Weekend Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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October 4th, 2012

Weekend Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- “Taken 2” opens on Friday, October 5th. Directed by Olivier Megaton, the tense crime drama is a sequel to “Taken” (2008). Bryan Mills went to great lengths to save his daughter, and now somebody wants revenge. During what should be a relaxing vacation in Istanbul, Mills and his wife instead end up fighting desperately for their lives. The PG-13 rating is due to sensuality, violence, and intense action sequences.

Tim Burton brings his signature spooky style to theaters this weekend with “Frankenweenie.” The animated film tells the story of Victor, a young boy whose best friend is his loyal dog, Sparky. When Sparky dies, Victor decides to cheat death and bring his beloved canine companion back from the dead. However, he is unprepared for the consequences. The quirky comedy has a PG rating for scary images, action, and thematic elements.

“The Paperboy” opens in select theaters on Friday. Lee Daniels helms the edgy thriller. When he hears about the controversy surrounding a death row inmate, a reporter heads back to his hometown, hoping to land a breaking story. Instead, the reporter and his younger brother end up embroiled in the fascinating and lurid details of the case. The R rating is due to graphic mature content, violence, and language.

“The Oranges” is a clever new romantic comedy from director Julian Farino. Nina Ostroff returns home after a long absence, ready to cause some trouble. When she takes up with the patriarch of the Walling family, she threatens to disrupt her family’s reputation, as well as the close friendship between the Wallings and the Ostroffs. The film has an R rating for drug use and language, including mature references.

“Butter” is the story of Laura Pickler, an ambitious woman living in the stifling suburbs of Iowa. She decides to find fame and fulfillment by pursuing the top title at a butter-sculpting championship. However, Laura will have to face off against some stiff competition, including a young adopted girl who has finally found her true calling in life. Jim Field Smith directs the dark comedy. “Butter” has an R rating for mature content and language.

“Wuthering Heights” is a new adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic Gothic romance directed by Andrea Arnold. As a young boy, Heathcliff comes to live with the Earnshaw family, but none of the Earnshaws realize how this act of charity will shape their futures. Young Catherine forms a close bond with Heathcliff, and this bond will evolve and change in dramatic ways over time, possibly destroying her. “Wuthering Heights” is unrated.

Continuing Films

“Hotel Transylvania” has delighted audiences with its supernatural charm. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the animated film shows the softer side of Dracula. When he is not terrifying humans, Dracula is a family man and a savvy business owner. When an interloper named Jonathan stumbles across Dracula’s secret monster resort, the vampire has to make some unexpectedly tough decisions as a father. The film has a PG rating for action, scary images, and rude humor.

“Looper” stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller, the mob bosses of 2072 have figured out how to get rid of their enemies. They send their targets back in time, where hired guns dispose of the bodies thirty years before the mob bosses will have to face any consequences. After the plan goes awry, all hell breaks loose. “Looper” has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, drug content, and violence.

“End of Watch” is a crime thriller about what happens when enforcing the law becomes just as risky as a life of crime. When he accidentally stumbles into the middle of a vengeful drug cartel, Officer Brian Taylor cannot draw on what he learned in training. He has to take matters into his own hands. The police drama has an R rating for disturbing images, language, drug use, and strong violence. David Ayer directs.

“Trouble with the Curve” stars Amy Adams as a woman who interrupts her own life to help her father get his back on track. The problem is that her father’s vision has been poor lately, and he struggles with his job. She agrees to accompany him on one last recruiting trip for the Atlanta Braves. The PG-13 rating is due to smoking, thematic material, mature references, and language. Robert Lorenz directs.

“House at the End of the Street” is a suspenseful horror movie with a shocking twist, directed by Mark Tonderai. Ryan seems like a smart and thoughtful young man. The new girl in town is quick to befriend him, but Ryan has experienced some traumatic events in his lifetime, and his dark past may catch up with him. The film has an R rating for teen partying, drug use, language, thematic elements, and violence.