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Opening this weekend - Feburary 18
Supernatural thriller ‘Dark Skies’ competes with action flick ‘Snitch’ staring Dwayne Johnson
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Dakota Goyo stars in “Dark Skies” from Dimension Films.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Dark Skies
Genre: Science fiction and thriller
Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett and J.K. Simmons
Director: Scott Stewart
Rated: PG-13

From the producer of “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” comes “Dark Skies,” a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs.

As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force is targeting the Barret family, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.

Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Rated: R

A desperate father tries to save his teenage son from an unjust prison sentence by infiltrating a dangerous drug cartel in Snitch, a ripped-from-the headlines action-adventure from co-writer and director Ric Roman Waugh.

Businessman John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson) is devastated when his 18-year-old son Jason (Rafi Gavron) receives a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence in federal prison when he is caught with a package he received from a friend who, unbeknownst to him, contained illicit drugs. When Jason turns down an offer from politically ambitious U.S. Attorney Joanne Keeghan (Susan Sarandon) to reduce his sentence by manufacturing evidence against someone else, John begs Keeghan to let him go undercover instead.

John infiltrates a violent gang led by ruthless drug dealer Malik (Michael Kenneth Williams), but in his efforts to save his son, he compromises another innocent man (Jon Bernthal). And when he unexpectedly exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade (Benjamin Bratt), the already dangerous venture turns potentially deadly.

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

Genre: Thriller
Cast: Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei, Joshua Jackson, Saad Siddiqui and Oded Fehr
Director: Ruba Nadda
Not rated

It is January 2011, before the Arab Spring begins to take hold in Syria.

Adib Abdel Kareem (Alexander Siddig) had made the perfect life for himself in Toronto: beautiful wife, two grown daughters, great job. He is a confident man, at ease in any setting – his Syrian background betrayed only by a slight accent and his daughters’ names, Muna and Leila. Adib is a man who has successfully built a life from scratch – a man who had left his past behind.

Until his daughter, Muna, disappears in Damascus and his past catches up to him all at once.

More than two decades ago, Adib, a promising young officer in the Syrian military police, suddenly left Damascus under suspicious circumstances. He left his entire life behind, including the love of his life, Fatima (Marisa Tomei). He made his way to Canada and wiped the slate clean. He never told anyone about his past.

So when his daughter Muna, a young freelance photographer, decided to visit Damascus on a whim, she had no idea what she was walking into.

As soon as he learns of her disappearance, Adib knows he is the only one who can get her out. He returns to retrace Muna's steps through Syria – a closed and paranoid police state. He enlists the help of Fatima and then Paul, a Canadian Consular official (Joshua Jackson) who knows more than he lets on.

In order to find his daughter, he must confront the past that he left behind. “Inescapable” is both a tense mystery and a character drama held together by the universal theme of undying and uncompromising love between a father and a daughter.

Red Flag
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger, Caroline White, Keith Paulson and Dustin Guy Defa
Director: Alex Karpovsky
Not rated

A laugh-out-loud road trip comedy, “Red Flag” stars writer/director Alex Karpovsky as Alex Karpovsky, a newly-single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend (Onur Tukel) to promote one of his films.

As the pair travels from one half-empty theater to the next, pursued by an adoring fan (Jennifer Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle, Alex-as-Alex is forced to suffer an endless series of humiliations, each one more absurd than the last.

Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Jaime Ray Newman and Dennis Staroselsky
Director: Alex Karpovsky ly.c
Not rated

Months after a weekend fling, Boston research scientist Paul (Alex Karpovsky) continues to lust after his beautiful coworker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work.

But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession – and he finds himself unable to control his desires. A slow-burn character study-turned-psychosexual thriller, co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, “Rubberneck” is a chillingly believable story of workplace romance gone wrong.
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