Weekend Outlook: What's New at the Box Office?

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August 30th, 2012

Weekend Outlook: What to Expect at the Box Office

-- New Films

“Lawless” opened on Wednesday, August 29th. John Hillcoat directs the suspenseful new Western, starring Shia LeBeouf, Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy. In the untamed mountains of Virginia, three brothers make a living for themselves through a bootlegging business. The problem is that everybody wants a taste of their success. The Bondurant brothers struggle to keep a monopoly on the local market, but with the authorities closing in, they have to make some risky gambles. Jack, the youngest of the brothers, has his eye on the beautiful Bertha, but winning her heart might distract him from the business. “Lawless” has an R rating for mature content, nudity, language and strong violence.

“The Possession” arrives in theaters on Friday, August 31st. The atmospheric horror movie from Ole Bornedal tells the story of a family haunted by forces beyond their control. Clyde’s daughter finds an antique box at a yard sale and decides to buy it. It does not take long for Clyde to realize that something about the box is a little strange. Weird occurrences and unsettling changes in his daughter convince Clyde to seek help. However, it may be too late. The eerie movie draws inspiration from a true story and has a PG-13 rating for violence and disturbing imagery.

Jamie Travis directs “For a Good Time, Call...”, appearing in select theaters. This irreverent comedy centers on two women, once enemies in college and now approaching 30. Hoping to afford a cushier lifestyle, the women move in together. Lauren and Katie have one thing in common: they both need to earn more money. Together, they start an unlikely business venture, operating an adult phone line. As the business grows, the women’s friendship develops as well. The hilarious film has an R rating for strong mature content, language and drug use.

“The Tall Man” is a mystery thriller from controversial director Pascal Laugier. Jessica Biel stars as Julia, a single mother and hardworking nurse. Her life in a small town takes a dark twist when Julia’s child ends up missing. Trying to ignore strange rumors, Julia sets out to save her child. It is soon obvious that the mysterious Tall Man holds the key to unlocking the mystery. The film’s R rating is due to violence, terror and language.

Lance Daley helms “The Good Doctor.” The dramatic thriller is due out in select theaters on August 31st. Young Diane is a patient in need of a doctor, while Dr. Blake is a doctor in need of a patient. What begins as a professional relationship ends up taking on dark new dimensions. When Diane is ready to leave the hospital, she finds that Dr. Blake is willing to keep her there, even if it means that Diane never recovers. “The Good Doctor” has a PG-13 rating for disturbing situations, thematic material and crude mature content.

Continuing Films

Simon West directs the action-packed sequel to “The Expendables” (2010). “The Expendables 2” features non-stop action sequences, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger. When one of their young recruits winds up dead during a deal gone wrong, the group of ruthless mercenaries decides to take justice into their own hands. When they stand off against their nemesis, they learn that he has some dangerous tricks up his sleeve. “The Expendables 2” has an R rating for persistent bloody violence.

“The Bourne Legacy” shows the effects of Jason Bourne’s actions. Thanks to his interference, the CIA is in hot water and hurrying to backtrack. Many elite operatives are now in danger. Agent Aaron Cross is one of those operatives, but he refuses to go down without a fight. The CIA now has to battle against a super-agent they helped to create. Tony Gilroy directs. “The Bourne Legacy” has a PG-13 rating for intense violence and action sequences.

“ParaNorman” is a spooky and creative animated film from directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler. Norman has a hard time making friends. In addition to being a little weird, Norman also has the ability to see and speak with the dead. After Norman meets his estranged uncle, he learns that he has a big responsibility weighing on his shoulders, and Norman is not sure he is up to the task. “ParaNorman” has a PG rating, due to some language, rude humor, thematic elements and scary images and action sequences.

“The Campaign” sees Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis going head to head as two very different men battling for the same seat in Congress. Cam Brady is charismatic and patriotic, but his habit of scandalous affairs might be his undoing. Marty Huggins is inexperienced, but his lovable personality could just win him a position as Congressman. Jay Roach directs the comedy, which has an R rating for brief nudity, language and crude content.