A number of new movie releases will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:
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Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton star in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.”
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Genre: Action and adventure Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Steve Toussaint Director: Mike Newell Rated: PG-13
In this epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince named Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time – a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
Dastan, driven to prove his worth, leads the attack on Alamut, a peaceful holy city which is reported by spies to be hoarding weapons that are supplied to Persia’s enemies. But in fact, Alamut holds a much deeper and greater treasure – the legendary Sands of Time, which gives mortals the ability to turn back time. Dastan comes into possession of an ancient glass-handled dagger, the key to accessing the Sands of Time, but King Sharaman is assassinated and Dastan is accused of the crime.
Now on the run and desperate to clear his name, Dastan finds himself in an uneasy alliance with Tamina, a feisty young Alamut princess whose family has guarded the Sands of Time for centuries, and who will do whatever it takes to protect it.
Dastan and Tamina, who are like oil and water from the start, are challenged to survive the unforgiving desert and some even more unforgiving enemies – from the wily Sheikh Amar (Alfred Molina) and master African knife thrower Seso (Steve Toussaint) to the deadly attempts of the Hassansins – each one trained to kill with their own lethal techniques.
It will take all of Dastan’s bravery and fighting skills, as well as Tamina’s cunning, in order to uncover the one truly responsible for the king’s death, and for him to discover the nobility that truly lies within.
Sex and the City 2
Genre: Comedy, drama and romance Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin David, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and John Corbett Director: Michael Patrick King Rated: R
The fun, the fashion, the friendship: “Sex and the City 2” brings it all back and more as Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) take another bite out of The Big Apple – and beyond – carrying on with their busy lives and loves in a sequel that truly sparkles.
What happens after you say “I do”? Life is everything the ladies ever wished it to be, but it wouldn’t be “Sex and the City” if life didn’t hold a few more surprises ... this time in the form of a glamorous, sun-drenched adventure that whisks the women away from New York to one of the most luxurious, exotic and vivid places on earth, where the party never ends and there’s something mysterious around every corner. It’s an escape that comes exactly at the right moment for the four friends, who are finding themselves in – and fighting against – the traditional roles of marriage, motherhood and more.
After all, sometimes you just have to get away with the girls.
The following will open in limited release.
George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead
Genre: Horror Cast: Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Devon Bostick and Richard Fitzpatrick Director: George A. Romero Rated: R
Immediately following the events of “Diary of the Dead,” “Survival of the Dead” is the sixth film from George A. Romero to look at a world where humans are in the minority and the zombies rule.
Off the coast of Delaware sits the cozy Plum Island where two families are locked in a struggle for power, as it has been for generations. The O’Flynn’s, headed by patriarch Patrick O’Flynn (Kenneth Welsh) approach the zombie plague with a shoot-to-kill attitude. The Muldoons, headed by Shamus Muldoon (Richard Fitzpatrick), feel that the zombies should be quarantined and kept “alive,” in hopes that a solution will someday be found.
The O’Flynn’s, who are clearly outnumbered, are forced to exile Patrick by boat to the mainland, where he meets up with a band of soldiers, headed by Guardsman Sarge (Alan Van Sprang). They join forces and return to the island, to find that the zombie plague has fully gripped the divided community.
As the battle between humans and zombies escalates, the master filmmaker continues to reinvent the modern horror genre with wicked humor and pointed social commentary.
Genre: Foreign and comedy Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Dany Boon, Andre Dussollier, Julie Ferrier and Yolande Moreau Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Rated: R
First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert.
Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain ... Bazil doesn’t have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death.
Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, this inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba’s cave. The group’s talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse:
Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete and Mama Chow.
Then one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. He sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends.
Underdogs battling heartless industrial giants, the gang relives the battle of David and Goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton.