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Screens by Jeff Boam     Opening This Week Need for Speed Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper A TV program that never jumped the shark and was just starting to peak, the brilliantly scripted, acted and directed Breaking Bad went out on top with a bang last year in its fifth and final season. This left its stars, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, eyeing up their...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this weekend   300: Rise of an Empire Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro In this R-rated actioner, Greek general Themistokles (Stapleton) leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The Plus: The original....

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week Non-Stop Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore Though the title sounds like an apt description of the Taken series’ gratuitous glut of sequels (the 3rd chapter will reportedly arrive in early 2015), it actually refers to a commercial airline trip with no layovers … or, as frequent flyers call it, inevitably getting bumped...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this Week Pompeii Kit Harrington, Emily Browning With director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) busily mounting production on back-to-back sequels to Independence Day, it only makes sense that another schlocktastic director would pick up the baton and continue grindhousing the gears of the disaster genre. In...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Week RoboCop Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman Time (JFK) and time (True Romance) and time again (Leon: The Professional), Gary Oldman has taken a supporting role and left filmgoers forgetting the headliners — nevermind his unforgettable starring gigs (Sid and Nancy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula). Not content to let only two...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week The LEGO Movie Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks In this PG-rated animated comedy, an ordinary LEGO minifigure mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder (Pratt) is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant (Will Ferrell) from gluing the universe together. The Plus: The vehicle....

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week Labor Day Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin In 2013, Josh Brolin racked up three credits, Gangster Squad, Oldboy and his latest, Labor Day, which opened in New York and Los Angeles before the New Year. Rather than take a break in 2014, however, this movie star is racking up three more: Everest, Robert Rodriguez and Frank...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Week I, Frankenstein Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy In this PG-13-rated adaptation of the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, Frankenstein’s creature (Eckhart) finds himself caught in a centuries old war between two immortal clans. The Plus: The players. Here, Stuart Beattie (a relatively new director known for his screenplays...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this Week The Legend of Hercules Kellan Lutz, Gala Weiss First, it was Mirror Mirror  versus Snow White and the Huntsmen. Then, it was Olympus Has Fallen versus White House Down. Now, it’s Hercules versus, uh, Hercules. In this PG-13-rated adventure arriving in theaters six months before a similar such take on the Greek...

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Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Week Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Andrew Jacobs, Molly Ephraim It has been more than 14 years since micro-budgeted thriller The Blair Witch Project broke box office records by pioneering faux documentary horror and 12 years since its awful sequel, which adopted a narrative structure, did not. In 2009, however,...