Weekend Openings: 3/1/2013


With the Oscars steadily receding in the rear-view, it’s time to set up the landscape for the next year’s show. Perhaps too early for any real contenders, though, this week shows with a mixed bag of a CGI-laden fairy tale in Jack the Giant Slayer, an eery thriller from Oldboy director, Chan-wook Park’s Stoker , and 21 and Over, a raucous college comedy.

Jack the Giant Slayer
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Drama
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor

The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Drama
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode

Chan-wook Park, the mind behind the cult thriller Oldboy (2003), offers more twists and mystery in his English-language debut in Stoker.  When her Uncle Charlie comes to live with India and her unstable mother after her father’s death, she suspects this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives while becoming increasingly infatuated with him.

21 and Over
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Starring: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Jonathan Keltz

The night before his big medical school exam, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.

The Last Exorcism Part II
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Starring: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark

As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Thriller
Director: Todd Robinson
Starring: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny

Forced to leave his family behind, the haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine is charged with leading a covert mission with global implications.

A Place at the Table
Language: English
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary
Director: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio, Ken Cook

A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

What will you be seeing this weekend?

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