Weekend Box Office Preview
Fans of the "Ice Age" franchise are in luck this weekend. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" arrives in theaters on Friday, July 13th. Scrat, the irrepressible squirrel, is still on a quest for the fabled acorn, even though the acorn never seems to bring him anything but bad luck. This time, Scrat ends up causing a world of trouble for all his friends. When the continent starts breaking into pieces, everybody has to scramble to keep up with the huge changes. Manny loses his family in the upheaval, inspiring his friends Sid and Diego to help him reunite with his clan. The three friends are unprepared for the epic adventures that await them. Directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier helm the family-friendly animated film, which has a PG rating for action, peril and mild rude humor.
Director Rodrigo Cortes has an edgy new horror film coming to select theaters this weekend. "Red Lights" is a psychological thriller that blends scares with smarts. Sigourney Weaver stars as Margaret Matheson, a renowned and prestigious paranormal investigator. She is the world's most famous skeptic, traveling the globe to debunk hundreds of hoaxes. Her business partner, Tom, rarely leaves her side. However, the duo runs into unexpected trouble. Simon Silver is a famous psychic who might be a charlatan or might be a genius. When Tom and Margaret lock horns with the enigma, they find themselves pulled into a world that defies everything they thought they knew. The film has an R rating for language and violence.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" stars Andrew Garfield as young Peter Parker, a high school student who dreams of uncovering the secret of his parents' death. As he starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together, Peter realizes that there might be more going on than the adults in his life will admit. Before too long, Peter ends up meeting Dr. Curt Connors. The mysterious scientist seems to know about PeterÕs parents, but he is not speaking up. Along with his crush, Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker will have to go to unimaginable lengths to discover the dark truth behind his parents' death and awaken to his new identity. "The Amazing Spider-Man" has a PG-13 rating for action and violence. Marc Webb directs.
"Ted" is a new comedy from Seth McFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" and "American Dad." Featuring McFarlane's distinctively raunchy sense of humor, the movie follows John, a lonely little boy who wishes his teddy bear could come to life. When his dream comes true, John is thrilled. However, as the two unusual friends grow older together, John starts to realize that his friendship with a talking teddy bear might put a damper on his ability to find a wife and start a family. "Ted" has an R rating for pervasive language, drug use and crude content.
There is a new Disney princess on the scene. "Brave" stars a fiery and strong-headed Scottish princess who dreams of having the freedom to live her life the way she wants to. Unfortunately, her mother is more concerned with decorum and finding a good marriage. Fed up, Princess Merida makes a rash and selfish decision. With her mother now in danger, Merida has to put her courage to the test. Along the way, she will also learn important lessons about love and family duty. "Brave" has a PG rating for scary action sequences and rude humor. Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews direct the Pixar epic.
Oliver Stone directs "Savages," a gritty drama about the darkest and toughest side of the drug trade. Chon and Ben are two peaceful friends living in California and following their dream of growing marijuana. Thanks to their teamwork and partnership, the two friends are the best in the business. Chon and Ben even share a girlfriend, the beautiful Ophelia. However, everything changes when Ophelia becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. A Mexican drug cartel has moved into the area, and they want Chon and Ben to team up with them. When the friends refuse, Chon and Ben end up in over their heads. "Savages" has an R rating for nudity, graphically mature content, brutal violence, language and drug use.
"Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" is a 3D extravaganza that is sure to delight fans of the charismatic and bubbly pop star. The dynamic performer shares her life with her fans in this documentary, focusing on both her true self and her bright, bold musical persona. From her challenges and struggles to her triumphs and joys, the documentary offers an intriguing insight into Katy Perry's life and stardom. Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth direct. The film has a PG rating for brief smoking, thematic elements, language and some suggestive content.