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:
New Year’s Eve
From the same director who brought you Valentine’s Day, this film is about the struggle to find romance and friendship on the most magical night in New York City, New Year’s Eve. Its all-star cast headlined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry and Robert DeNiro.
What to Watch For: Will this film have the same success as Valentine’s Day? Several of the stars could use a hit, and we mean you, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.
Word on the Street: Common and Robert DeNiro in the same movie? This is one movie you will have to see.
Jonah Hill (before he lost all that weight) stars as a student whose college career isn’t going as well as he hoped. To make extra money, he is talked into babysitting the kids next door. He thinks it’s going to be easy, but he’s unprepared for the hi-jinks about to happen.
What to Watch For: The big question is can Jonah Hill open a movie all by himself?
Word on the Street: Fans of director David Gordon Green are hoping this comedy is more in line with his hit, Pineapple Express, and not like his last film, the not-so-funny, Your Highness.
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) stars as a man whose life is starting to fall apart, all due to his sexual addiction. His sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to live with him and tries to help him get his life back on track.
What to Watch For: Will art-house filmgoers pay to see a film that has the dreaded NC-17 rating, a rating that signifies very adult situations.
Word on the Street: Michael Fassbender gives an incredible, possibly award-winning performance.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69 this weekend.
Saturday 1:00 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm
Little Women (1994): Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Trini Alvarado and Kirsten Dunst round out an all-star cast as four sisters growing up in a household while their father is away, fighting in the Civil War. Life has its ups and downs, but they know that they have sisters who will always be there for them.
Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) Jennifer Westfeldt co-wrote and stars in this romantic comedy about a successful, single, straight woman living in New York City. Her friends, though, just can’t understand why she is still single. The single girl then meets a woman, played by Heather Juergensen, who offers friendship…but could this friendship develop into something more?