From left, Steve Carell stars as Burt Wonderstone, Steve Buscemi as Anton Marvelton and Jim Carrey as Steve Gray in New Line Cinema's comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Genre: Comedy Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini, Jim Carrey, Jay Mohr and Michael Bully Herbig Director: Don Scardino Rated: PG-13
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego.
Lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act – both onstage and off – if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.
The Call Genre: Suspense and thriller Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund and Michael Imperioli Director: Brad Anderson Rated: R
When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
From Up on Poppy Hill Genre: Animation, adventure and family Cast: Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin Director: Goro Miyazaki Rated: PG
From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli comes “From Up on Poppy Hill,” the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki.
Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, “From Up on Poppy Hill” captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.
My Amityville Horror Genre: Documentary Cast: Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, Lorraine Warren Director: Eric Walter Not rated
On November 13, 1974, the house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, became a place that locals feared when 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family under very mysterious circumstances.
In September 1977, it became a place the entire world feared when Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” was published. The book – and the film adaptations which followed – brought the house international notoriety and instant entry into the occult history books. The recognition was not so much because of the DeFeo murders, however, but because of the tale of what happened to the next family who lived there, one year after the massacre: The Lutz family.
In 1975, they were dwellers for all of 28 days before fleeing in mortal terror, the victims of widespread supernatural happenings that pushed them to the brink of madness and had them fearing for their lives. A media circus began that never fully ended. Straight up to their recent deaths, George and Kathy Lutz have never gone back on a single claim.
Daniel Lutz was 10 years old at the time that his family literally went to hell. Never before in the 35 years since living through the ordeals has he gone on record about his experiences.
This is his story, in his words.
Somebody Up There Likes Me Genre: Comedy Cast: Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Jonathan Togo, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kevin Corrigan and Megan Mullally Director: Bob Byington Not rated
Bob Byington’s smart, subversive comedy skips through 35 years in the life of Max Youngman (Keith Poulson), his best (and only) friend Sal (Nick Offerman), and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler).
As they stumble in and out of hilariously misguided relationships – strung together with animated vignettes by Bob Sabiston and an original score by Chris Baio – Max never ages, holding on to a mysterious briefcase that may or may not contain the secret to life.