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Aaron Paul stars in “Need for Speed,” from DreamWorks Pictures.
Paul, Poots and Keaton star in DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Need for Speed
Genre: Action
Cast: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton and Dakota Johnson
Director: Scott Waugh
Rated: PG-13

From DreamWorks Pictures comes "Need for Speed," a visceral and evocative return to the great car-culture movies of the '60s and '70s. Tapping into the significance of the car and the open road in American car culture and the freedom and individualism with which they both provide, the film is a story of honor, friendship and loyalty and the testosterone-fueled journey of one man looking for revenge and, ultimately, redemption.

For Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who runs his family's auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends, life is good. But his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies ... no matter what the cost.

Based on the eponymous car-racing video-game franchise, "Need for Speed" captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting while bringing a level of intensity and authenticity to the action on-screen.

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Tyler Perry, Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Cocoa Brown, Ryan Eggold, William Levy, Terry Crews and Eddie Cibrian
Director: Tyler Perry
Rated: PG-13

In "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club," when five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

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

The Art of the Steal
Genre: Comedy and crime
Cast: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopolulos, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp and Matt Dillon
Director: Jonathan Sobol
Rated: R

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon).

Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.

Better Living Through Chemistry
Genre: Dark comedy
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Norbert Leo Butz, Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Jen Harris, Peter Jacobson, Harrison Holzer, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda
Director: Geoff Moore and David Posamentier
Not rated

A small town pharmacist's uneventful life is turned inside out when a chance encounter with a lonely trophy wife turns into a walk on the wild side in the murderously funny dark comedy, "Better Living Through Chemistry."

Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the model of suburban respectability - until the night he delivers a prescription to the home of Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). Gorgeous, seductive and multiply addicted, Elizabeth eagerly introduces Doug to extra-large martinis, uninhibited bedroom behavior and the illicit pleasures of the pharmacopeia he has access to in his store.

Disregarded for years by everyone from his domineering wife Kara (Michelle Monaghan) and troubled son Ethan (Harrison Holzer), to the goldbricking employees at the drugstore he bought from his insufferable father-in-law (Ken Howard), Doug surprises himself by embarking on an exhilarating drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with the most glamorous woman he has ever met.

But his extracurricular activities quickly send his life spinning out of control when a routine DEA audit reveals serious discrepancies in his inventory. Convinced he's about to lose everything, Doug hatches an ill-considered scheme with Elizabeth that will allow them to have it all - at an almost unthinkable price.

The Den
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen and Matt Riedy
Director: Zach Donahue
Nor rated

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den, on a mission to explore the habits of its users.

During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam.

While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the Internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

Enemy
Genre: Psychosexual thriller
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rated: R

Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with director Denis Villeneuve in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppelganger tradition.

Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange - and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image.

Le Week-End
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander and Judith Davis
Director: Roger Michel
Rated: R

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness - and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy drama, starring two of Britain's national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell.

The Right Kind of Wrong
Genre: Romance
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Will Sasso and Catherine O'Hara
Director: Jeremiah Chechik
Rated: R

In this new romantic comedy, "The Right Kind of Wrong," Leo Palamino is a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called "Why You Suck," a huge Internet success written by his ex-wife.

Then Leo meets Colette, the girl of his dreams ... on the day she is marrying the perfect man. And so, the ultimate underdog story begins as Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole wide world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong.
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