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Criminals are being hunted in this week’s new releases. In Quentin Tarantino’s latest, a bounty hunter takes a slave under his wing. Meanwhile, a former prisoner runs from the law in the film adaptation of the world’s longest running musical.
A criminal, tracked by a policeman for jumping parole, changes his life by taking in a young girl, in Les Misérables. The two hour and thirty-eight minute film is the big screen version of the popular stage musical. It stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The epic musical drama is rated PG-13. It’s available in 2D and IMAX theaters.
A German bounty hunter promises freedom to a slave for his help in nabbing two brothers in Django Unchained. Despite being liberated, Django decides to stick with the man and continue the search for criminals. The two join forces to rescue Django’s wife from a plantation owner. The two hour and twenty-one minute drama is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, RZA and Jonah Hill. It’s rated R for violence, language and nudity.
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star in the family comedy, Parental Guidance. When their daughter and son-in-law go away on a business trip, Artie and Diane get in over their heads when they decide to babysit their three grandchildren. The PG comedy co-stars Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. It plays for one hour and forty-five minutes.
Matt Damon and his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant join forces for the drama, Promised Land. In the one hour and forty-six minute drama, a corporate salesman attempts to buy out the residents of a small town for their natural gas. Despite it being a lucrative deal for many of the townspeople, a school teacher and a grassroots campaign leader bring resistance. The film also stars John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook. It’s rated R for language. Currently available in N.Y. and L.A., the drama opens wide on Jan. 4.
A National Guard lieutenant finds out that one of his soldiers is planning to go AWOL right before the unit heads to Iraq, in Allegiance. This knowledge causes him to struggle with his loyalties to the soldier, the National Guard and his family. The limited released, dramatic thriller stars Shad "Bow Wow" Moss, Seth Gabel and Aidan Quinn. It runs for one hour and thirty-one minutes. The film is rated R for language.
The documentary, West of Memphis, sheds light onto the 1993 case surrounding the murder of three 8-year-old boys. Three teens, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were accused and convicted of molesting and dismembering the children. The two hour and thirty minute film shows the existence of evidence that proves them innocent. The limited release is rated R for violence and language.
In theaters this week, criminals are fleeing from the police and bounty hunters. On Jan. 4, it’s just the opposite. An innocent young woman is running from the murderous Sawyer family in the latest Texas Chainsaw film.
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