Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
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October 10th, 2013

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

"Captain Phillips" arrives in theaters on Friday, October 11. Tom Hanks stars in Paul Greengrass' intense biopic. Drawing inspiration from shocking true events that happened during 2009, the movie follows Captain Richard Phillips, commanding officer of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship. When Phillips and his crew unexpectedly run afoul of Somali pirates, they enter into a face-off that could end in tragedy. Phillips and the pirate leader, Muse, are in a battle for not only their lives, but the lives of their crews. The film's PG-13 rating is due to substance abuse, violence with bloody images, and sustained sequences of menace.

"Machete Kills" is a new action film from Robert Rodriguez. Danny Trejo stars as Machete, a ruthless hired gun with a dark past. A dangerous arms dealer is at large, and the U.S. government knows there's only one man who can bring the threat down. They hire Machete to fight his way across Mexico, accompanied by beautiful, dangerous enemies and allies. "Machete Kills" has an R rating for strong bloody violence, language, and mature content.

"Romeo and Juliet" is Carlo Carlei's take on the greatest love story of all time. Based on the beloved Shakespeare play, the film tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. Unfortunately, their families are engaged in a vicious feud. If they want to be together, Romeo and Juliet risk stirring up long-simmering tensions and tempers. Violence and thematic elements contribute to the PG-13 rating.

"All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" opens in select theaters on October 11. Jonathan Levine's horror movie stars Amber Heard as Mandy, an enigmatic teen who manages to capture the attention of her peers. When she accepts an invitation to visit a classmate's ranch, it seems as if Mandy just wants to relax and have fun. Soon, though, the getaway erupts into blood and terror as an unknown threat stalks the teens. The film features an R rating for strong disturbing violence, drug and alcohol use, mature content, nudity, and language, all involving teens.

"Escape from Tomorrow" is an innovative horror movie from director Randy Moore. Like many other families, the Whites are having fun at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. After Jim receives bad news, however, the "happiest place on Earth" becomes a lot less happy. With strange visions plaguing him, Jim begins to wonder if he is still in touch with reality. The film is not rated.

"CBGB" focuses on Hilly Kristal, an eccentric musical pioneer. When he founds a different kind of nightclub in New York, Kristal wants to introduce club-goers to country music. Before long, he expands his horizons to include different types of music. As he fosters new and original talent in New York, Kristal gives a platform to punk rock. The movie has an R rating for a scene of violence, as well as for drug use, mature content, and language. Randall Miller directs.

Continuing Films

"Gravity" stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first mission into space. An unexpected accident leaves Dr. Stone abandoned outside the space shuttle without any way to call for help. Along with a veteran astronaut, she has to figure out how to save herself before the clock runs down and her luck runs out. "Gravity" has a PG-13 rating for brief strong language, disturbing images, and intense perilous sequences. Alfonso Cuar—n directs.

In "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," Flint Lockwood and his infamous FLDSMDFR are up to old tricks. The pesky machine has started producing animal-food hybrids. Swallow Falls is home to beasts including double bacon cheespiders and apple pie-thons. Flint heads back to retrieve his invention, but he'll have to deal with the wily foodimals before he escapes. Mild rude humor contributes to a PG rating. Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron direct the animated movie.

"Runner Runner" follows Richie, a student who knows how to take a risk. After he gambles on his future with a competitive online poker match, Richie realizes that the program may have cheated him. Out for justice, Richie tracks down the man behind the poker empire. He doesn't expect that the man who cheated him will change Richie's entire outlook. The film's R rating is due to language and mature content. Brad Furman directs.

"Prisoners" explores what happens when a family man faces his worst nightmare. Keller's young daughter is missing, and he cannot rest until his child is safe. When the authorities don't follow a lead to Keller's satisfaction, he takes justice into his own hands. If he isn't careful, though, Keller's desperation may lead him to do more harm than good. The tense movie has an R rating for disturbing violence, torture, and language. Denis Villeneuve directs.