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Article published on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
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Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Hanks portrays Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Saving Mr. Banks
Genre: Biography, comedy and drama
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker
Director: John Lee Hancock
Rated: PG-13

In 1961, Walt Disney invited “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character – a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s.

Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, P.L. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion.

In “Saving Mr. Banks,” audiences will discover how Walt Disney worked his magic on P.L Travers to bring her book to the big screen.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman
Director: Adam McKay
Rated: PG-13

With the ’70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy … while taking New York and the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Walking with Dinosaurs
Genre: Adventure and family
Cast: Justin Long and John Leguizamo
Director: Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale
Rated: PG

For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

“Walking with Dinosaurs” is the ultimate immersive, big-screen adventure for families. The film depicts dinosaurs more real than any ever seen on screen and revolves around a thrilling prehistoric journey featuring Patchi, an underdog dino, who triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.

Patchi’s heroics and antics resonate in any era, but he is also a product of his times and stomping grounds – the latter part of the Cretaceous Period, about 70 million years ago in a land we now call Alaska.

American Hustle
Genre: Drama
Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Rated: R

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, “American Hustle” tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).

DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.

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

The Past
Genre: Drama
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karmi and Valeria Cavalli
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Rated: PG-13

Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon the request of his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo), in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim).

During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

Wrong Cops
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Daniel Quinn, Eddie Tapia, Steve Little, Daniel Quinn, Isabella Palmier, Hillary Tuck, Alyssa Preston, Norton Leufven, Pete Cross, Steve Howey, Arden Myrin, Eric Wareheim, Don Stark, Agnes Bruckner, Brandon Beemer and Jon Lajoe
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Not rated

“Wrong Cops” chronicles a group of cops behaving badly in a not too-distant future where crime has been all but eradicated.

This hilarious ensemble comedy features an amazing cast that includes Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim, Jon Lajoie and many more.
Article published on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
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