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:
Workers at a luxury high-rise in New York discover their life savings was lost by a Wall Street billionaire (played by Alan Alda) who just happens to live in the penthouse condo of their building. The workers, led by Ben Stiller, get together to steal the 20 million dollars the billionaire stashed in the building. Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy and Gabourey Sidibe join in on the fun. Tower Heist website
What to Watch For: The film was originally titled, Trump Heist. Will Alan Alda’s character have a catch phrase like Donald Trump’s, “Your Fired?”
Word on the Street: This is Eddie Murphy’s comeback film, and word is he steals the show.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart. When a chance meeting ends up with the pair accidently destroying Harold’s father-in-law’s prized Christmas tree, the duo decides to go on a road trip to find a replacement. What can go wrong? Apparently everything. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas website
What to Watch For: Will audiences pay the extra money to see this high-jinx in 3-D – possibly the last of the series?
Word on the Street: Neil Patrick Harris makes another funny cameo appearance as himself. This time he deals with his outing as a gay man…or is he really gay?
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Olsen plays Martha, a young woman who suddenly shows up on her sister’s doorstep after she was missing for two years. Her sister (played by Sarah Paulson) discovers Martha is hiding secrets, and the secrets are slowly tearing the two sisters apart…again. It is soon revealed, through flashbacks, that Martha lived in a cult led by a very charismatic man (played by John Hawkes). Martha Marcy May Marlene website
What to Watch For: After winning a number of awards on the festival circuit, will this small film find a mainstream audience?
Word on the Street: Elizabeth Olsen (sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) is sure to get an Oscar nomination for this part and is a star in-the-making.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69 this weekend.
Transporter 2 (2005) Jason Statham is back doing what he does best – being a “transporter” who can deliver anything or anybody, with no questions asked. When the young son of a wealthy Florida businessman Statham is working for is kidnapped, it’s up to Jason to save the boy and stop the kidnappers from releasing a deadly virus.
XXX (2002) Vin Diesel is a stuntman and adrenaline junkie who reluctantly gets recruited by the National Security Agency. His job is to infiltrate a group of terrorists in Europe, and the fate of the free world could depend on the success of his mission.