Thursday Preview for the weekend of April 20th

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April 19th, 2012

Box Office Weekend Preview: What's New?

--Nicholas Sparks brought the world “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember.” On April 20th, a new romance hits the theaters. Based on Sparks’ popular novel, “The Lucky One” is a romantic drama about the power of fate. Logan is a young US Marine, completing his third tour of duty in Iraq. Amidst the dangers, Logan finds a good luck charm: a photo of an unknown woman. When he is on leave, the soldier heads out to find the woman, on a daring tale of love and destiny. Scott Hicks directs the movie, which is rated P3-13 for violence and suggestive themes.

“Think Like a Man” is a new comedy from director Tim Story. Based on a popular relationship advice book by Steve Harvey, the film follows four women and their respective boyfriends and husbands. When Mya, Candace and their friends decide to follow Harvey’s relationship tips, the men in their lives decide to try out a few changes of their own. The comedy is rated PG-13 for some crude humor, drug use and suggestive themes.

A dark new thriller arrives in theaters this weekend, offering a new spin on the vampire trend. “The Moth Diaries” is a haunting horror movie from director Mary Harron. Rebecca is a troubled young student at a boarding school. As she tries to escape her unhappy past, Rebecca is distracted by Ernessa, an exotic new student. Things start to unravel when Rebecca decides Ernessa must be a vampire, hunting students in the dead of night. The spooky film is rated R for language, mature themes, gore and drug use.

“Chimpanzee” is a new nature documentary directed by Alistair Fothergill, released in honor of Earth Day 2012. Actor Tim Allen narrates the touching and fascinating story of a young male chimpanzee named Oscar. When Oscar winds up orphaned and separated from his tribe, an older monkey is the only creature who will accept him and raise Oscar as his own. The documentary is produced by Disneynature and is rated G.

“Darling Companion” is a heartwarming drama about Beth, a woman who is dissatisfied with her life. She escapes her unhappy marriage and fears of growing older by taking in a rescue dog. Her bond with the dog grows stronger, but when her beloved pet goes missing, Beth has to draw on help from unexpected sources. The drama is directed by Lawrence Kasdan and is rated PG-13 for some mature content and language.

Continuing Films
Director Gary Ross’s “The Hunger Games” continues to draw crowds to the theaters. The action-packed sci-fi epic is just as fun the first time as it is on the third or fourth viewing. Twenty-four teenagers are chosen by lottery to fight against each other to the death. The victor will become a hero, but the problem is surviving a vicious battle between peers. Katniss Everdeen is the first person from her district to volunteer to fight, trying to save her little sister. The suspenseful film is rated PG-13 for intense violence and disturbing images.

“The Three Stooges” brings back the classic humor of the original slapstick comedy troupe. Directed by the Farrelly brothers, the story follows Larry, Moe and Curly from their infancy. The three babies are left on the doorstep of a Catholic orphanage. As they grow up, they love to wreak havoc and cause mischief. As bumbling adults, the three men learn that their beloved orphanage is in danger. They will go to any lengths to save the day. The comedy is rated PG for some crude humor and slapstick violence.

“Cabin in the Woods” is an exciting new horror film from director Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon. Five friends just want to get away from it all and have a little fun at an isolated woodland cabin. Instead, they find themselves struggling to survive against unnatural forces. The horror movie is rated R for mature themes, gore, drug use and language.

“Titanic 3D” is still in theaters for a limited time. James Cameron’s romance is still as popular with audiences in 2012 as it was in 1997. Rose, a wealthy but unhappy socialite, and Jack, a poor artist, meet and fall in love aboard the RMS Titanic. What they cannot guess is that the unsinkable ship is heading for disaster. The film is rated PG-13 for mature themes and disaster-related violence.