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Opening this weekend - September 21
Dystopian ‘Dredd 3D’ features Urban; Lawrence moves into ‘House at the End of the Street’
Article published on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012
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Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) prepare to mete out harsh justice in “Dredd 3D.”
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Dredd 3D
Genre: Action, adventure and science fiction
Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey
Director: Pete Travis
Rated: R

The future America is an irradiated wasteland.

On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington, D.C., lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture – a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire.

With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

House at the End of the Street
Genre: Horror and thriller
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows
Director: Mark Tonderai
Rated: PG-13

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town.

But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.

Trouble with the Curve
Genre: Drama
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Scott Eastwood and Joe Massingill
Director: Robert Lorenz
Rated: PG-13

Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him.

Nevertheless, Gus – who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat – refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career.

He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country's hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game.

Against her better judgment, and over Gus's objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries – revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer's booth ... and has eyes for Mickey. The main cast also includes John Goodman as Gus's old friend and boss, Pete Klein, and Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson, the Braves' associate director of scouting.

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

About Cherry
Genre: Drama
Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, Lily Taylor and Jonny Weston
Director: Stephen Elliott
Unrated

Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) is an 18-year-old on the verge of finishing high school, rushing to escape her broken family life.

After reluctantly taking nude photos at her boyfriend's (Jonny Weston) behest, she takes the cash to skip town with her best friend (Dev Patel). Angelina gets a job cocktailing in a San Francisco strip club where she meets Frances (James Franco), an affluent lawyer who introduces her to a high-class world beyond her wildest dreams.

At the same time, Angelina begins exploring San Francisco's porn industry, using the moniker Cherry, under the wing of a former performer turned adult film director (Heather Graham). But Angelina's newfound ideal lifestyle soon comes apart at the seams.

“About Cherry” challenges assumptions about sexuality and pornography, while addressing the common struggle of finding one's role in life.

End of Watch
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Gillo and America Ferrera
Director: David Ayer
Rated: R

From the writer of “Training Day,” “End of Watch” is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel.

How to Survive a Plague
Genre: Documentary
Director: David France

“How to Survive a Plague” is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence.

This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process.

The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how to change the world.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerGenre: Drama
Cast: Emma Watson, Logan Ler­man, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons and Dylan McDermott
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Rated: PG-13

A sensitive teenager learns to navigate the soaring highs and perilous lows of adolescence in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a powerful and affecting coming-of-age story based on the wildly popular young adult novel by Stephen Chbosky. The film captures the complexities of growing up with uncommon grace, humor and compassion.

It's 1991 and academically precocious, socially awkward Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching from the sidelines, until a pair of charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother, Patrick (Ezra Miller), shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the quest for the perfect song. At the same time, his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd) introduces him to the world of literature, sparking his dreams of becoming a writer.

But even as Charlie thrives in his new, more grown-up world, the pain of his past – which includes his best friend Michael's recent suicide and the accidental death of a beloved aunt – lurks just below the surface. As his older friends plan to leave home for college, Charlie's precarious equilibrium begins to crumble, and at the root of his sadness is a shocking revelation.

War of the Buttons
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jean Texier, Ilona Bachelier, Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet and Kad Merad
Director: Christophe Barratier

Set in occupied WW II France, “War of the Buttons” tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the war he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages.

Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them.
Article published on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012
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