Preview This! Let’s Be Cops
Mike's ProfileMike 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:
“Let’s Be Cops” (2014)
Two friends (Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.) dress up as cops for a costume party. When they are repeatedly mistaken for real cops, they have fun with it. But now, playing cops is getting risky as they get tangled up in the mob and dirty cops. “Let’s Be Cops” Website
What to Watch For: Johnson and Wayans Jr. work together on the Fox network show, “New Girl,” so their chemistry on this film should be perfect.
Word on the Street: “The Vampire Diaries” star, Nina Dobrev just might steal the movie.
My Take: Jake Johnson starred in one of my favorite films last year, “Drinking Buddies.”
“The Expendables 3″ (2014)
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) has added to his band of mercenaries to take on co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Stonebanks has become a notorious arms dealer and is bent on wiping out Barney and his team. “The Expendables 3″ Website
What to Watch For: One of the new recruits is Luna, played by UFC champion, Ronda Rousey.
Word on the Street: Rumors were that this was going to be the last Expendables movie, but if it does well, there are now plans to do a fourth film.
My Take: This is the first film of the franchise not to have an R rating. Stallone wanted the PG-13 rating to go for the younger audience.
“The Giver” (2014)
In a world where there are no wars, conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role. 16-year-old Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) has been giving the job of being the Receiver of Memory. “The Giver” Website
What to Watch For: Jeff Bridges, who plays The Giver in the film, has been trying to get this film made since the late 1990’s.
Word on the Street: Could this film jump start Taylor Swift’s acting career?
My Take: Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors, so I can’t wait to see this film.
Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is taking confessionals when a parishioner tells the Father that he was abused as a child by a priest and plans on killing the Father next Sunday. Now will Father Lavelle die for someone else’s sins? “Calvary” Website
What to Watch For: Gleeson starred in screenwriter / director John Michael McDonagh’s 2011 film “The Guard.”
Word on the Street: Gleeson might just get an Academy Award nomination for this role.
My Take: I am anxious to see this film as critics have been talking about it since Sundance.
“Land Ho!” (2014)
Colin (Paul Eenhoorn) and Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) are former brothers-in-law. Now they are off to seek adventures in Iceland. “Land Ho!” Website
What to Watch For: The film was shot in Iceland at the following locations: Reykjavík, Skógar, Jökulsárlón, Landmannalaugar, Gullfoss, Strokkur, and Blue Lagoon.
Word on the Street: The chemistry between the two leads is said to be the highlight of the film.
My Take: It’s a country I have always wanted to visit, so I am really looking forward to this film.
“What If” (2014)
Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) hasn’t had much luck in love. He meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and they instantly become best friends. Too bad Chantry has a boyfriend as Wallace slowly realizes that Chantry is the woman of his dreams. “What If” Website
What to Watch For: Radcliffe continues to make interesting films after his stint in the Harry Potter world.
Word on the Street: This film just might make Zoe Kazan a big star.
My Take: I am always in the mood for a good romantic comedy.
If you can’t get to the theatre this weekend, stay at home and watch movies on CW69:
“The Thing about My Folks” (2005) Sam’s (Peter Falk) wife of 46 years has left him. Sam’s son, Ben (Paul Reiser), decides to take his dad on a road trip to reconnect and maybe figure out where Sam can go from here.
“It Could Happen to You” (1994) Police Officer Charlie Lang (Nicolas Cage) has a nice life. He lives in a city that he loves, he’s married to a beautiful wife (Rosie Perez), and he loves going to his favorite neighborhood diner. When he doesn’t have enough money for a tip, he tells Yvonne (Bridget Fonda) that he will give half of his lottery ticket to her. What’s going to happen when he wins?