Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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November 14th, 2013

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

"Nebraska" arrives in theaters on Friday, November 15. Woody learns that he's finally struck it rich. The problem is that he's actually received a scam letter. When his son discovers Woody's predicament, he lets his father keep up the charade. The result is a series of events that rapidly spiral into potential disaster, including a fateful road trip. Alexander Payne's drama has a PG-13 rating for elements of violence.

"The Best Man Holiday" is Malcolm D. Lee's heartwarming holiday comedy. Christmastime is a chance to reconnect with friends and loved ones. But reviving old relationships and delving into the past can be a dangerous undertaking. After many years spent apart, a group of good friends finally have a chance to reunite. As old rivalries and passions ignite once more, the get-together turns into a very interesting Christmas celebration. The R rating is due to language, mature content, and brief nudity.

"Charlie Countryman" opens in select theaters on November 15. After he loses his mother, Charlie is adrift and uncertain. A vision guides him to an unexpected location: Romania. On the plane, an unexpected encounter with a stranger leads Charlie to meet the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, he'll have to deal with her scary companions first. The innovative film has an R rating for brutal violence, drug use, nudity, mature content, and language throughout. Fredrik Bond directs.

"Dear Mr. Watterson" follows the life of the man responsible for one of the world's most beloved comic strips. Mischievous Calvin and his thoughtful tiger friend, Hobbes, are the brainchildren of Bill Watterson. Joel Allen Schroeder directs the film, bringing together fan interviews and anecdotes from Watterson's friends and colleagues. Together, these snippets paint a portrait of the mind behind the comics. The documentary is not rated.

"Faust" is Aleksandr Sokurov's interpretation of a classic German tale. Faust is a man with an obsession so strong that it could alter his fate forever. His infatuation with Margarete gives his life meaning and purpose, but he may not be able to win her attention without the help of a mysterious, ominous stranger and a dark deal. The film does not have a rating.

"12-12-12" features live footage of the concert held in 2012 to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Amir Bar-Lev directs the documentary, which includes performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, and other musicians. To raise funds for those who suffered during the hurricane, many of the world's most acclaimed celebrities, bands, and artists gathered for a star-studded evening. The R rating is due to language.

Continuing Films

"Thor: The Dark World" stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster. When Jane accidentally becomes a vessel for a mystical weapon of the Dark Elves, Thor rushes to her side. The fate of Asgard and the Earth depend on finding a way to save Jane, but the cure will not be simple. Alan Taylor directs. The superhero film has a PG-13 rating for intense sci-fi action and violence, as well as for suggestive content.

In "Free Birds," an unlikely pair of turkeys travels back in time to crash the first Thanksgiving and change the fates of their feathered friends. Reggie and Jake decide

that they need to convince the Pilgrims to pick a different entrée for their harvest feast. However, this task proves a little more difficult than expected. "Free Birds" has a PG rating for rude humor, action, and peril. Jimmy Hayward directs.

"Ender's Game" is director Gavin Hood's big-screen version of Orson Scott Card's popular YA novel. Ender Wiggin attends the Battle School, training relentlessly at a
series of increasingly difficult military games. As Ender learns more about his ultimate purpose at the Battle School, he starts to question whether he really wants to be part of the organization's mission. "Ender's Game" has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, sci-fi action, and violence.

"Last Vegas" features a group of four life-long friends. While three of the friends are struggling as they enter their later years, Billy is just getting started. He invites his pals to celebrate his bachelor party in Sin City. Billy's friends head out for one last hurrah. They just might rediscover a sense of fun. Mature content and language contribute to a PG-13 rating. Jon Turteltaub directs.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" stars Johnny Knoxville as Irving, a geriatric man who refuses to let his age prevent him from stirring up some trouble. While on a road trip with his young and impressionable grandson, Irving uncovers one irresistible opportunity for mischief after another. Child beauty pageant contestants and wedding guests are just some of his hapless victims. Jeff Tremaine's hidden camera film has an R rating for crude mature content, graphic nudity, language, and brief drug use.