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Trailer Park- 12/21 Edition

By Michelle Vaccaro,

Take a trip through the movies this weekend. Experience a stage show and a popular animated film in a whole new way. Two films show that when traveling, your companions can make or break the the road trip.

A mother and son drive across the country together in The Guilt Trip. Before he hits the road to sell his product and meet up with a former flame, inventor Andy Brewster stops at his mom’s house and his convinced to take her with him on his journey. The PG-13 comedy stars Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. It plays for one hour and thirty-five minutes.

Knocked Up characters Pete and Debbie (Alison’s sister and brother-in-law) are starring in their own film about growing older, This is 40. Facing milestone birthdays, the two struggle with aging and begin to reevaluate their lives. The two hour and fourteen minute comedy is written and directed by Judd Apatow and stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Robert Smigel and Albert Brooks. It’s rated R for sex, language, crude humor and drugs.

Tom Cruise is playing novelist Lee Child’s popular military investigator in Jack Reacher. Reacher takes on a job in which he was specifically requested, to represent a suspect in a murder spree who he believes is guilty. As he digs deeper into the case, he learns that there’s a lot more to it. The PG-13 action thriller runs for two hours and ten minutes.

The 2001 Disney/Pixar film Monsters Inc. is now in 3D. John Goodman and Billy Crystal voice the characters of Sulley and Mike, two monsters that work for an organization that creates energy for the city by scaring children and capturing their screams. A little girl secretly follows Sulley back from work one day, putting his job at risk. The animated adventure lasts one hour and thirty-two minutes. It’s rated G and available in 2D and 3D theaters.

From the stage to the screen, amazing performances from different Cirque du Soleil shows come together in Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. The PG adventure tells the story of two people meeting as they travel through different worlds created by the troupe’s stage performances. The one hour and thirty-one minute film is produced by James Cameron. It’s available in 2D and 3D theaters.

Inspired by the Rolling Stones, three friends from New Jersey start a band in Not Fade Away. The unrated drama shows the group’s struggle to make a name for themselves. It’s playing in limited theaters for one hour and fifty-seven minutes.

A writer, ex-con and his wife look to escape their everyday lives and venture across the country in On the Road. During their journey, they learn about and reflect on themselves and each other. The two hour and three minute drama stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. The limited released film is rated R for sex, drugs and language.

The acrobats of Cirque du Soleil flew into movie theaters this week but another popular live stage show is making its way into theaters next week, Les Miserables. Meanwhile, Christmas brings new films from Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Crystal.

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