PLAYING FOR KEEPS: (PG-13) Gerard Butler plays a retired former soccer star, who moves home to reconnect with his son after years of being apart. After getting talked into coaching the neighborhood little league soccer team, Butler begins to fall in love with his former wife (played by Jessica Biel). Unsure if he has changed, Biel is already planning on marrying another man, Butler must do everything in his power to keep from losing her again.
A ROYAL AFFAIR 3-stars, (R) This film follows an 18th-century love triangle between the Queen of Denmark, her deranged King, and a German doctor. When the young King of Denmark starts suffering a mental illness, the doctor that is hired to come help care for the King quickly steals the heart of the Queen. Torn between her newly found love and her loyalty to the crown, the Queen faces the ultimate decision: succumb to her feelings for the doctor or remain the Queen. Lefont Sandy Springs, 100-152 Sandy Springs Circle
HITCHCOCK: (PG-13) This biographical film follows the life of the most famous horror movie-maker of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. Focusing in on the later part of his career, people in Hollywood are starting to doubt if Hitchcock has any good films left in him. When Hitchcock finds the inspiration to do one of his most famous films, PSYCHO, even his wife doubts if he can pull it off. Funding the film on his own, Hitchcock puts everything (including his marriage) on the line to pull it off. UA TARA, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road
SAHKANAGA: Based on the true story of the 300 some-odd bodies found buried around a crematory in Noble, GA, this film is following the perspective of a young teenager who finds the first body. Filmed near the real location of this tragedy, using unprofessional actors that had real connections to the events, this horror film creepily hits close to home. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon
WAKE IN FRIGHT: 4-stars, (R) A teacher travels to a remote mining town in the outback of Australia en route to Sydney, planning to only stay in town for one night. But as John begins to booze it up at a local bar, he embarks a delirious 5-day drunken journey with a pack of wild locals. Fading in and out of reality and consciousness this slow-moving creepy film builds up as the plot unfolds. As he goes head-on into his own destruction, the character the audience thought they knew fades away. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive
AFRICA'S ELEPHANT KINGDOM: (NR) This documentary playing at Fernbank Museum offers an in depth look at the life of Africa's most mysterious and majestic animals, the elephant. Funded by the Discovery Channel, this documentary is centered around a single elephant family making its way in Kenya. Fernbank IMAX, 767 Clifton Road
ALEX CROSS (PG-13): Tyler Perry ditches the dress and 'Madea' get up for a new, more bad ass look in this thriller. Perry plays a homocide detective/psychologist trying to track down a serial killer. But his chase becomes like a high-stakes game of chess when he realizes his opponent might be smarter than he is. Cross faces his toughest challenge trying to take down his toughest assignment. Perry tries his hardest, but its hard to see him doing anything but wearing a dress these days.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG-13) Move over Tobey Maguire, there's a new Spider-Man in town. NYC's favorite web-slinger is back on the big screen, this story follows a new thread in the Spider-Man chronicle. Peter Parker is an outcast at high-school, struggling with girls, bullies, and newly-found spider powers? As Parker works to uncover the mystery of his parents' death he is led to the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former lab partner. But as Parker grows closer to Dr. Connors, he starts to realize Connors might not have been the kind lab partner Parker's father thought he was.
AMERICAN REUNION (R) The fourth installment (excluding the spin-off, straight to home video films) in the American Pie franchise, features all the original characters from this teen, coming-of-age comedy series. While (most of) the characters are acting like grown ups with real jobs and families now, their high school reunion brings back the same old hi-jinks, bodily humor, and awkward moments the first three films created.
THE ARTIST 5 stars (PG) In this pitch-perfect recreation of Hollywood's black-and-white silent films, the effortlessly charming Jean Dujardin plays a swashbuckling matinee idol who stubbornly refuses to change his ways when the film industry switches to sound. Even in the film's most downbeat moments, director Michel Hazanavicius uses clever visual gags to convey The Artist's emotional core, while the story's metaphor for professions transformed by new technology proves enormously relevant in the Internet age. - Holman
BATTLESHIP (PG-13) When a fleet of US battleships discover an unidentifiable object in the open water of the ocean, a team of naval officers are sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they discover that the hunk of metal is actually an alien ship that they have just engaged. The movie, which is really nothing like the Hasbro board game it is supposedly based off of, is a blockbuster of explosions, hot babes, action sequences, and is a CGI masterpiece. To save earth, the battle must be won on the water. You sunk my battleship!
BERNIE (PG-13) This comedy is about assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), who was everybody's best friend. In his small town he taught Sunday school, sang in the church's choir, and he was always around to lend a helping hand. But when he befriended Majorie Nugent, his kindness was truly tested. Majorie, a rich and affluent widow, literally ran Bernie into the ground with her chores, manipulating, conspiring, and oppression. People were shocked to one day learn that Majorie was dead, with Bernie being he prime suspect for murder.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (PG-13) This Southern-styled fairy-tale is about a young girl named Hushpuppy who lives in "Bathtub," a river delta community, with her father Wink. When her father contracts a strange illness, nature goes out of control with extremely high temperatures melting ice caps and unleashing prehistoric creatures called 'Aurochs.' To help save her father, young Hushpuppy must brave the world alone, in search of her mother for answers. UA Tara 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road
THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG-13) When the top secret, government organization behind the creation of Jason Bourne decides to kill off all of its genetically modified agents, they had little idea how hard bringing one of them down would be. Agent Aaron Cross, who has had scientifically-engineered mutations on two of his chromosomes, is the perfect killer. Cross is faster, smarter, and stronger than even the most trained government agents. As he fights to uncover the scheme he is caught up in, Cross spirals into an international espionage journey where every step he takes is a narrow escape from death. Starring The Avengers Jeremy Renner as agent Aaron Cross, this installment in the Bourne film series is an action-packed thrill ride.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R) A horror story that follows the trip of five friends to a remote cabin in the woods. As things start to get a little creepy, the audience thinks they are seeing the same old recycled horror story. But as the movie progresses and the twists get more and more absurd, this movie begins to turn the formulaic horror movie genre into something unique and different.
THE CAMPAIGN (R) While we often find ourselves laughing at the expense of politician's errors or slip-ups, funny men Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis take the comedy of political campaigns to a new level of hilarity. Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a fast-talking, slick politician who will do and say anything to be reelected for a fifth time. After running unopposed for the last four terms, Cam is surprised to learn someone is running against him. Enter Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the director of the local tourism center who is being supported by benefactors who have hatched a plan to get Cam out of office. As their campaigns begin, it becomes clear that these two absurdly ridiculous politicians will be battling it out for every last vote.
CHASING MAVERICKS (PG): Based on the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarity, this film follows a young surfer's dream of riding the biggest wave in the world. Jay, who struggles to find himself growing up without a dad, earns the right to mentor under a local veteran surfer. As Jay trains to ride the wave of his life, he has to shake the doubters and haters to make his dream come true.
CHERNOBYL DIARIES (R) When a group of tourists visiting Ukraine decide to go on a slightly sketchy tour of the nuclear disaster area at the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the tour starts off innocent. The group is unsure if they should really be in an infamous nuclear disaster area, but their local tour guide assures them that everything is fine since the nuclear radiation levels have receded. The problem is, once they are ready to leave, their van (of course) won't start. Before long, the group realizes something or someone is lurking in the shadows of Chernobyl, and that something or someone is after them. To survive, they navigate the deserted plant and hope to make it through the night.
CHIMPANZEE (G) This documentary from Mark Linfield and Disney follows the story of Oscar, a young chimpanzee who is separated from his family during a skirmish with another group of chimps. In an unlikely turn of events, Oscar is 'adopted' by a full grown male chimp who finds him alone in the forest. This documentary offers a rarely seen glimpse into the world of chimpanzees, following the heartwarming story of Oscar.
CLOUD ATLAS (R) 3 stars: This film adaptation of British author David Mitchell's 2004 novel with the same name is built on the question of how the past interacts with the present and the future. Told over six different time spans, this film unfolds six stories of characters interacting with varying representations or forms of themselves throughout time. As the character's struggle to make sense of the situations they find themselves in, they can't help but feel they've faced these struggles before. With the Wachowski directors (The Matrix series) behind this film, it's sure to light up cinema screens.
THE COLLECTION: (R) Elena thinks she is going to a secret party at an undisclosed location with her friends, but things go sour for Elena when she is kidnapped by the collector. Elena wakes up to find herself in a twisted "Saw"-esque hotel that is a maze of torture and horror. This 'Collector' is a sadistic psychopath, and when Elena's father hears of her capture he sends a group of mercenaries to retrieve her. The mercenaries turn to the help of Arkin, the only person to ever escape the clutches of the collector, to help save Elena. Facing the most horrific experience of his life again, Arkin's fate becomes tied to Elena's as it becomes clear he might not escape alive again.
THE DARK NIGHT RISES (PG-13) Christopher Nolan's third and final installment of the Batman series, Bruce Wayne is met with a completely new set of challenges. Bane, a hell-bent villain wants to watch Gotham burn to the ground and has a personal vendetta against the exceptionally wealthy Gotham residents. With Anne Hathaway staring as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane, this movie is promising to be one of the most watched films this summer.
DARK SHADOWS (PG-13) Tim Burton's newest film is a horror/comedy flick following Barnabas (Johnny Depp) who has moved from England to America in 1752. Building a new life in Maine, Barnabas quickly becomes a wealthy and successful man, his life is perfect until he makes the mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. Angelique, a witch, turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive to teach him a lesson. Two centuries later, Barnabas' tomb is discovered and he is unleashed upon the modern world. As he meets his modern-day descendants, Barnabas is confronted with problems of the modern days and must face Angelique's wrath for breaking her heart once again.
THE DICTATOR (R) Sascha Baron-Cohen plays dictator Haffaz Alladen, of the oil-rich African nation of Waadeya. He is an egomaniac and executes practically anyone who disagrees with him. When summoned to NYC by the UN with concerns about his nuclear program, Alladen tries to adjust to the American way of life. While this film misses the unexpected hilarity of unscripted Borat, the political incorrectness is enough to make anyone laugh.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (PG) The successful book series makes a run at the big screen with the 'wimpy kid' Greg Heffley. Greg, in an attempt to avoid the 'dog days' of the summer, pretends that he has a job at a local upscale country club. Despite his best efforts, Greg can't escape the embarrassing and hilarious dog days of the summer.
DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX (PG) In this adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved picture book, a young boy tries to woo a girl by bringing a tree to their treeless home, leading to a flashback of how the land lost all of its trees. This comedy's nod towards environmental conservation is balanced out by a hilarious performance from Danny DeVito as the Lorax.
THE EXPENDABLES 2: (R) This action film has literally everyone's favorite butt-kicking star on the cast. Whether you're partial to the quiet, strong-type like Chuck Norris or the high-kicking Jet Li, or maybe you're into more traditional bad-asses like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Statham or Willis, this movie has them all. The plot is simple enough, the band of seasoned mercenaries lose a partner to a mission, but when they go to seek revenge for their fallen brother, they discover there's more to this mission than revenge. With the possibility of one of the largest nuclear weapons ever created being in play, the Expendables must bust out the biggest guns, explosions, muscles, and machismo to save the day. Classic.
THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) From the producer of the marital comedy Bridesmaids, comes a new twist on the romantic comedy, a film spotlighting the time between the proposal and the marriage. When Tom and Violet get engaged, they have no idea what they are in for because it seems everything in the world is working against them getting married. The comedy ensues as this couple learns what it takes to make an engagement work.
FLIGHT: (R) Whip Whittaker is a veteran airline pilot, who makes a life-saving, mind-boggling maneuver to crash-land a plane full of passengers safely after a huge catastrophe in the sky. Hailed as a hero, Whittaker (Denzel Washington) holds back a dark secret about the day of the crash, until further investigation reveals that he was intoxicated the day of the crash. As the media swarms, questions of ethics weigh against the miracle Whittaker initiated.
FOR GREATER GLORY A group of men and women make the decision to risk everything for their freedom, when a small rebellion becomes an army with the help of one general whom everyone believes in. Chronicling the Cisteros War in the 1920's, this film tells the story of a group of people standing up against the atheistic Mexican Government.
HOLY MOTORS: (NR), 4 Stars. This film is an epic, genre-shifting movie that follows a man being driven around in a limousine to nine different appointments in Paris. At each of these appointments he is a completely different person, and perhaps Curt Holman put it best writing, the film "follows dream logic rather than the usual rules of film. "
HOPE SPRINGS (PG-13) Meryl Streep plays Kay, a devoted wife to Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones), who has been feeling like their decades-long marriage is missing the spice it used to have. She seeks the help of a famed marriage counselor (played by Steve Carell) in a small New England town called Hope Springs. She persuades Arnold, who is a man of routine and very conservative about his love life, to come to Hope Springs with her. As their week of therapy begins, Kay and Arnold attempt to ignite that special spark their marriage once had.
THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13) In a post apocolyptic world, the countries that once made up North America is now called Panem. The Capitol, a technological metropolis that controls everything, is surrounded by 12 districts. Every year, one boy and girl are selected from each of the twelve districts at random to compete in the Hunger Games, basically a Gladiator style fight to the death. When teenager Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the games, she is almost certainly sentencing herself to death. Based on the young adult novel by Suzanne Collins, Katniss must fight to the death in order to survive and return home to her sister.
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (PG) Everyone's favorite group of prehistoric mammals are back, but this time their whole world is changing and shifting, literally. As the continents drift apart Manny, Sid, and Diego's world becomes a life at sea, using an iceberg as a makeshift ship. When the gang runs into a band of pirates led by an angry baboon, Manny's journey to reunite with his love takes a detour. Come see Pangaea split apart.
THE IRON LADY 2 stars (PG-13) Meryl Streep gives a predictably rich and insightful lead performance in this thin, superficial biopic of Margaret Thatcher, England's first female prime minister. The Iron Lady seems primarily interested in the doddering, elderly Thatcher who speaks to her deceased husband Denis (an excellent Jim Broadbent), while the wishy-washy script refuses to form an opinion about Thatcher's controversial politics. - Holman
JOHN CARTER 2 stars (R ) In this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi adventure, Civil War cavalryman turned Arizona prospector John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) finds himself transported to Mars, where he takes up the cause of Martian Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins, who's like a classy Megan Fox) against a vicious warlord (Dominic West). "Friday Night Lights'" Taylor Kitsch brings laid-back charisma to a role that the film can't seem to decide is a tortured hero or a charming rogue. John Carter proves too silly and rushed to work as a respectable fantasy epic, but too heavy and convoluted to achieve pure escapism. Pixar's Andrew Stanton delivers astounding visual effects, including the hero's ability to make incredible jumps in the Martian gravity, but John
Carter has a harder time getting off the ground. - Holman
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND 3 stars (PG) In the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) and his mom's new beau (Dwayne Johnson) pick up a cryptic signal originating from the mysterious island from Jules Verne's books. Taking full advantage of the technologies at his disposal, director Brad Peyton places his cast upon a fantastic tropical paradise full of amazing creatures and fantastic landscapes. Full of baseline humor, teen angst, and family bonding moments there's an equal amount of intense chases and thrill rides on both ships and beasts to balance it out. Journey 2 is a definite improvement in the franchise and definitely worth seeing. - Edward Adams
JOYFUL NOISE (PG-13) Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton share the spotlight as members of a small-town members with ambitions to take the choir to a national championship.
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME (PG) Pop star Katy Perry's road to stardom was not an easy one, and coming from a religious family with her outlandish personality, Perry wasn't always understood in the beginning. This film follows her journey with exclusive on/off-stage footage, interviews, early performances, in this documentary of one of today's biggest stars.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY: (R) When the mob needs help, they don't turn to the police for help, they call Cogan. Played by Brad Pitt, Cogan is a smooth-talking, killer that cleans up messes when the mob can't. After a group of men try to rob a mob-protected card game, they send the entire local crime economy spinning out of control. The mob calls on Cogan for help, and its up to him and his gun to set things right in this thrilling flick.
LAWLESS: (R) Based on the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers, brothers in the bootlegging business, who have dreams of unimaginable riches during the Prohibition era. This bloody story gives a good spin on the classic gangster film. Filmed in our very own Coweta County, Georgia.
LIFE OF PI: (PG) 4 stars. This novel by Yann Martel has been adapted by director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) for the big screen. The story of Pi follows a young boy in India whose parents own a zoo. Pi grows fond of the animals in his parent's zoo because his school peers bully and pick on him. When his parents decide to move to Canada to avoid political turmoil in their country, they and all of their animals must travel by boat to their new home. When a storm hits their boat, Pi is cast overboard with some of their animals, he ends up stranded on a lifeboat with nothing but a dangerous Bengal tiger to be his companion. Fending for survival, in the middle of the ocean on a boat with a tiger that wants to eat him, Pi's faith is tested as he struggles to find his way home.
LOCKOUT (PG-13) In the future prisoners are kept on a space station, which seemed like a good idea until an uprising allowed the prisoners take control of the station. The president, whose daughter was taken captive by the prisoners during the uprising, asks for the help of an ex-government agent (played by Guy Pearce) who is convicted of conspiracy. For the safe return of his daughter, the president promises Pearce's freedom. Action-packed, gun fights and battles ensue as just one man attempts to save the president's daughter from a vicious group of convicts.
THE LUCKY ONE (PG-13) US Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, safe and sound. He is convinced his safety in battle was from a photograph of a beautiful woman (Taylor Schilling) he found on the ground during battle, keeping the photo with him at all times. Upon his arrival in the states he travels to North Carolina, searching for the woman who kept him alive without even knowing it.
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED (PG) Alex the lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) and their furry and/or four-legged friends work to make it home to New York from Africa in the third entry in the animated franchise. Stranded in Monte Carlo, the foursome joins up with a traveling animal circus, taking a tour of Europe along the way. Friends are made with the former; fun is made of the latter. In 3D.
MAGIC MIKE (R) Mike is a dancer, to be more specific he's a stripper at Club Xquistie, which is an all-male strip club. Mike has everything he could ever want: women, money, partying, and fun, but he wants something more. When Mike is not headlining in the club, he is making custom modern furniture. One day, when Mike meets the sister of a new dancer he has taken under his wing, she changes his perspective on everything and Mike must face the realities of the life he lives. Starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey, chances are, women will really like this movie.
MAN ON A LEDGE 2 stars (PG-13) Disgraced cop turned convict Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthingon) threatens to leap from the ledge of a high-rise Manhattan hotel. Is he really suicidal, or is he part of a complicated heist to clear his good name? Like Worthington struggling with his American accent, Man on a Ledge tries to impersonate earlier, better New York caper flicks like Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man. Danish director Asger Leth builds suspense in the heist scenes, but doesn't capture the Big Apple's colorful character, so everything feels overcooked and slightly phony. It ends on a satisfying note, but Man on a Ledge won't put on the edge of your seat. - Holman
MANSOME (NR) Executive producers Will Arnet, Jason Bateman, and Ben Silverman take a look at the man's identity in the modern world, interviewing actors, models, experts, and comedians to define what it means to be a man today. Masculinity is questioned and picked apart as this film hilariously investigates manhood. UA Tara, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
MARLEY (PG-13) Made with the support of Bob Marley's family, director Kevin McDonald takes an inside look at Marley's impact on music and his social and political impacts as well. With rare footage, performances, interviews with people close to Marley, this film offers a portrait of a cultural icon. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (PG-13) In a culmination of the recent resurgence of comic book superhero movies, The Avengers are on the big screen, featuring an all-star cast including The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). As the story goes, the safety of Earth is threatened by Loki, a demigod from Thor's alternate universe, who brings with him an army of diabolic villains. The group of superheros must put their super-egos aside and work together to defeat Loki and his army. This summer blockbuster is a must-see for all superhero fans, if not for the great cast, then just for the sheer number of superheros featured in the film.
MEN IN BLACK 3 (PG-13) Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back as the Men In Black, in the third installment in the MIB franchise. In this film, Agent J (Smith) wakes up one day to find his partner Agent K (Jones) has been dead for over 40 years. Apparently, K is at the center of some alternate reality where he doesn't exist in present day. Now, J must go back in time to 1969 when K is still alive in order to figure out how this alternate reality was created.
MIRROR MIRROR (PG) Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen in this remix of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tale. The evil queen banishes Snow White into the fore in order to swoop in and steal the prince who has fallen in love with Snow White. But Snow White has different plans and enlists the help of seven little dwarfs to try and save the prince from marriage to the evil queen who is only after his money.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL 4 stars (PG-13) Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team of superspies must go rogue to catch a nuclear terrorist obsessed with launching World War III. Pixar director Brad Bird makes a confident leap to live-action with this outlandishly exciting spy flick, unified by plausible gadgets and jaw-dropping set pieces, which include Cruise dangling from Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building, as a sandstorm approaches. Simon Pegg deserves top billing for his hilarious comic relief. - Curt Holman
MONSIEUR LAZHAR (PG-13) When an Algerian immigrant teacher applies for a job in a Montreal middle school, he is given the task of replacing a teacher who has committed suicide. The teacher Lazhar replaces, was loved by all of his class deeply. While Lazhar helps the class heal from the loss of their teacher, he himself begins to heal from the pains of remembering the terrorism that forced him to leave his homeland.Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA
MOONRISE KINGDOM (PG-13) Wes Anderson's newest film, chronicles the love story between two twelve-year-old children while at a summer camp in New England during the 60's. The lovers make a pact via love letters to run away together, but when they come up missing, a mad search begins to find them. Capturing the dry hilarity and absurdity of his expertly created characters, Wes Anderson creates a classic comedy in the way only he can.
MY WAY (NR) This Spanish film about Marc, a man struggling to juggle his public life where he dabbles in real estate as a agent, and his private life where he earns the majority of his money as a drug dealer. While his wife Tes makes an honest living in advertising, Marc is constantly under the pressure to sell more drugs while still trying to be a good father. As balancing the life of a family man and being a drug-dealing gangster becomes harder and harder, Marc has to make difficult choices to do what he thinks is right. UA Tara Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (R ) Based on two books by British director Colin Clark, My Week With Marilyn recalls the week in 1957 that young Clark spent as set assistant to The Prince and the Showgirl, where he became friends with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). When Monroe's new husband Arthur Miller leaves London, will Monroe focus more on work or play? Co-starring Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Oliver.
OCTOBER BABY (PG-13) When Hannah suddenly faints during a college play, during medical examination, she discovers that she was actually adopted. Even more shocking, she soon learns she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt by her birth mother. Faced with her own mortality and the fragility of life itself, Hannah sets out on a trip to find her birth mother and herself. In this coming of age story, the idea of family is challenged and redefined through Hannah's journey.
THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN: (PG) When parents Cindy and Jim Green have exhausted all outlets of trying to become pregnant, it seems they will never have a child of their own. When the frustrated parents have a moment of inspiration, they grab a pen and paper and write down all the wonderful traits and characteristics their hypothetical child would have. After a good laugh, they bury the box in their garden and forget about it for a little while. Then one stormy night, a muddy boy shows up in their home, seemingly as if he grew straight out of the garden. As they fall in love with their new son Timothy, he starts to rub off his own magic charm on the rest of their small town, as everyone discovers just how special Timothy is.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 (R) In the fourth installment in the Paranormal series, a family begins noticing strange happenings around the house after a new family moves into the neighborhood. First, it is easy to brush off the strange happenings like flickering lights or changing shadows, but as time goes on the family begins to wonder if they are safe in their home at all.
PARANORMAN: (PG) Norman is a strange kid. His parents don't seem to understand him, the kids at school pick on him, and most of his friends are dead, that's right; dead. Norman can see and talk to ghosts, which is great until one day Norman is warned that the ghost of evil witch is planning to raise the dead. Norman must get the town of people who think he's weird and crazy to believe that they are in danger and stop the witch before the town is taken over by zombies.
THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISTFITS (PG) The same people who created Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit series, have created a new stop-motion film about a pirate captain who just isn't very good at being a pirate. Voiced by Hugh Grant, the Pirate Captain is a lovable dope with aspirations of winning the "Pirate of the Year" award and finally getting some credit for his exploits as a buccaneer. Given directors Jeff Newitt's and Peter Lord's track record together, this movie is sure to be a great one.
PEOPLE LIKE US (PG-13) Sam is a young salesman, as his biggest deal of the year collapses in on itself, Sam gets the news that his father has passed away. When Sam returns home to handle and organize his father's estate, he makes an incredible discovery that he has a sister named Frankie he never knew about. As Sam reconnects with his new found family, he begins to rethink the way his own life has played out.
THE POSSESSION: (PG-13) Parents Clyde and Stephanie buy their daughter Em a antique wooden box at a yard sale, but after receiving the box, Em starts to act strange. When they realize their daughter might be possessed, they discover the box had contained a dislocated spirit that invades the bodies of others around it. They find themselves stuck in a race against time to save their daughter's soul from being completely devoured.
PROMETHEUS (R) It's 2089 and a team of scientists (including Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron) is aboard the titular, trillion-dollar spaceship, on their way to a distant, mysterious planet which - they hope - holds the secret to the origins of humanity. They're unfortunately wrong , although they do manage to uncover a host of nasty, drippy, dark things in the process in this, Ridley Scott's sorta faux-prequel to his '70s sci-fi horror film Alien.
RED DAWN: (PG-13) A small town in Washington becomes the point of invasion for the North Korean army, when it becomes clear that the town is no longer in control of its citizens, something must be done. A group of citizens arm themselves under the direction of a Marine (Chris Hemsworth), and they band together like a guerrilla militia to take back their town. This action flick is visually appealing, but it's unclear if the storyline and plot are as good as the original film of the same name.
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS: (PG) When an evil spirit named Pitch threatens to wreak havoc on the children of earth, the four 'guardians' of children everywhere (Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Sandman, and The Tooth Fairy) must stop Pitch from hurting children before it's too late. These guardians enlist the help of carefree Jack Frost (responsible for children's snow days and snowball fights everywhere), to help them defeat Pitch. Frost, who is unsure of the power and faith they have placed in him, must overcome his self-doubts to save the children.
SAFE (R) Jason Statham plays Luke Wright a washed-up cage fighter in an MMA-style fighting circuit, essentially being paid to get beat up in front of a crowd. But when Luke wins a rigged fight he was supposed to lose, hell breaks loose, the Russian Mafia murders his family to teach him a lesson after costing them a small fortune. Then when Luke witnesses the Russians going after a young girl named Mei, he snaps and goes into an all out war against the mafia. In an attempt to redeem himself and avenge his own family, Statham delivers his usual action packed performance.
SAVAGES (R) Ben and Chon have it all, money, a luxurious California beach house, exotic sports cars, the finest medical marijuana grow house in America, and a beautiful girl named Ophelia. That's right, the best-friend, business partners share a girl friend (I'm still trying to figure that one out). Regardless, when a Mexican drug cartel decides to move its drug business North, they demand that Ben and Chon partner up with their operation. When they refuse the cartel's offer, the leader, Elena, has Ophelia kidnapped. Now the Ben and Chon have to go guerrilla in order to get their girl back. From director Oliver Stone, this film is jammed with action and the star power to match.
SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D (R): Heather Mason has been running from demons that have plagued her nightmares her entire life. Her father tells her they're just dreams, but Heather can't seem to shake the feeling these nightmares are all to real. One day, Heather returns from school to find her father gone and the words 'Return to Silent Hill' written on the wall. Heather now must return to the dreaded Silent Hill and face her nightmares head on if she ever wants to see her father alive again.
SKY FALL: (PG-13), 4 Stars. Agent James Bond aka 007 is back on the big screen with Daniel Craig making his third appearance as the slick-talking, guns-blazing, women-slaying super spy. In the latest installment, the identinites of undercover agents implanted in terrorist cells across the nation is threatened when a murdered MI6 agent's laptop goes missing. In the course of trying to recover it, Bond is shot by his own people, falls off a speeding train, and presumed dead. Then, MI6 is bombed, killing multiple agents and crippling the organization, James Bond returns from the grave to seek vengeance. The film's villain, played by Javier Bardem (the bad guy in 'No Country for Old Men'), is chillingly perfect. The film is everything a 'Bond' film should be, action, babes, explosions, and more action.
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13) An evil queen (played by Charlize Theron) wants to eat the heart of her dear, fair stepdaughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) to cement her evil queendom. But the daughter escapes, chased by the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was hired to kill her. Medieval swordplay and scowling ensues in this "dark revisionist" take on the Grimms' fairy tale. Plus: dwarves!
SPARKLE: (PG-13) Sparkle's voice is enough to turn heads and she has the face to match. When one day she is discovered by a member of her church who hears her singing, he is able to convince Sparkle and her sisters to sing together in a local club. As their popularity starts to rise, Sparkle and her sisters have to avoid similar pitfalls their mother (played by Whitney Huston) fell into as she was once trying to become a star. With big music industry voices like Cee Lo Green, Whitney Huston, and Jordin Sparks, this Motown homage film has the sound to back it up.
STEP UP REVOLUTION: (PG-13) When Emily, the daughter of a wealthy developer, moves to Miami she is instantly drawn to Sean. As the two's romance buds, Emily learns Sean is the leader of a dance crew called 'MOB' that creates flash dance mobs around the city. But when Emily's father makes plans to destroy the historic neighborhood MOB is based out of, Sean, Emily and the rest of MOB turn their dance mobs into visual protests in hopes of saving the neighborhood.
TAKE THIS WALTZ (R) Margot is happily married to Lou, a cookbook writer, and her life seems great. But one day, when she meets a man named Daniel, their chemistry is immediate and intense. She soon discovers that Daniel is actually one of their neighbors, and begins stealing away moments with him, forcing Margot to reexamine how relationships can change perspectives of love, sex, and herself. Midtown Art Cienma 931 Monroe Drive
TED (R) Mark Whalberg plays John, who lives with his childhood teddy bear named Ted. When John was a little boy, he wished Ted would come to life and his wish came true! But now, with John and Ted all grown up, John is beginning to realize that Ted's boozing, drugging, and womanizing might not be the best influence on him. From the Seth McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, this film is not for children!
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS: (R) Wu-Tang Clan's RZA makes his directorial debut with this hard-hitting Kung-Fu tale. The story follows a town blacksmith in China who is driven to make deadly weapons for feuding factions in the town. One day, the blacksmith realizes the only way to stop the bloodshed is to enter the battle himself. With production from Quentin Tarintino and a handful of all-star actors like Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, RZA's 'Iron Fists' is going to be a knockout.
THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13) The story of a group men's love lives that are turned completely upside down when their respective ladies buy Steve Harvey's new book that teaches women to act like ladies but think like men. When the ladies start turning the tables on their respective men, they conspire to reverse the book's power and use it against the ladies. Featuring an all star cast of names like Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara and others, this comedy puts a new spin on how relationships work.
THE THREE STOOGES: THE MOVIE (PG) The three stooges are back at it after a sabbatical from the screens of movie theaters for over 40 years. The same slapstick comedy and dopey humor that made the original vaudeville act hilarious is back for this reincarnation of a classic piece of American comedy. In the new film, three infants are left on a nun's doorstep (the nun is played by Larry David) and are raised at the orphanage run by the nuns. When they are grown up and learn that the orphanage is facing foreclosure, they set out into the big world to save their home. Along the way, they become entangled with a murder plot and end up starring in a reality TV show with the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore .
THUNDERSTRUCK: (PG) When dorky Brian wishes for the basketball court skills of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, he magically becomes the star player of his school's team. At the same time, Durant struggles on the court at the professional level after losing his skills to some kid. In the end, Brian learns to be a great player all you really have to do is work hard, typical uplifting sports movie.
TO ROME WITH LOVE (R) Woody Allen's latest film follows the interwoven love stories of eight people, staring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Woody Allen, Roberto Benigni, Judy Davis, and Greta Gerwig. A hilarious take on the romantic cliches in Rome.
TOTAL RECALL: (PG-13) In the future, a company called Rekall can transform your dreams into realities. But when Douglas Quaid's (Colin Farrell) manufactured reality goes wild, he becomes a hunted man. Soon Quaid realizes that the joining up with a rebel alliance is the only way for him to get his life back from the control of Chancellor Cohaagen. Quaid, with his back against the wall, discovers who he truly is in this Sci-Fi thriller.
TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS (PG-13) Tyler Perry plays the title role (sort of) as Wesley Deeds, a successful businessman who, despite his good fortune and great life, is unhappy. One night he discovers the janitor Lindsey (Thandie Newton) has been letting her daughter sleep in a supply closet at night while she works. Will Wesley's friendship with Lindsey teach him how to be happy for the first time in his life? Spoilers.
TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION (PG-13) When George, an investment banker, figures out that he has been picked as the fall-guy for a mob's ponzi-scheme, George knows he and his family are in danger. When he decides to go into witness protection, there's only one woman with the spunky attitude and size to match that can keep them safe, Madea! Tyler Perry's comedic alter-ego, the overbearing, say-anything Madea is back on the big screen.
WAR OF THE BUTTONS (PG-13) 2 stars: Two rival gangs of teens in Nazi-occupied France during WWII, are constantly at odds with one another. But when a pretty new girl comes to live in their town, rumors circulate that she could be in danger because of her Jewish heritage. The gangs put their differences aside to protect Violet, who they have accepted as one of their own. Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive
THE WATCH: (R) When four, bored suburban guys come together to form a neighborhood watch group, they expect their newly founded watch group to just be an excuse to take a break from their dull lives. Their plan to just goof off is quickly spoiled by their discovery of an alien invasion in their town. Now the guys have no choice but to defend their homes, and their world, from being taken over. Starring Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Richard Ayoade this comedic smash up is promising to be a laughing riot.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING (PG-13) This comedy follows the lives of different couples going through the magical time of a pregnancy. While some mothers go on hormone-powered crazy streaks, the fathers are just trying to tell their kid apart from the others at school. Fueled by a great line up of actors and comedians, this film hits all the high points (and low points) of the hilarity involved with a pregnancy and parenthood.
WRECK-IT RALPH: (PG) Disney and Pixar's new film is about a 8 bit video game character named Ralph, more specifically Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph is tired of playing the villain in his mundane two dimensional world, and he decides to 'game-jump.' Essentially, Ralph wants to see the 'video game' world and tries his luck in other games; from battling aliens to chasing Pac-Man ghosts, and everything in between. This fun film, is a must see for video game nerds and movie lovers alike.
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