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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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He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave

Opening this week at a theater near you:

The November Man

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“The November Man”  (2014)

An ex-CIA operative (Pierce Brosnan) is brought back into the investigative game when a former colleague comes back to create turmoil. “The November Man” Website

What to Watch For:  The director of the film, Roger Donaldson, worked with Brosnan on “Dante’s Peak.”

Word on the Street:  There is talk already of a sequel.

My Take:  I love Olga Kurylenko, who was in one of my favorite movies of 2012, “Seven Psychopaths.”

As Above, So Below

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“As Above, So Below” (2014)

A group of explorers go beneath the city of Paris to explore the catacombs.  Little do they know, they will discover a dark secret that may prevent their return. “As Above, So Below” Website

What to Watch For:  The movie stars Ben Feldman who is about to be a big star because of the TV show “A to Z” which starts up in the fall.

Word on the Street:  The film is brought to you by the brother team of John Erick and Drew Dowdle, who made the 2008 film “Quarantine.”

My Take: It’s about time for another good horror film.

Life of Crime

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“Life of Crime” (2013)

Two criminals (Mos Def, John Hawkes) kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt land developer (Tim Robbins).  They demand one million dollars.  The only problem is, the developer doesn’t want his wife back. “Life of Crime” Website

What to Watch For:  The film is based on an Elmore Leonard novel and has been in pre-production since the 80’s.

Word on the Street:  Critics are saying that John Hawkes gives another stellar performance.

My Take:  It’s about time we get a good film based on an Elmore Leonard novel.

The Trip to Italy

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“The Trip to Italy”  (2014)

The two travelers (Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon) go on another trip to eat their way across Italy. “The Trip to Italy” Website

What to Watch For:  This is a sequel to the 2010 Indie hit, “The Trip.”

Word on the Street:  The film was a big success at the Sundance Film Festival.

My Take:  I loved the first film, so I am looking forward to this one.

Frank

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“Frank”  (2014)

Jon (Domhnail Gleeson) joins a rather strange band led by Frank (Michael Fassbender), who wears a large papier-mâché head 24 hours a day. “Frank” Website

What to Watch For:   The music the band plays was recorded live as they performed in the film.

Word on the Street:  Fassbender, even though he wears the “head” throughout the film, is being talked about for an Oscar nomination.

My Take:  I’ve seen the band perform on some late night talk shows which has peaked my interest.

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

“The Juror” (1996) Demi Moore plays Annie, a single mom who is picked to be on a jury to hear the case of a mob boss accused of ordering a hit. The mob threatens to kill her son and her friends if she doesn’t persuade the jury to acquit. Can Annie convince the other members of the jury of an acquittal, or will the people she loves pay the price for justice?

3:00 pm

“What Happens In Vegas” (2008)  Living in Las Vegas can have its hazards.  Following a night of drinking, Joy (Cameron Diaz) and Jack (Ashton Kutcher) not only discover that they got married, but they also learn as man and wife they won a huge jackpot. Now, will they survive each other’s company long enough to enjoy the money?

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