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Movies opening this weekend - Aug. 29
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The Studio@620 and Echo Bridge Pictures hosts the regional premier film screening of "Persistence of Vision", a documentary from Director Kevin Schreck on Aug. 30, 7 p.m.
As Above, So Below visits Parisian catacombs; Brosnan stars in November Man. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

The November Man
Genre: Action and thriller
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton
Director: Roger Donaldsom
Rated: R

Code named "The November Man," Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission.

He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades-old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

As Above, So Below
Genre: Psychological thriller
Cast: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Rated: R

Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.

When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, "As Above/So Below" reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

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

Starred Up
Genre: Crime and drama
Cast: Jack O'Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn and Sian Breckin
Director: David Mackenzie
Not rated

19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn).

As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates - and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point - Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend), who runs an anger management group for prisoners.

Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him. Written by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser, "Starred Up" is a merciless, uncompromising portrayal of a dehumanizing life behind bars, and the most accomplished film of David Mackenzie's career; as father and son, Mendelsohn and O'Connell give extraordinary performances, charting a path that resembles Greek tragedy.

The Last of Robin Hood
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon and Dakota Fanning
Director: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westermoreland
Not rated

Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies' man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland.

The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother - which only fed Florence's need to stay in the spotlight. "The Last of Robin Hood" is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.

Life of Crime
Genre: Action and comedy
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins
Director: Daniel Schechter
Not rated

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in "Life of Crime," a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch."

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he'd rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

The Notebook
Genre: Drama
Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Ulrich Matthes, Laszlo Gyemant, Andras Gyemant, Piroska Molnar, Gyongyver Bognar, Orsolya Toth
Director: Janos Szasz
Rated: R

Toward the end of World War II, people in big cities are at the mercy of air raids and death by starvation.

A desperate young mother leaves her 13-year-old twin sons at their grandmother's house in the country, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic. The villagers call her "the Witch" because she is rumored to have poisoned her husband long ago. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. They realize that the only way to cope with the absurd and inhumane world of adults and war is to become completely unfeeling and merciless.

By learning to free themselves from hunger, pain and emotion, they will be able to endure future hardships. So they begin their own series of studies: they fortify their spirits by reading the Bible and learning foreign languages. They practice every day to harden their bodies and minds. They hold their hands over flames, cut their legs, arms and chests with a knife and pour alcohol right on their wounds. They desensitize themselves to insults and learn to ignore the more insidious appeals of sentiment and love.

The twins keep a written record of all they have witnessed during the war, Le Grand Cahier. When they write, they follow their own strict code: The prose must be free from emotion, the notes precise and objective. Over time they are initiated into the corruptions and horrors of a war-torn world.
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