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Movies opening this weekend - Feb. 7
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Photo courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURES
From left, LEGO minifigures Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) join forces in the 3D computer animated adventure "The LEGO Movie," from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Lego System A/S.
LEGO Movie hits the big screen; Clooney directs, stars in Monuments Men. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

The LEGO Movie
Genre: Action, adventure, animation, comedy and family
Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Chris McKay
Rated: PG

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt is the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell is the voice of President Business, aka Lord Business, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life, and Liam Neeson is the voice of Lord Business's loyal henchman, Bad Cop/Good Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Voicing the members of Emmet's rebel crew on this heroic mission are Morgan Freeman as the ancient mystic Vitruvius; Elizabeth Banks as tough-as-nails Wyldstyle, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Wyldstyle shares a history; Nick Offerman as the craggy, swaggering pirate Metal Beard, obsessed with revenge on Lord Business; Alison Brie as the sweet and loveable Unikitty and Charlie Day as Benny, the 1980-something Spaceman.

The Monuments Men
Genre: Drama
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman
Director: George Clooney
Rated: PG-13

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, "The Monuments Men" is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world's artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners.

With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. From director George Clooney, the film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. Produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

Vampire Academy
Genre: Action, romance and thriller
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles
Director: Mark Waters
Rated: PG-13

Based on author Richelle Mead's worldwide bestselling series, "Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi - mortal, peaceful vampires - and Dhampirs - half-vampire/half-human guardians. Rose, a rebellious guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the academy walls and the Strigoi - immortal, evil vampires - who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.

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

A Field in England
Genre: Horror
Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley and Julian Barrett
Director: Ben Wheatley
Not rated

During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field.

They are captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

"A Field In England" is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley.

Love & Air Sex
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David, Addison Timlin, Justin Arnold and Marshall Allman
Director: Brian Poyser
Not rated

When brokenhearted Stan (Michael Stahl-David) flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into his ex-girlfriend Cathy (Ashley Bell), he arrives to find their best friends (Zach Cregger) and Kara (Sara Paxton) in the middle of their own vicious breakup.

Before too long, battle lines are drawn - and with the Air Sex World Championships in town, anything can go down.

Nurse 3D
Genre: Horror
Cast: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Niecy Nash and Judd Nelson
Director: Doug Aarniokoski
Rated: R

Paz de la Huerta turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby's fury and a rampage of terror.
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