Bevy of movies invade theaters Friday

By From page A7 | March 12, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Moms, Mars and muscle cars will fight for box office domination this weekend.

Three movies open nationwide:

“The Single Moms Club” is a PG-13 comedy/drama about five struggling women, raising children on their own, who form a support group. Nia Long and Amy Smart star in the film, which Tyler Perry directs.

Kristen Bell brings her TV character to theaters in “Veronica Mars,” rated PG-13. She’s graduated from law school and is interviewing at high-end law firms, when she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend who has been accused of murder. She returns home to help him and finds herself pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

“Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul stars in “Need for Speed,” rated PG-13, about a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars in an unsanctioned street racing circuit. To help keep his business afloat, he partners with an ex-NASCAR driver and ends up charged with a crime he didn’t commit. It’s also being show in 3D.

Opening in limited release are:

“Bad Words,” a comedy with Jason Bateman who plays a 40-year-old who gets into a regional spelling bee and wins. He forms a bond at the nationals with a young speller under parental pressure to take home the top prize. It’s rated R.

“The Art of the Steal,” which has Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon as brothers hoping to pull off one final lucrative art theft. It’s rated R.

“Big Men,” a documentary that takes an exception with American corporations maximizing profits while exploiting natural resources in Ghana and Nigeria. It’s not rated.

“Enemy,” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a history professor who seems to have lost interest in life until he finds his double on the big screen. The men meet and their lives become intertwined. It’s rated R.

“Ernest & Celestine,” an animated flick about a civilization of hardworking mice, living underground. Among them is a dreamer who explores life beyond the village. It features the voice talents of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall and Paul Giamatti. It’s rated PG.

“Le Week-end,” which centers on a British couple who return to Paris in hopes of rejuvenating their marriage. It’s rated R.

“On My Way,” which stars Catherine Deneuve as a former beauty queen whose short trip to clear her head becomes a full-fledged road jaunt. Along the way, she renews ties with an estranged daughter and grandson. It’s not rated.

“Patrick: Evil Awakens,” a horror movie about a young nurse working in an isolated psychiatric ward. She becomes fascinated with a brain-dead patient. A mad scientist takes an interest in her. It’s not rated.

“The Right Kind of Wrong,” which tells the story of a blogger who shares his flaws and shortcomings. Then he meets the girl of his dreams, on her wedding day. It’s rated R.

“Shrin in Love,” a romantic comedy about a young woman who breaks rank and falls in love with a mysterious young man, leaving behind her fiance, a successful plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. It’s not rated.

“U Want Me 2 Kill Him?” The film starts out with an online relationship followed by a brutal murder. It’s not rated.

“Dark House,” which tells the story of an old house and a young man. Trouble is, the walls of the house hold the origins of a dark family legacy. It’s rated R.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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