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Robin Wright and James McAvoy star in Roadside Pictures' “The Conspirator.”
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Photo courtesy of SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS
Filippo Timi stars as Guido and Ksenia Rappoport as Sonia in “The Double Hour.”
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Photo by ETIENNE GEORGE/PARADIS FILMS
Mélanie Thierry stars as Marie de Montpensier and Gaspard Ulliel as Henri de Guise in “The Princess of Montpensier,” directed by Bertrand Tavernier, an IFC Films release.
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Courteney Cox stars in the Wes Craven film “Scream 4.”
Craven returns with ‘Scream 4,’ Eisenberg and Hathaway lend voices to animated ‘Rio’. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Rio
Genre: Adventure, comedy and animation
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan and Jemaine Clement
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Rated: G

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare species of blue macaw resident at a bookstore in Minnesota, who believes he is the last of his kind.

When he learns that another macaw was spotted in South America, and that the macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), is female, he leaves Minnesota and travels to Rio de Janeiro to meet her. While there, he learns to confront his fear of flying in order to win her heart. Along the way, they get kidnapped by thieves to sell them to get a fortune. After they escape, they try to avoid the thieves with help from a wise Toucan (George Lopez), a hungry bulldog (Tracy Morgan), Linda, Blu’s owner (Leslie Mann), an obese redhead (Will. I. Am) and a small yellow canary (Jamie Foxx) and also avoid the theives pet white cockatoo, Nigel (Jemaine Clement).

Scream 4
Genre: Suspense and horror
Cast: David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin
Director: Wes Craven
Rated: R

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour.

There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

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

The Conspirator
Genre: Drama and biopic
Cast: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood and Kevin Kline
Director: Robert Redford
Rated: PG-13

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the president, vice president and secretary of state.

The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell), 26, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.

Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Johnny Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.

The Double Hour
Genre: Foreign, drama, science fiction and thriller
Cast: Filippo Timi, Ksenia Rappoport, Antonia Truppo, Michele Di Mauro and Lorenzo Gioielli
Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Not rated

Sonia and Guido might be the two loneliest people in the Italian city of Turin.

A penniless maid and a chilly ex-cop, they each go about their daily routines like ghosts, both tormented by mistakes and loss from their individual pasts, unable to truly move forward with their lives in any meaningful way. But, when the two meet for the first time in the grimmest of settings – a schmaltzy speed dating event – wary flirtation blooms into desperate passion.

Only a single, shocking incident, an ill-timed robbery, threatens to destroy the salvation that Sonia and Guido so quickly find in each other.

“The Double Hour” is, at once, a stark romance, a touching, psychological thriller, and a story about possibilities. La doppia ora: A second chance, a magical moment when a person makes a wish, hoping against hope for a better life, for love, for redemption. But, is wishing, as Guido suggests, only a game?

The Princess of Montpensier
Genre: Foreign, drama and adaptation
Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Not rated

In “The Princess of Montpensier,” acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier directs a spectacular cast in a riveting, lush romantic drama set in the high courts of 16th century France.

Against the backdrop of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mezieres (Melanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, finds herself married to a young prince (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet) she does not love, haunted by a rakish suitor Gaspard Ulliel from her childhood, and advised by an aging nobleman Lambert Wilson, harboring his own forbidden desire for her. The Princess of Montpensier must struggle passionately to stay alive in the intrigue of this corrupt political and romantic web of duty, passion, religion and war.
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