Preview This! For August 12th
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 weekend at a theatre near you:
30 Minutes or Less
Zombieland Director, Ruben Fleischer, brings a film about a pair of slackers (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who decide to rob a bank. But instead of doing the deed themselves, they kidnap a pizza delivery guy (The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg), strap a bomb to his chest, and tell him he has to rob the bank or it’s boom. Eisenberg enlists his best friend (played by Aziz Anasri) to help him pull off the robbery, but not before they get into a whole lot of trouble.
What to Watch For: Can Jesse Eisenberg follow his success in the drama Social Network, and will it be an intelligent comedy like Zombieland or a low-brow film like Harold and Kumar?
Word on the Street: This movie has a surprising number of action sequences and is being praised for its take on the buddy action films of the 80’s.
Emma Stone plays a recent college graduate who returns to Mississippi in 1962 with aspirations to become a writer. She grabs her opportunity when she befriends housekeepers (played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) and decides to write a tell-all book about their life of working in the world of the privileged.
What to Watch For: Emma Stone has made her mark in comedies in the last year with Easy A and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Will she be up to the task in this dramatic piece about the beginning of the civil rights era?
Word on the Street: Though Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard are fun to watch in their clash of wills, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are the real stars of the movie.
Final Destination 5
A bridge collapses with a number of people who miraculously survive but begin dying off under mysterious circumstances. Looks like fate is once again rearing its ugly head, declaring you can’t cheat death.
What to Watch For: Are audiences tiring of the 3-D experience, or is this just the type of suspenseful movie that the technology was made for?
Word on the Street: The movie goes all out with the use of 3-D in the bridge collapse and death scenes. It’s rumored to be the last film of the series.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch movies on CW 69 this weekend.
Saturday at 1:00 pm
Getting Played (2005) Three women (Vivica A. Fox, Stacey Dash and Carmen Electra) having a tough time with the men in their lives get together and decide to find a guy that they can turn the tables on. The guy they pick (Bill Bellamy) is wise to their motives and decides to have some fun. Is love a possibility here, with all the tricks everyone is playing?
Saturday at 3:00 pm
Imagine Me and You (2005) Rachel (Piper Perabo) marries the man of her dreams (Mathew Goode), but on her wedding day she meets Luce (Lena Headey) the wedding florist. Encouraged by her husband to have more female friends, she starts hanging out with Luce, and her world begins to change.
Sunday at 2:30 pm
In the Line of Fire (1993) Clint Eastwood, in one of his finest roles, plays a Secret Service agent who becomes aware of a plot to assassinate the President. Eastwood’s character has a past he would like to forget. He was on the protection detail when President Kennedy was shot. Rene Russo plays a fellow agent, and John Malkovich plays the creepy former CIA agent hell bent on killing the President but not before tormenting Eastwood.