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Opening this weekend - February 6
Identity Thief pairs Bateman, McCarthy; Mara, Tatum experience Side Effects
Article published on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
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Jason Bateman and Melisssa McCarthy lead the cast of "Identity Thief", an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Identity Thief
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T.I." Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet
Director: Seth Gordon
Rated: R

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of “Identity Thief,” an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.

With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he'll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson" ... and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the United States.

With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Side Effects
Genre: Psychological thriller
Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rated: R

“Side Effects” is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.

Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) are a young, beautiful, wealthy couple living the good life, with a mansion, a sailboat and every luxury money can buy – until Martin is sent to prison for insider trading. For four years, Emily waits for him in a tiny apartment in upper Manhattan, but his release is just as devastating as his incarceration and Emily sinks into a deep depression.

After a failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Jude Law) is called in to consult on Emily’s case. Desperate not to be hospitalized, Emily agrees to a regimen of therapy and antidepressants, a decision that will change the lives of everyone involved. When Emily’s symptoms don’t improve, Banks prescribes a new medication that quiets her demons. But the side effects of the drug have chilling consequences: marriages are ruined, Banks’ practice is decimated and someone is dead – but who is responsible? Devastated by this professional setback, Banks becomes obsessed with finding an answer. But the truth he uncovers threatens to destroy whatever is left of his career and his private life.

Top Gun 3D
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt and Michael Ironside
Director: Tony Scott
Rated: PG

“Top Gun,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, will take off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX theatres beginning Feb. 8.

The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

“Top Gun” was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of “Top Gun” captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

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

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Aubrey Plaza and Patricia Arquette
Director: Roman Coppola
Rated: R

Set in a stylized Los Angeles, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies and Brandy Alexanders.

Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, a perplexing beauty named Ivana, suddenly breaks off their relationship, Charles’ life falls apart and he swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates – Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette) – he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana.

The film begs the question: Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time?

Lore
Genre: Drama, thriller and war
Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Mika Seidel, André Frid and Eva-Maria Hagen
Director: Cate Shortland

The year is 1945. Left to fend for herself when her SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, Lore, a 14-year-old German girl (Saskia Rosendahl), must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country.

When she meets the charismatic and mysterious young refugee Thomas, (Kai Malina) Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of hatred and desire as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake
Genre: Action and fantasy
Cast: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang and Raymond Lam
Director: Tony Ching and Siu-tung
Rated: PG-13

Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman.

Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul.

Would You Rather
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Jonny Coyne and Sasha Grey
Director: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Unrated

In the wake of her parent's death, Iris struggles to make ends meet while caring for her terminally ill younger brother.

Shepard Lambrick, a seemingly philanthropic aristocrat, expresses an interest in helping them.

When he invites her to an exclusive dinner party, she accepts. Also attending the dinner party are seven more desperate individuals. They soon find themselves trapped in Lambrick's mansion and forced to play a sadistic game of Would You Rather, where the winner will be awarded untold amounts of money.

As the game progresses, the dilemmas Iris and the other players face grow increasingly deadly.
Article published on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013
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