Box Office Preview: What's New This Weekend?

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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop named Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with a trainee (Olivia Thirby) to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. Lena Headey portrays Ma Ma, the villainous prostitute-turned-drug lord whose also head of the drug-dealing gang. After one of her own is taken by Dredd's clan, Ma Ma wages a vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. Based on the 2000 AD comic book by Carlos Ezquerra & John Wagner, Dredd 3D is brought to life by screenwriter Alex Garland and director Pete Travis.
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September 20th, 2012

Box Office Preview: What's New This Weekend?

-- Gritty and adrenaline-charged, "Dredd 3D" opens in theaters this Friday, September 21st. Pete Travis directs the sci-fi film, which stars Karl Urban as a no-nonsense cop in a city that desperately needs some guidance. A drug called "Slo-Mo" has been making the rounds in Mega-City One, leaving devastation in its wake. Judge Dredd is a relentless enforcer of social order, but a twisted crime ring puts his skills to the test. "Dredd 3D" has an R rating for mature content, drug use, language and strong bloody violence.

David Ayer directs "End of Watch." The crime mystery tells the story of two young and reckless police officers, working the dangerous streets of Los Angeles. Brian and Mike are not just partners, they are close friends, and they take their job seriously. However, a few missteps land the two officers in hot water, targeted by a drug cartel with lethal intentions. The film's R rating is due to disturbing images, strong violence, pervasive language and drug use.

"House at the End of the Street" is an eerie new film from Mark Tonderai. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, a young woman who moves into an affluent neighborhood with her mother. The two have no reason to believe they will be anything but happy in their new home. Before Elissa can fully settle in, however, she begins to hear weird rumors and unsettling hints about the house next door. Before long, the idyllic town becomes a nightmare for Elissa and her mother. "House at the End of the Street" has a PG-13 rating for teen partying, drug use, language, thematic elements and intense violence and terror.

"Trouble with the Curve" stars Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, with Robert Lorenz directing for the first time. For decades, Gus has loved his job as a baseball scout. He has an eye for talent and a true passion for the sport. In his later years, his increasingly poor vision starts to make Gus's job more difficult. Even with the help of his loyal daughter, the scout might not be able to continue the work he loves so much. The drama has a PG-13 rating for smoking, thematic material, mature references and language.

Available in select theaters, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" opens on September 21st. Stephen Chbosky directs a film adaptation of his popular coming-of-age novel. Charlie has a lot on his plate. The shy teenager struggles to fit in with his peers, and dealing with the pangs of first love only makes things more complicated. When he unexpectedly forms a bond with two savvier students, Charlie's life starts to change. The film has a PG-13 rating because of drug and alcohol use, mature thematic material and a fight, all involving teenagers.

"About Cherry" enjoys a limited release this Friday. The drama tells the story of a young woman who moves to San Francisco, hoping to change her life. Without many options, she soon starts turning to unconventional outlets as a way to make a living. Her relationship with a troubled and self-destructive lawyer makes her problems worse, and soon the young woman may have to rethink the cost of starting over. "About Cherry" has an R rating for nudity, mature content, drug use and language.

Continuing Films

After enjoying a limited release on September 14th, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" opens nationwide this Friday. The compelling drama has already generated some Oscar buzz. When an enigmatic man begins a faith-based organization, it soon transforms into something dangerously close to a cult. The Master's right-hand man ends up caught in a web of deceit and confusion. "The Master" has an R rating for graphic nudity, language and mature content.

"Resident Evil: Retribution" is the fifth installment in the high-energy "Resident Evil" franchise. Alice must fight against the Umbrella Corporation if she wants to put a halt to the virus that is transforming humankind into a hoard of zombies. Paul W.S. Anderson directs the sci-fi horror film, which has an R rating for intense violent content throughout.

"Finding Nemo 3D" is charming audiences just as much in 2012 as it did in 2003. The tale of a nervous clownfish named Marlin and his adventurous son is now available in 3D for an improved viewing experience. Ellen DeGeneres provides the voice of Dory, the scatterbrained but well-meaning surgeonfish who accompanies Marlin on his quest. The family-friendly animated film has a G rating. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich direct.

"Lawless" is based on a true story. During the 1930s, three hardworking brothers scrape out a living for themselves by running a bootlegging business. The job does not come without challenges, however, and sometimes the Bondurant brothers fear for their lives. John Hillcoat directs the film, which has a screenplay written by singer Nick Cave.