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Statham plays a vengeful assassin; Hopkins depicts an aging exorcist. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

The Mechanic
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Christa Campbell
Director: Simon West
Rated: R

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets.

It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

The Rite
Genre: Drama and adaptation
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds and Toby Jones
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Rated: PG-13

"The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.

Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed.

Only when he's sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) – a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms – does Michael's armor begin to fall. As he is drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas's skill, he begins to glimpse a phenomenon science can't explain or control ... and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

From Prada to Nada
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Wilmer Valderrama, Adriana Barraza, Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega and Kuno Becker
Director: Angel Gracia
Rated: PG-13

“From Prada to Nada,” a modern twist on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” is a new romantic comedy starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega and Wilmer Valderrama,.

It’s a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so “90210” she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia’s (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA.  

They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of Prada actually means “Nada” without love, family and community.
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