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:
Underworld Awakening 3D
Kate Beckinsale stars once again as our favorite Vampire, Selene. This time humans have learned that Vampires and Lycans are real and an all out war by the government has begun to wipe them out. But the humans never counted on a foe like Selene. Underworld Awakening 3D website
What to Watch For: It’s been 9 years since the first Underworld film came on the scene, will audiences remember or care about the film series complex world?
Word on the Street: Rumor is that Selene may have a child, and therefore an heir to her kick butting lifestyle.
A group of African American pilots during WWII have been training at Tuskegee as pilots but haven’t been given a chance to join the war effort. Under Col. A.J. Bullard (played by Terrence Howard) they finally get their chance. Are they up for the challenge and can prove that they belong in the fight? Red Tails website
What to Watch For: The movie has been “in development” for almost 20 years and George Lucas had to provide financing to finally get the movie made.
Word on the Street: The film has some truly fantastic flying sequences and has a great cast, including Ne-Yo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston and Method Man.
Newcomer and former UFC fighter, Gina Carano, plays a black ops super soldier who seeks payback after she is betrayed during a mission. Now, she is going after the people responsible. Haywire website
What to Watch For: Carano did almost all her stunts and her fighting prowess shows up on the screen.
Word on the Street: The action is non-stop, and Carano should have a long career as an action star. Director Steven Soderbergh was able to get a incredible supporting cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, which made this film not your ordinary action film.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
A year after losing his father who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, a young boy (played by Thomas Horn) finds a key left in his father’s closet. The boy is determined to find the lock that the key belongs to, and on his quest, he touches many people. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close website
What to Watch For: Will audiences want to see a film that deals with the after-effects of 9/11?
Word on the Street: Thomas Horn gives a powerful performance, and it’s said that Max von Sydow may get a Best Supporting Actor nomination at this year’s Academy Awards.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch the movies on CW69 this weekend.
Saturday at 1:00 pm
Radio (2003) Based on a true story, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a developmentally challenged man named, Radio, whom the local high school football coach (played by Ed Harris) befriends. They form a partnership that changes not only the coach and Radio, but the students at the high school, as well.
Saturday at 3:00 pm
John Q (2002) Denzel Washington plays an out of work father whose son needs an expensive heart transplant. When it’s apparent he doesn’t have the money for the surgery and becomes desperate, the father takes a hospital emergency room and doctors hostage until they agree to perform the surgery on his son.
Sunday at 2:00 pm
The Juror (1996) Demi Moore plays Annie, a single mom who is picked to be on a jury to hear the case of a mob boss accused of ordering a hit. The mob threatens to kill her son and her friends if she doesn’t convince the jury to acquit. Can Annie convince the other members of the jury of an acquittal, or will the people she loves pay the price for justice?