Weekend Movie Preview: August 17, 2012

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The world of the movies belongs to The Expendables 2 this weekend, and everyone else is just looking for scraps. The Sylvester Stallone-starring sequel to the 2010 smash will dominate this weekend and most likely set a box office record while they’re at it. Also landing is the stellar stop motion animated film ParaNorman and the last Whitney Houston film, Sparkle.

The Expendables 2: Stallone brings back Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren, pumps up the roles of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis and brought along two new action superstars to the mix for the second film: Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Does it work? As we state in our The Expendables 2 review, this adventure rocks.

ParaNorman: The film is mind-blowingly beautiful and artistically drawn, and its greatness does not stop there. A compelling story with a hero that arrives in the form of a young boy who can see ghosts is also merely the beginning. Terrific cast, astounding visuals and an all-around good time at the movies is sure to follow. For more, check out our ParaNorman review.

Sparkle: Houston’s final work in the entertainment business lands in theaters. The late superstar plays the mother of a three-girl sister group, led by Jordin Sparks. The film is a remake of a 1970s beloved piece of work. The question is, will audiences turn out to see the legend’s last turn? Sparkle did not screen for critics, look for our review later today.

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