New Releases this Weekend! What Will You See?

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March 21st, 2013

New Releases this Weekend! What Will You See?

-- "Olympus Has Fallen" arrives in theaters on Friday, March 22. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, this political thriller stars Gerard Butler as a Presidential guard who finally has a chance to redeem himself. After a terrible tragedy, Mike Banning's career flounders, along with his self-respect. When a terrorist attack leaves the President in danger, Banning is one of the only men who can step in and save the country's leader. It all depends on whether Banning can get in touch with his inner hero. The film's R rating is due to language and strong violence.

"The Croods" is a family-friendly animated flick from directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders. Starring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone, the movie follows the misadventures of a prehistoric family. Protective father Grug tries to discourage his family from taking risks, but one day the family's shelter unexpectedly gives out. Forced to find a new home, Grug and his family members end up in a colorful and strange world. The film's PG rating is due to scary action sequences.

Tina Fey stars in "Admission," a comedy about an Ivy League admissions officer who runs into an unexpected complication. Portia Nathan has made a successful career for herself by being ruthless. When she meets John, a laidback do-gooder, Portia's life starts to change in surprising ways. It turns out that John wants Portia to give an eccentric student a shot at admissions, and the student may have connections to Portia's past. The heartfelt comedy's PG-13 rating is due to mature content and language. Paul Weitz directs.

"The Sapphires" arrives in select theaters on March 22. Based on a true story, the film takes place in 1968, a time when big changes are happening in Australia. While some of the changes are devastating, others are positive. For instance, a well-meaning talent scout recruits four Aboriginal sisters to become the next big thing in entertainment. The Sapphires are out to make history, but also just to make some good music. Wayne Blair directs the soulful comedic drama, which has a PG-13 rating for mature content, war violence, language, smoking, and thematic elements.

"Love and Honor" stars Liam Hemsworth as Mickey. When Peter learns that his girlfriend, Juniper, is calling things off, he decides to leave Vietnam and head back home to win her heart. Going AWOL with his closest friend, Mickey, Peter will go to great lengths to reunite with Juniper. Along the way, however, life has some surprises for the two young soldiers. Danny Mooney directs. "Love and Honor" has a PG-13 rating for mature content, language, drug content, and brief violence.

Continuing Films

"Oz the Great and Powerful" is a fantasy epic from acclaimed director Sam Raimi. The Land of Oz is in trouble. When the prophesied wizard arrives, he seems like an unusual hero. After three beautiful witches take the wizard, Oscar, under their wings, he has to figure out which witches he should trust and which he should avoid. If Oscar cannot find his inner courage, the Land of Oz may be doomed. The film's PG rating is due to brief mild language, action sequences, and scary images.

Brad Anderson directs "The Call," a thriller that follows a 911 operator. When Jordan makes a mistake on the job, the consequences haunt her, pushing her to try her hardest to help other callers. Unexpectedly, Jordan ends up dealing with a victim of the killer who changed her past. This is Jordan's chance to redeem herself and move on from her past, but the high stakes may break her resolve. The R rating is due to violence, language, and disturbing content.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as Burt and Anton, two magicians who once ruled Las Vegas. When an edgy newcomer starts stealing all their thunder, Burt and Anton have to reevaluate their act and figure out how to appeal to contemporary fans. As it turns out, Burt may have to venture back to his past and reconnect with his roots if he wants to bring a breath of fresh air to his show. A drug-related incident, language, mature content, and dangerous stunts all lead to a PG-13 rating. Don Scardino directs.

"Jack the Giant Slayer" is a new and action-packed twist on a well-known fairytale. Jack falls in love with a princess, but unfortunately, he is just a humble farmhand. His fate changes in unexpected ways when Jack accidentally opens up a portal that leads to the world of giants. Now, Jack will have to join with the kingdom's best warriors to win in a battle against the vengeful giants. Bryan Singer directs the film, which has a PG-13 rating for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, brief language, and frightening images.