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Movies opening this weekend - March 7
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Sullivan Stapleton stars as Themistokles in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: Rise of an Empire," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman comes to the big screen; Murro directs 300: Rise of an Empire. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Genre: Adventure, animation and comedy
Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell, Zach Callison and Dennis Haysbert
Director: Rob Minkoff
Rated: PG

Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - The Wabac - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog.

But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

300: Rise of an Empire
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell and Andrew Tiernan
Director: Noam Murro
Rated: R

"300: Rise of an Empire," told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield - the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

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

The Face of Love
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Amy Brenneman and Jess Weixler
Director: Arie Posin
Not rated

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate.

Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can't resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn't a question of if the truth will come out, but when. Arie Posin directs this emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson
Director: Wes Anderson
Rated: R

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Grand Piano
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Elijah Wood and John Cusack
Director: Eugenio Mira
Rated: R

Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright.

Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing.

Haunt
Genre: Horror
Cast: Danielle Chuchran, Liana Liberato, Harrison Gilbertson, Jacki Weaver and Jan Broberg
Director: Mac Carter
Not rated

A family of five moves into a beautiful, sprawling dream home. One problem: it's cursed, having caused the deaths of the previous family to occupy it, leaving only one survivor (Jacki Weaver).

The moody 18-year-old son and his mysterious new neighbor/girlfriend inadvertently awaken something in the house while also violently shaking the many skeletons in the many closets. Mac Carter's atmospheric debut feature is an unusually character-driven haunted-house film that isn't afraid to take the action outside.

Journey to the West
Genre: Action, adventure and fantasy
Cast: Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, Bo Huang and Lo Show
Director: Stephen Chow
Rated: PG-13

One of the undisputed Chinese masters of comedy, Stephen Chow returns with an action-packed love story about competing demon hunters vying for the same conquests.
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