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:
Joyful Noise (2011)
After the untimely death of a choir director, two hard-willed women vie for control of the choir. Will traditional gospel-style music, favored by Vi Rose (played by Queen Latifah), win out over the more contemporary-style favored by G.G. (played by Dolly Parton)? And can they get their act together in time for the national “Joyful Noise” choir competition? Joyful Noise website
What to Watch For: This film was shot in Georgia and includes filming in Atlanta, Decatur, Newman and Conyers, so look for familiar sights.
Word on the Street: While Parton and Queen Latifah get they’re singing licks in, it’s the new kids, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan, who bring down the house.
In this action thriller, Mark Wahlberg plays Chris, a former smuggler, who, after his brother-in-law botches a drug deal with a drug lord, must go on another smuggling run. If he can’t complete his run to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills, he will be killed, and his wife (played by Kate Beckinsale) and children just might be in danger, as well. Contraband website
What to Watch For: The film is directed by Baltasar Kormakur, who starred in the Icelandic 2009 film that Contraband is based on.
Word on the Street: The action is said to be non-stop, from the streets of New Orleans to the country of Panama.
Beauty and the Beast 3D (Originally released in 1991)
Relive the timeless story of the Beast who is tamed by the love of a woman named Belle, and this time re-mastered in 3D. Beauty and the Best 3D website
What to Watch For: Will fans flock back to the theatre to see this much loved Disney classic?
Word on the Street: There is a Disney short at the beginning of the film with characters from the film called Tangled Ever After, that is funny and uses 3D technology to its fullest.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch the movies on CW69 this weekend.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
Escape From New York (1981) The John Carpenter classic with everyone’s hero, Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell), who must go on a suicide mission to rescue the President (played by Donald Pleasence) who’s plane has crashed into Manhattan. The only problem is, this is the future, and Manhattan has been turned into a giant maximum security prison. Isaac Hayes, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Adrienne Barbeau make up one of the finest Sci-Fi casts of all time.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Kingdom Come (2001) LL Cool J and Jada Pinkett Smith lead an all-star cast of a family, who, shall we say has a few problems, gets together to attend the wake and funeral of Bud, a man who no one seems to have liked. Vivica A. Fox, Toni Braxton, Cedric the Entertainer and Whoopi Goldberg round out the cast.