Weekend Preview! What Will You See?

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December 27th, 2012

Weekend Preview! What Will You Go See?

-- Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated “Django Unchained” arrived in theaters on Christmas Day. The gritty Western tells the story of Django, a former slave who is now a free and dangerous man. Thanks to the tutelage of an eccentric ex-dentist, Django has become a skilled bounty hunter. He has only one goal on his mind: to free his wife from the clutches of a malicious and controlling plantation owner. The edgy film has an R rating for a vicious fight, intense violent throughout, language, and nudity.

One of the world’s most beloved musicals comes to the big screen in a grand new adaptation. Tom Hooper directs “Les Misérables.” In an act of desperation, Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread, and now forever bears the mark of a felon. Although he tries to lead a virtuous life, Valjean has an enemy in the form of an unforgiving policeman named Javert. To make matters more complicated, Valjean tries to act as a protective and loving father figure to Cosette, a young orphan. The musical has a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, violence, suggestive material, and mature content.

“Parental Guidance” opened on Tuesday, December 25, bringing some extra holiday cheer to Christmas Day. Andy Fickman directs the uproarious comedy. Artie and Diane Decker agree to babysit their three grandchildren, assuming that it will offer a good opportunity to bond. However, havoc ensues when Artie realizes that his grandchildren are growing up in an entirely different world than he did. Rather than buckling to contemporary parenting standards, Artie decides to introduce the kids to his own tough rules. The movie has a PG rating for some rude humor.

Gus Van Sant directs “Promised Land,” an insightful drama that opens in select theaters on Friday, December 28. Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a hardworking salesman for a gas corporation. Steve enjoys his work, but he runs into unexpected complications when his boss sends him to a town that has been struggling to survive the poor economy. To Steve’s surprise, some of the locals are more concerned with the environment than financial success, leading Steve to reexamine his own motives. “Promised Land” has an R rating for language.

Continuing Films
Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel to life. Along with Thorin Oakenshield and a band of stalwart dwarves, Bilbo Baggins heads out of the Shire and into the often wild and sometimes dangerous areas of Middle Earth. Bilbo will encounter a whole host of friends and enemies, including the crafty and hostile Gollum. The hobbit must keep his wits about him if he wants to survive. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to intense action sequences and frightening images.

“Jack Reacher” stars Tom Cruise in the eponymous role. After a brutal shooting, the authorities are quick to arrest a military sniper. Though the case seems cut and dried, the suspect has one request. He demands to see Jack Reacher, insisting that Reacher can prove his innocence. As the investigation unfurls, it quickly becomes clear that the case is anything but simple. Reacher will have to challenge his own assumptions if he wants to see justice served. Christopher McQuarrie directs. The PG-13 rating is due to language, drug material, and language.

“This Is 40” is the latest comedy from Judd Apatow. As they approach middle age, Debbie and Pete realize that their marriage has changed drastically since they first fell in love. They have let other obligations and stresses get in the way of their romance. With money problems threatening their security, Debbie and Pete will have to work extra hard to revive their dimming spark. “This is 40” has an R rating for crude humor, mature content, drug material, and pervasive language.

“Rise of the Guardians” tells the tale of Jack Frost. Although the youthful spirit of winter prefers to cause trouble and stir up mischief, his skills unexpectedly come in handy during the fight against Pitch the Boogeyman. Peter Ramsey directs the animated movie, which has a PG rating due to mildly scary action and thematic elements.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a biopic that offers insight into the last months of one of America’s most beloved presidents. Abraham Lincoln has the daunting task of changing the structure of the United States, right at the end of the devastating Civil War. The film’s PG-13 rating is for war violence, carnage, and strong language.

“The Guilt Trip” stars Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand as a son and mother who do not always get along. All Andy wants is to find a distributor for his invention. His mother decides to fit in some bonding time during the road trip, much to Andy’s chagrin. Anne Fletcher directs. The PG-13 rating is because of risqué humor and language.