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Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end to the summer, is upon us and that means a new slew of movies are in theaters. The films out this weekend are filled with mystery and love. Oh yeah, and some the blood thirsty animals jump out of the screen in 3D.
A summer weekend getaway turns deadly in Shark Night. In the thriller, a group of college students discover that the only way to leave the island they’re vacationing at is to venture through treacherous shark infested waters. The PG-13 film runs for one hour and forty minutes.
Why did astronauts stop going to the moon after Apollo 17? The film Apollo 18 says there was another mission, but NASA covered it up. The PG-13 thriller shows the footage you weren’t supposed to see about what really happened in outer space. The sci-fi film is one hour forty minutes long.
A former mission comes back to haunt secret agents in the one hour and forty-four minute psychological thriller, The Debt. Back in Berlin, between the years 1965 and 1966, Rachel and Stefan investigated a Nazi war criminal with their colleague David. They thought they succeeded in their mission, but now, over thirty years later, they find out that that might not be the case with the exposure of information regarding David. The film stars Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Chastain. It’s rated R for violence and language.
Thirty-somethings decide to throw a big bash when their party house goes up for sale in A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. The group of friends decides that on Labor Day weekend they will have one last hurrah, but this time it’s not going to be any old kind of party, it’s going to be an orgy. Surprisingly, the normally wild group needs some convincing to participate. Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte star. The one hour and thirty-five minute comedy is playing in limited theaters. It’s rated R for sex, nudity, and language.
For something more kid friendly, there’s the G-rated Seven Days in Utopia. It’s a drama about a former professional golfer whose car breaks down and has to stay in the small town of Utopia, Texas. There, a rancher helps bring back his enthusiasm for golf and gives him a new outlook on life. The limited released sports film plays for one hour and forty-five minutes.
A nurse sees through the eyes of a dead woman in the limited release In/Sight. Kaitlyn is electrocuted by a defibrillator while she is caring for a stabbing victim. Right after the incident, she has visions of and soon becomes the patient and experiences the crime that caused the injury. The one hour and thirty-two minute thriller is unrated. It stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Natalie Zea, Adam Baldwin, Christopher Lloyd, and Thomas Ian Nicholas.
Jealousy causes a battle between a boss and her assistant in Love Crime. Christine hires Isabelle as her assistant and teaches her the ways of the corporate world. When Isabelle starts to come up with great ideas, Christine claims them as her own and embarrasses Isabelle. The two brutally fight for superiority. The French thriller runs for one hour and forty-four minutes. The unrated limited release is subtitled in English.
In Bodyguard, the daughter of a business tycoon gets frustrated when her father hires a bodyguard for her. In order to get the very protective Lovely Singh off her tail, she schemes to have him fall for a woman. Her plan doesn’t exactly go as she expected. The unrated romantic comedy plays for two hours and fifteen minutes. It’s a limited release Bollywood film.
The Chinese film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is a martial arts movie about the mysteries surrounding the Wu dynasty. Right before Empress Wu takes the throne, seven of her men burst into flames. In order to keep order, she hires a detective to find out what is behind the spontaneous combustions. The murder mystery/action film runs for two hours and two minutes. It’s rated PG-13 and is playing in limited theaters.
Saving Private Perez is a Spanish-language fish out of water comedy. Just like in the award winning Saving Private Ryan, a man goes to war to rescue his brother. In this film, it’s a Mexican gangster forced by his mother to undergo a suicidal mission to save his brother in Iraq. The PG-13 film is one hour and forty-five minutes long. It’s available in limited theaters.
Tiled messages known as the Toynebee Tiles have popped up on city streets across the Americas. Justin Duerr tries to uncover the secrets behind them in the documentary . As he investigates the urban mystery, he discovers that he has a connection to them. The unrated, one hour and twenty-six minute film is only available in NY.
An adopted teenager searches for his birth mom in I’m Glad that My Mother is Alive. He finds that she lives nearby with a child. He forms a relationship with her, but it’s not all roses. The unrated, one hour and thirty-minute drama is only playing in NY. The French film is subtitled in English.
The life and French musician Serge Gainsbourg is told in Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. The one time jazz artist grew up in 1940’s Paris when it was occupied by the Nazis and later became a pop music icon. The unrated biopic plays for two hours and ten minutes. It’s only available in NY.
This week, a documentary about the urban mystery of the Toynebee Tiles hit theaters. Next week, it’s a fictitious urban legend, the legend of half-man, half-alligator Lockjaw in Creature. The other two big films out on Sept. 9 are Warrior and the Happy Madison comedy Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star.