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Many films out this week focus on the arts whether it be books, dance, or music. There are two documentaries about artists that went missing. As for dance, the famous film series Step Up takes over Miami. If you're just looking for a laugh though, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill take on extraterrestrials in a minivan.
To get some time away from their wives, a group of guys form a group to protect their neighborhood in The Watch. What starts out being just a hangout begins to get real when they are threatened by an alien invasion. The one hour and forty-two minute sci-fi comedy is written by Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg (Superbad) and Jared Stern and stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, and Billy Crudup. It's rated R for sex, language, and violence.
The Step Up series takes on a new kind of dance, the flash mob, in Step Up Revolution. The dancing gets more political in the fourth installment of the series when an investor threatens to build a hotel that will take over the group's Miami neighborhood. The crew uses their moves to protest against the takeover. All the while, the investor's daughter falls for one of the dancers and joins the dance MOB. The PG-13 film plays for one hour and thirty-nine minutes. It's available in 2D and 3D.
Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch star in Killer Joe. When Chris's (Hirsch) mother steals his drugs, he must come up with some way to pay back his debt or he could get killed. He decides to hire a hit man (McConaughey) to kill his mother for her $50,000 life insurance. When Chris doesn't pay the assassin, his young sister becomes the collateral. The one hour and forty-two minute dark comedy is playing in limited theaters. It's rated NC-17 for sex, violence, and brutality.
A writer creates a character that seems to come to life in Ruby Sparks. Calvin is a novelist struggling with writer's block. He starts to write something new and soon discovers that the woman he is writing about in his book is sitting in his living room. The romantic comedy is playing in limited theaters for one hour and forty-four minutes. It's rated R for sex, drugs, and language.
Two friends go on a wild adventure in Klown. When Frank finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant and doesn't believe he will be a good father, he decides to kidnap her nephew to prove her wrong. Frank takes the 12-year-old with him to his friend Casper's adult canoe trip. The limited released film stars international comedians Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen. The comedy is playing for one hour and thirty-one minutes. It's rated R for sex, nudity, language, and drugs.
In the Chinese film, Sacrifice, a doctor saves a newborn from the killing spree of a rival general. The young child is brought up to seek revenge for the death of his loved ones in the land of his family's enemy. The two hour and six minute epic drama is available in limited theaters. It's rated R for violence.
One of China's most renowned artists is highlighted in Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Ai Weiwei helped create the Birds Nest Stadium for the 2008 Olympic games. He is known for speaking out against China's government and practices. Despite being censored, he took to the internet to incite others with his blog and Twitter account. The one hour and thirty-one minute documentary is playing in limited theaters. It's rated R for language.
Searching for a Sugar Man tells the story of Rodriguez, a Detroit musician who was supposed to take the world by storm, but never did. When his album never caught on, he took himself out of the limelight and rumors circulated that he killed himself onstage. Unknowingly, a bootleg version of his album showed up in South Africa and garnered many fans. The PG-13 documentary follows two huge fans as they go on a mission to find out what happened to their favorite singer. The film is playing in limited theaters for one hour and twenty-six minutes. It's rated R for language and drugs.
This week's Ruby Sparks makes you question what is real. Next week's Total Recall takes the same approach. Also hitting theaters on Aug. 3, is the kid's film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
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