Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office!

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September 27th, 2012

Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office!

"Looper" is a sci-fi action thriller from director Rian Johnson, opening in theaters on Friday, September 28th. In the year 2042, Joe works as a hired gun. His bosses operate in 2072, sending their targets backwards in time so that Joe and his fellow assassins can deal with them more discreetly. The arrangement seems to be working well, until one day Joe's latest target looks suspiciously familiar. It may actually be Joe's future self. The smart, fast-paced thriller has an R rating for nudity, mature content, drug content, language and violence.

Just in time to celebrate the beginning of October, "Hotel Transylvania" hits theaters on September 28th. This family-friendly animated comedy features the voice talents of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. Dracula and his daughter, Mavis, lead a peaceful existence. Far from prying eyes, they run a comfortable resort, where various monsters from mummies to werewolves can just relax and be themselves. However, on Mavis's birthday, disaster strikes. A naive human boy manages to sneak into the resort, and though the monsters use all their wiles, they cannot seem to chase him away. "Hotel Transylvania" has a PG rating for scary images, action scenes and rude humor. Genndy Tartakovsky directs.

"Won't Back Down" stars Oscar-nominated Viola Davis. Two mothers overcome their differences to form a strong bond. Both of them worry about their children, who attend a struggling Pittsburgh school. Tired of watching their children flounder, Jamie and Nona decide to stop standing on the sidelines. Instead, they take action, determined to get the school on track and help its students succeed. Jamie and Nona know that it will be a tough battle, but what they do not expect is that they will have to fight against school administrators and other parents. The inspiring drama has a PG rating for language and thematic elements. Daniel Barnz directs.

Jason Moore helms "Pitch Perfect," a new musical comedy about an energetic rivalry between two college singing groups. The sharp-witted film centers on Beca, a new student at Barden University. Reluctantly, Beca agrees to become part of an all-female a cappella singing group. Their pipes are put to the test when an unfriendly competition springs up between the girls and the guys. Beca will have to get serious about her commitment to the group if she wants to prove herself. The PG-13 rating is due to mature content, drug references and language.

"Solomon Kane" is a new adventure film from director Michael J. Bassett, opening in select theaters this Friday. The film updates the tale of Solomon Kane, a grim crusader who first appeared in comic books in the 1920s. In this adaptation, James Purefoy plays Kane. During the 17th century, Kane is a mercenary who has a close brush with death. With Satan scheming for his soul, Kane devotes his remaining time on earth to acting as a protector of the innocent. After a family of Puritans has a terrifying encounter with followers of the sorcerer Malachi, Kane vows to avenge the family, even if it costs him his closely guarded life. "Solomon Kane" has an R rating for persistent violence.

Continuing Films

"End of Watch" stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two young police officers, working together to patrol the dangerous streets of South Los Angeles. The officers are still finding their feet, but they never expect to run into trouble during a routine traffic stop. However, the partners stumble into the middle of a powerful Mexican drug cartel, and the leaders are not happy. By the time the stakes become clear, it is too late for Officer Taylor and Officer Zavala to back out. Instead, they have to fight for their lives and livelihoods. David Ayer directs. The film has an R rating for pervasive and crude language, drug use, violence and disturbing images.

"House at the End of the Street" is an eerie and suspenseful horror film from director Mark Tonderai. When Sarah moves into an affluent neighborhood, she believes it will be a good move for her and her daughter, Elissa. Elissa soon befriends an enigmatic young man who lives nearby. Before long, the other residents start warning Elissa about the bizarre circumstances surrounding his past. "House at the End of the Street" has a PG-13 rating for teen partying, drug material, language, thematic elements, violence and terror.

"Trouble with the Curve" features Amy Adams as a young woman who will do anything for her aging father. She decides to accompany him on one last recruiting trip. Her father is a passionate and talented baseball scout, but his failing vision makes his job nearly impossible, and Mickey starts to wonder how much she can really help. Robert Lorenz directs. The film is rated PG-13 for smoking, thematic material, language and mature references.