Weekend Preview: What You Have to Look Forward To!

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October 11th, 2012

Weekend Preview: What You Have to Look Forward To!

-- After years as a Hollywood heartthrob, Ben Affleck transitioned into his role as a serious director. Due out in theaters on Friday, October 12th, "Argo" is Affleck's third full-length film. During the tensions and dangers of the 1979 Iranian revolution, six Americans manage to escape to the home of a compassionate Canadian ambassador. Now, it is up to CIA agent Tony Mendez to bring the Americans home safely. The plan he hatches is so unlikely that it just might work. Affleck also stars in the film, alongside "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston. The dramatic thriller has an R rating for language and violent imagery.

With Halloween around the corner, director Scott Derrickson's "Sinister" hits theaters at the perfect time. The eerie horror film stars Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt, a true crime author who considers himself an expert on dealing with the depraved and gory. However, when Ellison stumbles across a box of bizarre home movies, he ends up an unwilling participant in a twisted plot. The film's R rating is due to disturbing violence images and terror.

"Here Comes the Boom" features Kevin James in a rousing action comedy that will appeal to audience members of all ages. Scott Voss is a biology teacher who loves his job. When he hears that his high school faces severe cutbacks, Scott decides to take action and earn some money. His solution is to become a mixed martial arts champion. Frank Coraci directs. The PG rating is due to rude humor and language, as well as sports violence.

"Seven Psychopaths" is a clever crime comedy from director Martin McDonagh. The star-studded cast includes Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and others. Marty is a struggling screenwriter, currently working on a script about seven psychopaths and desperately seeking inspiration. Meanwhile, Marty also has to deal with his unscrupulous and eccentric friends. When they accidentally offend a mob boss, Marty gets more inspiration than he ever wanted. The film's R rating is due to bloody images, violence, nudity, mature content, language, and drug use.

"Smashed" opens on limited release on October 12th. Directed by James Ponsoldt, the poignant comedic drama tells the story of a young couple with a big problem. Kate and Charlie Hannah seem like a picture-perfect couple, but both of them struggle with a love of alcohol that veers between "partying" and "addiction." Kate decides to turn her life around and get clean, but in the harsh light of sobriety, she wonders how her relationship with Charlie will change. "Smashed" has an R rating for alcohol abuse, drug use, language, and mature content.

"Nobody Walks" is a drama from Ry Russo-Young. John Krasinski stars as Peter, an affable family man who enjoys a close, relaxed relationship with his wife. Their happy home becomes unexpectedly complicated when Peter agrees to help a young filmmaker friend with her latest project. When charismatic Martine moves into the guesthouse, Peter begins to question everything he knows about fidelity and trust. The film has an R rating for mature content, drug use, and language.

Continuing Films

"Taken 2" sees Liam Leeson return to his role as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA agent. After saving his daughter from kidnappers, Bryan thought he could relax. His enemies have not forgotten Bryan, however, and during a trip to Istanbul, the protective father ends up fighting for his own life. Olivier Megaton directs the crime drama, which has a PG-13 rating for some sensuality and intense sequences of violence and action.

In Genndy Tartakovsky's "Hotel Transylvania," audience members get to enjoy the softer side of the world famous vampire. After traumatic events in his past, Dracula has one major fear. He runs a secluded resort to protect himself and his fellow monsters from humans. All his plans fall apart when a na•ve, friendly human stumbles across the resort. While he tries to hide the interloper from the other monsters, Dracula also has to deal with his rebellious and love-struck daughter. "Hotel Transylvania" has a PG rating for scary images, action, and rude humor.

"Pitch Perfect" is an uproarious musical comedy from director Jason Moore. Freshman Beca dreams of being a DJ, but she soon channels her musical talent into her school's all-female singing group. What starts out as a casual hobby becomes a fierce passion when Beca has to lead her group to victory in a sing-off. "Pitch Perfect" has a PG-13 rating for drug references, mature material, and language.

"Looper" is a clever sci-fi movie that explores tricky questions about time travel. Joe works as a hit man, dealing with targets from the future. His own present and future suddenly clash when Joe realizes he is supposed to assassinate his future self. "Looper" has an R rating for violence, language, mature content, nudity, and drug use.