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Movies opening this weekend - Jan. 31
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Josh Brolin stars as Frank and Kate Winslet as Adele in Labor Day, written for the screen and directed by Jason Reitman to be released by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush.
Labor Day pairs Brolin, Winslet; Efron stars in That Awkward Moment. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Labor Day
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tom Lipinski, Clark Gregg, Alexie Gilmore, Lucas Hedges, Brighid Fleming, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Brooke Smith, Micah Fowler and Tobey Maguire
Director: Jason Reitman
Rated: PG-13

"Labor Day" centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence.

On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict.

The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

That Awkward Moment
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas
Director: Tom Gormican
Rated: R

Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller star in the R-rated comedy about three best friends who find themselves where we have all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So ... where is this going?"

Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are living a carefree single life in New York City when their best friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) learns his wife wants a divorce. In a show of support, the three longtime buddies promise each other that they will avoid commitment at all costs and stay single together, but their plans are derailed when Mikey starts to surreptitiously date his ex, and Jason and Daniel unexpectedly fall in love.

Soon each man finds himself at the most crucial point in a relationship, a moment when "so ..." becomes the most terrifying word in the English language.

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

Best Night Ever
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn, Eddie Ritchard and Crista Flanagan
Director: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Rated: R

Bride-to-be Claire, her sister Leslie, fun-loving Zoe, and quirky new friend Janet set off to Las Vegas for a one-night bachelorette party that turns out to be more than they bargained for.

A series of unexpected adventures including, getting kicked out of a strip club, being mugged and getting pummeled by the Las Vegas' reigning gelatin-wrestling champion, Veronica, rip them from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip and places them smack dab in Vegas' seedy underbelly. Determined to keep their bachelorette party dreams alive, the girls band together and embark on the wildest night in bachelorette party history.

Fueled by sex and booze, this raunchy, riotously hilarious, out-of-control, blowout is, for better or worse, all caught on tape. And is destined to go down as the "Best Night Ever."

Tim's Vermeer
Genre: Documentary
Director: Raymond Joseph Teller
Rated: PG-13

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art:

How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?

The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.

At Middleton
Genre: Romance
Cast: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Nicholas Braun, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt
Director: Adam Rodgers
Rated: R

Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children's campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College.

Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky together, ditching the official tour for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever. A light-hearted romance for adults on the surface, "At Middleton" is a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth.
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