Weekend Movie Preview: October 21, 2011

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As Halloween approaches, it is only fitting that the weekend’s leading contender for taking the box office crown is Paranormal Activity 3. Five new films hit screens including the third chapter in the Paranormal Activity series, The Three Musketeers, Johnny English Reborn, Martha Marcy May Marlene and the super star cast-led Margin Call.

Paranormal Activity 3: Scary Still

Paranormal Activity 3: Three times proves to not only be a charm, but proof that some things get better with age. Paranormal Activity is proving to be a Halloween box office titan. The first film took everyone by surprise and became the highest grossing movie of its kind in history. Paranormal Activity 2 sold more than $40 million in tickets its first weekend. So, count on the found footage film series to snarl audiences in droves as the series heads back to the 1980s to discover how the horror happened to be. Don’t miss our Paranormal Activity 3 review.

The Three Musketeers: The couple behind the Resident Evil series, director Paul W.S. Anderson and his wife Milla Jovovich, put their stamp on a classic tale. Orlando Bloom plays against type as a man in cahoots with the story’s classic villain, Richelieu. And as embodied by Christoph Waltz, count this Richelieu to be among movie history’s most vicious. Check out the first five minutes of The Three Musketeers.

Johnny English Reborn: Rowan Atkinson (don’t miss our interview with Atkinson) returns to the role of Johnny English that has found incredible success overseas so far in its release. This Friday brings Johnny English Reborn to the U.S. market and it features Atkinson as his James Bond parody alter ego who attempts to foil an assassination plot in London. Be sure to read our Johnny English Reborn review.

Martha Marcy May Marlene: One of the best films of 2011, Martha Marcy May Marlene is a mesmerizing piece of work. From the young writer-director Sean Durkin’s impeccable vision of a girl who escapes an upstate New York cult to her sister’s wavering arms comes the announcement to the world that the film’s lead, Elizabeth Olsen, is one astounding actress.

Margin Call: Margin Call sports one of the best casts of 2011 in its tale of Wall Street, circa 2008. Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons join forces with Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker and Mary McDonnell in a film that takes audiences inside the financial collapse with an incredible sense of power and profoundness.

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