OPENING FILMS – FRIDAY, FEB. 10
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead.
A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again.
In this follow-up to the 2008 worldwide hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, the new 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role from the first film) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist. It’s a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson), joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.
Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop, balancing a home life with two ex-wives as he becomes embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department’s infamous Rampart corruption scandal.
In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making film of all time and changed the shape of the film industry. After two successful sequels (1980′s “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983′s “Return of the Jedi”) that extended the story of the first film, Lucas took some time off to produce movies for others, with mixed success.
In 1999, Lucas returned to the Star Wars saga with a new approach — instead of picking up where Return of the Jedi left off, “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” would be the first of a trilogy of stories to trace what happened in the intergalactic saga before the first film began. Here, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy.
Tops at the Box Office
A look at the box office receipts form last week:
1. “Chronicle” – $22 million
2. “The Woman in Black” – $20.9 million
3. “The Grey” – $9.3 million
4. “Big Miracle” – $7.8 million
5. “Underworld Awakening” – $5.5 million
6. “One For the Money” – $5.2 million
7. “Red Tails” – $4.7 million
8. “The Descendants” – $4.6 million
9. “Man On A Ledge” – $4.4 million
10. “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” – $3.8 million