Genre Films Hitting Theaters This Week (3-4-11)

Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 08:08 am GMT -4 by

If you’re a science fiction movie fan (and you’d better be since you’re here reading this) you already know that weeks can go by without any good releases in our genre.  Unfortunately last week was one of those weeks.  Thankfully though, the sci-fi movie drought is over because this week brings three new movie releases that you won’t want to miss.  Keep reading to see what’s in store for you at the box office this week.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’ Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us?  David Norris (Damon) is a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else.  To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. 

 On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known.  But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself—the men of The Adjustment Bureau—who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together.  In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.  ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ debuts this Friday, March 4.

CBS Film’s ‘Beastly’ also debuts this Friday.  Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” story.

‘Rango’ is the last one on our list of premieres for the week.  From the director of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ comes ‘Rango,’ featuring Johnny Depp in an original animated comedy-adventure that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West. The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango (Depp), a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt – a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures – the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt … until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. With a cast that includes Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West, ‘Rango’ is an exciting new twist on the classic Western legend of the outsider who saves a town – and himself in the process.

If there ever was a week to go to the box office, this is it!