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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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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:

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014)

It’s been ten years since a virus was unleashed and wiped out most of the human population.  Caesar (Andy Serkis) is leading a group of apes when they come in contact with Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and his small group of survivors.  A fragile peace between the two groups is threatened when a group of humans led by Drefus (Gary Oldman) want revenge on the apes. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Website

What to Watch For:  Could Andy Serkis get an Oscar nomination for a part that is created by special effects?

Word on the Street:  Early film critic reviews are praising this film.  It may be one of the few times when the sequel is better than the original.

My Take:  Hey, the film has chimps with shotguns.  What’s not to love?

 

Third Person

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Third Person (2013)

Three  stories that take place in Paris, New York and Rome.  Paris; Michael (Liam Neeson) has left his wife (Kim Basinger) and has taken up with his old flame, Anna (Olivia Wilde).  New York; Julia (Mila Kunis) has been accused of attempting to kill her son and now is in a custody battle with his father (James Franco).  Rome; Sean (Adrien Brody) falls for an Italian woman (Moran Atias) who may be involved with the Mafia. “Third Person” Website

What to Watch For:  Writer / Director Paul Haggis has 5 Oscar nominations, with 2 wins for “Crash” (2004).

Word on the Street:  Olivia Wilde has been getting some of her best notices lately, especially  with her role in the 2013 film, “Drinking Buddies.”

My Take:  Just how many films can James Franco be in?

 

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

Saturday

1:00 pm

“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007)  Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Susan (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans), and Ben (Michael Chiklis) learn that they aren’t the only superpowered beings on the planet.  They now have to deal with the Silver Surfer  (Laurence Fishburne).

3:00 pm

Suspect” (1987) A Public Defender (Cher) and a congressional advisor (Dennis Quaid) team up to prove that a homeless, deaf mute Vietnam vet didn’t kill a judge in Washington DC. But they soon discover that the murder of the judge just might be a cover-up for a much larger scandal.

Sunday

1:00 pm

Suspect” (1987) A Public Defender (Cher) and a congressional advisor (Dennis Quaid) team up to prove that a homeless, deaf mute Vietnam vet didn’t kill a judge in Washington DC. But they soon discover that the murder of the judge just might be a cover-up for a much larger scandal.

3:00 pm

“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) go on a quest to find a White Castle burger joint, but their night may go on a little bit longer than they planned.

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