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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:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”  (2014)

Professor X (Patrick Stewart) discovers that there is an event that could destroy both mutants and humans.  So, the X-Men send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to team up with the X-Men of the past to stop the event from happening. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Website

What to Watch For:  The fans of the Marvel universe are all excited about this film, not only for the mix of old and new casts, but also Peter Dinklage’s appearance as Dr. Bolivar Trask.

Word on the Street:  This could be one Hugh Jackman’s appearances as Wolverine.

My Take:  Any movie with both Jennifer Lawrence and Ellen Page is a movie I have to see.

 

Chef

Photo courtesy of Open Road Films

“Chef”  (2014)

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) was once the toast of the culinary world.  But, Carl is stuck in a rut and loses his job when he tries to change up the menu.  He decides to travel with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) to take care of their son (Emjay Anthony) while she goes to meetings.  There, Carl discovers a used food truck and decides to buy it.  He then travels in the food truck, across country, back to L.A., taking his son on a trip they will never forget. “Chef” Website

What to Watch For:  The supporting cast for this film is superb.  Dustin Hoffman is Chef Carl’s boss, Scarlett Johansson is the restaurant hostess, and John Leguizamo plays Carl’s right-hand man in the kitchen.

Word on the Street:  I guarantee you will want a grilled cheese sandwich after seeing this film.  It’s said it’s a foodie’s dream movie.

My Take:  I hear there are some really cool cameos in this film from some big name stars.

 

Blended

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

“Blended” (2014)

Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) went on a blind date that turned out horribly.  Now they both find themselves stuck with each other and their families on a dream vacation to Africa.  What can go wrong? “Blended” Website

What to Watch For: It’s been ten years since 50 First Dates (2004), so we are due for another Sandler/Barrymore romantic comedy.

Word on the Street:  Word is that Terry Crews steals another movie as an over-the-top tour guide.

My Take:  Drew and Adam haven’t been setting the box office world on fire, so both are due a hit.

The Immigrant

Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

“The Immigrant” (2014)

Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) arrive in America with the hope that their life will change for the better.  When they reach Ellis Island, it is discovered that Magda is sick and must be quarantined.  Now Ewa must survive alone in this brave new world and she will have to make life changing decisions, some of which will have lasting consequences. “The Immigrant” Info

What to Watch For:  The film has been getting rave reviews on the Film Festival circuit and many feel that Marion Cotillard could get an Academy Award nomination.

Word on the Street:  Joaquin Phoenix gives another one of his complex performances as the evil Bruno, a man who wants to exploit Ewa’s beauty.

My Take:  This is on my must list of films to see in May.

 

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

 

Saturday

3:00 pm

“Money Train”  (1995)  John (Wesley Snipes) and Charlie (Woody Harrelson) are foster brothers who both became transit cops.  But John and Charlie are very different.  Charlie is always getting into trouble, and John is always bailing him out.  After Charlie loses his job, he decides to rob the New York’s subway weekly cash haul.  Will John be able to save Charlie’s butt once again?

 

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Money Train”  (1995)  John (Wesley Snipes) and Charlie (Woody Harrelson) are foster brothers who both became transit cops.  But John and Charlie are very different.  Charlie is always getting into trouble, and John is always bailing him out.  After Charlie loses his job, he decides to rob the New York’s subway weekly cash haul.  Will John be able to save Charlie’s butt once again?

3:00 pm

“Unstoppable” (2010)   An unmanned train carrying a payload of toxic chemicals is headed toward the city at breakneck speed.  Now a veteran engineer (Denzel Washington) and a young, inexperienced conductor (Chris Pine), must team up to stop the train before disaster strikes.

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