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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:

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (2014)

Four years after the invasion of Chicago, a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) find a broken down semi -truck. It turns out the truck is a deactivated Optimus Prime.  The mechanic fires up the truck and starts a chain of events that could destroy the world. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” Website

What to Watch For:  This is the first film of the series to feature a whole new cast of humans, and the Dinobots (robots that transform into some sort of prehistoric animal) make their first film appearance.

Word on the Street:  The leading actors of this film have been contracted for two more, so if this film is the box office monster the studio thinks it is, there will be more with this cast.

My Take:  Some of the film was shot with the new IMAX 3-D cameras, so I am excited to see how that looks on the big screen.

Obvious Child

Photo courtesy of A24

“Obvious Child”  (2014)

A standup comedian (Jenny Slate) gets dumped by her boyfriend in the bathroom of a comedy club. She finds out that her day job, at a bookstore she loves, is closing.  After doing a miserable standup routine while drunk, she meets a nice guy and sleeps with him.  A few weeks later she discovers that she is pregnant and makes the decision to have an abortion. Now the question is, does she tell her parents and more importantly, the guy she slept with? “Obvious Child” Website

What to Watch For:  The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Red Crown Producer’s Award.

Word on the Street:  This romantic comedy has been delighting audiences on the film festival circuit, including the Atlanta Film Festival.

My Take:  While abortion is the centerpiece of the film, it’s really a film about relationships.  It was one of my favorites from the Atlanta Film Festival

Ivory Tower

Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

“Ivory Tower”  (2014)

A documentary about the high cost of college and dealing with the mounting problem of student loans.

What to Watch For:  The film shows how some universities have embraced a business model that often promotes expansion over quality education.  The good news is that there are some  institutions that are trying to change that concept.

Word on the Street:  Spellman College, right here in Atlanta, GA, is spotlighted as one of the institutions where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

My Take:  I am very interested to see this film that has been nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at both the Miami Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

We Are the Best!

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

“We Are the Best!”  (2014)

Three girls, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar), Klara (Mira Grosin) and Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) in 1980’s decide to form a punk band.  The only problem, they can’t play any instruments. Oh, and by the way, they are told that punk is dead. “We Are the Best” Website

What to Watch For:  The film has been racking up the awards at film festivals such as the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Word on the Street:  Audiences  throughout the world are falling in love with the girls and the movie.

My Take:  Good word of mouth should help this Swedish film do well at the box office.

If you can’t go to the theatre, then stay home and watch movies on CW69:

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Cowboy Up”  (2001)  Two brothers (Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas) on the rodeo circuit, compete against each other, both in the arena and for the love of a barrel rider (Daryl Hannah).

3:00 pm

“High Crimes”  (2002)  Claire (Ashley Judd) is happily married to Tom (Jim Caviezel), when she discovers that her husband has been leading a double life as he is arrested for murder.  She will need the help of an unconventional lawyer (Morgan Freeman) to prove that her husband didn’t do it.

Sunday

1:00 pm

“Love and Other Drugs” (2010)  A young girl (Anne Hathaway) with Parkinsons starts an affair with a pharmacy rep (Jake Gyllenhaal) in 1990’s Pittsburgh. What starts out as a perfect romance, takes a horrible turn.

3:00 pm

“Cowboy Up” (2001)  Two brothers (Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas) on the rodeo circuit, compete against each other, both in the arena and for the love of a barrel rider (Daryl Hannah).

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