Thursday Preview for April 26th

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
April 26th, 2012

What's new at the Box Office This Weekend?

--New Releases

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt join forces in “The Five-Year Engagement,” a romantic comedy coming to theaters on April 27th. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Nicholas Stoller, the irreverent film tells the story of Tom and Violet, a young couple who fully plan to marry each other one day. As life throws various challenges at them, however, “one day” starts to seem out of reach. The movie is rated R for language and mature themes.

Edgar Allen Poe gets a surprising makeover in a new dramatic thriller from director James McTeigue. “The Raven” stars John Cusack as the famously morbid writer. Poe is disturbed to learn that there is a killer on the loose. All of the killer’s crimes have one thing in common: they are inspired by Poe’s dark tales. Poe has to team up with a detective to clear his good name and save his one true love. The movie is rated R for violence and disturbing images.

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is a 3D animated adventure from Aardman Animation, the British studio responsible for “Wallace and Gromit,” “Chicken Run” and more. The Pirate Captain has decided that 1837 will be the year his crew finally wins the Pirate of the Year award. The problem is that he has the clumsiest crew ever to sail the high seas. The Pirate Captain will have to beat his rivals and dodge Queen Victoria if he wants to win the coveted prize. The family-friendly comedy is directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt and is rated PG for rude humor, language and mild action sequences.

Director Boaz Yakin brings a new action thriller to theaters this Friday. “Safe” is rated R for language and strong violence. Luke Wright is a former elite agent who has accepted a dangerous double mission. He has to rescue a young girl who has been kidnapped by an underground criminal ring. In addition, Wright has to navigate between three dangerous organizations, using a safe combination as his main weapon.

“The Giant Mechanical Man” enjoys a limited release on April 27th. Starring Jenna Fischer from “The Office,” the story follows a quirky romance between a zoo worker and street performer. Lee Kirk directs the offbeat romantic comedy, which is rated PG-13 for language and some mature themes.

“Sound of My Voice” is an edgy dramatic thriller from director Zat Batmanglij. When a journalist starts investigating a mysterious cult, he has no idea how much the investigation will affect his personal life. Matters get complicated when his girlfriend becomes involved. The film has a limited release and is rated R for language and some drug use.
Continuing Films

“Think Like a Man” has been drawing crowds to the theaters. Based on Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book, the comedy follows a group of couples who try to improve their relationships. It turns out that relationships are full of unexpected challenges. Chris Brown and Gabrielle Union star. “Think Like a Man” is directed by Tim Story and rated R for mature themes, crude humor and some drug use.

“The Lucky One” stars Zac Efron as a young soldier who is deployed in Iraq. During the challenges he faces, the soldier stays optimistic because of a photo of a beautiful young woman. The problem is, he has never met the woman in the photo. During a trip back home, it seems that fate might change that. The romantic drama is rated PG-13 for suggestive themes and violence.

“The Cabin in the Woods” is a clever new horror movie from director Drew Goddard. The film draws on plenty of beloved horror movie traditions, while also providing a surprising new twist. Five friends head off to a cabin in the woods. Things take a turn for the worse when they find that the cabin’s basement is filled with bizarre artifacts. The thriller is rated R for drug use, language, nudity, mature themes and intense violence and gore.

“The Hunger Games” is still a fan favorite at the theaters. In the future, the whole country tunes in to watch a life-or-death battle between 24 teenagers. The teens have to survive the elements and compete against each other if they want to survive. Two of the competitors are Katniss and Peeta, teenagers from the same hometown. They decide to join forces, but it might not be enough. “The Hunger Games” is directed by Gary Ross and rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images.

“Chimpanzee” is a family-friendly documentary from Disneynature. Alastair Fothergill directs the amazing story of a friendship between a young chimpanzee and an older chi