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Bardem takes on Craig as Bond returns in ‘Skyfall,’ 23rd film in franchise
Article published on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
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Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure “Skyfall.”
James Bond may have his share of foes, but the new Bond flick “Skyfall” will have little competition at the box office this weekend as it is the only major film opening in wide release.

Skyfall
Genre: Action, adventure and drama
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, Ola Rapace and Tonia Sotiropoulou
Director: Sam Mendes
Rated: PG-13

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in “Skyfall,” the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.

In “Skyfall,” Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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

A Royal Affair
Genre: Drama and romance
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Boe Folsgaard
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Rated: R

“A Royal Affair” is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution.

Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), “A Royal Affair” is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

The Comedy
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, Gregg Turkington
Director: Rick Alverson
Not rated

On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is a man with unlimited options.

An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (Eric Wareheim, James Murphy and Gregg Turkington) in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Heidecker’s deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. “The Comedy” wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.

Dangerous Liaisons
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jang Dong-kun, Ziyi Zhang, Cecilia Cheung, Shawn Dou and Lisa Lu
Director: Jin-ho Hur
Not rated

Set in 1930s Shanghai – the glamorous, tumultuous “Paris of the East” – this adaptation of the French novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” is the Chinese cinematic version of “Dangerous Liaisons.”

Aging socialite Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung) met her ex-boyfriend Xie Yifan (Jang Dong-kun) after years of separation. Mo became a rich and charming widower who didn’t believe in any man yet indulged herself in seeking sensuous pleasures from man while Xie became a famous womanizer who, in the bottom of his heart, never got over his love for Mo. In his luxurious life, Xie met chaste young woman Du Fenyu(Ziyi Zhang) who was completely different from the so-called high society women in Xie’s circle. Xie wanted to conquer her by all means. But Du seemed not to care about him at all. Meanwhile, Mo lured Xie into a treacherous and dangerous game, which required him to dump Du after he won Du’s heart. But Xie gradually found himself in love with Du.

With war looming in Shanghai, how would Xie choose between the two women? Where would the triangle relationship lead them too? The dangerous game brought tragic and unintended consequences.

In Their Skin
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D'Arcy, Rachel Miner, Quinn Lord and Alex Ferris
Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal
Not rated

Following a tragic incident, the Hughes (Selma Blair and Joshua Close) escape their busy upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality family time at their isolated country home.

An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man's obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of, in order to survive.

Nature Calls
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierny, Patrice O'Neal, Darrell Hammond
Director: Todd Rohal
Rated: R

Determined to honor his father’s scouting legacy and mount one last comeback for his dwindling troop, Assistant Scoutmaster Randy Stevens (Patton Oswalt) pays a visit to his business-minded brother Kirk (Johnny Knoxville), who is throwing a television-themed slumber party for his newly adopted 10-year-old son at his McMansion.

Randy pressures the boys to secretly ditch the party and join him on a weekend scout trip. Pursued by Kirk and his security guard (Rob Riggle), the adventure lands the boys in trouble at every turn, pits them against angry parents and park rangers, yet ultimately turns the group of sheltered kids into a troop to be reckoned with.
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