Weekend Movie Preview: September 21, 2012

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We can’t decide if our latest weekend movie preview feels like a summer weekend with all its new releases, or if it’s Christmas with all the gifts Hollywood has bestowed on audiences. Five new, almost all solid, films premiere and another -- an Oscar contender -- expands nationwide.

End of Watch: Training Day writer David Ayers makes his directorial debut with his script about two LAPD beat cops who stumble upon something the South American drug cartels wish they hadn’t. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena rivet as partners and have chemistry that few romantic leads have managed to muster lately. As we state in our End of Watch review, this film is a stunner.

Trouble with the Curve: Clint Eastwood returns to acting and hits a triple, not quite a home run. Amy Adams is his estranged daughter whose help he needs when he discovers he’s losing his eyesight -- just an attribute that is slightly needed in a baseball scout for the Atlanta Braves. The film also stars Justin Timberlake and may be pure Hollywood cliché, but is still quite heartwarming nonetheless… as stated in our Trouble with the Curve review.

Dredd 3D: The Dredd remake is a shocker. Karl Urban is astounding as the Judge character first made famous by Sylvester Stallone. This film is beyond beautiful, an astounding feat given the grey and desolate locale. The story is a bit of Assault on Precinct 13, but all inventive and new. Check out my Dredd 3D review for more!

The House at the End of the Street: Jennifer Lawrence filmed this fright fest years before hitting it big. It’s no surprise then that it has finally gotten itself a release date. The film isn’t so much of a horror flick as a thriller… there are few scares, more thrills. Lawrence shows why she has become such a star and Max Thieriot elevates the predictable material to new heights, as reported in our The House at the End of the Street review.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky published his triumphant novel in 1999 and it is too perfect that he be given the job of writing the screenplay and directing his screen version of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is a five-star film and there is so much fantastical to say about this film… For more head over to our The Perks of Being a Wallflower review.

The Master: After opening in limited markets last weekend, the Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix acting clinic expands nationwide this weekend. Does it live up to the hype? Check out our The Master review and find out!

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