Weekend Outlook: What's New at the Box Office?

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August 2nd, 2012

Weekend Outlook: What's New at the Box Office?

-- New Releases

Director Len Wiseman helms a sleek remake of a sci-fi classic. "Total Recall" arrives in theaters on Friday, August 3rd. Colin Farrell takes over the role of Douglas Quaid, originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger over twenty years ago. Douglas is a factory worker with an unremarkable life. Hoping to add a little excitement to his humdrum existence, Douglas saves up for a vacation. By visiting a company called Rekall, he can have fake memories implanted into his mind, letting him relive the experience of being a daring spy. However, the mind-trip ends up giving Douglas more excitement than he bargained for. Plunged into a dangerous world, the factory worker finds himself questioning his reality and fighting for his life. The sci-fi action thriller has a PG-13 rating for brief nudity, mature content, language and intense action sequences that include violence.

Young audience members have something to get excited about. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" opens in theaters this weekend. The third film in the series sees Zachary Gordon returning to his role as Greg Heffley, a junior high underdog. With the whole summer ahead of him, Greg tries to figure out how to keep himself entertained and maybe even change his life for the better. If everything goes as planned, Greg will end the summer with a steady girlfriend, an impressive job and a great relationship with his dad. In Greg's life, though, things rarely go as planned. The family-friendly comedy has a PG rating for some rude humor. David Bowers directs.

"Celeste and Jesse Forever" arrives in select theaters on August 2nd. Lee Toland Krieger's new dramedy explores the ups and downs of a contemporary relationship. For Celeste and Jesse, their happily ever after has already ended. Just because their marriage is not working out, however, the two see no need to stop being friends. As they navigate the dating world and try to find their new soul mates, Celeste and Jesse hold onto their relationship. They soon learn that friendship can be just as tricky, challenging and wonderful as marriage. The film has an R rating for mature content, language and drug use.

"360" is a romantic drama and thriller from Fernando Meirelles. The film has a sweeping vision, focusing on characters in Paris, Vienna, Rio, Denver, London, Phoenix and Bratislava. Although each person has a unique background, their stories end up intertwining in surprising ways. One man is searching desperately for his missing daughter, while another is struggling to get used to life outside prison. A woman tries to piece her identity back together after she learns of her boyfriend's infidelity. When their many stories converge, some people walk away happy, while others are crushed. The film has an R rating for nudity, mature content and language. "360" will be released in select theaters.

Jay Chandrasekhar directs "The Babymakers," a comedy about the difficulty of becoming a family. Tommy and Audrey have fulfilling careers and a great relationship. The only thing missing is the pitter-patter of tiny feet around the house. Once they start trying, Tommy and Audrey soon realize that the path to parenthood might be trickier than parenthood itself. Tommy comes up with a wild scheme that just might save the day and result in the baby his wife dreams of. However, the plan could also backfire horribly. "The Babymakers" has an R rating for crude and mature content, some drug use, language and brief graphic nudity.

Continuing Films

"The Dark Knight Rises" stars Christian Bale as Batman. This final entry in Christopher Nolan's trilogy features Bane, a daunting new villain who threatens to change Gotham City forever. Bruce Wayne has become a recluse, but when he hears about Bane's reign of terror, he decides to become a masked vigilante one last time. Seductive Selina Kyle makes things more complicated. "The Dark Knight Rises" has a PG-13 rating for some sensuality, language and intense action and violence.

"Ice Age: Continental Drift" sees Manny, Diego and Sid returning for another prehistoric adventure. When Scrat the squirrel accidentally causes total mayhem, the three friends set out to make things right again. Along the way, they will run into unexpected dangers, including rascally pirates and a terrifying sea monster. The animated adventure is directed by Mike Thurmeier and Steve Martino. The film has a PG rating for rude humor and scenes of action and peril.

"The Watch" brings together a whole crew of Hollywood's funnymen, including Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller. A quiet community in Ohio is facing an extraterrestrial threat, but only four people realize the danger. It is up to a group of dorky dads to save the day. The film has an R rating for strong mature content, language and violent imagery. Akiva Schaffer directs.