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Get a dose of reality with the latest releases hitting theaters this weekend. Many real life events are transformed into films. Plus, it's a family affair when estranged fathers come back into the picture to bond with their children.
A former soccer star heads back to his hometown to grow up and be part of his son's life in Playing for Keeps. He coaches his son's soccer team and becomes the object of affection for the team moms. His eyes, however, seem to be only for the mother of his child who is on her way to walk down the aisle with another man. Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in the PG-13 romantic comedy. It's playing for one hour and thirty-five minutes.
A stripper from Florida heads to Vegas with a dream of becoming a casino cocktail waitress in Lay the Favorite. While in Sin City, her gambling skills catch the eye of a sports gambler. The budding relationship between the two angers his wife. The limited released comedy starring Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rebecca Hall and Joshua Jackson is based on real events. The film plays for one hour and thirty-four minutes. It's rated R for language, sex, drugs and nudity.
Bill Murray plays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the limited released film, Hyde Park on Hudson. The biopic is told through the perspective of FDR's distant cousin and lover, Daisy. Based on real events, the drama takes a look at the weekend the British monarchy visited FDR at his home in upstate New York. Set in June 1939, while the reigning royals made their first visit to America, the British were on the verge of going to war with Germany. The one hour and thirty-four minute film is rated R for sex.
Brother and sister, Addison and Liza, flee for the Canadian border after robbing a casino, in Deadfall. When their getaway car driver dies in an accident and a state trooper is shot, the two go their separate ways during a blizzard with a plan to meet in Canada. They come together at the family home of the man that picked up Liza on the side of the road. The one hour and thirty-five minute film stars Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson. It's rated R for language, violence and sex. The dramatic thriller is playing in limited theaters.
A group of teens in detention fear for their lives, in Bad Kids Go to Hell. After being locked in the school library as punishment, the students investigate whether or not the school is cursed and end up coming in contact with a killer. The limited released horror film is based off of the comic book series with the same name and stars Judd Nelson. The thriller runs for one hour and thirty-one minutes. It's rated R for violence, language, drugs and sex.
An estranged father tries to spend Christmas with his family in The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. It's been twenty years since the Fitzgerald patriarch walked out on his family. Now, with his children as adults, he tries to come back into their lives to spend the holiday with them. The family has mixed emotions about welcoming him back. The limited released film stars Edward Burns and his Brothers McMullen costars Connie Britton and Mike McGlone. The unrated drama unfolds in one hour and forty-three minute drama.
A father and son who haven't seen each other in years inadvertently spend the weekend together, in In Our Nature. Seth and his girlfriend Andie try to escape the city and head to upstate New York to the family home for the weekend. While enjoying their getaway, Seth's estranged father comes in with his young girlfriend. Father and son are forced to deal with issues. The unrated drama stars John Slattery, Zach Gilford, Gabrielle Union and Jena Malone. It's playing in limited theaters for one hour and forty-three minutes.
When their forest is about to be demolished, a group of animals head to Delhi to find out from the government why humans are destroying their homes, in Delhi Safari. The PG animated film features the voices of Jason Alexander, Cary Elwes, Brad Garrett, Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch and Vanessa Williams. It's playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-six minutes.
Set in England in 1932, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding tells the story of a young woman on the verge of getting married. As she prepares to tie the knot, her emotions become tied up as a former lover comes back in the picture. The unrated, one hour and thirty-one minute comedic drama is playing in limited theaters.
The documentary, Waiting for Lightning, delves into the life of acclaimed daredevil skateboarder Danny Way. A troubled childhood caused him to focus his attention on skateboarding. He has since transformed the sport and has used his skills to break records including jumping the Great Wall of China. The PG-13 biopic is playing in limited theaters for one hour and twenty-seven minutes.
Moviemakers put their spin on real life events in this week's new releases. Next week, fiction takes over the box office with the release of Peter Jackson's highly anticipated new film.
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