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Feature films follow clever kids housing hounds and vicious Valentine’s violence.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
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PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters Jan. 16, including the following:

“Hotel for Dogs” – Paramount Pictures’ “Hotel for Dogs” stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle.

When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi (Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Austin) to have a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce’s talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday – and eventually for all Friday’s friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering “who let the dogs in.” Rated PG.

“My Bloody Valentine 3D” – Ten years ago, a tragedy changed the town of Harmony forever.

Tom Hanniger, an inexperienced coal miner, caused an accident in the tunnels that trapped and killed five men and sent the only survivor, Harry Warden, into a permanent coma. But Harry Warden wanted revenge. Exactly one year later, on Valentine’s Day, he woke up ... and brutally murdered 22 people with a pickaxe before being killed.

Ten years later, Hanniger returns to Harmony on Valentine’s Day, still haunted by the deaths he caused. Struggling to make amends with his past, he grapples with unresolved feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who is now married to his best friend, Axel, the town sheriff. But tonight, after years of peace, something from Harmony’s dark past has returned. Wearing a miner’s mask and armed with a pickaxe, an unstoppable killer is on the loose. And as his footsteps come ever closer, Tom, Sarah and Axel realize in terror that it just might be Harry Warden who’s come back to claim them. Rated R.

“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” – In Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” Kevin James stars as the title character, a single, suburban dad, trying to make ends meet as a security officer at a New Jersey mall. Though no one else takes his job seriously, Paul considers himself on the front lines of safety. When a heist shuts down the megaplex, Jersey’s most formidable mall cop will have to become a real cop to save the day. Rated PG.

“Chandi Chowk to China” – “Chandni Chowk to China” follows one man’s passage from simple cook to kung fu fighter on a thrilling, madcap journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India, to the grandeur of the Great Wall of China and beyond. The first-ever Bollywood kung fu action comedy, the film brings together the two largest Asian communities, India and China, on one cinematic canvas.

Starring Bollywood’s biggest action star, Akshay Kumar, the film parallels the actor’s own journey to fame: Kumar worked as a cook before pursuing his passion for martial arts.

“Chandni Chowk to China” also stars stunning model-turned-actress Deepika Padukone, Bollywood veteran Mithun Chakraborty, Ranvir Shorey, and Chinese martial arts expert and actor Gordon Liu. Opening in limited release. Rated PG-13.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
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