Weekend Movie Preview: January 3, 2014

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The weekend movie preview may seem a little quiet with only Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opening, but there is still a whole lot of heat from the movies that were released over the holiday -- five films to be exact. We take a look at all of the offerings at the multiplexes this weekend. 

Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones: The Paranormal Activity franchise gets a shot in the arm of creativity as it heads out of the suburbs and into an apartment building for the Latino-themed spin-off. Not only does the success of this movie show that the series has legs, it also illustrates that the Paranormal Activity is not simply tied to one family... which bodes well for the future of the franchise. As stated in our Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones review, fans of the series should be thrilled and ready for Paranormal Activity 5 landing in October. 

Already in theaters...

The Wolf of Wall Street: Leonardo DiCaprio commands the screen electrically for three hours with his fifth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. The true story of a Wall Street financier who made less than savory (and legal) business moves rivets throughout, as reported in our The Wolf of Wall Street review. If it isn't an indictment of the evils of greed, I don't know what is. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller triumphs as star and director of the remake of the 1949 classic that starred Danny Kaye. Walter Mitty is so unhappy with his life, he routinely slips into the most elaborate of daydreams. Spurred by his desire to impress his crush (Kristen Wiig), he heads on a global mission to save his job... and in many ways his life. For more, check out our The Secret Life of Walter Mitty review.

Grudge Match: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro hop back in the boxing ring for the first time since they battled as Rocky and Raging Bull. The film is pretty predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless as these two titans battle with hilarity and heart, as we said in our Grudge Match review.

47 Ronin: Keanu Reeves rivets in his return to a martial arts story for the first time, in many ways, since The Matrix. The film features some amazing special effects and impressive fight sequences, but that cannot save it from mediocrity. Our 47 Ronin review found it a film that samurai fans would enjoy, but everyone else... maybe not so much. 

American Hustle: What is sure to be an Oscar front-runner, American Hustle, chronicles the little talked about Abscam scandal of the 1970s that sent a popular New Jersey mayor to prison. An all-star cast (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner) bring their A-game for director David O. Russell. In our American Hustle review, we delve further into this instant classic. 

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