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From left, Abbie Cornish stars as Sweet Pea, Jena Malone as Rocket, Emily Browning as Babydoll, Scott Glenn as the Wise Man, Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie and Jamie Chung as Amber in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action fantasy "Sucker Punch," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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Julian Schnabel and Freida Pinto star in the film “Miral.”
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Sarah Silverman stars in “Peep World,” an IFC Films Release directed by Barry Blaustein.
‘Wimpy Kid’ returns, Browning and Hudgens team up for ‘Sucker Punch’. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Genre: Comedy, family and adaptation
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris
Director: David Bowers
Rated: PG

In this sequel to 2010’s surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made “wimpy” cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney.

As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his oldest brother – and chief tormentor – Rodrick must deal with their parents misguided attempts to have them bond.

Sucker Punch
Genre: Action, adventure, science fiction and fantasy
Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung and Carla Gugino
Director: Zack Snyder
Rated: PG-13

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes viewers into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.

Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls – the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) – to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal.

Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey – if they succeed – will set them free.

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

Miral
Genre: Foreign, drama and biopic
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Makram J. Khoury, Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Julian Schnabel
Rated: R

From director Julian Schnabel comes “Miral,” the visceral, first-person diary of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem as she confronts the effects of occupation and war in every corner of her life.

Schnabel pieces together momentary fragments of Miral’s world–how she was formed, who influenced her, all that she experiences in her tumultuous early years–to create a raw, moving, poetic portrait of a woman whose small, personal story is inextricably woven into the bigger history unfolding all around her.

Miral’s story, which shifts sinuously through layers of time and emotions, begins with the woman who will become her teacher, Hind Husseini, who in 1948 turned her father’s home into the Dar Al-Tifel Institute, an orphanage and school for Palestinian children. What would you do if you found 55 orphans wandering the streets in the middle of a war-torn city? For Hind, the answer was to protect them, draw a line around them and make a safe haven where they could not be harmed, and where they could learn in safety and begin to imagine a more peaceful world.

In 1978, years after Hind starts the school, a 5 year-old girl arrives at the Institute in the wake of her mother’s tragic death. This is Miral and this is her story. She will grow up sheltered inside the protective walls of Dar-Al-Tifl, but then at the age of 16, on the cusp of the Intifada, Miral is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the anger and struggles that seem to be her legacy. When she falls for a fervent political activist, Hani Miral is drawn into a personal dilemma: to choose a path of violence or to follow Mama Hind’s hard-fought belief that education is the only way to pursue lasting peace.

Peep World
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Ben Schwartz, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman and Kate Mara
Director: Barry Blaustein
Not rated

What happens to a rich, neurotic family when one of their own writes a tell-all exposing their dirty secrets?  

The Meyerwitz family is about to find out. And the timing couldn't be more hilariously awful.

As the Meyerwitz clan prepares for the 70th birthday of nasty family patriarch Henry (Ron Rifkin), “Peep World,” the expose written by youngest son Nathan (Ben Schwartz) has gone red hot, making a mess of all of their lives. Jack (Michael C. Hall), the oldest son, is failing in his career and now has to bend over backwards to convince his wife Laura (Judy Greer) that certain salacious events in Nathan's book weren't really committed by him. 

Sister Cheri (Sarah Silverman), a drama queen and struggling actress, can see the “Peep World” movie set from her window, and grows increasingly enraged watching a more successful actress play a horribly unflattering version of her. Her solution: Sue her younger brother for libel.

Meanwhile, black sheep Joel (Rainn Wilson), a disaster in slow-motion, plots to turn his life around at his family's expense, and Marilyn (Lesley Ann Warren), the children's mother, long-divorced from Henry, still carries a torch for her ex, one that's only inflamed further by the revelations in “Peep World.” For his part, the now-famous Nathan cluelessly wonders what the fuss is all about and basks in his success much to the annoyance of all around him.  

Over the course of 24 hours, this group of likable and unlikable misfits will summon their courage to come together for the "family dinner" they'll never forget.
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