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Hollywood conjures ‘Evil Dead’ remake; ‘Jurassic Park’ returns to the big screen in 3D
Article published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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Jane Levy stars in TriStar Pictures’ horror “Evil Dead.”
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Evil Dead
Genre: Horror
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore
Director: Fede Alvarez
Rated: R

In the much-anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin.

When the group discovers a “Book of the Dead,” they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Jurassic Park 3D
Genre: Adventure and science fiction
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Samuel L. Jackson, BD Wong and Wayne Knight
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rated: PG-13

Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking classic “Jurassic Park” in 3D.

With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release.

Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen.

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

The Brass Teapot
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel, Billy Magnussen, Alia Shawkat, Bobby Moynihan, Stephen Park and Debra Monk
Director: Ramaa Mosley
Rated: R

John and Alice live in small town America – 20s, married, very much in love, and broke.

Once voted “most likely to succeed,” Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes. “The Brass Teapot” is a magical dark comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.

The Company You Keep
Genre: Drama
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Root, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick and Jackie Evancho
Director: Robert Redford
Rated: R

Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York.

Grant’s world is turned upside down, when a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name.

Shepard knows the significance of the national news story he has exposed and, for a journalist, this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Hell-bent on making a name for himself, he is willing to stop at nothing to capitalize on it. He digs deep into Grant’s past. Despite warnings from his editor and threats from the FBI, Shepard relentlessly tracks Grant across the country.

As Grant reopens old wounds and reconnects with former members of his antiwar group, the Weather Underground, Shepard realizes something about this man is just not adding up. With the FBI closing in, Shepard uncovers the shocking secrets Grant has been keeping for the past three decades. As Grant and Shepard come face to face in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they each must come to terms with who they really are.

No Place on Earth
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Chris Nicola, Saul Stermer, Sam Stermer, Sonia Dodyk and Sima Dodyk
Director: Janet Tobias
Rated: PG-13

“No Place on Earth” brings to light the untold story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for 18, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival.

Built upon interviews with former cave inhabitants, as well as Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who unearthed the story, “No Place on Earth” is an extraordinary testament to ingenuity, willpower and endurance against all odds.

Simon Killer
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau, Lila Salet and Solo
Director: Antonio Campos
Not rated

The follow-up to Antonio Campos' critically acclaimed “Afterschool,” “Simon Killer” is an erotic and psychological portrait of Simon (Brady Corbet), a well-educated, handsome and seemingly sympathetic college graduate with just a hint of something off putting enough to ignite a sense of concern.

Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria (Mati Diop). The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon's true nature.

Trance
Genre: Thriller
Cast: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson
Director: Danny Boyle
Rated: R

A fine art auctioneer mixed up with an underworld gang joins forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster and more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.
Article published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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