Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

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March 14th, 2013

Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" arrives in theaters on Friday, March 15. Don Scardino's comedy stars Steve Carell, of "The Office" fame. Carell is the eponymous Burt Wonderstone, an egotistical magician who helms a wildly successful show on the Las Vegas strip. While Burt is able to dazzle audiences with his magic, one part of his show is decidedly not magical. His friendship with his partner, Anton, is quickly devolving. If Burt wants to keep up with the hot new shows in town, he has to return to his roots. The film's PG-13 rating is due to dangerous stunts, language, mature content, and a drug-related incident.

"The Call" is a taut new thriller from director Brad Anderson. Jordan's job as a 911 operator allows her to save lives every day, but her career has a dark side as well. When Jordan receives a call from a young girl who is in imminent danger, it slowly dawns on her that she may have to deal with her own traumatic past if she wants to save the girl's life. "The Call" has an R rating for language, violence, and disturbing content.

Alice Englert and Elle Fanning star in "Ginger & Rosa." The film opens in select theaters on March 15. In 1960s London, two teenage girls are the closest of friends, sharing all their hopes and fears with each other. As they grow up, their friendship starts to shift in unexpected and sometimes tragic ways. The changing cultural atmosphere mimics the evolution of their friendship. Sally Potter directs the drama, which has a PG-13 rating for mature disturbing thematic material involving teen choices, including drinking, smoking, and sexuality, and for language.

"From Up on Poppy Hill" is an animated film from Goro Miyazaki, son of acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. During the 1960s, young Umi turns her boarding school's clubhouse into her pet project. When she learns that an enterprising businessman hopes to destroy the clubhouse in time for the 1964 Olympics, Umi rallies the other students to save the structure. The movie's PG rating is due to incidental smoking images and mild thematic elements.

"Upside Down" opens in select theaters on Friday. Juan Solanas directs the innovative sci-fi film, which stars Kirsten Dunst as Eden. Eden is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy planet, so exotic that it has an inverted center of gravity. Adam is a young man from the planet's less affluent twin. He dreams of reconnecting with Eden, but as the planets lock down their security measures, Adam and Eden feel as if they are worlds apart. The PG-13 rating is due to some violence.
Continuing Films

"Oz the Great and Powerful" is an epic fantasy tale from director Sam Raimi. When a small-time circus magician with huge ambitions ends up in a bizarre and fascinating new world, he takes advantage of the situation to pass himself off as a powerful wizard. Three beautiful witches intervene in his plans, seeking Oscar's help. Now, the magician will have to learn what it really means to be a hero. The PG rating is due to brief mild language, action, and scary images.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" stars Nicholas Hoult as Jack, the farmhand from the famous fairytale. In this sleek and action-packed version, Jack accidentally opens a portal into the world of the giants. The vengeful giants are ready to overthrow the human kingdom, and it is up to Jack and the king's guard to make sure the humans survive the vicious battle against the ancient beings. "Jack the Giant Slayer" has a PG-13 rating for brief language, frightening images, and intense fantasy action violence. Bryan Singer directs.

"Identity Thief" is an uproarious comedy from director Seth Gordon. When an unconventional identity thief nabs the identity of a successful businessman, she gets to enjoy the high life on somebody else's dime. Meanwhile, however, her target feels baffled by his sudden lack of funds. Once the two meet each other, it is just the beginning of a hilarious adventure. This is one thief who will not give up without a major fight. The movie's R rating is due to language and mature content.

"Dead Man Down" is a film about the power and the danger of vengeance. Victor is so intent on seeking vengeance against a kingpin that he does not even notice the young woman watching him. When she approaches Victor, it turns out that Beatrice is savvier than she looks. She wants Victor to help her out during her own vengeance plot, and if he does not, Beatrice is ready to make Victor's life very unpleasant. The two strike an uneasy truce, but danger lurks around every corner. "Dead Man Down" has an R rating for mature content, language, and violence. Niels Arden Oplev directs.