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What's New in Theaters This Weekend: October 26, 2012


From left: Victoria Justice, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Gael Garcia-Bernal. (Photos by Getty Images | Pacific Coast News)
Despite the star-power of Cloud Atlas, our expert box office analyst, Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations, doesn't see holiday weekend crowds flocking to see it. "Cloud Atlas is more of an art film masquerading as a blockbuster, and that's never a good sign for box office prospects domestically." Instead, he bets audiences will look to get their horror fix with Halloween around the corner. "Silent Hill 2 has a strong shot at #1 ...Horror on Halloween is always a good bet." Bock thinks the video game-based sequel will win out with Argo, Cloud Atlas, Paranormal Activity 4, and Hotel Transylvania rounding out the top five.


Cloud Atlas
Directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, James D'Arcy

Based on the ambitious novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas explores the nature of souls through time, as it tells six separate stories hundreds of years apart. It attempts to depict how past lives can affect the present and, to analyze that notion, each actor portrays different roles in each story. This has caused some bad press for the film as Weaving and Sturgess play Koreans and Bae and Berry play white women (Berry also plays a man), but the film is trying to explore the human spirit despite race/gender. Although, granted, the makeup is a bit distracting. The film has moments of glory and moments of weakness, but it's fantastic visually and worth the three-hour running time. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Box office projection: $12M



Chasing Mavericks
Directed by Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson
Starring: Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer

Based on the real life story of Jay Moriarty, who died in a diving accident in the Maldives at age 22, Chasing Mavericks focuses on Moriarty's mission to conquer the legendary Mavericks surf break with the help of a local big wave legend. Filmed in and around Santa Cruz, CA, I can't imagine a Gerard Butler surfing movie has much to it, but you can expect a beautiful-looking movie at the very least. Co-director Hanson lends the project some credibility and the true story angle is interesting enough to appeal to more than just teenagers.
See it? Yes.



Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Starring: Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adelaide Clemens

A Halloween weekend sequel that should draw a pretty good crowd based on the popularity of the original. Video game movies like this are typically ludicrous but Silent Hill had a few moments. The sequel finds Heather Mason (MItchell) drawn into an alternate reality that may hold the answers to her terrible nightmares. The film won't win over critics, but it seems like a good bit of scary 3D fun.
See it? Sure
Box office projection: $14M


Fun Size
Directed by Josh Schwartz
Starring: Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler, Ana Gasteyer

A made for Halloween teen comedy following a big sister searching for her little brother who disappears into a crowd of costumes. Written by Colbert Report writer Max Werner and directed by Gossip Girl co-creator Schwartz, Fun Size might deliver a few immature laughs, but there are plenty of better movies to go to this weekend.
See it? No.



Pusher [Limited]
Directed by Luis Prieto
Starring: Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, Agyness Deyn

A remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 film of the same name, Pusher is about a drug dealer who loses control when he becomes indebted to a ruthless supplier. Refn's name is in the credits as executive producer, so the film seems to have his stamp of approval. That's enough for me, and Coyle is always solid.
See it? Yes.


The Loneliest Planet [Limited]
Directed by Julia Loktev
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze

Slow and deliberately paced, Planet is a cinematic exercise in patience which is usually rewarding in the right directorial hands and is a killer recipe for suspense. An engaged couple backpack into Georgia and discover the beautiful Caucasus Mountains, but a momentary misstep threatens to undo everything they care about. A mysterious premise that, based on reviews, seems to pay off. The trailer is certainly intriguing.
See it? Yes.

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