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What's New in Theaters This Weekend: November 2, 2012

From left: Alicia Silverstone, Denzel Washington, Wreck-It Ralph and Jack McBrayer. (Photos by: Getty Images)"Wreck-It Ralph will light up the leader-board with the high score this weekend." Proclaims our box office expert, Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations. Despite the debut of Denzel Washington's critically-acclaimed Flight, Bock expects Disney's new animated feature to win the weekend outright with a $40 million take. He does expect Flight to come in second at $17M, with Argo ($8.5M), The Man with the Iron Fists ($8M), and Cloud Atlas ($6M) the runners-up.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly

Beginning with a harrowing crash sequence that culminates with Washington flying a passenger plane upside-down, Flight is the story of a hero pilot battling his own demons. This is Zemeckis' first R-rated feature and he lets it loose with enough nudity, drug use, and expletives to make Oliver Stone grin. At its center is a powerful performance by Denzel, seeking to find the humanity in a man hitting rock bottom. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Box office prediction: $17M
Our Interview with Robert Zemeckis

Wreck-It Ralph
Directed by Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman

Potentially the highest-grossing animated film of the year, Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of a video game villain who leaves his game to become a hero, but his journey sends the arcade into an uproar. With some funny talent voicing the characters, Wreck-It Ralph should be a fun movie for the whole family.
See it? Yes.
Box office prediction: $40M

The Man with the Iron Fists
Directed by RZA
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, RZA

Crowe plays a bad guy here, leading a gang of outlaw treasure-seekers into a small Chinese village where a blacksmith stands in their way. Marking the feature-length directorial debut for RZA, who also wrote the script, The Man with the Iron Fists won't be lacking in style or music. The Wu Tang leader has proven a deft producer and composer, but can he direct? Judging by the trailer, the film looks like a fun ride.
See it? Yes.
Box office prediction: $8M

This Must be the Place [Limited]
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch

There's one reason to see this movie: Sean Penn dresses up like Robert Smith to play an over-the-hill rock star named Cheyenne. Named after the great Talking Heads song, the film also features a cameo by David Byrne, playing himself. While the plot plods along as Cheyenne hits the road to take up his father's cause, Penn keeps things interesting. It's an adventure watching him come in contact with people along the way.
See it? Yes.

A Late Quartet [Limited]
Directed by Yaron Zilberman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener

An all-star cast plays a string quartet struggling to work through ego, death, and love in A Late Quartet. The indie character drama is a bit of an unknown commodity. It received mixed reviews at festivals, but any cast featuring Hoffman and Walken is one I'd pay to see.
See it? Yes.

The Details [Limited]
Directed by Jacob Aaron Estes
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta

A dark comedy from the director of Mean Creek, The Details gives us Maguire as a doctor whose life spins uncontrollably from one awkward situation to the next. Maguire is typically solid here, but the script meanders through each event, seemingly headed nowhere. Want to see a real movie about fate laughing in man's face? Watch A Serious Man.
See it? No.

Vamps [Limited]
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Dan Stevens, Richard Lewis

Heckerling, who directed Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless among others, brings Alicia Silverstone back to feature film work. Paired with Ritter, the two play vampire girls dealing with relationships in New York City. If only the material looked worthy of the talent involved. Vamps was made to disappoint.
See it? No.

Jack & Diane [Limited]
Directed by Bradley Rust Gray
Starring: Riley Keough, Juno Temple, Kylie Minogue, Dane DeHaan

Panned by critics, the film dips into terrifying waters when summer love must end. Juno Temple stars as the object of her summer love's obsession, continuing her breakout year. Unfortunately, Jack & Diane isn't going to live up to her other 2012 films: The Dark Knight Rises, and Killer Joe.
See it? No.

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