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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:

The Muppets
Two brothers (Jason Segel and the voice of Chris Cooper) are fans of the old Muppets Show. The two decide to take a trip to visit the old Muppets studio with one of the brother’s girlfriend (Amy Adams), but the trio discovers The Muppets have disbanded. They visit Kermit and convince him that it’s not too late to get the old gang back together. But an evil corporation is determined to get their hands on the land where the studio sits and is willing to do just about anything to stop The Muppets.The Muppets website

What to Watch For: Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) is a big fan of The Muppets and not only starred in the film, but he also co-wrote the script.

Word on the Street: There are a ton of quick cameos in the film. It seems everyone wanted to be part of The Muppets’ comeback.

Arthur Christmas
In this 3-D animated film, Santa (voiced by Jim Broadbent) is about to retire, and his oldest son Steve (voiced by Hugh Laurie) is convinced he will be the new Santa. Santa’s other son, Arthur (voiced by James McAcoy), loves Santa and Christmas, but is a little too accident- prone to really help out around the North Pole. When Arthur finds that one child will not get his present, he sets out with the help of a gift wrapping elf (voiced by Ashley Jensen) and his grandfather, Grandsanta (voiced by Bill Nighy), to deliver the gift before sunrise on Christmas Day. Arthur Christmas website

What to Watch For: The film was made in 3-D, so the animation will capitalize on those effects.

Word on the Street: The studio hopes this will become a franchise film and have even added a Justin Bieber 3-D music video to start the film off right.

Hugo
An orphaned boy (Asa Butterfield) lives in train station in 1930’s Paris. His father (Jude Law), a watchmaker and inventor, has left the boy a sort-of robot called, an automaton. The young boy is determined to figure out how to make it work. He is aided by a young girl (Chloe Moretz) who may have the key to solve his mystery. But will they succeed before the Station Inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) catches the boy and takes him to an orphanage? Hugo website

What to Watch For: The film is directed by the legendary director Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Shutter Island), and this is his love letter to the early French silent films. It will interesting to see if this translates to big box office money.

Word on the Street: This is a film that has to be seen in 3-D, as it loses a lot of its beauty when seen in 2-D.

The Descendants
A father (George Clooney) of two girls has to re-evaluate his role in his family when his wife is in a boating accident and is in a coma. His oldest (Shailene Woodley) is having trouble in boarding school, and his youngest (Amara Miller) has developed a bad habit of telling people exactly what she is thinking. In addition to the chaos, Clooney’s character is the trustee of a large parcel of land in the Hawaii Islands and is looking to sell the land that has been in his family for 150 years. Not everyone is happy with his decision to sell the land. The Descendants website

What to Watch For: While the film has a number of dramatic scenes, there is also quite a bit of comedy.

Word on the Street: Clooney is sure to get an Oscar nomination out of his brilliant, restrained performance, but it’s Shailene Woodley’s (Secret Life of the American Teenager) range that’s impressing Hollywood and the critics.

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

Sunday
1:00 pm
Garfield (2004) Bill Murray is the voice of the loveable, gruff, fat cat, Garfield. When Garfield’s owner, Jon (played by Breckin Meyer), brings a dog into the home, Garfield is determined to keep his grip over the household and his master. It’s not easy being the coolest cat out there.

3:00 pm
Stand By Me (1986) The classic film of four young boys who set out on an adventure to find the body of a young man who has died in the woods. It’s a film about friendship and where the boys learn that childhood dreams don’t always match the reality of the real world.

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