Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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November 8th, 2012

Weekend Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- “Skyfall” opens on Friday, November 9. Sam Mendes directs the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, released fifty years after “Dr. No” (1962). Bond has a simple mission, but when it ends up going disastrously wrong, M feels that she is to blame. To make matters worse, the British Secret Intelligence Service is putting pressure on M to retire. When Bond agrees to help M out and retrieve an important list, he ends up uncovering dark secrets from her past. “Skyfall” features Ben Whishaw in his new role as Q. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to mature content, smoking, language, and intense violence.

“Lincoln” opens in select theaters on November 9. Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis team up to illuminate the life and times of one of America’s most enduringly beloved presidents. The film follows the last months of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, during which he worked tirelessly to abolish slavery from United States soil. Lincoln’s focus on emancipation often led to tensions and treachery within the group that Lincoln should have been able to trust the most. “Lincoln” has a PG-13 rating for brief strong language, images of carnage, and intense war violence.

“The Comedy” debuts with limited release on Friday. Irreverent comedian Tim Heidecker stars as Swanson, a man who seems to have everything he could want from life. He lives in Brooklyn, has plenty of likeminded friends, and even inherited a sizable chunk of change from his father. Yet, Swanson is still jaded and unhappy, searching for meaning and trying desperately to amuse himself along the way. The dark comedy is unrated. Rich Alverson directs.

Todd Rohal directs “Nature Calls,” a quirky and raunchy new comedy. Kirk and Randy have spent their whole lives embroiled in a never-ending sibling rivalry. Even as adults, they look for new ways to upstage each other. When Kirk agrees to head a sleepover for his son’s Boy Scout troop, Randy sees an opportunity to step in, with disastrous and hilarious results. Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville star. The film’s R rating is due to mature content and language.

“In Their Skin” is an eerie thriller from Jeremy Power Regimbal. Following a devastating loss, a family tries desperately to regain equilibrium and find peace. When they head to a beautiful and isolated vacation home, things seem to look up for a short time, but the neighbors soon reveal a sadistic side that could push the family even further into darkness. “In Their Skin” is unrated, but is generally unsuitable for younger audiences.

Continuing Films

“Wreck-It Ralph” stars the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and other funny stars. In an arcade world, Ralph always winds up as the villain. With a new game in town, Ralph spots a chance to show off his range and prove just how heroic he can really be. It turns out to be harder than he expected. Rich Moore directs. “Wreck-It Ralph” has a PG rating for rude humor and mild action.

“Argo” is the latest hit from director Ben Affleck. Affleck also stars as a CIA exfiltration expert, facing one of the toughest challenges of his career. He has to successfully guide six American expats to safety, without attracting unwanted attention from Iranian revolutionaries. Tony’s ultimate plan seems crazy at first, but it may be the CIA’s only option, and time is running out. “Argo” has an R rating for violent images and language.

“Flight” features Denzel Washington in a tense and gripping drama about the repercussions of secret choices. Whip Whitaker takes pride in his career as a pilot. When he manages a risky and breathtaking maneuver that saves a plane from crashing, he reluctantly accepts the role of hero. However, new developments change public opinion, and Whitaker starts to fade from hero to villain. Robert Zemeckis directs “Flight,” which has an R rating for substance abuse, mature content, nudity, language, and intense action.

“The Man with the Iron Fists” stars RZA, who also directs. In a remote Chinese village, the locals may seem vulnerable, but they have a tough ally in the form of a skilled blacksmith. When a hunt for treasure turns the village into a battleground, the blacksmith has to draw on all his skills. The film’s R rating is due to drug use, intense violence, mature content, and language.

“Taken 2” sees Liam Neeson return to his role as Bryan Mills. After successfully saving his daughter from ruthless kidnappers, Mills still cannot rest easy. A trip to Istanbul becomes yet another struggle against relentless and hostile forces, this time the family members of the men Mills defeated years ago. Olivier Megaton directs the sequel to “Taken” (2008). The film’s PG-13 rating is due to some sensuality and intense action and violence.