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Weekend Movies: Spies in Love vs. 'Arrietty' vs. 'Ghost Rider'

Here's a preview of what's in theaters this weekend, including the action romantic comedy "This Means War," starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy; the animated adaptation "The Secret World of Arrietty"; and "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," the third installment in the series starring Nicolas Cage.


In Theaters Now (February 2012)

'This Means War' (Feb. 17)

Who: Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon; directed by McGWhat: Two top CIA operatives and partners wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

'The Secret World of Arrietty' (Feb. 17)

Vocal Talent: Bridget Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Carol Burnett; directed by Hiromasa YonebayashiWhat: The U.S. version of the Japanime film follows the Clock family, who are four-inch-tall people living live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' (Feb. 17)

Who: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba; directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian TaylorWhat: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

'The Vow' (Feb. 10)

Who: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neill, Jesscia Lange; directed by Michael SucsyWhat: A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.

'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' (Feb. 19)

Who: Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, Luis Guizman; directed by Brad PeytonWhat: In this sequel, Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

'Safe House' (Feb. 10)

Who: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson; directed by Daniel EspinosaWhat: A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

'The Woman in Black' (Feb. 3)

Who: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciaran Hinds; directed by James WatkinsWhat: A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)

Who: Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell; directed by Josh TrankWhat: Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

'Big Miracle' (Feb. 3)

Who: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Dermot Mulroney; directed by Ken KwapisWhat: Based on a true story, a small town in Alaska becomes the center of a media maelstrom when a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

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