Weekend Movies: 'Puss in Boots,' 'The Rum Diary' and 'In Time'
Here is a sneak peek at what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the animated "Puss in Boots," starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek; the alcohol-fueled dramedy "The Rum Diary," starring Johnny Depp; the sci-fi thriller "In Time," starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried; and the period Tudor drama, "Anonymous."
In Theaters Now (October)
'Puss in Boots' (Oct. 28)
Who: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris; director Chris MillerWhat: The sword-fighting cat is back in action in the events leading up to his first encounter with Shrek et. al. Puss meets up with his childhood friend Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis) and the sexy Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) to find the magic beans, grow the beanstalk and steal the goose that lays the golden eggs.
'The Rum Diary' (Oct. 28)
Who: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart; directed by Bruce RobinsonWhat: Based on Hunter S. Thompson's last book, American journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.
'In Time' (Oct. 28)
Who: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Johnny Galecki; director Andrew NiccolWhat: In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. It's at this point that Will Salas (Timberlake) finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a beautiful hostage (Seyfried), who becomes an ally as the two try to buck the system.
'Anonymous' (Oct. 28)
Who: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Jamie Campbell Bower, Rafe Spall; directed by Roland EmmerichWhat: Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I (Redgrave), and the Essex Rebellion against her, this is a political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford (Ifans) who penned Shakespeare's plays.
'Paranormal Activity 3' (Oct. 21)
This prequel shows how a young Katie and her sister may have summoned the demon that haunts them for the rest of their lives.
'Margin Call' (Oct. 21)
Who: Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey; directed by J.C. ChandorWhat: Taking place over a 24-hour period, this thriller revolves around an investment bank during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.
'The Three Musketeers' (Oct. 21)
Who: Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich; directed by Paul W.S. AndersonWhat: As another re-telling of the classic Alexander Dumas novel, it centers on the hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Lerman) along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers who must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Oct. 21)
Who: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes; directed by Sean DurkinWhat: Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
'Footloose' (Oct. 14)
Who: Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell; directed by Craig BrewerWhat: City kid Ren McCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned. His rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
'Johnny English Reborn' (Oct. 21)
Who: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West; directed Oliver ParkerWhat: Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier.
'Fireflies in the Garden' (Oct. 14)
Who: Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson; directed by Dennis LeeWhat: The Taylor family is devastated by an accident that takes place on the day their matriarch (Roberts) is due to graduate from college — decades after leaving to raise her children.
'The Thing' (Oct. 14)
Who: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen, Ulrich Thomsen; directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.What: In this prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter sci-fi classic, we see what happens to the Norwegian scientific team after they dig an alien form from the Antarctic ice.
'The Big Year' (Oct. 14)
Who: Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black, JoBeth Williams, Rosamund Pike; directed by David FrankelWhat: Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event.
'The Ides of March' (Oct. 7)
Who: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei; directed by George ClooneyWhat: An idealistic campaign manager (Gosling) learns a lesson or two in political games while working for a left-wing governor (Clooney) running for president.
'Real Steel' (Oct. 7)
Who: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo; directed by Shawn LevyWhat: Set in the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter and former boxer (Jackman) and his estranged 11-year-old son think they may have found a champion in a discarded robot and go up against the big guys.