The Weekend is Here! What Will You See?

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Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy star in the lead roles of this crime-themed comedy film directed by Seth Gordon.
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February 8th, 2013

The Weekend is Here! What Will You See?

Seth Gordon directs “Identity Thief,” a clever crime comedy that arrives out in theaters this Friday, February 8. Sandy Bigelow Patterson is just an average guy, working an average job in Denver. He never suspects that somebody might want his identity, but when all his credit cards end up mysteriously drained of funds, he knows that something fishy is going on. When Sandy goes after the woman who took his identity, he quickly learns that her friendly, harmless appearance is very deceiving. “Identity Thief” has an R rating for language and mature content.

“Side Effects” is the latest thriller from acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. Emily used to be madly in love with her husband, Martin, but her anxiety has been interfering with their relationship. When she seeks out a psychiatrist and lands a prescription for a new medication, Emily’s moods initially start to improve. Soon, however, she ends up in a dark and confusing spiral, not sure who to trust and what to believe. The suspenseful film has an R rating for nudity, mature content, violence, and language.

“Top Gun 3D” is a flashy theatrical rerelease of the popular 1986 action film. Directed by Tony Scott, the film follows the ambitious and cocky young pilots who attend the Top Gun Naval Flying School. Maverick is a hot-tempered pilot with a lot to prove, and he will not be happy until he is the best in the class. To complicate matters further, Maverick starts having feelings for one of his instructors. The movie has a PG rating.

Continuing Films

“Warm Bodies” is a zombie romance from director Jonathan Levine. R cannot remember too much about his former life. These days, he is literally a zombie, shuffling through life and trying to make sense of his flesh-eating existence. When he develops a crush on a human girl, the whole zombie tribe begins to change. R could spark a revolution, but he needs to be careful, because a human heart can be a dangerous thing. The unconventional romantic comedy has a PG-13 rating because of language and zombie violence.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” takes the classic fairytale and gives it an edgy upgrade. When Hansel and Gretel defeat an evil witch during childhood, the story is far from over. As adults, the siblings have made a name for themselves as fearless bounty hunters. When the mayor of a German town calls on the pair for help, Hansel and Gretel will have to face one of their biggest challenges yet. Tommy Wirkola directs the sleek fantasy horror film, which has an R rating for language, nudity, mature content, and violence and gore.

“Silver Linings Playbook” stars Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany, a young widow who meets a man who is also trying to put his life back together. Pat has been in a psychiatric institute, working on controlling on his bipolar disorder. Tiffany persuades her friend to be her partner in a dance competition, in exchange for her help as he tries to right past wrongs. Their friendship slowly blossoms, but both of them will have to come to terms with their private demons. The R rating is due to mature content, language, and nudity. David O. Russell directs.

“Mama” is an eerie horror film from Andrés Muschietti, based on his short film of the same name. Lucas lost his brother and sister-in-law in a traumatizing tragedy, but years later, searchers find Lucas’s two young nieces. For five years, the little girls have been existing in the woods, seemingly without any help. Lucas agrees to look after his nieces, but something evil has followed them out of the woods. “Mama” is rated PG-13 for violence, thematic elements, terror, and disturbing images.

“Zero Dark Thirty” follows the personal journey of a young CIA officer as she joins in the long, frustrating, and challenging hunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden. With pressures mounting, Maya must make difficult decisions if she wants to bring one of America’s most hated enemies to justice. By the time the CIA has found bin Laden’s hiding place, Maya needs to have faith that they can finally end the decade-long manhunt. Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial movie has an R rating for language and disturbing images.

Walter Hill directs “Bullet to the Head.” Jimmy Bobo ends up losing his friend and partner after they manage to take out a corrupt cop. Vowing to seek revenge for his fallen partner, Jimmy reluctantly teams up with a newcomer to the New Orleans crime scene. Taylor Kwon is a young detective who has his own reasons for wanting to bring the killer to justice, and Bobo soon realizes that Kwon is his best shot at vengeance. The gritty film’s R rating is due to bloody images, violence, drug use, language, and nudity.