What's new at the box office this weekend?

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May 3rd, 2012

What's new at the box office this weekend?

--New Releases

Fans of superhero flicks are in for a treat this weekend, with the release of “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The clever and flashy new action film is directed by Joss Whedon, the mind behind “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly.” Six of the comic book world’s most respected superheroes gather forces for a Marvel showdown like never before. Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Incredible Hulk have to combine their powers if they want to save the world from Loki, one of the trickiest villains yet. Even worse, Loki has a whole army of aliens on his side. The fast-paced adventure and sci-fi movie has a PG-13 rating, for a drug reference and intense violence and action sequences.

“A Little Bit of Heaven” stars Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal. Marley relies on her cynical sense of humor to protect her from life’s pains and challenges. One day, however, she receives news that breaks down her usual walls of wittiness. Facing a cancer diagnosis, Marley decides to start taking chances on life. One of the first chances she takes is with her handsome doctor. The bittersweet film is directed by Nicole Kassell and rated PG-13 for language and mature content.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a new dramatic comedy from director John Madden. When a group of retirees decide to set up a new home in India, they discover that their “luxury hotel” is not really that luxurious. As they get to know each other better and adjust to life in a vibrant new culture, all the residents blossom in unexpected ways. The touching and funny film is rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive themes.

Bess Kargman directs “First Position,” due out in theaters with a limited release. The documentary follows the lives of six aspiring dancers. The Youth America Grand Prix is one of the most renowned dance competitions in the world, and can completely change dancers’ lives. Young dancers from all across the globe know they only have five minutes on stage to prove themselves. The unrated documentary blends drama and comedy.

Teen audiences will enjoy “LOL,” a romantic comedy from French director Lisa Azuelos. This fun and witty remake tells the story of Lola, a high schooler who faces unexpected heartbreak when her boyfriend betrays her. Lola is also trying to navigate her relationship with her sometimes nosy and bossy mother. When her mother finds her journal, things go from complicated to worse. The movie stars Miley Cyrus and is rated PG-13 for suggestive themes, teen drug and alcohol use and language.
“The Perfect Family” centers around Kathleen Turner as Eileen Cleary, a woman who was just nominated for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year award. What the rest of the town does not realize is that Eileen’s family is anything but perfect. Eileen sets about trying to change this before it is too late, but her family might not be on her side. The comedic drama is directed by Anne Renton and rated PG-13 for mature themes.

“Mother’s Day” is a horror movie about a mother’s unconventional love for her sons. The horror movie is rated R for strong violence, mature themes and language. When three criminals seek refuge at their childhood home, the couple who currently lives in the house is in for a nasty surprise. Darren Lynn Bousman directs the suspenseful film.

Continuing Films
A group of couples try to figure out their complicated love lives in “Think Like a Man,” directed by Tim Story. The comedy is based on Steve Harvey’s popular relationship advice book and stars Chris Brown and Gabrielle Union. The film has an R rating for some drug use, crude humor and mature themes.

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a family-friendly animated adventure from the same studio that brought the world “Wallace and Gromit” and “Chicken Run.” The Pirate Captain tries hard to prove that he truly is a danger of the high seas. Unfortunately, his bumbling crew makes it very hard to be taken seriously. The rollicking adventure is rated PG for some crude humor and mild action sequences.

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as an unlucky young couple in “The Five-Year Engagement.” Although Tom and Violet are madly in love, their wedding day keeps getting pushed back as life finds ways to throw new challenges and obstacles at them. The hilarious comedy is rated R for language and suggestive themes. Nicholas Stoller directs.

“The Hunger Games” is directed by Gary Ross and stars Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence. Twenty-four teenagers are chosen by lottery to take place in a televised life-or-