New Releases this Weekend! What Will You See?

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January 17th, 2013

New Releases this Weekend! What Will You See?

Mark Wahlberg stars in “Broken City,” a crime drama from Allen Hughes that arrives in theaters on Friday, January 18. Billy Taggart is an ex-cop living in New York City. When the mayor asks Taggart to trail his wife and uncover her infidelity, Taggart agrees, believing it will be a simple job. By the time he realizes that the mayor has much darker plans in mind, Taggart is already in too deep. Now, the former policeman has to decide whether to make his own choices or stay on the good side of a dangerously powerful man. The R rating is due to violence, mature content, and language.

Andrés Muschietti borrows a page from his mentor and producer, Guillermo del Toro, and brings an evocative horror film to theaters this weekend. “Mama” stars Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain as Annabel, a young woman whose life takes a strange turn after she agrees to look after her husband’s nieces. Following a traumatic event, the two little girls have been missing for years, apparently surviving on their own in an abandoned cabin. Annabel worries about reintroducing the wild and damaged girls to normal life. As she grows closer to the children, she also begins to worry that she has invited something evil into her home. The eerie horror film has a PG-13 rating for disturbing images, thematic elements, and violence and terror.

“The Last Stand” arrives in theaters on January 18. Ray Owens once led a fast-paced life as an LAPD cop, but a disaster brought his career to a sudden and unwanted halt. Now, Owens tries to forget his past by working as a sheriff in a small, sleepy town. Although he never expects that trouble will find him again, Owens ends up reluctantly embroiled in an epic battle between U.S. law enforcement officers and an escaped drug kingpin with a taste for bloodshed. Jee-woon Kim’s crime thriller has an R rating for language and strong bloody violence.

Continuing Films

“Zero Dark Thirty” is the latest political thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow. Maya is a dedicated CIA operative, but her life and career change drastically after the devastating events of 9/11. With the U.S. government focusing on tracking down Osama bin Laden, Maya ends up having to make difficult ethical and professional decisions as to how far she will go to uncover the information she needs. “Zero Dark Thirty” has an R rating for language and brutal disturbing images.

“A Haunted House” is a comedy that tackles the trend of found footage horror movies. After moving into a new house, a young couple soon begins to experience strange phenomena. When he realizes that an evil spirit has possessed his wife, Malcolm turns to several different outlets in an attempt to save his marriage. He tries everything from a priest to ghost-hunters, but the spirit may win in the end. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for crude and mature content, language, and drug use. Michael Tiddens directs.

In “Gangster Squad,” Sean Penn stars as Mickey Cohen, one of the most notorious crime lords of the twentieth century. Cohen rules Los Angeles with an iron fist, managing to outsmart the police time and time again. When police officer John O’Mara decides to put an end to Cohen’s monopoly, he will have to draw on unexpected allies and break a few rules. Ruben Fleischer directs the movie, which is rated R for language and violence.

“Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave in 1850s America. After losing his wife to an unscrupulous plantation owner, Django vows to one day rescue her. His chance comes sooner than he expected, thanks to the help of an eccentric bounty hunter who is willing to teach Django his trade. It soon becomes clear that Django has a talent for revenge. Quentin Tarantino’s slick Western has an R rating for strong violence, a vicious fight, nudity, and language.

Tom Hooper brings “Les Misérables” to the big screen. A desperate young woman turns to a mysterious man for help, hoping that he will take care of her young daughter when she cannot. The man is able to offer a better life for the girl, but he has dark secrets and troubles of his own, and these secrets may affect his adopted daughter as she grows older. The PG-13 rating is due to violence, thematic elements, and suggestive material.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the latest adaptation of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel from director Peter Jackson. After reluctantly agreeing to accompany a group of dwarves on a dangerous mission, Bilbo Baggins ends up facing challenges and dangers he never even imagined possible, including Orcs, trolls, and giants. The fantasy epic has a PG-13 rating for frightening images and sequences of violence and action.