Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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January 31st, 2013

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- “Warm Bodies” arrives in theaters on Friday, February 1. Jonathan Levine directs the quirky flick, which is a blend between a horror film and a romantic comedy. R may be a zombie, but he is not like the others. He still longs for something beyond his shuffling, grunting existence. When he meets a girl named Julie who is still very much alive, R slowly starts to fall in love. Love begins to change R, but even more surprising, it might change everyone around him. The PG-13 rating is due to language and zombie violence.

Sylvester Stallone stars in “Bullet to the Head,” a fast-paced action thriller. James Bonomo is a lethal hit man with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Taylor Kwon is a rookie detective who is still trying to figure out all the ropes. Although the two men seem like opposites, their paths collide when they face down a common enemy. Working together, Bonomo and Kwon may have a shot at the ultimate revenge. The gritty film has an R rating for bloody images, language, violence, nudity, and brief drug use. Walter Hill directs.

“Stand Up Guys” opens with limited release on February 1. After a stint behind bars, aging conman Val finally has his freedom. Unfortunately, though, his enemies now want him dead. Worse, his old friend, Doc, is the man who has to carry out the dark deed. Realizing that his days might be numbered, Val decides to have some fun and visit with his old pals. Fisher Stevens directs “Stand Up Guys,” which has an R rating for mature content, violence, language, and brief drug use.

“The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia” debuts in select theaters this weekend. Directed by Tom Elkin, the sequel to “The Haunting in Connecticut” (2009) follows a young family’s descent into a terrifying situation. Andy, Lisa, and their bright young daughter are excited to move into a quaint and spacious home in the heart of Georgia. What they learn too late is that traumatic events took place in the home during the time of the Underground Railroad. Even more disturbingly, the restless spirits may linger behind. The film’s R rating is due to disturbing horror content.

Continuing Films

Director Tommy Wirkola gives a classic fairytale an edgy new twist in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” After outsmarting a cannibalistic witch during their youth, a brother and sister have grown up to be one of the most deadly bounty hunter duos the world has ever seen. Their goal is to keep the world safe from the threat of witches, but all their cunning and bravado might not be able to help them during a face-off with Muriel, a grand witch with a devastating plan for the children in a German town. “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” has an R rating for nudity, mature content, language, gore, and violence.

“Mama” is a haunting horror movie from Andrés Muschietti. When searchers find two little girls who have been missing for years, Annabel is reluctant to welcome them into her home. She slowly starts to grow closer to the two feral children and reintroduce them to everyday life. However, there is another figure lurking in the shadows, and it may be jealous of Annabel’s growing bond with the girls. The horror movie has a PG-13 rating for terror, disturbing images, violence, and thematic elements.

“Zero Dark Thirty” examines the struggles and conflicts surrounding the decade-long search for terrorist Osama bin Laden, following the events of 9/11. The story primarily unfolds from the perspective of Maya, a CIA officer who feels torn between her desire to track down the terrorist and the harsh methods used to find the necessary information regarding his location. The R rating is due to language and disturbing images. Kathryn Bigelow directs.

“Silver Linings Playbook” is a thought-provoking romantic comedy from David O. Russell. After losing her husband and then her job, Tiffany already feels cheated by life. All the same, she tries to piece her life back together and start anew. When Tiffany meets Pat, a man who just returned from a psychiatric institute, she recognizes a kindred spirit. She cooks up a plan that could help them both. The heartwarming comedic drama has an R rating for nudity, language, and mature content.

“Parker” is a slick crime thriller from director Taylor Hackford. After his crew turns their backs on Parker, he swears to seek vengeance against them. The best way to do is it to return to the crew, but this time with a new identity and an alliance with Leslie, a woman who has inside information. Parker may be able to exact his revenge, but it could come at a cost. Nudity, language, strong violence, and mature content contribute to the film’s R rating.