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Some serious topics head up this week's new releases, from teen pregnancy to the spread of AIDS. Two of the films show the vulnerability of those that are considered elite in their field, including one starring an Oscar winner and a Grammy winner.
An accomplished baseball scout begins to lose his sight in Trouble with the Curve. To help salvage his career, his estranged daughter joins him on the road. The bonding experience brings to light their issues. The PG-13 drama stars Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. It plays for one hour and fifty-one minutes.
Two top LA cops find themselves wanted by the drug cartel in End of Watch. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play partners who put their lives on the line day after day trying to protect the streets, but soon are in need of protection of their own. The chase is captured and told through the use of hand-held HD cameras and surveillance footage. The crime drama runs for one hour and forty-nine minutes. It's rated R for sex, language, drugs and violence.
A mother and daughter move to a neighborhood shrouded in mystery in House at the End of the Street. Sarah and Elissa believe they have found the perfect place to live-- that is, until they find out that in the house next door, a girl killed her parents and fled. Now, the only one remaining in the home is the girl's brother, Ryan. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa starts a relationship with Ryan and begins to uncover some scary secrets. The PG-13 film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. The thriller runs for one hour and forty-one minutes.
With the world in a state of chaos, law is enforced by those who are allowed to kill on the spot in Dredd 3D. In the sci-fi adventure, a rookie with psychic powers is paired up with the most feared judge of them all, Dredd. The two are called to the dangerous slum to take on a prostitute drug lord. The one hour and thirty-six minute film is abailable in 2D and 3D. It's rated R for language, sex, violence and drugs.
In Backwards, an Olympic rowing hopeful, distraught that she was named an alternate for the crew team, takes a job in her hometown as a high school coach. When she finds out that there is a spot on the Olympic team for her, she contemplates abandoning her coaching duties for a chance at her dream. The PG films stars Sarah Megan Thomas, James Van Der Beek and Margaret Colin. It's playing in limited theaters for one hour and twenty-nine minutes.
A shy boy is invited to join a social circle in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The PG-13 film is a coming-of-age story based on Stephen Chbosky's novel and stars Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons and Dylan McDermott. It shows how the bond between friends help the teens as they struggle with high school life. The limited-released film plays for one hour and forty-three minutes.
A troubled 18-year-old girl ventures into the porn industry in About Cherry. The limited released film shows her struggle with her innocence and relationships. The one hour and forty-two minute drama stars Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, Lily Taylor, and Jonny Weston. It's rated R for sex, nudity, language and drugs.
In You May Not Kiss the Bride, a Croatian mobster forces a man to marry his daughter for citizenship. While on their honeymoon in Tahiti, the new bride is kidnapped. Now it's up to her new husband to saver her. The PG-13 romantic comedy plays for one hour and forty minutes. It stars Dave Annable, Katharine McPhee, Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Kathy Bates.
A group of teenage girls make a pact to become pregnant in 17 Girls. The unrated French film is based on the real story that took place in 2006 at Massachusetts' Gloucester High School. The one hour and thirty minute film is subtitled in English. It's available in limited theaters.
Two childhood friends reconnect later in life in Unconditional. Following the murder of her husband, Samantha feels like she has nothing left to live for. As she's about to commit suicide, she sees two children in trouble and rescues them. At the hospital, she runs into her former best friend. He teaches her that there's a lot to live for. The drama unfolds in one hour and thirty-two minutes. The PG-13 film is available in limited theaters.
The life of Harper's Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland is explored in Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. The fashion icon was an editor-in-chief for Vogue magazine and helped style Jackie Onassis. The PG-13 limited released documentary plays for one hour and seventeen minutes.
A TV producer convinces an Armenian man to star in a reality show with an all American family in My Uncle Rafael. The man has one week to help bring the troubled family back together. The limited-released comedy is rated PG-13. It plays for one hour and forty-two minutes.
The documentary How to Survive a Plague shows the impact a group of people had on halting the spread of HIV and AIDS. The unrated film shows activism at its best. It's available in limited theaters and runs for one hour and fifty minutes.
Many of this week's films were adult themed. Next week, there's something for the children with the release of the animated family film, Hotel Transylvania. Also hitting theaters on Sept. 28 is an action thriller starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt and Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal's Won't Back Down.