Box Office Preview: What's New This Weekend?

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August 16th, 2012

Box Office Preview: What's New This Weekend?

-- New Releases

"The Expendables 2" arrives in theaters on Friday, August 17th. The high-powered, star-studded action film is the sequel to "The Expendables" (2010). This time, Simon West takes over for former director Sylvester Stallone. The film features an impressive line up of action stars, including Jet Li, Chuck Norris and Dolph Lundgren. The world's most elite and ruthless group of mercenaries is back to old tricks. This time, the men have to fight their way through enemy territory to seek revenge on their nemesis. "The Expendables 2" has an R rating for strong and bloody violence.

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is the story of an unusual family. Cindy and Jim have a wonderful life together, but they both long to bring children into the world. When the couple has no luck, they decide to bury a box in their yard, holding all their dreams for a baby. To their shock, Cindy and Jim wake up with a son. Timothy is kind, funny and creative, but there is also something a little strange about him. The poignant, family-friendly comedic drama has a PG rating for brief language and thematic elements. Peter Hedges directs. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" arrived in theaters on Wednesday, August 15th.

"Sparkle" features the late Whitney Houston in a remake of a 1970s musical drama. Growing up in the tumultuous 1960s, three sisters dream of making it big one day. Through hard work and raw talent, the sisters form a musical group. Their Motown sound wins hearts all over the nation, but show business is not all fun and games. As their dreams come true, the sisters wonder why their family bonds seem to be breaking. Salim Akil directs the film, which has a PG-13 rating for domestic abuse, drug-related material, smoking, violence and language.

Chris Butler and Sam Fell direct "ParaNorman," an animated family comedy that should get audiences in the mood for next Halloween. Norman dreams of having an ordinary life, but instead he is surrounded by bullies. Fortunately, Norman has one social outlet: he can communicate with ghosts. When a curse causes supernatural mayhem, Norman may finally have a shot at becoming a hero. "ParaNorman" has a PG rating for thematic elements, rude humor and language and scary images.

"The Awakening" is an eerie thriller from director Nick Murphy. Rebecca Hall stars as Florence, a strong-minded young woman who makes her living debunking supernatural hoaxes and scams. When she reluctantly takes on a job at a remote boys' boarding school, however, Florence finds herself haunted by unexpected ghosts. The horror movie has an R rating for nudity, mature content and violence.

"Why Stop Now" stars Jesse Eisenberg as Eli, a young musical prodigy who has big dreams for the future. When he lands an audition for one of the nation's best academies, everything seems to be going Eli's way. However, his high maintenance mother might ruin everything. Eli has to think fast and enlist some unlikely help, hoping to salvage his dreams. Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner direct. "Why Stop Now" opens in select theaters and is unrated.

Continuing Films

"The Bourne Legacy" continues in the tradition of the popular thrillers based on Robert Ludlum's books. Agent Cross has been working for Operation Outcome, an elite Department of Defense program. After dedicating his life to becoming a loyal and skilled agent, Cross finds himself fighting for his life against the last group he would ever expect. When the CIA starts to dismantle its own programs, Cross refuses to stand for the corruption. A lone CIA scientist sides with Cross, engaging in a suspenseful game of cat and mouse. Tony Gilroy directs the action-packed thriller. The film's PG-13 rating is due to violence and intense action sequences.

"The Campaign" features Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Two corrupt CEOs decide to gain a little more sway over their district, meaning they need an inside man in congress. They see their chance when North Carolina congressman Cam Brady makes a huge mistake, placing his position up for grabs. Now, the self-assured Brady will have to face off against the bumbling Marty Huggins. Huggins might turn out to be a tougher opponent than Brady first suspects. Jay Roach directs the comedy, which has a PG-13 rating for mature and crude content, brief nudity and language.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is the last entry in Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed Batman series. When Batman returns from hiding to save Gotham City from the terrorist Bane, he finds an unlikely ally in the form of Selina Kyle. It will take all of Batman's courage, cunning and technology to neutralize the threat and restore the city to its former state of peace. The film has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action.