Weekend Preview! What's New at the Box Office?

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April 18th, 2013

Weekend Preview! What's New at the Box Office?

-- "Oblivion" arrives in theaters nationwide on Friday, April 19. The smart science-fiction film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, one of the few remaining humans on the planet Earth. Once a thriving planet, Earth is now left devastated by attacks from Scavs, a hostile alien race. In the year 2073, Jack and his fellow workers are trying to extract the last few precious resources from their former home. Just when his mission is about to end, everything Jack knows is thrown into upheaval. A traveler who has connections to Jack's past and a group of enigmatic resistance fighters raise questions that are too important to ignore. Every decision is now fraught with risk. The PG-13 rating is due to nudity and sensuality, brief strong language, and sci-fi action violence. Joseph Kosinski directs.

"The Lords of Salem" is a gory and irreverent new horror thriller from controversial director Rob Zombie. Heidi enjoys her job as a local DJ, filling the airwaves with handpicked rock anthems. When she receives a mysterious new album from "the Lords," Heidi soon realizes that this is not an experimental new band. It is something much larger and darker. As she ends up pulled deeper and deeper into a world of blood, gore, and mayhem, Heidi begins to realize that she may not survive the experience. The film has an R rating for graphic nudity, disturbing mature content and violence, drug use, and some language.

"Filly Brown" stars Gina Rodriguez as Majo Tonorio, a spirited and no-nonsense singer from Los Angeles who has a way with words. Thanks to the attention of a skilled DJ, Majo finds herself on the fast track to fame and fortune. However, it turns out that her dream may have a dark side. Majo worries that she is growing more distant from her friends and family, lured away by the trappings of mainstream fame. Majo will have to return to her roots and consider what her singing career really means to her. The R rating is due to language, drug use, and violence. Michael D. Olmos and Youssef Delara direct.

Continuing Films

"Evil Dead" is a gory remake of the 1981 horror classic. Fede Alvarez takes over for Sam Raimi as director. When Mia, her brother, and three close friends head to an isolated cabin, Mia just wants to overcome her personal demons. As it turns out, however, she will soon be facing down demonic forces of a much more terrifying nature. When her friend Eric accidentally awakens an evil presence, the trip becomes a bloody and brutal fight for survival. "Evil Dead" has an R rating for gore, strong bloody violence, language, and mature content.

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" stars Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. With Zartan posing as the President, Cobra wastes little time in framing the G.I. Joe team for stealing nuclear warheads. Now under attack, the team suffers major losses. The surviving warriors know that they have to stop Cobra. It is not just a matter of revenge: the whole country's future is at stake. Luckily, there is still one soldier who is brave enough to face Cobra Commander. The film has a PG-13 rating for brief sensuality, language, martial arts action, and combat violence. Jon M. Chu directs.

"The Croods" goes all the way back to prehistoric times to tell a timeless tale of family, adventure, and discovery. The Croods never venture very far outside the safety of their cave, thanks to the intervention of Grug, the nervous patriarch. When an earthquake brings their home crashing in on them, the Croods have to leave everything they know behind and head out into the world. "The Croods" has a PG rating for scary action sequences. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders direct the family-friendly flick.

"Jurassic Park 3D" takes all the suspense of Steven Spielberg's original thriller and presents it in larger-than-life 3D. When John Hammond invites his grandchildren and a group of experts to an exclusive preview of his theme park, he has no idea just how much can go wrong. After unexpected circumstances leave the theme park without power, the attractions escape. Unfortunately for the guests, the attractions are live dinosaurs, some of them lethal. The original 1993 film has a PG-13 rating for sci-fi terror.

In "Olympus Has Fallen," Gerard Butler stars as Mike Banning, a former Presidential guard who struggles with intense guilt over a mistake that left one of the President's loved ones dead. Now, the President is a hostage to guerilla forces. Banning knows that he can save his leader and seek redemption for his past wrongs. He will do anything it takes, even if it means risking his own life in the process. Antoine Fuqua directs the film, which has an R rating for language and violence.