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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:

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Opening Christmas Day at a theatre near you:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (2013)

Walter (Ben Stiller) works in a very ordinary job at Life magazine and has a crush on Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), a fellow co-worker. Walter has never been anywhere or done anything, but he does day-dream constantly about going on fantastic adventures. He gets his opportunity to live his dream when a negative of a photograph goes missing, and he takes off on an adventure to find the world famous photographer (Sean Penn).   “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Website”

What to Watch For: Ben Stiller directed the film, his first feature since his immensely popular 2008 film Tropic Thunder.

Word on the Street: Kristen Wiig is said to have her singing voice on display in this film.

My Take: The film has been in developmental hell since 1992. Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers and Sacha Baron Cohen were all at one time or another to play the title role. I think Stiller makes a better everyman than any of those stars.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (2013)

The remarkable story of Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba), who changed a country, and the world forever. This film tells his life story from his childhood to his inauguration as the President of South Africa.   “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Website

What to Watch For: Idris Elba is almost a sure thing to get an Academy Award nomination for this role.

Word on the Street: The band U2 wrote a song called, “Ordinary Love,” for the film.

My Take: Idris Elba is becoming one of my favorite actors to watch on screen as you can always count on a great performance from him.

Grudge Match

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“Grudge Match” (2013)

30 years after their last match, two aging rival boxers (Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone) come out of retirement for one last fight.    “Grudge Match” Website

What to Watch For: Several alternate endings were filmed so there wouldn’t be any spoilers.

Word on the Street: Kevin Hart is said to steal the movie as the manager of Stallone’s character.

My Take: It’s going to be interesting to see Rocky (Stallone) versus Jake La Motta (De Niro).

The Wolf of Wall Street

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“Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)

Based on a true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who rises from nothing to become a major player in the New York Stock Exchange, only to be brought down by a large securities fraud case.   “The Wolf of Wall Street” Website

What to Watch For: Will this film finally get three-time nominated DiCaprio his Oscar? This is the fifth time director Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked together on.

Word on the Street: It is said that Scorsese would only make the film if there were no limits on the content and that the studio could not interfere with the shooting script.

My Take: I am really interested to see this film as it has made a number of critics’ top ten lists.

47 Ronin

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“47 Ronin” (2013)

An outcast Samurai named Kai (Keanu Reeves) joins a group of Ronin warriors who seek vengeance for the death of their master. The Ronin set out on a journey that they may not come back from.   “47 Ronin” Website

What to Watch For: The film cast five major parts to Japanese actors to make the film more authentic, rather than picking American actors.

Word on the Street: The release date was postponed twice possibly due to reshoots as the producers decided to increase Reeves’ on-screen time.

My Take: It’s going to be interesting to see how this film does in a very crowded movie marketplace, with so many films being released in a short amount of time.

Justin Bieber's Believe

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“Justin Bieber’s Believe” (2013)

The sequel to “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” (2011), this documentary centers on his Believe Tour and his quick rise to stardom.   “Justin Bieber’s Believe” Website

What to Watch For: Usher is interviewed during the film. The concert footage is from his January 26-27 concerts at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

Word on the Street: It’s rumored that Bieber will talk about some of the more famous incidents that he experienced in the last few years including wanting to attack the paparazzi in England and his much talked about love life.

My Take: Will this help repair Bieber’s damaged image with his fans? His “Never Say Never” documentary made even the casual fans fall in love with him.

If you can’t go to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69.

Saturday
1:00 pm

“Mixed Nuts” (1994) Philip (Steve Martin) normally loves his job managing the crisis hotline, but tonight is Christmas Eve, and every nut job in the city is trying to get some attention.

3:00 pm

“King’s Ransom” (2005) Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) is a wealthy businessman who has made quite a few enemies on his way to the top. One is his soon to be ex-wife (Kellita Smith) who hopes to take Malcolm to the cleaners with a divorce settlement. Malcolm decides to plan his own kidnapping so he can keep the ransom money for himself. The only problem is Malcolm doesn’t know that other people are out to kidnap him too.

Sunday
3:00 pm

“Mixed Nuts” (1994) Philip (Steve Martin) normally loves his job managing the crisis hotline, but tonight is Christmas Eve, and every nut job in the city is trying to get some attention.

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