Preview This! “Robocop”
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:
In the near future, the United States is the last country in the world to not use some sort of robotic police force. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a loving father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the corporation behind most of the world’s robotic police force, OmniCorp, sees an opportunity. They plan on using what is left of Murphy to create a one man police force called, Robocop. “Robocop” Website
What to Watch For: The film has an impressive supporting cast in Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Jackie Earle Haley.
Word on the Street: The Sci-Fi fanboys have been pouring over leaked photos of the Robocop armor for the past year. Will the film live up to the hype?
My Take: I have fond memories of the original “Robocop” (1987). The question is will this version be campy like the original or will it go all out to be a serious Sci-Fi action film?
“About Last Night” (2014)
Follow two couples (Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall) from the bar scene to the bedroom, as they cope with dating in modern-day downtown L.A.. “About Last Night” Website
What to Watch For: Will Kevin Hart’s recent box office success with “Ride Along” (2014) continue with this film?
Word on the Street: The film is filled with some rising stars as Hart, Hall and Ealy, all who have a number of high profile projects in the film pipeline.
My Take: The best part of the original About Last Night (1986) film was the opening running dialogue between Rob Lowe’s and Jim Belushi’s characters. Will this remake have a similar scene to open the film? I hope so.
“Endless Love” (2014)
Jade (Gabriella Wilde) is a socialite who has always lived a privileged life, protected from the outside by her parents. Jade’s world is changed when she meets David (Alex Pettyler) a boy whom her parents don’t approve. “Endless Love” Website
What to Watch For: Will this make Alex Pettyler a star after his box office bombs of “Beastly” (2011) and “I Am Number Four” (2011)?
Word on the Street: Fans of the original film ,“Endless Love (1991), want to know how much of the story line has been changed to update it to the present.
My Take: I think I am more excited for the single from the movie than the movie, itself. It’s a remake of Robert Palmer’s, “Addicted to Love” by Florence + The Machine.
“Winter’s Tale” (2014)
In 1916, a thief (Colin Farrell) breaks into a mansion and encounters a dying woman (Jessica Brown Findlay). He soon falls in love with her, but then she dies. He learns that he has the gift of reincarnation and seeks to find her in the present day. “Winter’s Tale” Website
What to Watch For: Tom Hiddleston, Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Luke Evans, Liam Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker were all considered for the role before Colin Farrell got it.
Word on the Street: Fans of “Downton Abbey” will be excited to see Jessica Brown Findlay in this role. She played Lady Sybil Branson (nee Crawley) in the series.
My Take: Looks like a good date night movie for Valentine’s Day to me.
If you can’t make it to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69 this weekend.
“It Could Happen to You” (1994) Police Officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) has a nice life. He lives in a city that he loves, he’s married to a beautiful wife (Rosie Perez), and he loves going to his favorite neighborhood diner. When he doesn’t have a tip, he tells Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) that he will give half of his lottery ticket to her. What’s going to happen when he wins?
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010) Lucy and Edmund Pevensie (Gorgie Henley and Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship, The Dawn Treader. They are sent on a mission to find The Lone Islands, and, hopefully, the Lords of Telmar.