Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office!

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January 10th, 2013

Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office!

“Gangster Squad” arrives in theaters on January 11. Ruben Fleischer helms the crime drama, which brings stars such as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone into a hardboiled 1940s landscape. The LAPD has sworn to maintain order and protect the citizens of Los Angeles. However, when ruthless gangsters start stirring up trouble, LAPD detectives and police officers realize that the best way to uphold the law is to break a few laws themselves. The gritty film has an R rating for language and violence.

Following a limited release, “Zero Dark Thirty” opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 11. After the brutal attacks on September 11, 2001, CIA operative Maya is obsessed with just one goal: to track down Osama bin Laden, the terrorist behind the devastation. Throughout the decade following the attacks, Maya has to rethink her most basic beliefs during her quest to bring the terrorist to justice. Kathryn Bigelow directs the controversial and timely political thriller. “Zero Dark Thirty” has an R rating for language, violence, and disturbing images.

“A Haunted House” pokes fun at the most popular found footage horror movies of the past few years, including the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. Michael Tiddes directs the comedy. Malcolm and his wife, Kisha, are thrilled to be moving into a beautiful new home. Before long, however, it becomes clear that they are not the only residents. Malcolm’s quest to exorcise the malevolent spirit will take surprisingly hilarious directions. The R rating is due to language, mature and crude content, and drug use.

“Quartet” opens in select theaters on January 11. Dustin Hoffman debuts his directorial talents in this charming comedic drama about retired opera singers. Wilf, Cissy, and Reg have long since left the stage, but they still enjoy reliving their glory days. The three have a perfect dynamic, as friends and as a singing group. However, when Reg’s ex-wife shows up at the retirement home, their trio reluctantly becomes a quartet. “Quarter” has a PG-13 rating for language and suggestive humor.

In “Fairhaven,” Chris Messina stars as Dave, a man who learns just how difficult it can be to return home after a long absence. Although his two best friends never left their small Massachusetts town, Dave headed out to see more of the world. Now a family tragedy has brought him back home, where a whole host of memories and loose ends await him. The poignant comedic drama is unrated. Tom O’Brien directs.

“Glee” star Chris Colfer appears in “Struck by Lightning,” a new comedy that opens in select theaters. Colfer also wrote the screenplay for the film, while Brian Dannelly directs. Carson hates high school life, but he also has an escape plan. He wants to become a famous editor and journalist, and nothing will stand in his way, not even his classmates. Even Carson’s dedication might not survive a startling twist of fate. The film is unrated.

“The Baytown Outlaws” is a gritty and humorous action film from director Barry Battles. All Celeste truly wants is to have her kidnapped godson back safe and sound. When she hires three redneck brothers to help her get the job done, she puts all her faith in their abilities. However, along the way, the three men run into unexpected trouble. “The Baytown Outlaws” has an R rating for strong violence, mature content, drug content, and language.

Continuing Films

John Luessenhop directs “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” a horror movie that traces the fate of the Sawyer clan. Heather has never questioned her identity, but an unexpected inheritance guides her to a small Texas town. Eager to know more about her long-lost biological family, Heather starts asking questions, but she may not like the answers. The film’s R rating is due to grisly violence and language.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is Peter Jackson’s big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel. When the wizard Gandalf convinces his friend, Bilbo Baggins, to host a party for a group of dwarves, Bilbo has no idea that he will end up part of a dangerous quest to retrieve treasure. The PG-13 rating is due to scenes of action and violence, as well as frightening images.

“Django Unchained” stars Kerry Washington as Broomhilda, a young woman who ends up with a callous plantation owner. She despairs of ever seeing her husband again, but unknown to Broomhilda, help may be on the way. “Django Unchained” has an R rating for violence, nudity, language, and a vicious fight. Quentin Tarantino directs.

Tom Hooper directs “Les Misérables,” a new adaptation of the beloved musical. Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert are sworn enemies. Valjean is trying to outrun his desperate past, while Javert wants to make sure he never forgets it. The PG-13 rating is due to suggestive material, thematic elements, and violence.