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Movies opening this weekend - April 25
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From left, Amber (Kate Upton), Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Kate (Leslie Mann) toast their friendship in "The Other Woman."
The Other Woman features ensemble cast; Walker, RZA star in Brick Mansions.. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

The Other Woman
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney and Nicki Minaj
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Rated: PG-13

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing boyfriend.

Carly Whitten (Diaz) is a tough-as-nails New York lawyer with a strict set of rules when it comes to men and relationships. When she meets Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she lets her guard down and begins to fall for him. A spontaneous, surprise visit to King's Connecticut home goes awry when Carly discovers that Mark has a wife, Kate (Mann). A devoted super-housewife, Kate is shocked that Mark has been cheating on her, and Carly is furious to learn that Mark is a married man. But instead of directing their outrage toward one another, Carly and Kate slowly begin to bond over their joint enemy, and, with help from Amber (Upton), a third woman caught up in Mark's lies, they conspire to give him what he deserves. As their strategies become more ingenious, their bond grows stronger.

Brick Mansions
Genre: Action
Cast: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis and Carlo Rota
Director: Camille Delamarre
Rated: PG-13

In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned homes from better times house the city's most dangerous criminals.

These are the grim, apocalyptic housing projects known as Brick Mansions. Unable to control the rampant crime, the authorities have walled Brick Mansions in, supposedly to protect the rest of the city from its lawless, violent, degenerate inhabitants.

In Brick Mansions, only the strong survive. In this dog-eat-dog society, the ruthless, urbane, and deadly drug kingpin Tremaine, played by RZA, is at the top of the food chain. Undercover cop

Damien Collier, played by Paul Walker, is determined to bring Tremaine to justice for killing his father years prior. Now, more than ever, the line between justice and revenge is razor thin. For Damien, every day is a fight against corruption and although it isn't apparent at first, he finds an unlikely ally in one of the last good souls of Brick Mansions, Lino, played by David Belle. Stuck in the unpredictable and dangerous concrete jungle of Brick Mansions, Lino battles every day to live an honest life. A vigilante in his own right, he fights for a better overall community.

Upon first meeting, their differences get the better of them and the thought of being allies seems nearly impossible. That is until Damien and Lino realize they share a mutual enemy: Tremaine.

The duo comes from completely different worlds, whose paths never should have crossed. But when Tremaine kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, it sets in motion a chain of adrenaline-spiking events forcing the two to work together. Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless, acrobatic ex-convict, and together attempt to stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. In the process, they learn that they have more in common than they initially realized. A grudging respect for one another leads to friendship as they begin to realize that what happens inside and outside of Brick Mansions is not what it seems.

The Quiet Ones
Genre: Supernatural horror
Cast: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne and Olivia Cooke
Director: John Pogue
Rated: PG-13

Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an "experiment" on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke and is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

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

For No Good Reason
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Ralph Steadman and Johnny Depp
Director: Charlie Paul
Rated: R

Ralph Steadman is the last of the original Gonzo visionaries.

Made over the course of 15 years, "For No Good Reason" explores the connection between life and art through the eyes of seminal British artist, Ralph Steadman. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, this is a study in honesty, friendship and the ambition that drives an artist.

Ralph's rise to prominence began in the early 1970s during the fallout from the love and hope that had swept the western world during the 1960s. This legendary time for music, literature, art and philosophy was the catalyst, along with his developing relationship with writer Hunter S. Thompson, for Ralph to express and chart the wreckage that followed; a large-scale disintegration of a demoralized counter-culture. His art gained recognition in the press and popular-culture publications, both in the U.K. and U.S., for its bold comment on his fiercely heart-felt politics.

The film is a richly creative, visual feast about the power and importance of art to achieve Steadman's aim "I learnt to draw...to try to change the world". Director Charlie Paul spent 15 years meticulously amassing the footage and creating the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman's pictures.

Through Johnny Depp's lead in this intimate portrait, we are able to reach to the heart of what make this artist tick, his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties.

"For No Good Reason" is riot of stories and images as we take a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman's time with 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas' writer Hunter S. Thompson, the Rumble in the Jungle; gun fights with literary giant William S. Burroughs and his fiercely heart-felt politics.

This is an inventive, energetic, occasionally harrowing, but inspiring and uplifting film with contributions from Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and music from Slash, All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, James Blake, Ed Harcourt and Crystal Castles, all For No Good Reason.

The German Doctor
Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Alex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger, Guillermo Pfening, Alan Daicz and Florencia Bado
Director: Lucia Puenzo
Rated: PG-13

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor (Alex Brendemühl) meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life.

Eva (Natalia Oreiro), Enzo (Diego Peretti) and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith (Florencia Bado), to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring the German doctor to justice.

Based on filmmaker Lucía Puenzo's fifth novel, the story follows Josef Mengele, the "Angel of Death," a German SS officer and a physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent "hiding", along with many other Nazi's, in South America following his escape from Germany. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.

Locke
Genre: Action and drama
Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Bill Milner, Lee Ross, Silas Carson and Kirsty Dillon
Director: Steven Knight
Rated: R

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores.

On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, "Locke" is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.

Walking with the Enemy
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jonah Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Ben Kingsley, Simon Kunz, Simon Dutton, Burn Gorman, Shane Taylor, Charles Hubbell, Simon Hepworth, Andrew Brooke, William Hope
Director: Mark Schmidt
Not rated

Inspired by the true story of Pinchas Rosenbaum, "Walking with the Enemy" begins in the final months of World War II.

The Nazis are desperately trying to enact their genocide against Jews in Hungary, who had been protected from persecution until their leader Regent Horthy (Sir Ben Kingsley) was forced to bow to the will of Hitler and Eichmann. Hoping to find his displaced family and avoid being placed in a labor camp, young Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) undertakes extraordinary measures to survive, using a stolen uniform to pose as a Nazi officer so that he can reroute Jews to safety and disrupt the activities of the German occupiers.

Young & Beautiful
Genre: Drama
Cast: Géraldine Pailhas, Marine Vacth, Frederic Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen and Charlotte Rampling
Director: Francois Ozon
Not rated

"Young & Beautiful" is a coming-of-age portrait of a 17-year-old French girl over four seasons and four songs, from her sexual awakening to her first time, from her exploration of love to her search for her identity.
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