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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.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ (2014)

It’s been five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless the dragon saved the day and created peace between the dragons and the Vikings. Hiccup and Toothless stumble upon a faraway cave that houses hundreds of new wild dragons. The two friends discover that there is evil brewing as there is a Viking named, Drago (Djimon Hounsou), that plans on conquering the world. “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Website

What to Watch For: Dean DeBlois, who co-wrote and co-directed the first film which was a worldwide box office hit, is back for this film.

Word on the Street: The film is using new computerized animation techniques that are said to make the animation more detailed and life-like.

My Take: I loved the first movie, so this is my most anticipated film of the summer.

22 Jump Street

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“22 Jump Street”  (2014)

The boys are back! Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) have left high school behind and now are ready to go undercover at the hallowed halls of a local university. Now that they are big men on campus, will their friendship survive? “22 Jump Street” Website

What to Watch For: Co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, hot off the mega hit The Lego Movie, are back to direct this sequel.

Word on the Street: Kurt Russell’s son, Wyatt, turned down a role in The Hunger Games to be in this film.

My Take: I think Channing Tatum is getting better with every film he is in.

Alone Yet Not Alone

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“Alone Yet Not Alone” (2013)

Barbara (Kelly Greyson) and Regina (Hayley Lovitt) are growing up in 1755 during the height of the French & Indian War in America.  They are captured by the Delaware Indians and transported over 300 miles to an Indian settlement where the girl’s faith in God is tested every day, and they hope against hope that someday they can escape back to their family. “Alone Yet Not Alone” Website

What to Watch For:  The film played briefly in 2013 in theaters so that its music would be eligible for the Academy Awards.

Word on the Street:  The film hopes that the recent box office success of faith-based movies like “God’s Not Dead” (2013) and “Heaven is For Real” (2014) means that this movie will also find success.

My Take:  I will be interested to see this movie as I love this time in American history.

 

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

Saturday
1:00 pm
“Nothing in Common” (1986) David (Tom Hanks) is a successful advertising executive. His world is shattered when his parents split up. Now, his dad (Jackie Gleason) is living with him, and his mother (Eva Marie Saint) is enjoying her new found freedom. Can David survive the breakup?

Sunday
1:00 pm
“The Notebook” (2004) A young man, Noah (Ryan Gosling), from the wrong side of the tracks, meets a rich, society girl Allie (Rachel McAdams), and they fall in love. But, Allie’s parents do not approve and take her to New York to get away from Noah. Noah never forgets about Allie, but when he returns from World War II, he discovers that Allie is engaged to another man. Will the two lovers ever reunite?

3:00 pm
“Nothing in Common” (1986) David is a successful advertising executive. His world is shattered when his parents split up. Now, his dad (Jackie Gleason) is living with him, and his mother (Eva Marie Saint) is enjoying her new found freedom. Can David survive the breakup?

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