Box Office Preview! What's New For The Weekend Of 12/07/12?

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December 7th, 2012

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- Directed by Gabriele Muccino, "Playing for Keeps" hits theaters nationwide this weekend. In this fun yet touching sports comedy, a former soccer star, attempting to rebuild his relationship with his son, gets roped onto the playing field in more ways than one. As he coaches his son's team, he must learn to keep his feet on the ground amid all the attractive soccer moms trying to score him over. "Playing for Keeps" has a PG-13 rating for language, some sexual situations, and a brief intense image.

Sure to be a hit with the kids, "Dino Time 3D" opens this weekend in select theaters. This animated family flick follows three children who set out on an adventure and find themselves welcomed to a friendly dinosaur's nest 65 million years before their time. Directed by Yoon-suk Choi and John Kafka, "Dino Time 3D" has a PG rating for mild rude humor and some scary action.

Opening in select theaters, "Deadfall" sees two siblings on the run following a failed casino heist. After a fatal car accident that costs their driver and a state trooper their lives, they split up and decide to head to Canada. However, it's the dead of winter and a whiteout wreaks havoc on their plans. With mayhem chasing Addison and Liza hitching a ride with a former boxer, recently released from prison, the two are unexpectedly brought back together for another twist in the plot. "Deadfall" has an R rating for language, sexuality, and strong violence. Stefan Ruzowitzky directs.

In select theaters this weekend, "Lay the Favorite" follows former Florida stripper Beth Raymer to her new job as a Las Vegas casino cocktail waitress. Despite things not going as planned, she shoots and scores with sports gambler Dink after letting him in on some gambling secrets. Of course this seemingly personal professional relationship comes at the cost of his wife's watchful eye. "Lay the Favorite" has an R rating for some brief drug use, language throughout, some sexual content, and nudity. Stephen Frears directs.

The witty literary drama "Hyde Park on the Hudson" opens in select theaters on November 7. Directed by Roger Michell, this film explores the story of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) as he and his family prepare to play host to England's Royal couple. As the first-ever British monarchs to visit America, the King and Queen ultimately visit to seek U.S. support for the war. Told from the perspective of FDR's neighbor and lover, Daisy, the story culminates into a deeper exploration of love and friendship. "Hyde Park on the Hudson" has an R rating for brief sexuality.

Continuing Films

Back this weekend, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part Two" is sure to bring in more vampire fans for the bite. With Bella and Edward's everlasting love marked by the birth of a child, along with Jacob's loyalty to the family, the Volturi does not stand a chance. The final film edition of Stephanie Meyer's best-selling vampire series is rated PG-13 for partial nudity, mild sensuality, disturbing images, and violence.

Jack Frost's unruly spirit hits a bump in "Rise of the Guardians" when he learns from the legendary Guardians that the evil Nightmare King is brewing an awful plan. In this imaginative animation, the often coldhearted frosty character spins his snowballs around and sets out to save the spirit of the season with his changed demeanor. Directed by Peter Ramsey, this reinvented holiday classic will have you reexamining the true meaning of Christmas and is rated PG for thematic elements and mildly scary action.

Based on the novel by Yann Martel and directed by the acclaimed Ang Lee, "Life of Pi" follows the story of sixteen-year-old Pi Patel as he journeys across the Pacific. In this heart-wrenching tale, the young boy is left to fend for himself with only a life raft and a few animal accompaniments as pals when his ride becomes shipwrecked. "Life of Pi" is rated PG for peril, scary action sequences, and emotional thematic content.

Led by director Rich Moore, "Wreck-It Ralph" is the story of a young culprit who would give anything to be a hero. However, Ralph isn't your ordinary culprit; in fact, he's a video game villain and tired of being the bad guy. When he switches jobs at Litwak's Arcade or games to be exact he soon learns that being a hero isn't all it's made out to be. "Wreck-It Ralph" is rated PG for rude humor and mild violence.

Directed by Andrew Dominik, "Killing Them Softly" is in theaters for its second weekend. Three criminals face trouble when their heist interrupts a Mob-protected poker game and Jackie Cogan is hired. Played by Brad Pitt, the enforcer's job is to bring order back to the town, where the local criminal economy is facing its downfall. "Killing Them Softly" is rated R for violence, pervasive language, sexual references, and some drug use.