Weekend Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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October 18th, 2012

Weekend Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- "Alex Cross" arrives in theaters on Friday, October 19th. Star Tyler Perry abandons his usual comedy routines, this time taking on a more challenging and serious role. Things get personal for detective Alex Cross when he learns that a loved one has been killed. He vows to use all his resources to bring the killer to justice. Cross is not ready for the dark and complex plot he stumbles into, but it is soon too late to turn back. Rob Cohen directs. "Alex Cross" has a PG-13 rating for mature content, nudity, drug references, language, and violence.

"Paranormal Activity 4" debuts just in time for Halloween. In this fourth installment of the popular "Paranormal Activity" series, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman focus on what happens five years after the events of the original film. When a mysterious young woman and a five-year-old boy move in next door, their neighbors find their quiet, suburban lives turned upside down by bizarre and dangerous occurrences. The horror movie follows the format of the rest of the series, using home videos to tell a creepy story. "Paranormal Activity 4" has an R rating for violence, terror, and language.

"The Sessions" is an unconventional new drama from writer and director Ben Lewin. Mark O'Brien has not led an ordinary life. At the age of thirty-six, he depends on an iron lung for survival. Mark has missed out on many common milestones, including losing his virginity. To change his life, Mark will have to draw on a team of caring and quirky professionals. The film's R rating is due to mature content, including frank references and graphic nudity.

"The First Time" is available in select theaters on October 19th. Jon Kasdan"s romantic comedy tackles a familiar subject, yet brings freshness to the topic. Dave and Aubrey are two high school students who are just beginning a relationship with each other. As they try to navigate the nerves and excitement of young love, they also have to consider the conflicts between peer pressure and their own desires. The movie has a PG-13 rating for teen partying, language, and mature content.

"That's What She Said" is also coming to theaters with a limited release. Director Carrie Preston explores the humor of the dating life in New York City. DeeDee, Bebe, and Clementine are three friends with one big thing in common. All of the women are unlucky in love. Although their exact problems may vary, the three are willing to help each other out, even if it involves some unexpected adventures. "That's What She Said" has an R rating for language and mature content.

Continuing Films

Olivier Megaton directs "Taken 2," the popular sequel to "Taken" (2008). Although he is technically retired, it is clear that former CIA agent Bryan Mills has not left his dangerous way of life behind. After nearly losing his young daughter during a trip to Paris, Bryan runs into yet more trouble during a visit to Istanbul. When the family members of men he killed decide to track Bryan down and seek revenge, Bryan will have to draw on every resource he has to make it out of the situation alive. The film's PG-13 rating is due to sensuality and intense sequences of violence and action.

"Argo" is the latest offering from director Ben Affleck. During a tense hostage situation in Iran, a CIA specialist invents a plan out of sheer desperation. To save six Americans who are hiding out, the specialist will have to convince Iranian authorities that he is part of a Canadian film crew, scouting locations for a lavish sci-fi production. However, the Iranians might figure out the truth, leading to unwanted consequences for everyone involved. The movie has an R rating for language and violence.

"Sinister" stars Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt, a writer who is struggling to make it big. Until he gets that royalty check, he has to cut corners, including moving his family into a house with a suspicious past. When Ellison stumbles across a box of home videos, he starts to notice a disturbing trend among the previous tenants. Before long, the threat has spread to his family members, and Ellison will do anything to save them before it is too late. "Sinister" has an R rating for terror and disturbing violent images. Scott Derrickson directs.

"Hotel Transylvania" is a family-friendly animated movie from director Genndy Tartakovsky, showing the softer side of the monster world. While humans have always lived in fear of vampires, werewolves, and other spooks, the monster know that humans are the real threat. This is why Dracula has created a safe haven for his fellow ghouls. However, a stray human could change everything. The film is rated PG for rude humor, scary images, and action.