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Crime, violence and horror are the focus of many of this week’s new releases. Evil spirits and war situations will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. One film uncovers a hostage operation few knew about and it’s already getting Oscar buzz.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in the dramatic thriller Argo. It’s based on the real life events that took place in 1979 when six Americans were held hostage in Iran. The film, produced by Affleck, Grant Heslov and George Clooney, shows the CIA’s secret mission to set them free by posing as a film crew. It also stars Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Tate Donovan. The two hour horror suspense film is rated R for language and violence.
Home movies cause devastation to a crime novelist and his family in Sinister. While going through videos that were left behind in his new home, Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) uncovers the footage of the previous owners’ murders which unleashes evil on his family. The horror film runs for one hour and forty-nine minutes. It’s rated R for violence.
A group of friends get caught up in the crime world when they kidnap a gangster’s dog in Seven Psychopaths. Without anything to write about, a screenwriter decides to write about his friends’ escapades. They make money by kidnapping rich people’s dogs and then bringing them back for a reward. Their plan doesn’t go so smoothly when they take Charlie’s Shih Tzu. The cast of interesting characters are played by Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Tom Waits. The one hour and fifty-one minute comedy is rated R for violence, language, sex, nudity and drugs.
A biology teacher tries to get his school out of financial trouble by fighting in Here Comes the Boom. Scott Voss is a former college wrestler now in his forties. When he sees UFC fighters getting thousands of dollars for losing a fight, he decides that getting in the octagon is the best way to get some quick cash for the school. The PG comedy stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. It plays for one hour and forty-five minutes.
The world’s economy is about to come crashing down in Atlas Shrugged Part II, the big screen interpretation of Ayn Rand’s novel. Taggart Transcontinental’s Dagny Taggart thinks she may know how to stop the crisis, a motor in an abandoned factory. The problem is that there is only one person who knows how to work it and people are trying to block her from getting to him. The PG-13 drama runs for one hour and fifty-two minutes.
The truth behind a horror film is uncovered in Grave Encounters 2. In the unrated thriller, a group of friends investigate the abandoned psychiatric hospital that was the setting for Grave Encounters. When they arrive, they discover that the events depicted in the film are all too real and that they may be the unfortunate stars of the sequel. The suspense film runs for one hour and forty minutes in limited theaters.
A serial killer tortures the mind of a college student in Smiley. After reading a message board post about the urban legend of a killer with only a smile on his face, Ashley starts to go crazy and thinks that she might be the next victim. The one hour and thirty-six minute thriller is unrated. It’s available in limited theaters.
A man finds out that his brother taped him having sex in the limited released comedy 3, 2, 1…Frankie Go Boom. Frank Bartlett must go through great lengths in order to get it back, including dealing with a transgender web expert and the girl’s crazy actor father. The unrated film plays for one hour and twenty-nine minutes in limited theaters.
An ex-soldier suffering from PTSD takes in his neighbor’s child in Least Among Saints. Despite dealing with problems of his own including his collapsed marriage, Anthony sets out to help the young boy find his biological father. The one hour and forty-five minute drama is rated R for language. It’s available in limited theaters.
A couple deals with the outcome of their partying ways in Smashed. After night after night of drinking, Kate’s life begins to spiral out of control. Her path to sobriety forces her to own up to her lies and reexamine her relationships with those closest to her. The one hour and twenty-five minute drama is showing in limited theaters. It’s rated R for sex, drugs and language.
Soldiers go on a mission to save a kidnapped war reporter in Special Forces. With the Taliban holding her hostage, the unit faces life and death situations to bring her back. The action film stars Diane Kruger and Djimon Hounsou. The drama unfolds in one hour and forty-nine minutes. It’s rated R for language and violence.
War of the Buttons is set in Nazi occupied France. In the one hour and twenty-nine minute drama, two rival children’s gangs join forces to protect a young Jewish girl from the Nazis. The limited released film is rated PG-13.
With movies like Sinister and Smiley, serial killers and evil spirits are trying to wreak havoc amongst moviegoers. Next week, the thrillers come out again with the release of Paranormal Activity 4 and Alex Cross.
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