Raleigh, N.C. — A love story, an animated adventure and a World War II-era drama hit theaters this weekend.
The Best of Me (Drama/Romance, PG-13, Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Sebastian Arcelus)
The story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of their beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
The Book of Life (Animation, PG, Starring Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman)
This film, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
Fury (Action/Adventure/Drama, R, Starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña)
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Some other recent releases:
Hector and the Search for Happiness (Drama, R, Starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno)
Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.
Art and Craft (Documentary, No rating)
Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money but, instead, donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it's not so clear that he can. Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect feeding what he now understands as an outright "addiction to philanthropy."