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2013 movie sneak previews

A guide to the films opening Friday through April 26.

January 13, 2013
  • "The Sorcerer and the White Snake."
"The Sorcerer and the White Snake." (Magnet Releasing )


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The latest installment of a decades-long documentary series chronicling the lives of 14 people from all over England who have participated in interviews every seven years since 1964. Directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond. First Run Features

Brief Reunion

A successful entrepreneur has his comfortable life in rural New England turned upside down by the unexpected appearance of a former classmate. With Joel de la Fuente, Alexie Gilmore and Scott Shepherd. Written and directed by John Daschbach. Striped Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman: An article in the Jan. 13 Calendar section about actor Chadwick Boseman said he was born in Brooklyn. The actor, who will portray Jackie Robinson in the film "42," was born in South Carolina and is currently based in Brooklyn. —

Broken City

An ex-cop who was double-crossed and framed by the mayor seeks redemption and revenge. With Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Written by Brian Tucker. Directed by Allen Hughes. 20th Century Fox

The Last Stand

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post in the wake of a bungled operation and settling down in a sleepy border town, a small-time sheriff finds himself the last line of defense to intercept a notorious escaped drug kingpin. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker and Eduardo Noriega. Written by Andrew Knauer. Directed by Kim Jee-Woon. Lionsgate

Let My People Go

A gay French Jewish mailman living in Finland returns to Paris to spend Passover with his eccentric family after he has a quarrel with his Nordic boyfriend. With Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura and Jean-Francois Stevenin. Written by Mikeal Buch and Christophe Honore. Directed by Buch. In French with English subtitles. Zeitgeist Films


In suburban Baltimore, an 11-year-old boy with an absentee father and a mother in rehab spends a day with the uncle he idolizes, a recent ex-con struggling to put his criminal past behind him. With Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Charles S. Dutton and Lonette McKee. Written by Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson. Directed by Candis. Indomina Releasing


Five years after their parents' murder, two girls who had been living alone in the woods are rescued and brought to live with their uncle and his girlfriend — but an evil presence may have accompanied them. With Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Written by Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Universal Pictures

The Rabbi's Cat

In this animated film set in 1930s Algeria, a widowed rabbi engages in philosophical debates with his sardonic talking cat and searches for a lost Ethiopian city. With the voices of Francois Morel, Maurice Benichou and Hafsia Herzi. Written by Sandrina Jardel and Joann Sfar. Directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux. In French with English subtitles. GKids


Beware of Mr. Baker

A documentary portrait of the rock 'n' roll drummer Ginger Baker, known for his work with Cream and Blind Faith as well as his violent mood swings and multi-decade heroin addiction. Directed by Jay Bulger. SnagFilms

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Having developed a taste for retribution at a young age and grown up as witch-hunting vigilantes, siblings Hansel and Gretel must reckon with their dark past. With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen. Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. In 3-D. Paramount Pictures

John Dies at the End

Two college dropouts trip out on a mysterious drug that sends them across time and dimensions, through which they discover a secret supernatural plot threatening humanity. With Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti. Written and directed by Don Coscarelli. Magnet Releasing

Knife Fight

A veteran political strategist known for getting his clients out of scandal and into public office begins to question the ugly side of his line of work. With Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung and Jennifer Morrison. Written by Bill Guttentag. Directed by Guttentag. IFC Films

Movie 43

A number of stories intersect and overlap in this ensemble comedy. With Kristen Bell, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Chloe Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Kate Winslet and many more. Multiple writers and directors. Relativity Media


After his crew double-crosses him, a professional thief who lives by his own code of ethics takes on an unlikely partner to settle the score. With Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Written by John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Taylor Hackford. FilmDistrict


A well-meaning guy tries to force his junkie friend to give up drugs by handcuffing him in an isolated house, but a series of strange occurrences puts them both on edge. With Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran and Zahn McClarnon. Written by Justin Benson. Directed by Benson and Aaron S. Moorhead. Tribeca Film


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