New Movies In Theaters This Week - 'Kick-Ass 2,' 'Paranoia' And...

-This week the new movies in theaters this Friday, Aug 16th, is a great collective of options. From teens kicking ass, to butlers being a part of history, to tech whiz double agents, we've got it all this weekend. I'm not sure who will come out on top at the end of the weekend as far as the box office numbers go.

Last weekend Elysium impressed me by coming out on top at the box office, with NO 3D screen offerings. That's nice to see. Go Neill Blomkamp!!! You made a great statement with that small win.

Enough of the past. Let's look to the future... specifically...

New Movies Opening This Week - August 16

Kick-Ass 2

'Kick-Ass 2' movie poster

Rated R 103 min

The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

Director: Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down)
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Something to ponder... the original was produced by Plan B and distributed by Lionsgate. This sequel is produced and distributed by Universal with a new writer/director. This isn't going to be the same Kick Ass we first watched. We'll see how it goes.

(And then there's the Jim Carrey not supporting the film. As Carrey put it on Twitter:

"I did 'Kickass' a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence."

I wonder if he'll still accept the pay check?)


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Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' movie

Rated PG-13 132 min

An African-American's eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler.

Director: Lee Daniels
Stars: Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, John Cusack


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'Paranoia' movie poster

Rated PG-13 106 min

An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman


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'Jobs' movie poster

Rated PG-13 122 min

The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, Annika Bertea

Here's an interesting observation: IMDb users are chiming in with a 5.7! And Rotten Tomatoes critics are giving it a 44%. Zoinks!


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Ain't Them Bodies Saints - [Limited]

105 min

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Director: David Lowery
Stars: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker


Austenland - [Limited]

Rated PG-13 97 min

Obsessed with the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice", a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Director: Jerusha Hess
Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie


Cutie and the Boxer - [Limited]

Rated R 82 min

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Stars: Noriko Shinohara, Ushio Shinohara