Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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November 15th, 2012

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- Four years after the original film, the wildly popular vampire franchise is drawing to a close. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” opens in theaters on Friday, November 16. Director Bill Condon helms the action-packed fantasy. Bella and her vampire husband, Edward Cullen, have just welcomed a new daughter. However, their child’s life is in grave danger, and only an epic battle between supernatural forces can restore peace and security to Bella’s life. The film’s PG-13 rating is due to sensuality, partial nudity, violence, and disturbing images.

One of the most beloved Russian novels of all time returns to the big screen for the first time since 1997. Joe Wright directs a sweeping adaptation of “Anna Karenina.” Kiera Knightley stars in the eponymous role, as a young woman who ends up trapped by the social atmosphere of tsarist Russia. Anna Karenina seems to have a successful life, but her restless heart and wandering eye end up leading her into a downwards spiral of scandal and heartbreak. The period drama has an R rating for mature content and violence.

David O. Russell directs “Silver Linings Playbook,” a clever new comedic drama. After losing everything he valued in life, Pat faces the daunting prospect of starting all over again. He decides to seek shelter with his parents, hoping that he can get back on his feet and rebuild his marriage. A mysterious new friend can possibly help Pat change his life, but her help will come with a price. “Silver Linings Playbook” has an R rating for nudity, mature content, and language.

“Price Check” opens on November 16 in select theaters. People may say that money isn’t everything, but for Pete Cozy, money is starting to become a problem. Despite his happy home life, he worries constantly about how to pay his bills. When he becomes an unexpected favorite of a hardnosed new boss, Pete thinks his fortune may finally be turning around. However, as their professional develops, the boss starts to show her dark side. The movie is unrated. Michael Walker directs.

Continuing Films

“Skyfall” stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, the iconic secret agent. Sam Mendes directs the twenty-third installment in the popular franchise. When Agent 007 accepts a dangerous mission, he ends up in more trouble than he expected. M tries to figure out the aftermath, but it will take Bond’s bravery to ensure the future of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Bond also has to rely on help from Q, a young gadgets expert. “Skyfall” has a PG-13 rating for language, mature content, smoking, and intense violence.

“Wreck-It Ralph” features the voice talents of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman. Ralph has been punching the clock for decades, but his job is not very fulfilling. At Litwak’s Arcade, Ralph’s job is to play the villain in a popular game. Kind-hearted Ralph is tired of the humiliation and loneliness of always being the Bad Guy. He makes a rash decision to visit a new game in town and win a medal, hoping this will finally boost him to Good Guy status. The Disney film has a PG rating for rude humor and mild violence. Rich Moore directs.

“Flight” tells the story of Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot who makes an impulsive decision to help him handle an early flight. After nearly losing the plane, Whitaker ends up at the center of an investigation that exposes his darkest secrets. Since he is also trying to deal with a devastating loss, Whip is not sure he can handle the scrutiny. “Flight” has an R rating for substance abuse, nudity, mature content, language, and an intense action sequence. Robert Zemeckis directs.

In “Argo,” director Ben Affleck explores the tensions in 1979 Iran. During the hostage crisis, six Americans rely on the CIA for a safe homecoming. Drawing inspiration from an unlikely source, specialist Tony Mendez decides to stage an elaborate hoax that will let the CIA bring the Americans home undetected. “Argo” has an R rating for language and violent images.

“Taken 2” stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills. First, Mills had to fight for the life of his daughter. Now, he has to face off against the families of the kidnappers, trying to protect himself and his ex-wife from an equally dangerous threat. Olivier Megaton directs the film, which has a PG-13 rating for sensuality and intense sequences of action and violence.

“Here Comes the Boom” is a family-friendly sports comedy from Frank Coraci. Scott Voss gets a chance to make his dreams come true. If he can become a mixed martial arts champion and earn the money to save his school, he will become a hero in the eyes of his students. The PG rating is due to rude humor, sports violence, and language.