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The stars are coming out in theaters this week. Dynamic celebrity duos are heading the new major releases. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney join forces for an out of this world thriller.
A routine space mission takes a scary turn in Gravity. When their space shuttle gets damaged, a rookie and a veteran astronaut tumble into space. Only tethered together, with no communication to earth and depleting oxygen, they begin to realize that they may never see their families again. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the PG-13 film. The sci-fi thriller is running for one hour and thirty-one minutes in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters.
A poor Princeton student turns to online gambling to help pay for his tuition in Runner Runner. On the verge of winning big, he is hustled by the gaming site. Seeking retribution, he heads to Costa Rica to track down the man who swindled him. The gambling tycoon entices him with a life of extreme wealth which, in turn, places him in the cross hairs of the FBI. The one hour and thirty-one minute drama stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. It’s rated R for language and sex.
A wedding brings together a dysfunctional family in A.C.O.D. In the limited released film, a successful businessman begins to re-evaluate his life when his divorced parents are reunited. He also discovers that he is the subject of a book and study about adult children of divorce. The one hour and twenty-seven minute comedy stars Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch. It’s rated R for sex and language.
An ex-con tries to find a way to get some quick cash to buy his estranged daughter a piano in All is Bright. His friend tries to keep him on the straight and narrow and convinces him to take a job in New York City selling Christmas trees. Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti star in the one hour and forty-seven minute comedy. The limited released film is rated R for nudity and language.
A Kansas teen heads to New York to pursue his dream of dancing in Five Dances. In this limited released coming of age story, the 18-year-old learns about himself as he explores the competitive world of dance. The unrated drama runs for one hour and twenty-three minutes.
The daughter of a rock star sets out to follow in father’s footsteps in Grace Unplugged. Looking to pursue a career outside of singing in church, she goes against her father’s wishes and heads to Los Angeles under the guidance of her father’s cutthroat former manager. The PG musical drama stars AJ Michalka, James Denton and Kevin Pollak. It’s playing in limited theaters for one hour and forty-two minutes.
The little known people who were present during a pivotal moment in U.S. history are the focus of Parkland. The PG-13 film shows the assassination of JFK through the perspective of FBI Agents, cameramen, a young doctor and Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother. It’s based on Vincent Bugliosi Four Days In November and stars Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston and Tom Welling. The one hour and thirty-three minute drama is available in limited theaters.
A Viking myth hits the big screen with Vikingdom. In an epic battle to conquer the world, king Eirick faces off against Thor, the god of thunder. The unrated action film runs for one hour and fifty-four minutes. It’s available in limited theaters.
The story of the cowboy behind the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota is told in the documentary Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde. Over a span of 25 years, Hyde’s passion for horses has helped him rescue over 500 mustangs from roundups. The unrated biopic is playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-three minutes.
The documentary Let the Fire Burn delves into the story behind the police bombing of a Philadelphia apartment building in 1985. In an effort to fight back against the radical urban group MOVE, the building was set ablaze. Six adults and five children perished and sixty-one homes were demolished in the six-alarm fire. The unrated film is running in limited theaters for one hour and twenty-eight minutes.
Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, is responsible for this week’s Parkland. Next week, Hanks steps back in front of the camera with his latest film Captain Phillips. Other films hitting theaters on Oct. 11 are Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills and the classic love story Romeo and Juliet.
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