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Films about children and for children are hitting theaters this week. They range from an animated film to a youth dancing drama and a comedy about teens with drugs. Also premiering in theaters is a dark take on a popular children's fairytale.
The producer behind Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland is taking on another Disney film with Snow White and the Huntsman. In this edgier version of the classic fairytale, the man that was ordered by the queen to kill Snow White ends up teaching her how to fight against her. The PG-13 action adventure stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth. It runs for two hours and seven minutes.
For Greater Glory is set in the 1920s Mexican civil war. In the two hour and twenty-three minute drama, a retired general joins rebel forces in an effort to stop religious persecution. The film stars Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole, Oscar Isaac, and Ruben Blades. It's rated R for war and violence.
A group of kids battle it out on the dance floor in Battlefield America. With the help of a professional dance teacher, a young businessman is able to make a bunch of unskilled kids contenders in the Long Beach, Calif. dance competition. The drama is written by and stars You Got Served's Marques Houston. It's rated PG-13 and plays for one hour and forty-six minutes.
The pre-historic killer fish is back in Piranha 3DD. This time, the sharp toothed animal goes on a killing spree in a water park with stripper lifeguards. David Hasselhoff plays a celebrity lifeguard who is on hand to watch the bodies surface. Matt Bush, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames and Gary Busey co-star. The comedic thriller runs for one hour and twenty-three minutes. It's rated R for nudity, gore, violence, sex, and drugs. The 3D film is available in limited theaters and VOD.
Matt Bush also stars in the limited release, High School, alongside Adrien Brody, Sean Marquette, Colin Hanks, and Michael Chiklis. In the one hour and forty minute comedy, a high school valedictorian smokes pot for the first time and then finds out that the following day the principal is enforcing a new drug policy. Anyone who fails the drug test, will be expelled. As a result, he goes to extreme measures to make sure he won't get kicked out of school and lose his college scholarship. He meets up with the town pothead and comes up with an idea, get all of the students stoned. The one hour and forty minute film is rated R for nudity, drugs, language, and sex.
The documentary, U.N. Me, provides an inside look at the United Nations. It brings to light ideas of corruption and scandal in an organization that is supposed to help solve global problems. The unrated, one hour and thirty minute film is playing in limited theaters.
The animated film, A Cat in Paris, is about a feline who lives with a mute girl and her detective mother and moonlights as a burglar. His secret night life is uncovered when the young girl follows him one night and gets caught by a gangster. The one hour and five minute film is rated PG. It's playing in limited theaters.
Animated talking animals in Europe is a common theme between this week's and next week's films. On June 8, the gang from the Central Park Zoo are back in 3D for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Also coming to theaters in 3D is Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi film, Prometheus.
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