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This Week's New Movies: "Footloose" vs. "The Thing" in an '80s Redux Battle



    What's interesting about this week is that in addition to a pair of high-profile reboots, there are four films with A-list star that no on eis excited about...

    Footloose (2011)
    A kid from the big city (Kenny Wormald) moves to a small southern town where dancing has been outlawed by the local preacher (Dennis Quaid), leaving the newcomer no choice to but to try to overthrow the law and date the preacher's daughter (Julianne Hough). In theaters everywhere, read our review and watch the trailer

    The Thing (2011)
    Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton star in this prequel/reboot to the 1982 John Carpenter classic about a team of researchers who discover an alien frozen in the ice, one that absorbs its victims before turning into a perfect replica of them. In theaters everywhere, read our review and watch the trailer

    The Big Year
    Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black star as three men who engage in an around-the-world birdwatching competition. In theaters everywhere, watch the trailer

    "The Thing" Trailer

    [NATL] "The Thing" Trailer
    Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Winstead star in this re-boot/prequel of the John Carpenter horror classic about a team of scientist in Antarctica who discover an alien ice form frozen in the ice. Opens Oct. 14.
    (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011)

    Bombay Beach
    A documentary about three boys struggling to stay afloat in a failing community development in the Salton Sea in the middle of the Colorado desert. In limited release, watch the trailer

    Chalet Girl
    Future movie star Felicity Jones pays her dues in this lame looking romcom about an ex-skateboarding champ who falls for snowboarding and her handsome young boss. In limited release, watch the trailer

    Fireflies in the Garden
    Ryan Reynolds stars as novelist trying to come to terms with the reign of terror by his father (Willem Dafoe) that he and his mother (Julia Roberts) had to endure, This movie was finished three years ago, suggesting that it might not be as good as you would hope. In limited release, watch the trailer

    New "Footloose" Trailer Is Dance-tastic, But There's Too Much Reading

    [NATL] "Footloose"
    Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough star in director Craig Brewer's remake of the Kevin Bacon classic about a big-city kid who moves to a small Southern town where public dancing has been outlawed. Opens Oct. 14.
    (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    Father of Invention
    Kevin Spacey plays a man sent to jail for an invention that accidentally chopped the fingers off people. When he's freed eight years later, he finds himself out of touch with the modern world, technology, his ex-wife and his young daughter, with whom he moves in. In limited release, watch the trailer

    The Skin I Live In
    Actor Antonio Banderas and director Pedro Almodovar reunite for this revenge film about a plastic surgeon obsessed with developing a synthetic skin that could've saved the life of his wife, who was terribly burned 12 years earlier in a car accident. In Spanish with English subtitles. In limited release, watch the trailer

    Texas Killing Fields
    Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jessica Chastain star in this muddled mess of a thriller from director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael Mann) about cops on the trail of serial killer dumping the bodies of young girls in the middle of a vast wasteland. In limited release, watch the trailer

    "The Skin I Live In"

    [NATL] "The Skin I Live In"
    Writer-director Pedro Almodovar and actor Antonio Banderas are reunited in this film about plastic surgeon whose wife is burned in a car crash, inspiring him to dedicate his life to develop a synthetic skin that can feel, but be harmed—and he will go to any lengths to test it. Opens Oct. 14.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011)

    Nic Cage and Nicole Kidman star in this home-invasion thriller. In limited release, watch the trailer

    The Woman
    Some people at Sundance were angered by this film about a man who finds a feral woman in the woods and brings her home to keep. In limited release, watch the trailer