Raleigh, N.C. — This is a great weekend to see a movie, as four new releases are hitting theaters.
Persecuted (Suspense/Thriller/Drama, PG-13, Starring James Remar, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gretchen Carlson, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davison)
Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator orders Luther abducted and framed for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed with Luther running for his life to uncover the deadly plot. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with or profiting from the girl's murder; a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America.
Planes: Fire and Rescue (Animation/Family/Comedy/Action, PG, Starring Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins)
A new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
The Purge: Anarchy (Suspense/Thriller/Horror, R, Starring Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Amy Paffrath)
One night a year, all crime - including murder - is legal for 12 hours. A man heads out into the chaos, intent on killing thugs as revenge for his son's death, but ends up rescuing a stranded couple.
Sex Tape (Comedy, R, Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Jack Black)
When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense - and though they're still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To kick things up a notch, they decide - why not? - to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea - until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they're just one click away from being laid bare to the world... but in their race to reclaim their video, they'll find that it will expose even more than they bargained for.