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Mari (Sara Paxton) crawls her way home after an attack in the suspense thriller that explores how far two people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child in “The Last House on the Left.”
PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters March 13, including the following films opening in wide release:

“The Last House on the Left” – Masters of suspense Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham revisit the landmark 1972 movie that launched Craven’s directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow: “The Last House on the Left.”

Bringing one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, they produce the story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child. The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lake house, Mari (Sara Paxton) and her friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac) are kidnapped by psychopathic prison escapee Krug (Garret Dillahunt) and his crew – deranged girlfriend Sadie (Riki Lindhome), sadistic brother Francis (Aaron Paul) and powerless son Justin (Spencer Treat Clark). Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope for survival is to make it back to parents John and Emma (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter).

Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when Mari’s family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to the last house on the left. Rated R.

“Miss March” – “Miss March” tells the story of a young man (Zach Cregger) who awakens from a four-year coma to hear that his once virginal high-school sweetheart (Raquel Alessi) has since become a naked centerfold in “Playboy Magazine.” He and his sex-crazed best friend (Trevor Moore) decide to take a cross-country road trip in order to crash a party at the magazine’s legendary headquarters and win back the girl. Rated R.

“Race to Witch Mountain” – For years, stories have circulated about a secret place in the middle of the Nevada desert known for unexplained phenomena and strange sightings. It is called Witch Mountain, and when Las Vegas cab driver Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) encounters two teens with supernatural powers in his cab, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure he can’t explain.

Working together, Jack and his young passengers discover that the only chance to save the world lies in unraveling the secrets of Witch Mountain, and the race begins. Walt Disney Pictures’ “Race to Witch Mountain” marks the Disney reunion of director Andy Fickman with Dwayne Johnson. The producer is Andrew Gunn with executive producers Mario Iscovich and Ann Marie Sanderlin.

The film is a modern-day re-imagining of Alexander Key’s book, which was made into the 1975 Disney classic “Escape to Witch Mountain” and whose characters inspired the 1978 film sequel, “Return from Witch Mountain.” Rated PG.

Opening in limited release on March 13 are the following films:

“Brothers at War” – This film is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake’s exploits as he risks everything – including his life – to tell his brothers’ story.

Often humorous but sometimes downright lethal, the film is a journey in which Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to U.S. and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper “hide sites” in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine-gun battles with the Iraqi Army. Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives, and children. Rated R.

“Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America” – In the 11th century, Vikings, Indians, and Irish monks collide on the shores of North America in a historical epic adventure of exploration, personal glory and religious dominance.

Abandoned by a western exploration party and stranded in the New World, two lone Vikings wade through a grand primeval landscape, struggling for survival while still in the grip of their Norse ways. This epic features a frosty black metal soundtrack, including Burzum, Morbid Angel, Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir. Not rated.

“Tokyo Sonata” – This movie is a portrait of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family.

The father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest son furtively takes piano lessons without telling his parents; and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. From the exterior, all is normal and the same. But somehow, a single, unforeseeable chasm has appeared within the family, threatening to disintegrate them. Director Kurosawa makes use of light and dark to express a sense of simultaneous hope and horror. Rated PG-13.
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