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What's New in Theaters This Weekend: October 12, 2012

From left: Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Ben Affleck, Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (Photos by: Getty Images)
This weekend marks the debut of a sure-fire Oscar contender in Argo, Ben Affleck's factual drama set duing the Iran Hostage Crisis. Exhibitor Relations' Senior Box Office Analyst Jeff Bock compares Affleck's new film's chances with the actror/director's last, The Town. "While Argo may make critics salivate, it’s doubtful a dramatic thriller set in the 1970’s will have the same impact on audiences that The Town did, as that was more of a dramatic heist flick—one that definitely catered to a younger crowd with its gunplay and suburban gangster vibe." Bock sees Argo taking in a healthy $18 million this weekend, but predicts it will play runner-up to last week's big winner, Taken 2.

Directed by Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

The story of a lone CIA agent and his daring plan to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran during the Hostage Crisis of 1979-80. Affleck has fully come into his own as a director. Expertly paced, Argo becomes a first-rate thriller as the director builds the suspense around the escape plan masterfully. The film also features two great comedic performances from Goodman and Arkin, who could be looking at an acting nomination come Oscar time. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Box office prediction: $18 million

Seven Psychopaths
Directed by Martin McDonagh
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Michael Pitt, Olga Kurylenko, Harry Dean Stanton

From In Bruges writer/director McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths is a layered, frequently hilarious gangster satire set in the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles. Rockwell and Walken play small-time con men who kidnap dogs so they can return them for the reward money, but they step in it when they take a local mob psycho's beloved Shih-Tzu. Rockwell has never been better and Walken is finally given a chance to shine. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Box office prediction: n/a
Zimbio Interview with Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh

Directed by Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone

Another paranormal presence haunts someone here, as Hawke's novelist character unearths the truth behind the murder that occured in his house. Sinister uses the very tired found footage approach and mixes it up with some actual filmmaking to provide some scares.
See it? No
Box office prediction: $15 million

Here Comes the Boom
Directed by Frank Coraci
Starring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler

A shameless rip off of one of last year's best films, Warrior, Here Comes the Boom is another simple-minded cash grab from James (although he does look jacked, good for him). It's also the worst-titled film of 2012.
See it? No
Box office prediction: $16 million

Smashed (Limited)
Directed by James Ponsoldt
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Starring two of today's hottest young talents in Paul and Winstead, Smashed refers to their married couple's mutual love for alcohol. Their relationship is tested when Winstead's character decides to get sober. This was a Sundance darling and Winstead's performance has been hailed by critics, but Paul is the more charismatic talent in my opinion. They should both make the movie worth seeing though. Plus, you can't go wrong with real life couple Offerman and Mullally in supporting roles, along with last year's Best Supporting Actress winner Spencer (The Help).
See it? Yes.

War of the Buttons (Limited)
Directed by Christophe Barratier
Starring: Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet, Jean Texier

Ah, awards season, when the studios release everything they think might gain an Oscar edge. War of the Buttons is a Weinstein Co. hopeful for Best Foreign Language FIlm, but reviews have been mixed. In Nazi-occupied France, a young man leads a play war between two rival gangs for the affection of a beautiful Jewish girl.
See it? Sure.

Nobody Walks (Limited)
Directed by Ry Russo-Young
Starring: Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski, Jane Levy, Dylan McDermott

Co-written by Girls mastermind Lena Dunham, Nobody Walks tests the strength of a family when a young vivrant artist moves into their home and lives. Thirlby is typically great as the intelligent young vixen, but hopes are her character is more than just a pretty face. With Dunham involved, chances are she is.
See it? Yes.

Middle of Nowhere (Limited)
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Starring: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Lorraine Toussaint

A tale of devotion as a young man is sent to jail for eight years and his wife drops out of medical school to ensure his well-being. Starring up and comer Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Paperboy), Middle of Nowhere was another Sundance favorite and has impressed critics at every festival it's been shown.
See it? Yes.

3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (Limited)
Directed by Jordan Roberts
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth, Ron Perlman

A film about two brothers, one of whom, Bruce, tortures the other on film in insanely embarrassing ways. When Bruce cleans up his act and tries to turn his life around, his brother, Frank, hopes the treatment will end. It doesn't. Featuring a cross-dressing Ron Perlman, and Sons of Anarchy lead, Hunnam, the cast is talented. O'Dowd is always fun to watch, but, judging from the trailer, this looks like an awkwardly unfunny premise.
See it? No.

Smiley (Limited)
Directed by Michael J. Gallagher
Starring: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson

A demented killer of urban legend who has a sick cheshire grin carved into his face haunts a young girl and makes her question her sanity. Director Gallagher has received death threats from 4Chan posters for portraying the message board negatively in the film (Smiley is discovered on the site and users are killed). As serious as cyber-threats are, Gallagher should've expected some backlash for including the board at all. If there's one place on the internet you don't mess around, it's 4Chan.
See it? No.

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