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Historical leaders attempt to take over the box office this weekend. A few months ago, Abraham Lincoln was a vampire hunter, but now he's fighting for freedom in this week's new release. Plus, the dramatic love triangle of a Danish queen is explored. Also, a new film in the longest running film franchise hits theaters.
Bond is back. Daniel Craig is once again taking on the coveted role of 007 in Skyfall. M's past plays a prominent role in the 23rd film of the series. With his allegiance compromised, James Bond must put all of his feelings aside to save the MI6. The PG-13 action adventure runs for two hours and twenty-three minutes. It's available in conventional and IMAX theaters.
Steven Spielberg brings history to life in Lincoln. The PG-13 film tells the story of one of the country's most popular presidents during his final days in office. It focuses on Abraham Lincoln's role in the Civil War and his fight to abolish slavery. America's 16th president is played by Daniel Day Lewis. The drama also stars Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Tommy Lee Jones. It's playing in limited theaters for two hours and twenty-nine minutes.
The love affairs of Queen Caroline of Denmark are the focus of the film, A Royal Affair. The limited released drama is set in the 18th century. While married to the crazy king, Queen Caroline starts a relationship with a German doctor that could send the country into turmoil. The two hour and eighteen minute Danish drama has English subtitles. It's rated R for sex and violence.
A man on the verge of receiving his inheritance becomes bored with his life in Williamsburg, in The Comedy. Other than just hanging out with his friends, he spices up his life by testing social boundaries and norms. The unrated film is available in limited theaters. It plays for one hour and thirty-four minutes.
A rivalry between two brothers escalates in the comedy, Nature Calls. Randy Stevens and his brother Kirk can not agree on how to run a boy scout troop. While Randy hosts a sleepover for the boys, Kirk kidnaps them for an unapproved camping trip in the woods. Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O'Neal, Darrell Hammond star in the one hour and nineteen minute limited release. The film is rated R for language, sex and nudity.
A deranged family, obsessed with being perfect, attempts to steal the identity of their neighbors, in In Their Skin. What was meant to be an escape to their rural cottage home ends up being a nightmare for the Hughes family. The suspense thriller runs for one hour and thirty-six minutes. The unrated film is available in limited theaters.
The holiday season starts early with the release of Christmas in Compton. In the limited released comedy, the son of a tree lot owner tries to prove himself to his father. With just a week before Christmas, the future of the lot is threatened while the crazy employees add to the chaos. The PG-13 comedy is playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-three minutes.
Dangerous Liaisons is the Chinese adaption of the popular French novel. Set in Shanghai in the 1930s, the film showcases the mind games a socialite, her ex-boyfriend and a friend play on an innocent young woman. They try to seduce her into sleeping with the popular playboy. The one hour and fifty minute limited released drama is unrated. The Chinese film is subtitled in English.
Readers that enjoy foreign novels have a chance to catch the French classic, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in theaters this week. Literary works continue to transform to the big screen next week with the release of the Russian novel, Anna Karenina, and the highly anticipated new film in the Twilight Saga.
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