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Opening this weekend - March 1
Jack the Giant Slayer stars Hoult, McGregor; adult comedy 21 and Over hits theaters
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From left, Myles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin star in Relativity Media´s 21 and Over.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

21 and Over
Genre: ComedyCast: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, François Chau, Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko and Dustin Ybarra
Director: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Rated: R

Not long ago, Casey, Miller and Jeff Chang were as close as friends could be.

Sure, Casey is a bit more buttoned-up compared to Miller’s wild child, with Jeff Chang serving as their foil, studious and ambitious, but that’s why they’re best buddies; they complete each other. Going to different colleges may have put physical distance between them, but they’re still as tight as ever. This trip to Northern Pacific University in Seattle is about attaining newfound glory; the three of them finally being able to party freely in the eyes of the law, unencumbered by the nuisance of fake IDs and bothersome bouncers. Only problem: Jeff Chang’s overbearing Doctor-father has a Med School interview scheduled for 8AM the next morning, and he’s determined his son follows in his footsteps as a physician. Luckily, Miller offers a compromise: only one drink, one single drink. It’s only fair since he and Casey traveled all this way to surprise Jeff Chang, and they’ll even have him back by midnight. Certainly sounds reasonable enough, until that one drink turns into many.

Barhopping for Jeff Chang’s birthday is quickly becoming a night for the ages, complete with copious shots and mechanical-bull rides. Even Casey loosens up enough to hit it off with Jeff Chang’s friend Nicole (Sarah Wright), a smoking hot coed. It’s as though nothing can go wrong! That is, until Jeff Chang starts blacking out and it’s time to take him home. Naturally, this should spell the end of the evening, only Miller and Casey are in unfamiliar territory; they have no idea where Jeff Chang lives!

With the hours till Jeff Chang’s crucial interview ticking away, Casey and Miller embark on an epic quest to put their drunken friend to bed. Along their journey, they draw the ire of a Latina sorority, the NPU mascot, an angry buffalo, and Randy (Jonathan Keltz), Nicole’s cheerleader boyfriend. But when their friendship is called into question, that turns out to be the biggest test of them all.

Jack the Giant Slayer
Genre: Fantasy, adventure and action
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor
Director: Bryan Singer
Rated: PG-13

An age-old war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants.

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the long-banished giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend ... and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Acclaimed filmmaker Bryan Singer directs the 3D action adventure "Jack the Giant Slayer," starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack. The film also stars Eleanor Tomlinson as Princess Isabelle: Stanley Tucci as the deceitful Roderick; Ian McShane as Isabelle's father, the besieged King Brahmwell; Bill Nighy as General Fallon, the ferocious two-headed leader of the giant army; and Ewan McGregor as the loyal knight Elmont.

The Last Exorcism Part II
Genre: Horror and thriller
Cast: Ashley Bell
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Rated: PG-13

Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana.

Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can't remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.

Phantom
Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen and Johnathon Schaech
Director: Todd Robinson

Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has secretly been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality.

Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship's nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he’s been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. “Phantom” is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.

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

A Place at the Table
Genre: Documentary
Director: Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

50 million people in the United States – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans.

Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, “A Place at the Table” shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides – as they have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Day of the Falcon
Genre: Drama
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Frieda Pinto and Tahar Rahim
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Starring Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim, “Day of the Falcon” is a soaring epic of honor, greed, betrayal and love from award-winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud.

After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children – young lovers who have married in hopes of bringing the families together – to find a way to end the violence and bring peace to the land.

Stoker
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver and Nicole Kidman
Director: Park Chan-wook

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident.

The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father's death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
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