Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

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March 28th, 2013

Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

-- Everyone's favorite childhood action figure gets an edgy upgrade in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," arriving in theaters this Friday, March 29. This sequel to "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" (2009) stars Bruce Willis as General Colton, a veteran warrior who agrees to team up with Roadblock. An elite group of operatives combines forces to prevent Cobra Commander and Zartan from bringing chaos to the whole planet. Jon M. Chu directs. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" has a PG-13 rating for brief sensuality, language, combat violence, and martial arts action sequences.

"The Host" is the latest movie inspired by the works of Stephenie Meyer. The action-packed film focuses on Melanie, a young woman who struggles to survive in a hostile world. Parasitic aliens have taken over the human race, occupying their bodies. Melanie holds out as long as she can, but when an alien soul enters her body, she discovers that she can still cling to her humanity. In a race to save her people, Melanie has to take huge risks. Due to violence and sensuality, the movie has a PG-13 rating. Andrew Niccol directs.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor" is an evocative new drama from director Tyler Perry. Judith has been happily married to the same man for years, never questioning her commitment. When she meets a charismatic and self-assured playboy, Judith begins to wonder whether she really feels a spark with her husband. As she falls deeper under a spell of seduction, Judith will have to make difficult decisions, all while her marriage hangs in the balance. The film's PG-13 rating is due to drug content, violence, and mature content.

"The Place Beyond the Pines" arrives out on limited release this weekend. Derek Cianfrance directs the film, which stars Ryan Gosling as an enigmatic motorcycle stuntman. When his lover welcomes a new baby, Luke has to abandon his former career and find a way to earn more money. Unfortunately, the easiest way to bring in cash also involves landing on the wrong side of the law. The R rating is due to violence, some language, a mature reference, and teen drug and alcohol use.

"Mental" tells the story of Barry Moochmore, a frazzled and unscrupulous politician who feels lost in a family dominated by girls. When his wife suffers a nervous breakdown, Barry has to scramble to find a willing nanny for his increasingly nervous and wayward daughters. The nanny in question might not be totally appropriate, but she will shake up the Moochmore household in big ways. Directed by P.J. Hogan, the film is unrated by the MPAA.

"Welcome to the Punch" arrived in select theaters on Wednesday, March 27. Eran Creevy's action-packed crime movie follows Max, a detective who will never feel totally at peace until he captures the one who got away. Luckily for Max, the criminal is finally returning from hiding, giving Max one final chance to bring him to justice. Unluckily for Max, the criminal is willing to go to great lengths to walk free. The film has not been rated.

Continuing Films

"The Croods" is an enchanting prehistoric film from directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. Eep is a cave-dwelling girl with a big imagination and a lot of curiosity, but her neurotic father makes sure the family never ventures far from the cave. When fate intervenes, however, Eep and her family members set out on the biggest and most challenging adventure of their lives. The family-friendly flick has a PG rating for some scary action sequences.

"Olympus Has Fallen" is a political action film from Antoine Fuqua. With the President's life in danger and the whole country trying to survive the threat of terrorist attacks, only one man is able to step in and save the day. The problem is, this former Presidential guard already disgraced himself during a terrible tragedy. If he cannot move past this mistake, the future may be in peril, too. The R rating is due to violence and language.

Sam Raimi directs "Oz the Great and Powerful," an inventive fantasy that takes place before the events in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Oscar is a smalltime magician who knows he has more to offer. As it turns out, he might fulfill his heroic calling in an entirely new and different world. The PG rating is because of scary images, mild language, and action.

"The Call" is a tense thriller about a woman who feels haunted by her past. An innocent mistake during her job as a 911 operator had grave consequences, and Jordan only wants a chance to redeem herself. When her chance comes, Jordan is terrified she may make another fatal mistake. Halle Berry stars in the film, which has an R rating for disturbing content, language, and violence.