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Trailer Park - 2/21 Edition: ‘Pompeii’ and ‘3 Days to Kill’ explode into the box office race

By Michelle Vaccaro,

Love, fighting and survival are the key components of this week’s new releases. The search for loved ones and the fight to live escalates in a love affair set against a historical disaster.

A former slave battles in the arena and for the love of his life in Pompeii. When Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo’s world comes crashing down. While his city is collapsing, he struggles to find his beloved. The PG-13 dramatic adventure plays for one hour and forty-five minutes.

A degenerate gambler tries to show his rich family that he’s got his life back on track by bringing a date to his brother’s wedding in Barefoot. To her father’s dismay, he brings a young, sheltered woman with him to impress his family. Having been raised alone and at home, the naive woman touches the lives of those around her as she experiences life for the first time. The comedic drama stars Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman. The PG-13 film plays for one hour and thirty minutes.

Get an inside look at the life of legendary Broadway star Elaine Stritch with Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. At the age of 87, the Tony and Emmy award-winning actress has dealt with many things in her life including diabetes and alcoholism. In the one hour and twenty minute documentary, the pants-less performer reflects on her life and career. The unrated biopic is available in limited theaters.

A young woman searches for her missing sister in Holy Ghost People. During her hunt, she discovers a snake loving, religious cult that may be the key to her sister’s disappearance. The one hour and thirty-three minute thriller is rated R for violence, language and drugs. It’s available in limited theaters.

A woman in a loveless marriage falls for her husband’s friend in In Secret. In order to be together, the two plan to kill her husband. The one hour and forty-two minute drama is based on Emile Zola's novel, Thérèse Raquin. The limited released film stars Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac, and John Kavanagh. It’s rated R for sex and violence.

Omar is a tale of star crossed lovers. In the unrated drama, a Palestinian baker and freedom fighter risks his life to go over the Israeli border to see his girlfriend. After killing an Israeli soldier, he is captured by the Israeli military and made an informant. Forced to work for his enemy, he begins to question the allegiance of all those around him, including his friends. The one hour and thirty-eight minute Palestinian film is subtitled in English. It’s running in limited theaters.

A young man dreams of being a pilot in The Wind Rises. When he finds out that he can’t fly a plane because of his poor eyesight, he decides to go a different route and become an airplane designer. The limited released film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, an innovative Japanese engineer from the 1920s. The PG-13 animation features the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, William H. Macy, Jennifer Grey, Darren Criss and Elijah Wood. It plays for two hours and six minutes.

This week, films like Pompeii and 3 Days to Kill will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The fight for survival continues next week with the action packed thriller Non-Stop.

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