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:
Man On A Ledge
Sam Worthington plays a former cop who escapes from prison to try and clear his name as he’s been accused and convicted of stealing a 40 million dollar diamond. Is his stunt of standing on the 23rd floor hotel room ledge a way to get the police to listen to him or is there more to this than meets the eye? Man On A Ledge website
What to Watch For: This film doesn’t have a lot of big name stars to its opening, so the studio is hoping for good word-of-mouth with lots of pre-opening screenings.
Word on the Street: Jamie Bell, as the brother, and Genesis Rodriquez, as his girlfriend, steal the movie with their bickering back-and-forth game.
One for the Money
Based on the bestselling book by Janet Evanovich, Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, a recent divorcee who is desperate for a job, and she becomes a bounty hunter for a bail-bonds business. Her first assignment – to find a man who she was once involved with. One For The Money website
What to Watch For: Will book-fans go see this film, and will women, in general, turn out for this film as they did for 27 Dresses?
Word on the Street: Katherine Heigl needs a hit to restore her once promising career. Will this be it?
In the dead of winter a plane crashes in the wilderness of Alaska. The survivors, led by a hunter named Ottway (played by Liam Neeson), must make it back to civilization. The survivors’ biggest problem isn’t lack of food or weapons, and not even the deep snow. It’s that they’ve been targeted by a pack of wolves. The Grey website
What to Watch For: Environmentalists and animal activists are not happy with the film, as it doesn’t portray wolves in a good light. The film is the target of several boycotts.
Word on the Street: Take a warm sweater when you see this film. You are sure to be cold since almost the entire film takes place outdoors, in very cold conditions.
A woman (played by Glenn Close) in 19th century Ireland has, for more than thirty years, been posing as a man to get work as a waiter. The main character saved her money and is on the brink of buying a tobacco shop when she meets a young maid (played by Mia Wasikowska). Her secret may then be revealed. Albert Nobbs website
What to Watch For: Glenn Close starred in a stage production of Albert Nobbs in 1982 and has been trying to get this film made for almost 30 years.
Word on the Street: Close may get an Oscar nomination for this role, but it’s co-star, Janet McTeer, who is getting most of the praise from the critics.
If you can’t make it to the theatre, then stay at home and watch movies on CW69 this weekend.
Saturday at 1:00 pm
Thank You for Smoking (2005) Aaron Eckhart stars in this comedy as Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the tobacco industry. Nick is good at his job, but his world is turned upside down when he falls for a young reporter (played by Katie Holmes). Can Nick spin his way out of the mess he created when he tells all to reporters?
Saturday at 3 pm
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 and 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.
Sunday at 2:00 pm
The Fisher King (1991) An abrasive talk radio host, Jack Lucas (played by Jeff Bridges), makes comments on-air that incite a caller to kill people at a NYC bar. Jack goes into a depressed state over the incident. His life is changed when he meets and befriends a homeless man (played by Robin Williams), whom, he learns, lost his wife in that bar. Can the two men find the road to sanity with the help of each other?