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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:

lastonetoleavethetheatre.blogspot.com

He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave

Opening this week at a theater near you:

Need for Speed

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“Need for Speed” (2014)

Fresh out of prison, Tobey (Aaron Paul), a mechanic and part-time street racer, is out for revenge. He, though, must first travel from New York to California via a Shelby Ford Mustang to race in the ultimate street race. “Need for Speed” Website

What to Watch For: The film uses of a number of high performance cars, making this a must for car fanatics.

Word on the Street: The racing sequences are said to be the highlight of the film, some of which were filmed in the Atlanta and Macon area.

My Take: Imogen Poots (the love interest of Aaron Paul’s character) is making quite the resume’ for herself, appearing in four films this year.

The Single Moms Club

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“The Single Moms Club” (2014)

Five women are brought together by an incident at their children’s school. All are single moms, and they find that they have more in common than they could possibly know. “The Single Moms Club” Website

What to Watch For: From writer / director Tyler Perry, who is making more and more films that don’t feature him as the principal actor on camera.

Word on the Street: Terry Crews is said to bring what only he can bring to a film, lots of energy.

My Take: It’s a busy marketplace, with lots of films being released this week. It will be interesting to see how this does at the box office.

Veronica Mars: The Movie

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“Veronica Mars: The Movie” (2014)

It’s been years since Veronica (Kristen Bell) has been a private eye or been back in her old hometown of Neptune. She has a good life in New York, but she is about to throw it all away when her old boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring), is accused of murder. “Veronica Mars: The Movie” Website

What to Watch For: The Kickstarter campaign to get the movie made set all kinds of records, making this one of the most anticipated films of 2014.

Word on the Street: The director/writer of the film, Rob Thomas, has been trying to make a Veronica Mars movie for years and promises that this one won’t disappoint its very loyal fans.

My Take: I loved this series so much that I backed this film on Kickstarter the first day!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel”  (2014)

Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) is one of the best concierges in the world, and he works at the famous Grand Budapest Hotel. He hires Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) as a lobby boy. Now Gustave and Zero are about to go on a great adventure. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Website

What to Watch For: The film has a cast that any other director would die for, but for the film’s director, Wes Anderson, it’s normal. The cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

Word on the Street: Critics who have seen this film are comparing it to the classic comedies of the 1930’s.

My Take: I can’t wait for this film because Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors. I love “Bottle Rocket” (1996), “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), just to name a few Anderson films that I respect.

Better Living Through Chemistry

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“Better Living Through Chemistry”  (2014)

Doug (Sam Rockwell) is a by-the book-pharmacist who is in a very unhappy marriage to Kara (Michelle Monaghan). Doug’s life changes when he meets Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde), a trophy wife customer who likes to party. Now Doug is in for the ride of his life. “Better Living Through Chemistry” Info

What to Watch For: Olivia Wilde is coming off of some her best critical reviews from her films last year, including “Drinking Buddies”, “Her” and “Rush.”

Word on the Street: This has been one of the most buzzed about films on the Indie circuit.

My Take: I loved Sam Rockwell in last year’s “The Way Way Back” and “Seven Psychopaths,” so you know I will be seeing this film.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

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“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” (2014)

Documentary on the Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who at, 87 years old, is still doing her one-woman show about her life. “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” Info

What to Watch For: Many of her friends are interviewed including Alec Baldwin, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, and the late James Gandolfini.

Word on the Street: Stritch has always been known for her candor, and she lets it fly in this film.

My Take: She has led a fascinating life, including winning both Tony’s and Emmy’s.

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Nim’s Island” (2008) Nim (Abigail Breslin) lives on an island with her father (Gerard Butler), a well-known scientist. When her father goes missing, she contacts the one person she knows can help her, her favorite author. What Nim doesn’t know is that Alex Rover isn’t a man or an adventurer, she’s a woman (Jodie Foster) and agoraphobic (fear of being in risky places).

3:00 pm

“Escape From New York” (1981) Manhattan has been turned into a giant, maximum security prison. The United States President’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes right in the middle of the island and is now being held hostage by a criminal named, The Duke (Isaac Hayes). There is only one man who can rescue the President, a one-eyed criminal named, Snake (Kurt Russell).

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Escape From New York” (1981) Manhattan has been turned into a giant, maximum security prison. The United States President’s (Donald Pleasence) plane crashes right in the middle of the island and is now being held hostage by a criminal named, The Duke (Isaac Hayes). There is only one man who can rescue the President, a one-eyed criminal named, Snake (Kurt Russell).

3:00 pm

“The Upside of Anger” (2005) Terry (Joan Allen) is a suburban wife whose husband suddenly disappears. Left with four daughters, Terry struggles to put her life back together. Things change when she falls for Denny (Kevin Costner), a former big league ball player who makes a living on the radio.

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