchor job and a hot anchor wife (Christina Applegate). Then his marriage fell apart, and he got fired from his job. Now, down on his luck, Ron gets an offer from a 24- hour cable news channel. It’s time to get the old gang back together and take New York City… Ron Burgundy style. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Website
What to Watch For: There are so many cameos by major film stars in this that it would be easier to list who’s not in the film.
Word on the Street: It appears as if Brick, the rather dimwitted weatherman played by Steve Carrell, will be given more screen time in this film.
My Take: With all the promotional stunts Ferrell has done in the last couple of months for this film (like appearing on ESPN), he has to be really tired of playing Burgundy.
American Hustle (2013)
When Irving (Christian Bale) met Sydney (Amy Adams), it was love at first sight and they fit together perfectly, especially in Irving’s line of work, con man. But, when the two unknowingly con an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), their luck just might have run out. American Hustle Website
What to Watch For: The film made a number of Film Critic groups top film lists, including the New York Film Critics Circle, where it won three awards including Best Picture.
Word on the Street: Many critics feel that Jennifer Lawrence could win another Academy Award for her performance in this film.
My Take: The question isn’t if this film will get any Oscar nominations. It’s how many?
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
A folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), tries to survive as he plays clubs around the Greenwich Village folk music scene in 1961 New York. Llewyn attempts to make it as a solo artist after the death of his musical partner and relies on the kindness of friends and family to help him carry out his dream. Inside Llewyn Davis Website
What to Watch For: Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this film’s musical performances were recorded live on the sound stages as the scenes were filmed.
Word on the Street: The film has been wowing audiences at film festivals including the Austin Film Festival.
My Take: I hear the music in this film is what makes this film standout, including a song that Justin Timberlake sings.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) created one of the world’s most beloved literary characters, Mary Poppins. Now, none other than Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) wants to turn her book into a musical film. Will Mrs. Travers turn over her creation to the man who built an empire with a mouse? Saving Mr. Banks Website
What to Watch For: Based on a true story, Disney tried for more than 20 years to buy the rights to the book.
Word on the Street: Emma Thompson’s role of P. L. Travers may get her another shot at an Academy Award. Thompson has been nominated four times, winning two Oscars.
My Take: I am hearing that there is something really cool that happens during the closing credits.
Walking With Dinosaurs 3-D (2013)
Patchi (Justin Long) is the runt of his family of Pachyrhinosaurus. Patchi is about to go on a big adventure with his big brother, Scowler (Skyler Stone), and his best friend, Juniper (Tiya Sircar). Walking with Dinosaurs Website
What to Watch For: The film is based on the 1999 BBC documentary series of the same name and combines animated dinosaurs with live action background footage shot in Alaska and New Zealand.
Word on the Street: This is said to be the most realistic dinosaur depiction as the film features the latest 3-D animation techniques with the latest worldwide paleontology research.
My Take: I am guessing every 5 – 10 year-old dinosaur loving kid in the U.S. will want to see this film.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.
“Monster House” (2006) DJ (Mitchel Musso) is not having the best Halloween. His parents are traveling and have left him with a very mean nanny named Zee (Maggie Gyllenhaal). His best friend, Chowder (Sam Lerner), comes over, but now they have lost their ball to the mean neighbor Mr. Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). When they try and retrieve their ball, they discover that Nebbercracker’s house just might be alive.
“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003) Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue on their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring thinking that Gollum (Andy Serkis) is now on-board to help them succeed. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) lead their World of Men against Sauron’s (Sala Baker) army as he seeks to conquer Middle-Earth.