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Get a slice of real life in theaters this week with new documentaries and a film based on actual events. For some over the top entertainment, there are an embellished folktale and a comedy from the writers of The Hangover.
The night before his medical school interview, a straight A college student has a wild 21st birthday celebration in 21 and Over. Despite warnings by his father, Jeff Chang is convinced to go out for a night of debauchery when his best friends make a surprise visit. The one hour and thirty-three minute comedy is rated R for sex, language, nudity and drugs.
A legend becomes a reality for a young man named Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer. When Jack opens a portal to a world of giants, he puts his life and the human race in danger. The one hour and fifty-five minute adventure is rated PG-13. It’s available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.
Abalam is back to torture Nell Sweetzer in The Last Exorcism Part II. The sequel starts where the 2010 film left off, with Nell alone in the woods of Louisiana. Despite trying to start anew in New Orleans, the evil spirit that once possessed her continues to torment her. The PG-13 horror film runs for one hour and twenty-nine minutes.
A Cold War Soviet missile submarine captain, suffering from occasionally distorted reality, is forced to participate in a covert operation in Phantom. The mission, if misguided, could spark a nuclear war. The one hour and thirty-seven minute action thriller is based on actual events and stars Ed Harris and David Duchovny. It’s rated R for violence.
Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney and Jacki Weaver star in Stoker. Following the death for her father, India’s uncle, who has a striking resemblance to her father, comes into town in a shroud of mystery and wreaks havoc. The limited released horror film runs for one hour and forty minutes. It’s rated R for violence and sex.
Fighting crime gets dirty for a detective and his partner in The Sweeney. When an old adversary is plotting a bank heist, Regan will go to any length to stop him. The crime drama runs in limited theaters for one hour and fifty-two minutes. It’s rated R for violence, language and sex.
The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek is a mockumentary about four little known Civil War heroes. It tells the stories of a drug addicted gay colonel, a slave, Chinese launderer and a one-armed teenage prostitute. The one hour and forty-four minute comedy is unrated and playing in limited theaters.
A young boy and girl find an ancient medallion which transports them back in time in The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone. The story is told through a book reading at a foster home. When Allie is kidnapped by island locals, Billy must hand over the medallion to the island’s ruler to save her. If they don’t get the medallion out of the hands of the evil emperor, the natives will be condemned to slavery. The PG adventure runs in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-seven minutes.
A father’s long, unwanted visit takes a toll on his son-in-law in The Playback Singer. When his father-in-law extends his stay, Ray’s marriage is strained and he begins to reevaluate his life. The unrated drama plays in limited theaters for one hour and thirty minutes.
America’s food crisis is the focus of A Place at the Table. The one hour and twenty-six minute documentary shows that poverty is a major factor in the fight against hunger and that it is possible for America to solve the problem. The PG film features commentary by activists as well as actor Jeff Bridges and Top Chef's Tom Colicchio. It’s available in limited theaters.
The fifty year fight for the environment is told in the documentary A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet. The two hour film is separated into five parts which include the battle to stop the dams in the Grand Canyon, Love Canal’s toxic chemicals, climate change and the save the whales/baby harp seals and amazon rainforest campaigns. The unrated limited release is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.
Just as Jack the Giant Slayer put a new look on an old folktale, next week’s Oz the Great and Powerful puts a spin on a Hollywood classic. Also hitting theaters on March 8 is a new action thriller starring Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard.
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