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Travel back in time with this week’s new releases. A comedy, drama and an animated film all reference the past and the desire to relive it. Legendary actors join forces in a mature version of The Hangover.
Childhood friends, now in their 60s, hit up Sin City for their comrade’s bachelor party in Last Vegas. Looking to relive the party times of the old days, the men discover that things aren’t the way they used to be, including their friendships. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star in the PG-13 comedy. The film plays for one hour and thirty minutes.
Orson Scott Card’s military sci-fi novel has transitioned to the big screen with Ender’s Game. Set in the near future following an alien attack, the PG-13 film shows how earth is preparing for the next raid. The International Military is searching for brilliant young minds to help figure out a way to stop the extraterrestrials from destroying humanity. The PG-13 action film stars Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. It’s running for one hour and fifty-four minutes in 2D and IMAX theaters.
Two turkeys join forces to try to rewrite history in the animated film Free Birds. With conflicting backgrounds and personalities, the unlikely pair must find a way to work together if they are going to save their friends from becoming dinner. They travel back in time to try to stop turkeys from being the main dish at Thanksgiving. The PG film features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler and George Takei. It’s playing for one hour and twenty-four minutes in 2D and 3D theaters.
Following a disappointing New Year’s Eve, a young man finds out from his father that he has a family trait that allows him to travel back in time in About Time. With only the ability to change what happens in his own life, he ventures into the past to find himself a mate. When things don’t go exactly the way he likes, he continues to time travel to change the outcome. He soon learns that his power has limits and he can’t avoid all of life’s pitfalls. Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy star in the two hour and four minute romantic comedy. The limited released film is rated R for language and sex.
A modern day Grinch moves into a neighborhood that loves Christmas in Angels Sing. When Michael was younger, he considered Christmas to be his favorite holiday, but when tragedy struck on that day, Michael made it a point not to celebrate it ever again. Over 30 years later, his new neighbors try to get him in the holiday spirit, but he must confront his past if he’s ever going to experience the joy again. The one hour and twenty-six minute film stars Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. The PG family drama is available in limited theaters.
When the success of his novel On the Road becomes too much for him to handle, Jack Kerouac seeks refuge in a cabin owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in Big Sur. The coastal California town is where he deals with his personal issues. The limited released drama is based on Kerouac’s novel of the same name. The one hour and forty minute film stars Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell and Anthony Edwards. It’s rated R for language, sex and nudity.
It’s a case of love at first sight for a female tattoo artist and a bluegrass banjo player in The Broken Circle Breakdown. The strong bond between them is tested when their young daughter becomes gravely ill. The unrated Belgian film has English subtitles. It’s running in limited theaters for one hour and fifty minutes.
Naomi Watts plays Princess Diana in the limited released film Diana. Now, 16 years after her death, the limited released biopic delves into the little known parts of the last two years of her life. It provides a new view of the Princess of Wales’ last days including her trials and tribulations and secret relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. The PG-13 drama runs for one hour and fifty-three minutes.
An unlikely friendship forms between an old, widowed professor and a young dance instructor in Last Love. Feeling like they have no one else in the world, their companionship brings a spark back into their lives. Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, Justin Kirk, Jane Alexander and Gillian Anderson star in the unrated, one hour and fifty-five minute drama. It’s available in limited theaters.
Keanu Reeves directed and stars in Man of Tai Chi. The limited released film is set in an underground fight club in Beijing. A young courier becomes an emerging martial arts star who battles his morals when he enters the fighting underworld. The unrated action film is playing in limited theaters. It’s rated R for violence.
In this week’s Ender’s Game, brilliant minds unite to try to save the world from aliens. Next week, it’s brawn that is needed to protect the universe in Thor: The Dark World.
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