A number of new movie releases will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
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Liam Neeson stars as Zeus in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Clash of the Titans,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Clash of the Titans Genre: Action, adventure, fantasy and remake Cast: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and Alexa Davalos Director: Louis Leterrier Rated: PG-13
In “Clash of the Titans,” the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods.
But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.
Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds, leading a daring band of warriors, including Draco (Mads Mikkelsen), an experienced soldier who encourages the defiant Perseus to make use of his god-given abilities. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, they will only survive if Perseus can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.
Propelling audiences into a mythological world of epic action and adventure, “Clash of the Titans” will be presented in 3D, making the gods even more formidable, the creatures even more fearsome, and taking audiences even deeper into the mythological realm of Perseus’ quest.
The Last Song Genre: Drama, family, romance and adaptation Cast: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston and Bobby Coleman Director: Julie Anne Robinson Rated: PG
Based on bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel, “The Last
Song” is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenage daughter (Miley Cyrus) who’d rather be home in New York.
He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common – music – in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. The film is directed by Julie Anne Robinson from a screenplay by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie.
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?Genre: Comedy and drama Cast: Tyler Perry, Sharon Leal, Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott, Lamman Rucker, Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr. irector: Tyler Perry Rated: PG-13
Reuniting the same charismatic cast and characters from his hit comedy/drama, “Why Did I Get Married,” Tyler Perry brings us the next chapter in the lives of eight college friends struggling with the challenges of marital life in “Why Did I Get Married Too?”
Gathered together in the Bahamas for their annual one-week reunion, four close couples eagerly reconnect, sharing news about their lives and relationships. But their intimate week in paradise is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila’s ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her new marriage with Troy and win her back. The others soon realize they too are not immune to the challenges of commitment and fidelity. Angela doesn’t believe her husband, Marcus, can be faithful now that he’s a celebrity television newscaster. Dianne and Terry’s relationship is feeling the strain of raising children. And Patricia, a successful self-help psychologist, must finally reveal the deep flaws in her seemingly perfect marriage to Gavin. With their relationships hanging in the balance when they return home, each couple must choose between blame and forgiveness, doubt and faith, with life-altering consequences…
The following will open in limited release.
The Greatest Genre: Drama Cast: Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, Aaron Johnson and Zoe Kravitz Director: Shana Feste Rated: R
Written and directed by Shana Feste, in her feature directorial debut, and starring Carey Mulligan in her first role since her Academy Award nominated performance in “An Education,” “The Greatest” tells the story of Allen and Grace Brewer (Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon respectively), a grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett (Aaron Johnson), in a car crash.
When a young woman, Rose (Mulligan), shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewers are forced to take her in. At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.
Leaves of Grass Genre: Comedy, thriller and crime Cast: Edward Norton, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss and Keri Russell Rated: R
Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass” is a comic thriller seen through the dual perspectives of identical twins Bill and Brady Kincaid (both played by two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton).
Bill, a classical philosophy professor at Brown University, returns home upon news of his brother Brady’s murder in a drug deal gone awry. Bill quickly learns that Brady’s death has been grossly exaggerated, as he’s swept up into one of his brother’s crazy schemes. Alongside his eccentric mother (Susan Sarandon) and a beautiful woman named Janet (Keri Russell), Bill participates in his brother’s wild plan, leading him on a twisted path filled with unique characters and life’s most challenging questions.
Also starring Richard Dreyfuss and writer-director Nelson, “Leaves of Grass” merges crime drama, drug comedy and classical philosophy, as it attempts to answer one of the oldest questions in the world: What does it truly mean to be happy?
The Warlords Genre: Action, adventure, foreign, drama and war Cast: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei Director: Peter Chan Rated: R
Set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion in 1860s China, “The Warlords” stars Jet Li as General Pang, who barely survives a brutal massacre of his fellow soldiers by playing dead, and joins a band of bandits led by Er Hu (Andy Lau) and Wu Yang (Takeshi Kaneshiro).
After fighting back attackers from an helpless village, the three men take an oath to become “blood brothers,” pledging loyalty to one another until death, but things quickly turn sour and the three men become embroiled in a web of political deceit, and a love triangle between Pang, Er Hu and a beautiful courtesan (Wu Jing-Lei).