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Blending state of the art animation with live action, "Hop" is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), left, the teenage son of the Easter Bunny and Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan star in “Source Code” from Summit Entertainment LLC.
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Mikael Persbrandt stars as Anton and Trine Dyrholm as Marianne in “In a Better World.”
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Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson star in “Super,” an IFC Films release, directed by James Gunn.
‘Hop’ leaps into theaters, Gyllenhaal discovers ‘Source Code’. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
Hop Genre: Comedy, family and holiday Cast: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Elizabeth Perkins and Hugh Laurie Director: Tim Hill Rated: PG
Blending state of the art animation with live action, “Hop” is a comedy about E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand), the teenage son of the Easter Bunny.
On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. He encounters Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals, who accidentally hits E.B. with his car. Feigning injury, E.B. manipulates Fred into providing him shelter, and Fred finds himself with the world's worst houseguest.
Source Code Genre: Action, adventure, drama and science fiction Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright and Michael Arden Director: Duncan Jones Rated: PG-13
A helicopter pilot recruited for a top-secret military operation finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission in “Source Code,” a smart, fast-paced action thriller that challenges assumptions about time and space.
Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, “Source Code” is directed by Duncan Jones.
Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) awakens on a speeding commuter train with no idea how he got there. Seated across from him is Christina (Michelle Monaghan), a woman he doesn't know, but who clearly believes she knows him. Seeking refuge in the bathroom, he's shocked to see another man's reflection in the mirror and ID cards in his wallet belonging to schoolteacher Sean Fentress. Suddenly a massive explosion rips through the train.
Almost instantly, Colter is transported to a high-tech isolation unit where a uniformed woman named Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) demands to know everything he saw. Colter has been on a high-priority mission to identify a bomber who destroyed a train hours earlier and who plans to kill thousands more with a much larger explosion in the heart of Chicago. A top-secret program, codenamed Source Code, allows Colter to exist briefly as Sean in the parallel reality of the doomed commuter train.
Each time he returns to the train, Colter has just eight minutes to uncover the bomber's identity. He gathers new bits of evidence each time, but his quarry eludes him. The more he learns, the more convinced he becomes that he can prevent the deadly blast from ever happening – unless time runs out first.
The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.
In a Better World Genre: Foreign and drama Cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen Director: Susanne Bier Rated: R
Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.
Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian’s mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death.
Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy.
Insidious Genre: Horror Cast: Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne Director: James Wan Rated: PG-13
When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma.
The tragedy doesn't stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of “Saw” and by the producers of “Paranormal Activity.”
Super Genre: Comedy Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon Director: James Gunn Not yet rated
In the outlandish dark comedy “Super,” James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes.
When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt.
With a hand-made suit, a wrench and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!