Weekend Openings (10/19/2012)

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With this week’s release of new features, it’s unlikely Taken 2 or Argo will be topped at the box office, unless there’s a hidden gem imposter among them.  Whether it’s thrills, chills, or laughs you’re looking for, here’s what’s on the menu:

Paranormal Activity 4

Language: English

Rating: R

Genre: Horror

Starring: Matt Shively, Kathryn Newton, Katie Featherston

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Heading closer to Halloween, the catalog of horror films slowly rounds out with this weekend’s release of Paranormal Activity 4.  Having become somewhat of a seasonal staple, being the 4th installment in the franchise in 5 years, this chapter continues to tell of the strangely supernatural events which take place when a mysterious woman and child move into a suburban neighborhood.

Alex Cross

Language: English

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Crime/Action/Thriller

Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols

Director: Rob Cohen

Dutifully  serving the role of the obligatory action thriller to fill a few seats, we have Alex Cross.   In the latest adaptation of James Patterson’s best-selling crime novel series, the titular character’s physical and moral limits are pushed to the brink as he tracks down a vicious serial killer.

The Sessions

Language: English

Rating: R

Genre: Drama/Biography

Starring: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy

Director: Bob Lewin

Garnering much attention at this year’s festivals, The Sessions now makes its way to the big screen.  Launching another worthy candidate into the formidable contest for Best Actor, the film showcases the talents of John Hawkes in an endearing true story about a iron lung-bound man’s longing for intimacy.

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Starring: Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald, Ashley Wood

Director: Corey Grant

If paranormal thrills don’t give you enough of the horror fix you’re looking for, there’s the trusty Sasquatch hoax to fall back on.   Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes tells of a bit of investigative journalism aiming to uncover the truth about a self-proclaimed “Bigfoot Hunter.”

Nobody Walks

Language: English

Rating: R

Genre: Drama

Starring: Olivia Thirlby, Jane Levy, John Krasinski

Director: Ry Russo-Young

In Nobody Walks, Olivia Thirlby plays a young artist who is taken in by a family and unwittingly disturbs their relaxed dynamic as they form attachments to her. 

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The First Time

Language: English

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson, Victoria Justice

Director: Jon Kasdan

This high school centered romantic comedy follows the budding relationship between Dave, pining for a girl he can’t have, and Aubrey,  dating a guy who doesn’t appreciate her creative impulses.

All Together/ Et si on vivait tous ensemble?

Language: French

Rating: NR

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Guy Bedos, Claude Rich, Jane Fonda

Director: Stéphane Robelin

Noticeably becoming something of a trend, the prospect of aging receives charming treatment in the French import, All Together.  Akin to the similarly-themed, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the film tells of five old friends who move in together as an alternative to a retirement home.

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That’s What She Said

Language: English

Rating: R

Starring: Alia Shawkat, Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis

Director: Carrie Preston

Each with problems in their own love lives, DeeDee and Bebe embark on a spontaneous road trip to New York city with the equally troubled Clementine.

Tai Chi Zero

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Language: Mandarin

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Action

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Decidedly the oddball in the bunch, the creators of Ip Man present another martial arts action movie.  Tai Chi Zero boasts itself as a “steampunk kung-fu throw down” in which a young man travels to a small village to learn the secrets of Tai Chi and put them to the test against the threat of an industrialist.

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Documentary

Director: Brian Knappenberger

Peeling back the infamous mask of Guy Fawkes,  We Are Legion examines the workings and beliefs of the self-described “hacktivist” collective, Anonymous.

The Flat

Language: Hebrew

Rating: NR

Genre: Documentary

Director: Arnon Goldfinger

Shocking clues and connections to Nazi Germany are discovered when Goldfinger cleans out his immigrant grandparents’ flat in Tel Aviv.

Yogawoman

Language: English

Rating: NR

Genre: Documentary

Director: Saraswati Clere, Kate McIntyre Clere

Yogawoman offers insight into the modern yoga movement and some of the woman at its forefront.

What will you be seeing this weekend?