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Butler, Biel star in romantic comedy ‘Playing for Keeps’
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Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler star in “Playing for Keeps,” directed by Gabriele Muccino.
A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release:

Playing for Keeps
Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Rated: PG-13

Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid star in "Playing For Keeps," a romantic comedy about a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns home to put his life back together.

Looking for a way to rebuild his relationship with his son, he gets roped into coaching the boy's soccer team. But his attempts to finally become an "adult" are met with hilarious challenges from the attractive "soccer moms" who pursue him at every turn.

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

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern, Mackenzie Crook, Luke Treadaway, Fenella Woolgar, Zoe Tapper, Olly Alexander, Emil Lager, Julian Wadham, Barbara Flynn, Ellie Kendrick, John Standing, Paola Dionisotti, Luke Ward-Wilkinson and Sophie Stanton
Director: Donald Rice
Not rated

England, 1932 … today is Dolly Thatchum’s wedding day, and her family is arriving at the manor house with all the cheerfulness, chaos and grievances that bubble to the surface at such gatherings.

Trouble soon appears in the shape of Joseph, Dolly’s lover from the previous summer, who throws her feelings into turmoil. Dolly’s mother will not allow her carefully laid plans for her daughter’s future to be threatened, and as the clock ticks the bride can’t decide whether to run away with Joseph or start a new life in Argentina with her husband-to-be.

Deadfall
Genre: Drama
Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Rated: R

Siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong.

When a car accident leaves their wheelman and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Sissy Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet (Kris Kristofferson).

It’s there the siblings are reunited in a terse and thrilling showdown that pushes the bonds of family to the limit.

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Kerry Bishé, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns, Dara Coleman, Brian D'Arcy James, Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Noah Emmerich, Caitlin FitzGerald and Anita Gillette
Director: Edward Burns
Not rated

With “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of The Brothers McMullen. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and Mike McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (Little Children, Beautiful Girls) and Kerry Bishé (Newlyweds, Red State), Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, The Artist, The Longest Yard) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.

Hyde Park on Hudson
Genre: Biography and drama
Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Samuel West, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron and Olivia Williams
Director: Roger Michell
Rated: R

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin's neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Waiting for Lightning
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Danny Way, Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block, Rob Dyrdek and Tony Hawk
Director: Jacob Rosenberg
Rated: PG-13

“Waiting for Lightning” is the inspirational story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way.

The film follows the journey of a young boy from a broken home in Vista, Calif., whose passion for skateboarding would one day bring him fame and a lifetime of accomplishments. Way’s drive has no limits as exemplified by his creation captured on screen, a ramp of prodigious and dangerous proportions, across many cultural and ideological boundaries to attempt the impossible: jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard. It's a film about how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the challenges life presents, and how high and far dreams can fly. Danny Way has not only proven himself to be an incredibly talented skateboarder but also the sport’s greatest innovator. In his quest for greatness, Way continues to shape the very sport which helped save his own life.
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