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The new films in theaters this week have something for everyone. The people behind Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit have a swashbuckling adventure for kids. There are also two action packed films, one searches for a killer while the other has people running for their lives. Plus, Judd Apatow, the producer of Knocked Up,Superbad, and Bridesmaids, has a new romantic comedy.
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play a couple preparing to walk down the aisle in The Five-Year Engagement. The romantic comedy shows the trials and tribulations the two go through as they prepare for their big day. Segel not only stars, but also co-wrote the film with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall teammate Nicholas Stoller. The film plays for two hours and four minutes. It's rated R for sex and language.
A group of swashbucklers vie for the coveted title of Pirate of the Year in Pirates! Band of Misfits. In order to win the title, Pirate Captain must face his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz and take over Blood Island and Victorian London. The one hour and twenty-eight minute animated film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven, and Salma Hayek. It's rated PG and playing in 2D and 3D theaters.
The famous works of poet Edgar Allan Poe inspire a serial killer in The Raven. Poe himself helps authorities find the man behind the murders, but soon those close to him become a target. John Cusack stars as Edgar Allan Poe. The thriller runs for one hour and forty-three minutes. It's rated R for violence.
A 12-year-old math wizard is the target of a manhunt in Safe. The young girl has memorized a number that gangsters, the Russian mob, and the corrupt NYPD are desperately searching for. A former cage fighter whose family was murdered by the same people who are chasing her, sees the scared girl and goes on a mission to protect her. The one hour and fifty-nine minute crime thriller stars action star Jason Statham. It's rated R for language and violence.
A plane traveling from N.Y. to L.A. crashes into a government owned territory in Area 407. The survivors discover that they are not the only ones, in the what seemed to be desolate area. People are being killed by something they cannot see. Similar to The Blair Witch Project, the limited released sci-fi horror movie is filmed like a documentary. The PG-13 film runs for one hour and thirty minutes.
James Franco wrote, directed and stars in the film about poet Hart Crane called Broken Tower. The 20th century American poet dropped out of high school and fled to NYC at the age of 17 to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer. He was a closeted gay man who became a drunk, was arrested, and eventually committed suicide at the young age of 32. The unrated film costars Franco's mother Betsy and brother Dave. The one hour and forty-eight minute biopic is playing in limited theaters.
The town's nicest man is able to penetrate the heart of a nasty widow in Bernie. Bernie Tiede is a man held in high regard by his Carthage, Tex. neighbors. He's a philanthropic, religious man who worked as the assistant director at the town's funeral home. His charm won over the bitter, rich widow, Marjorie. The two became inseparable. Bernie helped take care of her finances and the two traveled all over the world together. After some time though, Marjorie goes missing and is later found dead. The man who everyone loved is now the main suspect in her death. The limited released film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. The comedic drama plays one hour and forty-four minutes. It's rated PG-13.
The limited released thriller, 96 minutes, is based on real events. In the critically acclaimed film, a group of high school students from diverse backgrounds end up in a carjacking that impacts all of their lives. The one hour and thirty-four minute suspense film is rated R for language and violence.
A World War II veteran, distraught by what his life has come to, takes on a life of crime in Citizen Gangster. The unrated crime drama is based on the real life of Edwin Boyd. After returning home from the war, Boyd realizes that his dream of becoming an actor is no longer possible because of the public's view on veterans. In order to provide for his family, he becomes a bank robber. The one hour and forty-five minute crime drama is unrated. It's playing in limited theaters.
The Office's Jenna Fischer is looking for love in The Giant Mechanical Man. After getting fired from her job, she begins working at a zoo. There, she meets an eccentric street performer and begins to fall for him. In the meantime, her sister is urging her to date an established author. The PG-13 romantic comedy co-stars Chris Messina, Topher Grace, and Malin Akerman. It plays for one hour and thirty-four minutes.
A magazine journalist delves into the lives of prostitutes in Elles. In the limited released French film, Academy Award winner Juliet Binoche plays a rich writer and family woman who begins to explore her own sexuality as she spends more and more time with the student prostitutes who are the focus of her story. The one hour and thirty-six minute drama is subtitled in English. It's rated NC-17 for explicit sex.
Two documentary filmmakers, who are also a couple, go undercover to investigate a cult in Sound of Voice. Their goal is to out the leader as a scam artist, but as they get deeper into the underground society, they begin to reevaluate themselves and each other. The drama runs for one hour and twenty-five minutes. It's rated R for sex, language, and drugs. The first twelve minutes of this limited released film can be viewed on the film's official site.
A headhunter ends up being the one chased in Headhunters (Magnolia). In the one hour and forty minute limited release, a wealthy man with a beautiful wife keeps up with his lavish lifestyle by stealing paintings. He jumps at the opportunity to rob a former mercenary of a very expensive piece of art, but soon finds out that by doing this, he becomes a target and now has to run for his life. The action thriller is rated R for sex, violence, and nudity.
A Native tribe in Taiwan is threatened by the Japanese colonists in Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale. The small group of tribesman, outnumbered by the Japanese, must battle for their resources and freedom. The unrated epic action film runs for two hours and thirty minutes. It's playing in limited theaters.
Pirates! Band of Misfits, this week's 3D movie, was aimed at children. Some may say next week's 3D film, Marvel's The Avengers is targeted at adults that act like children. Check out next week's edition of "Trailer Park" for more new releases.
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