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Movies opening this weekend - March 28
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Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises.
Crowe portrays Noah on the big screen; Schwarzenegger stars in Sabotage. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Noah
Genre: Drama
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman and Nick Nolte
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Rated: PG-13

From the inspirational story of courage, sacrifice, hope and redemption, Darren Aronofsky brings to the screen "Noah."

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portrays the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Never before has the full story been brought to life on screen in a vivid epic - inviting the audience to experience these spectacular events through the eyes and emotions of Noah and his family, as they journey through fear and faith, destruction and triumph, hardship and hope.

Sabotage
Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini and Josh Holloway
Director: David Ayer
Rated: R

In "Sabotage," Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels.

When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one by one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

Bad Words
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall and Rachael Harris
Director: Jason Bateman
Rated: R

Jason Bateman makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy "Bad Words."

In the movie, he stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition.

Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious eighth-graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. Guy zealously plays to win the prize money at stake, outpacing the pre-teen field in match after match. Guy is aided and abetted in qualifying for the matches by reporter Jenny Widgeon, who has the exclusive rights to Guy's story and has liaisons with her subject. Guy rudely steps up his game to embarrass and outwit the competition's imperious chief Dr. Bowman (Philip Baker Hall) and administrator Dr. Deagan (Allison Janney), who are intent on having him eliminated from the field.

While Jenny attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand), who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life. But the increasingly heated final rounds of the Quill may spell things differently for Guy's future.

Cesar Chavez
Genre: Drama
Cast: Michael Peņa, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Jacob Vargas, Yancey Arias, Wes Bentley, John Ortoz and John Malkovich
Director: Diego Luna
Rated: PG-13

In "Cesar Chavez," director Diego Luna presents a powerful cinematic portrait of the legendary activist.

The film stars Michael Peņa in the title role, along with America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, "Cesar Chavez" tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world.

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

Breathe In
Genre: Comedy, drama and romance
Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis and Nico Tortorella
Director: Drake Doremus
Not rated

"Breathe In" pairs writer/director Drake Doremus once again with his incandescent star, Felicity Jones.

Soulful and musical British exchange student Sophie Williams (Jones) comes to New York in search of inspiration. On the surface, Sophie's host family seems happy enough, but with her arrival to the Reynolds' Upstate New York home, the private struggles of each family member begin to bubble. In particular, frustrated musician-turned-piano-teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) finds long suppressed dreams and desires reignited by Sophie's talent and inquisitive nature.

While Keith's wife, Megan (Amy Ryan) and daughter, Lauren (Mackenzie Davis) focus on Lauren's final year of high school, Sophie and Keith are drawn ever closer by their mutual longing for creative expression. Ultimately, Sophie and Keith must confront how much they are willing to sacrifice and what they truly want out of life.

Hide Your Smiling Faces
Genre: Drama
Cast: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O'Leary, Thomas Cruz, Christina Starbuck and Chris Kies
Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone
Not rated

After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers - 9-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) - confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality.

A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, "Hide Your Smiling Faces" is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth.

The Raid 2
Genre: Action
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, Julie Estelle, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo and Kazuki Kitamura
Director: Gareth Evans
Rated: R

He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen - a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls - rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong.

Formidable though they may have been, Rama's opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.

And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender "Yuda." In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco - the son of a prominent gang kingpin - to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.
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