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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 theater near you:
 
300: Rise of an Empire

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

“300: Rise of an Empire” (2014)

Greek general, Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), leads his forces against the invading Persian forces led by the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and the commander of the Persian navy, Artemisia (Eva Green). “”300: Rise of an Empire” Website 

 

What to Watch For:  The film takes place before, during and after the events of the previous film “300” (2007). The film is co-written by Zack Snyder who wrote and directed the first film.

 

Word on the Street:  Think of this as “300 on water” as the film centers on two major sea battles. 

 

My Take:  It will be interesting if this film captures the magic and action of the original film.

  

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (2014)

Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell)  is the world’s smartest dog. When Sherman (Max Charles), Mr. Peabody’s adopted son, uses a time machine to impress a girl, it causes problems. Now, Mr. Peabody and Sherman must travel across time and try and repair the damage. If they don’t succeed, the world as they know it, could come to an end. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Website

 

What to Watch For:  This animated film is directed by  Rob Minkoff who directed the Disney classic, “The Lion King” (1994).

 

Word on the Street:  The characters, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, were originally created for the Jay Ward series from the 60’s, “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.” Fans of the original cartoons are hopeful that this will spark a return of the Jay Ward cast of characters.

 

My Take:  We could all use a little of Mr. Peabody’s wisdom in our lives.

 

Tim's Vermeer

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

“Tim’s Vermeer”  (2014)

A modern day inventor, Tim Jenison, decides to investigate how Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer created his photo-like paintings.  Jenison becomes convinced in his research that Vermeer used some sort of projection device to help his paintings become so lifelike.  Jenison spends years trying to prove this to the art world. “Tim’s Vermeer” Website

 

What to Watch For:  This documentary film is produced by the world famous magician team Penn and Teller.

 

Word on the Street:  The film has done very well on the Festival circuit and is nominated for several awards including Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards.

 

My Take:  I am a big fan of Penn & Teller’s previous documentary, the very funny “The Aristocrats” (2005).

 

The Bag Man

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“The Bag Man”  (2014)

Jack (John Cusack) is hired by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a mysterious businessman, to take a bag to a seedy motel in the Louisiana swamps.  Jack meets all kinds of people at the motel, including the motel manager (Cripsin Glover), a one-eyed pimp (Sticky Finqaz), and a 6 foot tall hooker (Rebecca Da Costa).  It seems like everyone in the area is interested in getting the bag from Jack, one way or another. “The Bag Man” Website

 

What to Watch For:  The film is based on a script written by actor James Russo, known for his role as Red in the TV series “Vegas.”

 

Word on the Street:  Word is Robert DeNiro has plenty of screen time in this film, including a number of scenes with John Cusack.

 

My Take:  I always enjoy a modern take on the classic Film Noir genre.

 

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

 

Saturday

1:00 pm

 

“A Few Good Men”  (1992)  Two Marine lawyers (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) defend Marines accused of murder.  As the trial goes on, it is apparent that there is more than meets the eye in this case.  Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Kevin Pollak round out the cast.

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Laws of Attraction”  (2004)  Two legendary New York City divorce lawyers (Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore), who are familiar with opposing each other in court, decide to date.  When they get married, can their relationship survive the stormy seas of the court room?

 

3:00 pm

 

“A Few Good Men” (1992)  Two Marine lawyers (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) defend Marines accused of murder.  As the trial goes on, it is apparent that there is more than meets the eye in this case.  Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Kevin Pollak round out the cast.

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