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Article published on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
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“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” is the first spin off from the popular Paranormal Activity franchise.
New year kicks off with horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release:

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Genre: Horror
Cast: Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Eddie J. Fernandez, Jorge Diaz, David Fernandez Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tonja Kahlens and Frank Salinas
Director: Christopher Landon
Not yet rated

“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” is the first spin-off film spawned by the Paranormal Activity franchise.

The story begins at a party in Oxnard, Calif., in 2012. When a woman dies in a nearby apartment, a group of young adults decide to investigate the crime scene, recording what they discover. Amidst items that suggest some sort of black magic ritual, they find a photograph of one of the partygoers.

Soon, strange things begin happening to that individual – and the horror begins.

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

The Best Offer
Genre: Drama
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Sylvia Hoeks
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Not yet rated

Virgil Oldman is a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer.

He’s never been close to another human being, not even Robert, his only friend – a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from every era.

The day he turns 63, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when the time comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear, nor, for various reasons, is she present for the taking of the inventory or for the transportation and restoration of the pieces.

More than once Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be nothing but a bothersome mess, but on each occasion, the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. And with this, the old antique dealer's life begins to take an unexpected turn. It is Robert who shows him, step-by-step, how to win the heart of a young woman who is afraid of the world and, caught in the middle of this puzzling game of chess, Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by a passion that will transform his grey existence forever.

Open Grave
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Erin Richards and Maxim Wrottesley
Director: Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego
Unrated

A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious – and hungry – than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together – before it's too late.

Beyond Outrage
Genre: Action, drama and thriller
Cast: Beat Takeshi, Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata, Machiko Ono and Ken Mitsushi
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Rated: R

With “Beyond Outrage,” action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his yakuza saga, “Outrage.”

This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown.

Kataoka wants start a war between Sanno and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Takeshi) – the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno, who has just been released from prison. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataoka’s manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war.
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