Trailer Park - 8/8 Edition: ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ and ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ hope to have the power to enter at the top of the box office

By Michelle Vaccaro,

A variety of hobbies are at the forefront of this week’s releases. Characters cook, dance and even chase tornadoes for both fun and work. Hollywood heavyweights Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg bring a culinary novel to life with the help of an Academy Award winner. Plus, a popular early '90s children’s film is revamped.

Four amphibian brothers go on a mission to save New York City from evil and corruption in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With Shredder and his Foot Clan taking over, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo reach out to a TV reporter and cameraman for help in restoring the city. The PG-13 sci-fi action film runs for one hour and forty-one minutes. It stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett and features the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shaloub.

A Michelin star French restaurant owner tries to take down her competition across the street in The Hundred-Foot Journey. Tension arises and a battle brews when the Kadam family opens up an Indian restaurant only a hundred feet away from the high-rated establishment. It’s not until the young Indian cook shows interest in French cuisine and the restaurant’s sous chef that bad blood begins to settle. The big screen version of Richard C. Morais' novel is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake. It stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte LeBon and Om Puri. The PG drama plays for two hours and two minutes.

Severe weather conditions devastate a city in Into the Storm. The PG-13 drama shows the impact of the catastrophic twisters through the perspectives of professional storm chasers and adventurous residents. The PG-13 action thriller runs for one hour and twenty-nine minutes. It’s available in conventional and IMAX theaters.

A Miami street dancer sets his sights on Hollywood stardom in Step Up All In. When he arrives, he realizes it won’t be easy to make it pro. He’s forced to face old friends and rivals as his new crew battles for a contest title in a reality TV show. The PG-13 drama plays for one hour and fifty-two minutes. It’s available in conventional and 3D theaters.

A group of friends reunite after one attempts suicide in About Alex. There for a weekend to keep an eye on their buddy, the college friends end up rehashing old wounds and reigniting old flames. The one hour and thirty-eight minute drama stars Jason Ritter, Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker, Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella and Jane Levy. The limited released film is rated R for language and drugs.

Loved ones go to extremes to protect each other in After. Financial problems and rivalries bring tensions to the family, but there’s one secret that, if exposed, can change their lives forever. The limited released drama runs for one hour and thirty-nine minutes. It’s rated R for language.

A live-in housekeeper goes to great lengths to protect her job in The Maid’s Room. When she discovers that her employer’s son committed a hit and run, she struggles between keeping his secret and upholding justice. The unrated, one hour and thirty-eight minute thriller is available in limited theaters.

See director James Cameron’s childhood dream of exploring the depths of the ocean come true with the documentary Deep Sea Challenge 3D. Cameron risks his life to get down to the deepest point of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Traveling in a submersible with cameras in tow, he ventures down below to see what lies seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface. The one hour and thirty-one minute film is rated PG.

Ninja Turtles are out fighting crime in theaters this week, but next week, it’s The Expendables’ turn once again. Other films hitting theaters next weekend are Let’s Be Cops and The Giver.

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