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What's New in Theaters This Weekend: April 6, 2012


From Left: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Biggs, Eddie Kaye Thomas, John Cho, Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, & Analeigh Tipton (Photos by: Bauer Griffin, Fame FlyNet, Getty Images).

American Reunion
Directed by: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Eugene Levy

Reunion should have a pretty good opening weekend due to the shortage of quality releases this weekend. The fourth (real) sequel in the American Pie series rehashes much of the old jokes that made the original so loved. If you enjoyed the original and are looking for more, you will laugh your ass off at this one. It's just as funny with larger roles for Stifler and Jim's Dad on top of the requisite signature moments of humiliation, gratuitous nudity, and old friend cameos (including The Shermanator, and Jessica). If you didn't like American Pie or never saw it, this movie is totally irrelevant.
See it? Nah.
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Titanic (3D)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

The second highest grossing film of all time returns to theaters this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking. You know the story: rich girl meets poor boy on the Titanic and the star-crossed lovers live life to the fullest until the boat sinks. Director James Cameron and his giant crew actually created a replica Titanic in a harbor in Baja California and many of the disaster shots were one and done as they could not be replicated again. Titanic was a landmark in blockbuster movie making for what it's worth and if you haven't seen it, you should.
See it (Again)? Sure.


Damsels in Distress (NY/LA)
Directed by: Whit Stillman
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton

Damsels marks the return of director Stillman who made two highly regarded films in Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco. His new film will be in the same vein: well-written with dashes of sophisticated humor. Gerwig stars as the leader of a group of girls who attempt to change the culture of their male-dominated university. Fans of Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Squid and the Whale, and Jawbreaker will be into this movie.
See it? Yes.


The Hunter (Limited)
Directed by: Daniel Nettheim
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies

Australian director Nettheim helms his first feature film with Dafoe leading the way. The story has promise: Dafoe plays a mercenary sent on a mission to find a fabled beast in Australia called the Tasmanian Tiger. The trailer shows the intensity of the pursuit and glimpses of plot twists as the hunt becomes more complicated than the titular hunter planned. Dafoe is nearly always worth the price of admission and its rare to see him in a true leading role. His presence validates the project.
See it? Yes.

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