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
The Ides of March
George Clooney directs and stars in this film about a front-running presidential candidate. Ryan Gosling (Drive) is the candidate’s top aide who gets a crash course in dirty politics. The stunning supporting cast includes Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei. Ides of March Website
What to Watch For: Will this film be more mainstream than Clooney’s last directorial work, Good Night, and Good Luck?
Word on the Street: Gosling is getting a lot of press, and this could be his ticket to the Oscars.
Set in the future where boxing is now done with robots, Hugh Jackman (X-Men) stars as a former boxer who has hit rough times, but with the help of his son, he builds a robot that just might be his way to the championship. Real Steel Website
What to Watch For: Hall of fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard was the technical advisor of the fight scenes.
Word on the Street: Jackman will have to work hard on the talk show circuit to get more than just the die-hard sci-fi fans to come out.
Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid) stars and co-directs this epic film about the war at the start of the 20th century that ended the rule of the Chinese dynasties. Chan plays a soldier who studied modern warfare in Japan and returns to find that he has no choice but to join the opposition in an attempt to overthrow the ruling leaders. 1911 Website
What to Watch For: This is Chan’s 100th film, and he has poured his heart and soul into this film to make it as accurate as possible.
Word on the Street: The battle sequences are said to be outstanding.
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Excess Baggage (1997) Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) plays a young woman who stages her own kidnapping to get her rich father’s attention. Things get complicated when a car thief (Benicio Del Toro) steals the car she is hiding in, and Silverstone discovers that he is now a part of her kidnapping.
Monkeybone (2001) Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) plays a cartoonist who has an accident and falls into a coma. In his coma, he dreams that he is now a part of the cartoon world he has created and is terrorized by his own creation, a monkey. He must find his way back to the real world before someone pulls his plug.