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Kristen Bell looks for love while Mel Gibson seeks redemption
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Mel Gibson stars as Thomas Craven in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ suspense thriller “Edge of Darkness.”
A number of new movie releases hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Edge of Darkness

Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Bojana Novakovic and Shawn Roberts
Director: Martin Campbell
Rated: R

“Edge of Darkness” is an emotionally charged thriller set at the intersection of politics and big business.

Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child, 24-year-old Emma (Bojana Novakovic), is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. But he soon suspects otherwise, and embarks on a mission to find out about his daughter’s secret life and her killing. His investigation leads him into a dangerous, looking-glass world of corporate cover-ups, government collusion and murder – and to shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh (Ray Winstone), who has been sent in to clean up the evidence. Craven’s solitary search for answers about his daughter’s death transforms into an odyssey of emotional discovery and redemption.

When in Rome

Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston, Danny DeVito and Will Arnett
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Rated: PG-13

Kristen Bell stars in “When in Rome” as an ambitious young New Yorker who is disillusioned with romance.

On a whirlwind trip to Rome, she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of those who threw them in: Danny DeVito stars as a sausage magnate, Jon Heder is a street magician, Will Arnett plays an adoring painter, and Dax Shepard steps in as a self-admiring model.

But when a charming reporter, played by Josh Duhamel pursues her with equal zest, she’s not sure if his love is the real thing.

The following will open in limited release.

Saint John of Las Vegas

Genre: Drama and crime
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Romany Malco, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho and Emmanuelle Chriqui
Director: Hue Rhodes
Rated: R

After a run of bad luck, John (Steve Buscemi), a compulsive gambler, runs away from Las Vegas and toward a normal job and life. Taking a nondescript position in an auto insurance company in Albuquerque, he tries to get ahead in the straight world, amid the ever-present temptations of scratch-off lotto tickets.

When his boss, Mr. Townsend (Peter Dinklage), asks John to accompany his top fraud debunker, Virgil (Romany Malco) on an investigation of a dubious car “accident” near Vegas, John sees an opportunity to get a promotion, though he’s concerned about returning to the gambling game. Before leaving he becomes involved with his eccentric co-worker Jill (Sarah Silverman), a dalliance that has the potential to become a real relationship.

Soon John is on the road with Virgil, where they encounter a series of offbeat characters, including a wheelchair-bound stripper (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a nude militant (Tim Blake Nelson), a park ranger (Jesse Garcia) and a carnival human torch (John Cho).

While Virgil is the supposed leader of the investigation, it’s John who begins to finally assert himself, pushing the case closer to a conclusion.

Through the journey, John’s confidence builds, and he realizes that he can’t escape his gambling addiction by running away from it – it will follow him wherever he goes. It’s only when he returns to Vegas that his experiences there finally send him on the path to breaking free.

44 Inch Chest

Genre: Foreign and drama
Cast: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joanne Whalley and Tim Roth
Director: Malcolm Venville
Rated: R

How far would you go to avenge betrayal?

Colin Diamond (Ray Winstone) is about to find out in this gritty, provocative thriller. After he breaks down over the dissolution of his marriage, he kidnaps his wife’s lover, and his rage pushes him to the brink of murder as his motley crew of buddies urges him to exact brutal revenge. Ian McShane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Dillane unforgettably co-star in this compelling story that contemplates the nature of love and asks what it takes to be a man.
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