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Quite a few popular actors have taken the independent film route and are starring in a number of this week's limited released films. The wide release will have people of all ages flying into theaters to see their favorite superheroes join forces to save the world.
A comic book fan's dream is hitting the big screen in Marvel's The Avengers. When the world is being terrorized by the villainous Loki, Nick Fury and the international peace keeping agency form a dream team of superheroes to protect civilization. Those who usually fight crime on their own have to figure out how to work together. The PG-13 action film features Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, respectively. The adventure lasts for two hours and 23 minutes. It's playing in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.
A vivacious woman discovers that she has terminal cancer in A Little Bit of Heaven. Guarded by humor, she is able to take the terrible news in stride and make light of the situation. Her positive outlook on life touches the heart of her doctor. The two form a relationship that changes both of their lives. The PG-13 romantic comedy stars Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal, Kathy Bates, and Whoopi Goldberg. It's playing in limited theaters and runs an hour and 46 minutes.
Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore star in the limited release, LOL. The PG-13 film touches on teenage love and the relationship between mother and daughter. After Lola breaks up with her boyfriend, she realizes that she may actually be in love with her best friend, Kyle. While dealing with the struggles of high school politics, Lola also has to deal with her concerned mother who just took a peek at her racy diary. The coming of age story also stars Adam Sevani, Douglas Booth, Thomas Jane, Jay Hernandez, Marlo Thomas, and Gina Gershon. It runs for one hour and 47 minutes.
Seven British senior citizens head to India to enjoy their retirement in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Expecting a luxurious retreat, many of the seniors are disappointed when they arrive to see anything but. Despite looking like a dump, the group becomes enchanted by the hotel's young manager and their new home. Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith star in this PG-13 dramatic comedy The two hour and four-minute film is playing in limited theaters.
Parents shape their children and usually try to make them loving and caring people, but that's not the case in Mother's Day. In the thriller, three brothers escaping from a botched robbery flee to their childhood home and hold the new family and their party guests hostage. Things get even more terrifying when their mother meets up with them and directs her sons to torture the group even more. The limited released horror film runs for one hour and 52 minutes. It's rated R for violence, language, and sex.
Ballerinas fight for the opportunity to become professional dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix in the limited released documentary, First Position. The unrated film focuses on the stories of six young dancers as they battle injuries and everyday teen issues as they vie for the limited number of scholarships and contracts. Their stories play out in one hour and 30 minutes.
The water crisis facing countries around the globe is the focus of the documentary, Last Call at the Oasis. It highlights the problems with our current water system and what will happen if we don't change something soon. The limited released film features commentary by environmentalist Erin Brockovich. It runs for one hour and 45 minutes. The PG-13 film is produced by the same company that was behind other hit documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc.
In the Hindi film, Jannat 2, a street smart gambler tries to go straight. He is convinced by a cop to join the side of the law and go undercover in an illegal gun ring. While taking on his new role, he starts a new relationship which changes everything. The limited released crime thriller is a sequel to the 2008 film, Jannat. It's rated R for violence and runs for two hours and 14 minutes.
This week, in regular and IMAX theaters, superheroes joined forces to prevent evil from taking over and changing the world. In next week's Dark Shadows, also available in IMAX, Johnny Depp plays a vampire who discovers that the world he once knew has drastically changed.
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