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From southern outlaws to east coast mobsters taking claim in the west, criminals are taking on the films at the box office this weekend. Not everything is complete fiction. A star-studded drama depicts real life events.
Set in the underworld of Los Angeles in 1949, Gangster Squad is the story of a Brooklyn-born mob boss with total control over the city including its guns, drugs and even the police. Based on a true story, the drama shows the fight of the few cops that try to take him down. The one hour and fifty-three minute film stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. It's rated R for violence and language.
Marlon Wayons wrote and stars in the parody A Haunted House. In the vain of Scary Movie, the comedy mocks the Paranormal Activity films. A couple arrives at their new home and discovers that there's an evil spirit lurking inside which soon takes over the woman of the house. The film co-stars Nick Swardson, David Koechner, Essence Atkins and Cedric the Entertainer and plays for one hour and twenty-six minutes. It's rated R for sex, language and drugs.
A woman hires three criminal brothers to find her kidnapped godson in The Baytown Outlaws. Celeste will do whatever it takes to get her godson back from her ex-husband who shot her. The limited released film stars Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. The action/adventure comedy runs for one hour and thirty-eight minutes. It's rated R for violence, language, sex and drugs.
In Horrid Henry: The Movie, the kid who always hated school is now trying to save it. He joins forces with his annoying neighbor and tries to take down inspectors to keep the school open. The PG family comedy is playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-three minutes.
A high school senior will do whatever he can to get out of his small town and go to a big city college in Struck by Lightning. While working to make his dream come true, he is killed by a bolt of lightning. The unrated comedy uses flashbacks to show the last days of his life in school and at home. In an attempt to look good on college applications, he starts a literary magazine. When no one will join, he decides to blackmail people into writing something. The limited released film stars Chris Colfer, Allison Janney, Polly Bergen, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Angela Kinsey. It plays for one hour and twenty-four minutes.
A father prepares for his daughter's wedding in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola. The future marriage of his daughter to a powerful politician's son has a major impact on his life and that of his daughter and his assistant. The limited released Hindi film is subtitled in English. The unrated comedic drama plays for two hours and thirty minutes.
Gangsters and outlaws are trying to take over the box office this week, but next week, it's the cops' turn with the release of Broken City and The Last Stand.
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