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Here Comes the Boom pairs James, Hayek; Affleck directs, stars in ‘Argo’
Article published on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
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Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mendez in “Argo,” a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Argo
Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks and Taylor Schilling
Director: Ben Affleck
Rated: R

Based on real events, the dramatic thriller "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played – information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

On Nov. 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country – a plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

Atlas Shrugged Part II
Genre: Drama, science fiction and mystery
Cast: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Patrick Fabien, Richard T. Jones, Esai Morales and Diedrich Bader
Director: John Putch
Rated: PG-13

The global economy is on the brink of collapse.

Unemployment has risen to 24 percent. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear at the hands of the unknown.

Dagny Taggart, vice president in charge of operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis – found abandoned amongst the ruins of a once productive factory, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the world.

But, the motor is dead ... there is no one left to decipher its secret ... and, someone is watching.

It's a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the world is stopped for good.

Who is John Galt?

Here Comes the Boom
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler
Director: Frank Coraci
Rated: PG

In the comedy “Here Comes the Boom,” former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school.

When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

Sinister
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nicholas King, Clare Foley, Victoria Leigh, Juliet Rylance and Michael Hall D'Addario
Director: Scott Derrickson
Rated: R

“Sinister” is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the “Paranormal Activity” films and the writer-director of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”

Ethan Hawke plays a true crime novelist who discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunges his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.

Seven Psychopaths
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek
Director: Martin McDonagh
Rated: R

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved dog.

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

Grave Encounters 2
Genre: Supernatural thriller and horror
Cast: Richard Harmon, Sean Rogerson, Stephanie Bennett, Dylan Playfair, Leanne Lapp, Howard Lai and Ben Wilkinson
Director: John Poliquin
Not rated

“Grave Encounters” was a found-footage horror phenomenon that many people believed was just a movie.

Film student Alex Wright is out to prove them wrong in “Grave Encounters 2.” Alex is as obsessed with the first film, as the 20 million people who viewed its viral trailer on YouTube. While he and his friends research the events and visit the real psychiatric hospital depicted in the original film, they find themselves face-to-face with unspeakable evil, banking on the hope that their knowledge of the original film will help them survive the sequel.

Smashed
Genre: Drama
Cast: Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Nick Offerman and Octavia Spencer
Director: James Ponsoldt
Rated: R

Kate and Charlie are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking ... especially the drinking.

When Kate’s drinking leads her to dangerous places and her job as a schoolteacher is put into jeopardy, she decides to join AA and get sober. With the help of her friend and sponsor Jenny, and the vice principal at her school, the awkward, but well intentioned, Mr. Davies, Kate takes steps toward improving her health and life. Sobriety isn’t as easy as Kate had anticipated.

Her new lifestyle brings to the surface a troubling relationship with her mother, facing the lies she’s told her employer and calls into question whether or not her relationship with Charlie is built on love or is just boozy diversion from adulthood.
Article published on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012
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