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We’ve got an action remake with a body count for the ages, a horror remake that actually gets it right, and a romance that spans across decades just to balance things out. As if that weren’t enough, you’ve even got a scratch-n-sniff movie to look forward to.

Definitely one of the more unusual weekend lineups we’ve had as of late, but go ahead and click through to see the lengthy list of what’s looking good at the theater this weekend.




‘Fright Night’

What’s it about?: After all his friends start disappearing, a high schooler realizes that his new next-door neighbor is actually a vampire. When his family and girlfriend become the next targets, he decides to pick up a stake and fight back before the whole town turns into bloodsuckers.

Who’s in it?: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, and Toni Collette, among others. Directed by Craig Gillespie (‘Lars and the Real Girl’), written by Marti Noxon.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide. (Showtimes & Tickets)

What did we think of the movie?: Lots of fun and arguably better than the original. (Watch Mr. Moviefone’s 6 Second Review | Critics’ Reviews)







‘Conan the Barbarian’

What’s it about?: A boy in ancient Sumeria vows revenge on the warlord who murdered his family and wiped out his tribe. He grows up strong, becomes a master swordsman, and battles monsters and men on his path of vengeance.

Who’s in it?: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, and Rachel Nichols, among others. Directed by Marcus Nispel, written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide. (Showtimes & Tickets)

What did we think of the movie?: One big bloody mess. (Watch Mr. Moviefone’s 6 Second Review | Read our 25 Questions Review | Critics’ Reviews)







‘One Day’

What’s it about?: A boy and a girl spend a magical night together on the night of their college graduation before parting ways. From that point forward, they get together once a year on the same day to see where their lives have taken them and see how their feelings for each other have changed.

Who’s in it?: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, and Patricia Clarkson, among others. Directed by Lone Scherfig, written by David Nicholls.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide. (Showtimes & Tickets)

What did we think of the movie?: Better than we expected. (Watch Mr. Moviefone’s 6 Second Review | Critics’ Reviews)







‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D’

What’s it about?: A spy gets taken out of retirement to take down the sinister Timekeeper before he takes over the world. Along for the ride are the spy’s two stepchildren who team up with her (even though they hate her).

Who’s in it?: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Rowen Blanchard, Mason Cook, Jeremy Piven, and Danny Trejo, among others. Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Where is it playing?: Nation-wide. (Showtimes & Tickets)

What do we think of the trailer?: Definitely intrigued by the Aromascope technology, just not looking forward to smelling a diaper. (Watch Mr. Moviefone’s 6 Second Review | Critics’ Reviews)







‘Griff the Invisible’

What’s it about?: A love story about a boy who may or may not be a superhero and the girl he falls for after she discovers his secret identity.

Who’s in it?: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, and Marshall Napier, among others. Written and directed by Leon Ford.

Where is it playing?: Limited Release. (Showtimes & Tickets)

What did we think of the movie?: An interesting new spin on a formula that could use it. (Critics’ Reviews)





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Other Limited Releases

‘Amigo': Set in 1900, a Filippino mayor finds his village caught between opposing forces during the Philippine-American War. Starring Chris Cooper, DJ Qualls, and Garrett Dillahunt, among others. Written and directed by John Sayles. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics’ Reviews)

‘5 Days of War': American journalists find themselves caught in the crossfire while covering the war between Russia and Georgia. Starring Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, and Andy Garcia, among others. Directed by Renny Harlin, written by Mikko Alanne. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)

‘Flypaper': A comedy about two groups of bank robbers who accidentally rob the same bank on the same day, chaos ensues, and one of the robbers falls in love with a teller. Starring Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd, and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Rob Minkoff, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)

‘Mozart’s Sister': An imagined account of the early life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musically gifted sister, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart. Starring Marie Feret, Marc Barbe, and David Moreau, among others. Written and directed by Rene Feret. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)

‘The Smell of Success': A comedy about manure salesmen trying to beat out the new competition. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tea Leoni, and Ed Helms, among others. Directed by Marc Polish, written by Marc Polish and Michael Polish. (Trailer)



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New York & LA Releases

‘The Last Circus': (NY) A homicidal circus clown falls in love with the wife of another homicidal circus clown. Things get crazy and lots of people die. Starring Carlos Areces, Anotonio de la Torre, and Carolina Bang, among others. Written and directed by Alex de la Iglesia. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)

‘Programming the Nation?': (NY) A documentary about subliminal messaging in the media as a means of political propaganda. Written and directed by Jeff Warrick. (Trailer | Showtimes & Tickets | Critics’ Reviews)

‘A Horrible Way to Die': (NY) A murderer escapes prison and tracks down his former flame who’s starting her new life in a small town. Starring AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, and Joe Swanberg, among others. Directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)

‘Cafe': (LA) One barista falls for another barista at a local coffee shop. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy, and Alex Vega, among others. Written and directed by Marc Erlbaum. (Trailer)

‘The Hedgehog': (NY & LA) A secretly cultured female janitor befriends a young girl who lives in her building and becomes the object of another tenant’s affection. Starring Josianne Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, and Togo Igawa, among others. Written and directed by Mona Achache. (Trailer | Critics’ Reviews)


So which movie are you most excited to see this weekend?

Top photos courtesy of Lionsgate, Gilles Kayte, and Dreamworks. Center photo courtesy of Variance Films. Bottom photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.


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