Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

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November 1st, 2012

Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

-- "Wreck-It Ralph" comes bursting into theaters on Friday, November 2nd. Director Rich Moore helms the latest animated film from Disney. Ralph is a video game villain who longs to take on the role of hero. After years of being the least popular guy in the arcade, Ralph decides to take his fate into his own hands. His plan to become a good guy is simple, but with his characteristic clumsiness, Ralph accidentally ends up placing the whole arcade in perilous danger. The family-friendly film has a PG rating for rude humor and mild action and violence.

Robert Zemeckis directs "Flight," a compelling drama starring Denzel Washington as a pilot with a dark secret. When Whip Whitaker navigates a terrifying crash and saves the plane, he reluctantly accepts the title of hero. However, an investigation into the incident ends up exposing some dark secrets about Whitaker's lifestyle. His role of hero soon seems tenuous at best. The R rating is due to an intense action sequence, nudity, mature content, language, and substance abuse.

Hip hop star RZA continues his directing career with "The Man with the Iron Fists." The action flick takes place in feudal China. An ordinary blacksmith has to rise to the occasion and defend his village during a sudden siege. Lured by promises of long-lost treasure, a motley crew of rogues and cutthroats threaten the lives of the villagers. The R rating is due to violence, mature content, language, and drug use.

"This Must Be the Place" arrives in select theaters on November 2nd. Paolo Sorrentino directs. Sean Penn stars as Cheyenne, a man who was once an influential rock star. With his wild days behind him, Cheyenne decides to reunite with his dying father, but the attempt leads to unsettling revelations about his father's experiences during World War II. Cheyenne finds new purpose as he tracks down the ex-Nazi who made his father's life miserable. The movie is unrated.

Tobey Maguire stars in "The Details," a quirky black comedy directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. Jeff and Nealy seem to have a picture-perfect life together, but there are tensions boiling beneath the surface. When Jeff's life ends up spiraling into a plot of deception and infidelity, he just might lose everything. The film has an R rating for violence, drug use, language, and mature content.

Yaron Zilberman directs "A Late Quartet." This taut and sophisticated drama stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken. Members of a demanding and prestigious string quartet are embroiled in constant drama. With clashing egos and secret passions, the various talented musicians have to struggle to keep their focus on their music. "A Late Quartet" has an R rating for mature content and language.

Rising stars Riley Keough and Juno Temple star in "Jack and Diane," a unique horror romance. Bradley Rust Gray directs. Diane and Jack seem like very different girls, but they quickly prove that opposites attract. Jack is just as tough and edgy as Diane is sweet and na•ve. However, Diane finds that the burgeoning romance is bringing out her dark side. "Jack and Diane" has an R rating for mature content, an assault, language, drinking, and violence, all involving teenagers.

"Vamps" cleverly blends aspects of the romantic comedy and horror genres. Two attractive single women navigate the New York City dating scene, dealing with bad dates, petty gossip, and broken hearts. To make matters more complicated, the friends are vampires. Finding a good man in New York is even trickier when dealing with the undead. The PG-13 rating is due to language, mature content, drug material, and violent imagery. Amy Heckerling directs.

Continuing Films

"Argo" draws inspiration from a true story. Ben Affleck directs the thriller, which takes place in Iran in 1979. Tony Mendez and Jack O'Donnell are two CIA agents, tasked with the difficult duty of rescuing American refugees from a Middle Eastern hostage crisis. Their solution is surprising and controversial, but it just might work. "Argo" has an R rating for violent images and language.

"Hotel Transylvania" stars the voice talents of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez. Genndy Tartakovsky directs. When bumbling young Jonathan stumbles across a resort filled with legendary monsters, he is more fascinated than scared. He even winds up falling for Mavis, a feisty human-vampire hybrid. The problem is, Mavis is 118 years old. Plus, her father is Count Dracula. The PG rating is due to scary images, action, and rude humor.

"Cloud Atlas" is a complex, epic tale of reincarnation and unexpected connections. The plot skips throughout time and space, following a number of different tales that end up intertwining in fascinating and meaningful ways. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer direct. "Cloud Atlas" has an R rating for drug use, nudity, mature content, language, and violence.