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Movies opening this weekend - February 21
Article published on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
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Kevin Costner and Connie Nielsen star in Relativity Media┤s "3 Days to Kill."
Pompeii erupts on the big screen; Costner stars in 3 Days to Kill. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

3 Days to Kill
Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen
Director: McG
Rated: PG-13

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger.

First, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in 10 years, while his wife is out of town.

Pompeii
Genre: Action, adventure and drama
Cast: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Rated: PG-13

Set in 79 A.D., "Pompeii" tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator.

As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

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

Barefoot
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman and J.K. Simmons
Director: Andrew Fleming
Rated: PG-13

The "black sheep" son (Scott Speedman) of a wealthy family meets a free-spirited woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who has lived her entire life in isolation. To convince his family that he has finally straightened out his life, he takes her home for his brother's wedding where an improbable romance blooms, as she impresses everyone with her genuine, simple charms.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Elaine Stritch
Director: Chiemi Karasawa
Not rated

Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends - including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones - and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career.

Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of "30 Rock," or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" reaches beyond the icon's brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.

Highway
Genre: Drama
Cast: Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt
Director: Imtiaz Ali

A city girl - young, full of life - is on the highway at night, with her fiancÚ. They are to get married in four days.

Suddenly, her life is swung away from the exultation of marriage to the harsh brutality of abduction. Her life will never be the same again.

The same night, the gang is in panic. The girl is a big industrialist's daughter. His links in the corridors of power make ransom out of the question. They are doomed. But the leader of this group is adamant. For him sending her back is not an option. He will do whatever it takes to see this through.

But as the days pass by, the scenery changes, the light changes, the sun sets and rises and the air changes, she feels that she has changed as well.

Gradually, a strange bond begins to develop between the victim and the oppressor. It is in this captivity that she, for the first time, feels free. She does not want to go back but she also doesn't want to reach where he is taking her. She wishes this journey to never end.

In Secret
Genre: Romance and thriller
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac, Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook and Matt Lucas
Director: Charlie Stratton
Rated: R

"In Secret" is a tale of obsessive love turned to crime and revenge in the lower depths of 1860s Paris.

Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) is a ravishing but sexually repressed young woman trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton) by her domineering aunt Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). Now, Therese must spend her days as a virtual shut-in, confined behind the counter of a small shop by day and watching Madame play dominos in the evening.

But when she meets her husband's alluring childhood friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac), everything changes. What begins as a thrillingly illicit, clandestine affair will unravel into a shocking set of tragic circumstances for everyone.
Article published on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
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