Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office

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September 6th, 2012

Weekend Preview: New Releases at the Box Office

-- New Releases

“The Words” is a romantic drama from directors Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman. The film opens on Friday, September 7th. All his life, Rory has dreamed of authoring the great American novel and joining the ranks of literary greats. When he finally achieves his goal, however, Rory has a dark secret haunting his shot at happiness. His past dishonesty will have to come to the light before Rory can enjoy his fame. “The Words” has a PG-13 rating for smoking and strong language.

Mabrouk El Mechri directs “The Cold Light of Day.” Will is a successful young Wall Street trader, enjoying a vacation with his family. Although he hopes to relax and unwind, this dream soon evaporates after Will’s family vanishes from thin air. The young man will have to deal with a corrupt CIA agent and a strange briefcase if he hopes to see his family again. The spy thriller has a PG-13 rating for mature content and language.

“Bachelorette” enjoys limited release on September 6th. Directed by Leslye Headland, the quirky comedy tells the story of Katie, Gena and Regan, three former mean girls who are now floundering in life. When a former classmate asks them to be her bridesmaids, they all agree. The problem is, the bride used to be the target of the women’s vicious bullying. Now, old grievances might come back to haunt Regan, Gena and Katie. The film’s R rating is due to drug use, language and mature content.

“Hello I Must Be Going” opens in select theaters on September 7th. Director Todd Louiso helms the poignant romantic comedy. After her divorce, Amy dreams of starting over, but moving back in with her concerned parents might be one step too far. Amy latches onto a chance for love and happiness. The problem is, her new suitor is significantly younger than she is. The R rating is due to language and mature content.

“For Ellen” opens in select theaters on September 7th. Paul Dano stars in this drama from So Yong Kim. A young musician is struggling to make a name for himself in a competitive industry. His personal life is also a mess, since he lost contact with his wife and their young daughter. When he embarks on a road trip to win his daughter back, the musician’s life may change forever. The film is unrated.

Continuing Films

“The Possession” is based on a true story. When Clyde and his daughter Emily drop by a yard sale, they leave with a mysterious box. After Emily opens the box, she begins to exhibit odd behavior, growing withdrawn and then violent. Clyde discovers that the box could have a connection to a malicious curse and starts down a dangerous path to save his daughter. “The Possession” is directed by Ole Bornedal. The PG-13 rating is due to violence and disturbing images.

“Lawless” is a new Western from John Hillcoat. Jack Bondurant has eyes for Bertha, the preacher’s daughter, but his first priority needs to be the family bootlegging business. During the Great Depression, times are lean, and the Bondurant brothers fight to defend their territory. When Jack gets brash in an effort to catch Bertha’s eye, it might spell doom for the business. The gritty film has an R rating for mature content, nudity, language and violence.

In “The Expendables 2,” Bruce Willis returns to his role as the enigmatic Mr. Church. Once again, Mr. Church approaches a world-class group of mercenaries, hoping to use their services. When the mission goes horribly wrong, however, the entire group decides to suit up for battle. After it comes to light that a plutonium mine is involved, the quest for personal revenge becomes more serious. “The Expendables 2” has an R rating for persistent bloody violence. Simon West directs.

“The Bourne Legacy” picks up where the previous “Bourne” films left off. Tony Gilroy directs. Edward Norton stars as Eric Byer, a retired colonel who controls the undertakings of secret operations. When he gives the order to assassinate existing super-agents and prevent trouble for his fellow bigwigs, Byer does not count on one agent fighting back. “The Bourne Legacy” has a PG-13 rating for violence and action.

As summer becomes autumn, “ParaNorman” is getting audience members in the Halloween spirit. Directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler helm the story of a young New Englander, Norman Babock. He may look like any other kid, but Norman insists he is different. He has the ability to talk to ghosts. Along with his one friend, Neil, Norman embarks on a quest to prove himself. Unfortunately, things might get a little worse before they get better, especially with zombies involved. The PG rating is for thematic elements, scary images and action scenes, some language and rude humor.