Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

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January 24th, 2013

Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” arrives in theaters on Friday, January 25. The movie takes the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel and gives it an edgy upgrade, showing what happens after the fateful encounter with the gingerbread house. Now, the siblings are a deadly witch-killing duo. When an enchantress threatens the children in a German town, the mayor hires the only two bounty hunters who can save the day. If Hansel and Gretel are not careful, this mission could be their last one. Tommy Wirkola’s slick horror fantasy flick has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, violence, and gore.

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up in “Parker.” Parker may be a thief, but he lives by his own rules. He never hurts those who do not deserve it, and he only steals from those who can handle the loss. However, all Parker’s rules and codes come crashing down when his own crew turns their backs on him. Parker has to follow through on one of his most important rules: to seek vengeance against those who wrong him. Taylor Hackford directs. The R rating is due to mature content, nudity, language, and strong violence.

“Movie 43” draws on the talents of twelve different directors, including Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, and eight other filmmakers. Each director handles a different storyline, creating a hilariously intertwining plot. “Movie 43” also features one of the most impressive ensemble casts ever seen onscreen, with stars ranging from Hugh Jackman to Kate Winslet, from Naomi Watts to Gerard Butler. When three kids decide to find the internet’s most offensive movie, they stumble across more than they ever could have imagined. The raunchy comedy has an R rating for violence, drug use, graphic nudity, and crude and mature content, including dialogue.

Continuing Films

“Mama” is an eerie horror film from director Andrés Muschietti , based on his short film of the same name. When searchers find two long-lost girls, apparently surviving on their own in a decrepit cabin, their uncle agrees to look after them. The girls are feral, having a hard time transitioning to normal life. As they grow closer to their new guardians, the children still have to deal with the mysterious and not entirely friendly presence that lived with them in the cabin. “Mama” has a PG-13 rating for terror, disturbing images, violence, and thematic elements.

In “Zero Dark Thirty,” a CIA officer tracks down information that could help speed the capture of Osama bin Laden, one of the United State’s most wanted enemies. Maya must make decisions that go against her personal ethics, but she holds fast to the belief that these tactics are in the country’s best interests. When U.S. Navy SEALs are finally ready to track down the renowned terrorist, Maya is one of the few people who has total faith in the effort. Kathryn Bigelow directs. The R rating is due to language and disturbing images.

“Silver Linings Playbook” earned Jennifer Lawrence the second Oscar nomination of her career for her role as Tiffany Maxwell, a recovering sex addict who is trying to make a life for herself despite personal problems. Tiffany meets Pat, a man who is also struggling to lead a normal, happy life and keep his bipolar disorder under control. The two strike up a friendship, but it might make things more difficult. David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated comedy has an R rating for mature content, nudity, and language.

Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” traces the epic struggle between crime lord Mickey Cohen and the LAPD in post-World War II Los Angeles. Coehn is so skilled in the art of intimidation that he has the entire police department under his thumb, until one dedicated officer decides to take a stand. The team he assembles will have to go against all the rules if they want to succeed. The crime thriller has an R rating for violence and language.

“Broken City” stars Mark Wahlberg as a former cop, now patching together a living as a private investigator. Taggart lands an important client when the mayor of New York City asks him to look into his wife’s comings and goings. Taggart agrees, but it soon becomes clear that the mayor has much larger and dark plans afoot. Allen Hughes directs. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and violence.

Michael Tiddes directs “A Haunted House,” a horror movie spoof. Malcolm and Kisha seem like they have it all: young love, hope for the future, and a gorgeous new home. When an evil spirit possesses Kisha, however, Malcolm has to go through a series of hilarious misadventures and missteps to get his wife back. “A Haunted House” features an R rating for mature content, drug use, and language.