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 theatre near you…
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
A young girl (Bailee Madison) is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) while they restore an old Victorian house. The girl discovers there are creatures living in the house, and if she isn’t careful, they will make her one of their own.
What to Watch For: Writer/Producer Guillermo del Toro credits his interest in horror movies to watching the original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark TV movie as a child. Does Katie Holmes and her managers think this is the type of role that will help her win better starring roles?
Word on the Street: Miramax was disappointed by the film’s R rating (they wanted a PG-13), but the ratings board felt the movie was just too scary for kids and young adults.
Our Idiot Brother
Fresh out of prison for selling pot, easy-going, dim-witted Ned (played by Paul Rudd) is down on his luck and decides to visit his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel). Ned is a little oblivious to how the world works, so he wreaks havoc as he inadvertently breaks up marriages, ruins careers, and causes mayhem.
What to Watch For: Are audiences, who are used to preppy leading man, ready for a hippy dippy Paul Rudd?
Word on the Street: Rudd was allowed to improvise, and apparently, the high points of the film are due to his comic timing.
After witnessing the death of her parents, a young woman grows up to be an assassin. She works as a killer for her uncle, but her ultimate plan is to find her parents’ murderer and avenge their death.
What to Watch For: Can Zoe Saldana, hot off her role in Avatar, be the main attraction in a mainstream movie?
Word on the Street: Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element) has written a screenplay that is non-stop action with the intent of making Saldana a big action star.
If you can’t make it to a theatre, then stay at home and watch movies on CW 69 this weekend.
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 Rachel’s world begins to change.
Blind Date (1987): Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) is set up on a date with a beautiful woman (Kim Basinger). He has been told, whatever you do, don’t let her drink; but what can possibly go wrong? Walter is about to find out on a wild night he will never forget.
Final Destination 2 (2003): A young woman has a premonition of a horrible highway accident, and she is miraculously able to stop it from happening. But fate won’t be cheated, as the survivors of the accident mysteriously start dying.
Getting Played (2005): Three women (Vivica A. Fox, Stacey Dash and Carmen Electra), who are having a tough time with the men in their lives, get together and decide to find a guy they can turn the tables on. The guy they pick (Bill Bellamy) is wise to their motives, though, and decides to have some fun. Is love a possibility here, with all the tricks everyone is playing?