Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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December 19th, 2013

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

"American Hustle" comes to theaters on Friday, December 20. David O. Russell's crime drama stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, an unscrupulous conman who lives the high life with his partner in crime, the beautiful Sydney. The two pull off major heists without fear of repercussion, until they become involved in the most daring landscape of them all: the high-powered underworld of the New Jersey crime scene. The film's R rating is due to pervasive language, mature content, and brief violence.

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" arrives in theaters on December 20. Adam McKay directs the sequel to the 2004 hit. Ron Burgundy continues to be a legend in his own mind, bringing his own unique brand of obliviousness to news channels everywhere. When Ron and his pals take on New York, anything could happen. The friends soon realize that the world is changing, and they better keep up. The comedy has a PG-13 rating for comic violence, drug use, crude and mature content, and language.

"Saving Mr. Banks" focuses on the battle of minds between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers. Disney wants to turn Travers' beloved novel into a dazzling film in the Disney tradition, but the author is not interested in handing over the rights. As he digs into her past, Disney begins to realize exactly what the story means to Travers. The movie has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements that include unsettling images. John Lee Hancock directs.

"Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" is available in theaters on Friday. The immersive 3D journey invites viewers to get up close and personal with prehistoric beasts. Patchi, Scowler, and Juniper are three young pachyrhinosaurus, growing up during the fascinating late Cretaceous period. As the pachyrhinosaurus find food, evade predators, and make a life for themselves, they reveal what the world was like millions of years ago. The film's PG rating is due to action and mild rude humor. Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale direct.

"Her" arrived in limited theaters on Wednesday, December 18. From director Spike Jonze, "Her" is a love story for the technology age. Theodore, a writer, doesn't have much of a romantic life. He acquires an operating system that does significantly more than the usual computer, able to communicate with him via artificial intelligence. As Theodore unexpectedly bonds with the operating system, he develops feelings for this friendly presence. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and brief graphic nudity.

Continuing Films

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" follows the adventures of Bilbo, Thorin, and their crew of stalwart dwarves. With dangers closing in from every side, the dwarves and the hobbit still have to deal with the looming threat of encountering Smaug, the dragon. Before they even reach the dragon, though, they'll have to face countless dangers and enemies, without the help of Gandalf the Grey. Peter Jackson's fantasy epic has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and intense sequences of extended fantasy action.

"Frozen" features the voice of Kristen Bell as Anna, a princess with a fierce side. With her estranged sister fleeing from home and the kingdom trapped in a mysterious spell, Anna knows it's up to her to save the day. The princess won't be able to do it alone, though; she has a crew of eccentric allies. "Frozen" has a PG rating for mild action and some rude humor. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee direct.

"Tyler Perry's A Madea's Christmas" stars Tyler Perry as the indomitable Madea. Madea reluctantly agrees to accompany her niece, Eileen, to a small rural town for Christmas. Eileen just wants to reconnect with her daughter, but it doesn't take long for a few controversial secrets to come to light. Madea's sense of humor will have to lighten the mood. The PG-13 rating is due to crude humor, mature references, and language.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" sees Katniss and Peeta returning to the fray. After their triumph, the two heroes from District 12 can't resume their normal lives, no matter how much they may want to. The Capitol is as ruthless as ever, and Katniss knows that peace will come at a great price É if it comes at all. The PG-13 rating is due to language, a suggestive situation, frightening images, and intense sequences of violence and action. Francis Lawrence directs.

"Thor: The Dark World" is the latest superhero movie from Alan Taylor. The Asgardians believe they've defeated the Dark Elves, but the Dark Elves have been lying in wait, ready to unleash the most terrifying weapon yet. Thor isn't sure he can stop the destructive force and save the universe. He may not even save Dr. Jane Foster from a deadly fate. The film's PG-13 rating is for a suggestive situation and intense sci-fi action and violence.