Preview for the weekend of June 1st, 2012
What's New At the Box Office This Weekend?
Rupert Sanders brings an edgy new fairy tale to the theaters on Friday, June 1st. Kristen Stewart stars as a very modern heroine in "Snow White and the Huntsman." When Snow White's jealous stepmother orders her huntsman to take the girl into the woods and kill her, she does not bet on one thing. The huntsman has a heart. Instead of killing the innocent young woman, he trains her to become a fearsome warrior. Together, the two plan to seek revenge by leading an attack against the tyrannical queen. The dramatic action film has a PG-13 rating for some sensuality, as well as action and violence.
Fans of campy, gory horror movies are in for a treat this weekend. "Piranha 3DD" is the over-the-top sequel to "Piranha 3D" (2010). Director John Gulager takes the helm. Big Wet is a brand-new water park that promises tons of thrills and fun in the sun. However, the staff and patrons soon discover that the water is not so welcoming. A swarm of bloodthirsty piranhas has invaded Big Wet, and the man-eaters are ready to turn the park into their own personal buffet. It is up to a group of unexpected heroes to save the day. The comedic horror movie is rated R for nudity, mature content, language, drug use and extreme gore and violence.
John Stalberg directs "High School," a new comedy about an overachieving valedictorian who winds up in over his head. Soon before graduating and heading off to enjoy an amazing college scholarship, Henry gives in to peer pressure and tries marijuana for the first time. Unfortunately, Henry does not realize that the entire school is about to undergo mandatory drug testing. Watching his dreams slip away, the A+ student hatches a desperate plot to save his reputation. The plan might work, or it might make things even worse. "High School" has an R rating for drug use and references, language, crude content and nudity (all involving teenagers).
"The Loved Ones" is a crime and horror film about the dark side of prom night. All Lola wants is a date to the prom, and she has her eye set on handsome but troubled Brent. When Brent refuses out of loyalty to his girlfriend, Holly, Lola does not take the news very well. Before long, Brent is caught in a struggle for his life, while Lola carries out her sadistic revenge. The Australian horror film is directed by Sean Byrne and is enjoying a limited re-release in US theaters. The film is unrated, but contains extreme violence and disturbing imagery.
Will Smith returns to one of his most popular roles in "Men in Black III." When Agent J learns that his partner, Agent K, is in trouble, he jumps into action to save the day. This mission is a little unusual, however. Agent J will have to travel back in time to prevent aliens from causing big problems during the 1960s. Barry Sonnenfeld directs the comedic sci-fi and action movie, which has a PG-13 rating for suggestive content and violence.
"The Dictator" is a controversial comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. When Zoey bumps into an eccentric stranger on the streets of New York City, she is drawn to his passion and his unique personality. Zoey offers the man a job at her organic market, where he quickly proves that he has strange ideas about customer service. Zoey slowly realizes that her new hire is not just anybody... he is the displaced dictator of an African nation. Larry Charles directs. "The Dictator" has an R rating for nudity, language, violent imagery and strong crude and mature content.
"Marvel's The Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and other stars in an epic superhero showdown. When Loki returns from his exile, he has a huge chip on his shoulder and an army of aliens at his side. It is up to S.H.I.E.L.D. to save the planet from Loki's domination. First, however, the superheroes will have to learn how to get along. The film is directed by Joss Whedon and rated PG-13 for a brief drug reference and intense violence and action sequences.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a fresh, funny comedy about the joys and challenges of parenthood. Alex and Holly disagree over their adoption timeline, since Alex is too nervous to become a new father. Rosie and Marco wind up expecting a child after a brief fling and have to reconsider their casual relationship to each other. Fitness guru Jules is nervous about her changing body and lifestyle. Kirk Jones directs the comedy. The PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements, language and crude content.