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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:

Footloose

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Source: Paramount Pictures

Big-city kid (Kenny Wormald) moves to a small town and quickly discovers that rock music and dancing are banned. He falls for the rebellious preacher’s daughter and decides to shake up the little town. Footloose website

What to Watch For: The movie was filmed in the Atlanta area and has some big name stars (Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell) in supporting roles.

Word on the Street: The dance sequences are what make this movie with Wormald, who has danced in a few music videos and two time Dancing With the Stars winner, Julianne Hough.

The Thing

In Antarctica, a research team finds a spacecraft with an alien frozen inside. When people begin dying, the team realizes the killer could be the alien – an alien that can change into human form. The Thing Website

What to Watch for: Sci-Fi fans have been buzzing about this film for years because the script was written by Battlestar Galactica/Caprica writer Ronald D. Moore.

Word on the Street: The star, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is the reason to see this movie. She is a veteran of the horror movie genre and was in Final Destination 3, Black Christmas and Death Proof.

The Big Year

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Source: 20th Century Fox

Three avid bird watchers embark on a competition to see who can find the most species of birds in a year. Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin star as the bird watching competitors who stop at nothing to win the competition. The Big Year

What to Watch For: Jack Black needs a hit after the flops, Gulliver’s Travels and Year One.

Word on the Street: Owen Wilson steals this movie from Martin and Black. His performance is said to be the highlight of the film.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

This comedy/horror film is about two “hillbillies,” Tucker and Dale, who go camping in the woods, but one of their fishing excursions is cut short by a group of rowdy college students. Through a series of misunderstandings, the college students think that Tucker and Dale are out to hurt them, especially when some of the students start dying. http://www.magnetreleasing.com/tuckeranddalevsevil/

What to Watch For: This is more of a comedy than a horror film, but it certainly puts horror clichés to good use.

Word on the Street: Fans of Shaun of the Dead and Attack the Block will love this film.

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

Sunday

1pm

A Man Apart (2003) Vin Diesel plays an undercover DEA agent who works to stop a drug lord along the California/Mexico border. After Diesel’s wife is killed by the drug cartel, he vows to bring down the men who murdered her.

3pm

Awakenings (1990) Robin Williams plays a doctor new to a ward of comatose patients who have been incapacitated for decades. He decides to treat them and is most successful with a patient (played by Robert De Niro) who has been in a coma since he was a teenager.

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