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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:

Drive

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Source: Film District

Ryan Gosling plays a film stunt driver who makes extra money by working as a getaway driver in heists.  After a heist goes bad, Gosling is forced to fight back, especially when the mob threatens to end his girlfriend’s life. Drive website

What to Watch For: Are women going to want to see Gosling in a high octane-action film that has plenty of violence?  Indie darling, Carey Mulligan (An Education, Never Let Me Go), will help.

Word on the Street: The action sequences are being hailed by preview audiences as some of the best in recent memory.

Straw Dogs 

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Source: Sony Pictures

Screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) moves to Mississippi and goes to the hometown of his wife Amy (Kate Bosworth). However, Sumner and his L.A. lifestyle don’t fit in with the locals and trouble is brewing. It all starts with Amy’s ex-boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard). Things could get ugly very quickly. Straw Dogs website

What to Watch For: This is a remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah film of the same name, which was an incredibly controversial film due to its graphic violence and sex scene.  Will this film generate the same amount of stigma?

Word on the Street: Director Rob Lurie is known for creating strong roles for women (TV shows Line of Fire and Commander in Chief), so the role of Amy, the wife, may be a more sympathetic character than what was portrayed in the 1971 version.

I Don’t Know How She Does It

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Source: The Weinstein Company

Sarah Jessica Parker is a high power executive who is struggling to be the bread winner of the family while trying to balance time with her husband (played by Greg Kinnear) and her two kids. Now, add to the mix, a new account that has a high maintenance associate (Pierce Brosnan) attached to it. I Don’t Know How She Does It website

What to Watch For: This film is aimed at women, especially those that miss those Sunday HBO nights with the Sex and the City gang.

Word on the Street: The best thing about this movie may be the strong supporting cast of women:  Busy Philipps (Cougartown), Olivia Munn (Date Night) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).

Bellflower 

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Source: Oscilliscope

Two friends are convinced we are headed toward a global apocalypse, so they start building weapons, including a flame throwing car named Mother Medusa.  Their world is changed when one of them meets and falls in love with a woman who takes them on a journey from which they may never recover.  Bellflower website

What to Watch For: This is the type of film the college-aged crowd will eat up:  dark, violent and, at times, funny.

Word on the Street: The look of the film is getting notice as the filmmakers created special cameras to get the shots they were looking for.

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

Sunday

1:00 pm

A Knight’s Tale (2001) A lowly squire (played by Heath Ledger) longs for a better life.  When his master dies, he decides, with the help of his friends, to re-create himself as a knight. But now he must prove that he is worthy of the title and the love of a woman.

3:30 pm

The Ministers  (2009) On her eighteenth birthday, Celeste (Florencia Lozano) witnessed the murder of her father by a mysterious hooded man. Years later, Celeste has followed in her father’s footsteps and has become a NYPD detective. She tries to solve a murder, one that maybe connected to her father’s death. Harvey Keitel and John Leguizamo star in this gritty drama where just when Celeste thinks she has figured out the case, it takes a turn for the worse.

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