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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 this week at a theatre near you:

Ride Along

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“Ride Along”  (2014)

Ben (Kevin Hart) is a security guard who has just proposed to his girl, Angela (Tika Sumpter). Now Ben must go on a 24 hour “ride along” with Angela’s brother, James (Ice Cube), to prove to him that he is man enough to marry Angela. “Ride Along” Website

What to Watch For: The film takes place and was filmed in Atlanta.

Word on the Street: Director Tim Story, after directing the two Fantastic Four films, is going back to his comedy roots (“Barbershop” (2002).

My Take: How many films has Kevin Hart made this past year? He seems to be in every film trailer I see.

The Nut Job

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“The Nut Job”  (2014)

Surly (Will Arnett) is a squirrel with a hankering for nuts. After burning down the tree where all the animals were storing their nuts for winter, he is banished from the park. In town, Surly discovers a Nut store and with his friend, a rat, he plans the heist that could keep him in nuts for the rest of his life. What could go wrong? “The Nut Job” Website

What to Watch For: The film is based on a short film that director Peter Lepeniotis did in 2005 called “Surly Squirrel.”

Word on the Street: It’s said that Maya Rudolph, as the voice of a Pug named Precious, steals the show from a cast made up of Brendan Frasier, Katherine Heigl and Liam Neeson.

My Take: The film was shot with 3-D in mind and could be just the film families need to escape all the Oscar contenders out there.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014)

Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is a junior analyst for the CIA. When he uncovers evidence of an imminent terrorist attack, he is sent to Moscow to continue his investigation. He encounters Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) who is intent on taking down the world’s economy. Can Jack stop Cherevin’s plan? “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” Website

What to Watch For: This is the fifth film based on author Tom Clancy’s character, but it’s the first movie not based on one of the author’s books.

Word on the Street: This will be the first of two films that Kevin Costner will portray CIA agent William Harper. The next film will be “Without Remorse”, based on a Clancy novel of the same name.

My Take: Keira Knightley is a favorite of mine, and she beat out the likes of Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lily for the role of Cathy Ryan.

Devil's Due

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“Devil’s Due” (2014)

After a rather strange honeymoon, Zach (Zach Gilford) and Samantha (Allison Miller), find themselves dealing with an earlier than planned pregnancy. As the pregnancy moves along, Samantha starts behaving oddly and soon it is evident that something is very wrong. “Devil’s Due” Website

What to Watch For: Will the “Friday Night Lights” fans follow Zach Gilford to a horror film?

Word on the Street: The film is being compared to the 1968 film, “Rosemary’s Baby”.

My Take: The right horror film can find an audience in January – will this be it?

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Knight & Day” (2010) June (Cameron Diaz) meets Roy (Tom Cruise) who seems like a nice guy she meets at an airport. Soon, June finds out that Roy is a secret agent and that he is on the run from his own government. Now they will travel the world trying to clear his name or die trying.

3:00 pm

“The Cable Guy” (1996) Steven (Matthew Broderick), having been kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment, finds a new place to live. The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) comes to install cable and decides that Steven is his new best friend. At first, Steven goes along for the ride, but soon The Cable Guy’s attention becomes more than Steven can stand. The Cable Guy has decided that if Steven doesn’t want to be friends, they can now be mortal enemies.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Cable Guy” (1996) Steven (Matthew Broderick), having been kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment, finds a new place to live. The Cable Guy (Jim Carrey) comes to install cable and decides that Steven is his new best friend. At first, Steven goes along for the ride, but soon The Cable Guy’s attention becomes more than Steven can stand. The Cable Guy has decided that if Steven doesn’t want to be friends, they can now be mortal enemies.

3:00 pm

“Son of the Mask” (2005) Ten years after Stanley’s encounter with the “Mask of Loki,” Tim (Jamie Kennedy) finds himself in possession of the Mask. Tim’s new baby, Alvery, has acquired some of the Mask’s special powers, but Loki (Alan Cumming), the God of Mischief, wants his mask back.

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