Cancer comedy '50/50' leads new crop of films into theaters

Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:00 PM     Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 3:01 PM

Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune 

"50/50," the new cancer comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, is probably as good a bet as any to finish first among this weekend's crop of new releases expected to open Friday (Sept. 30) in New Orleans-area theaters. But by no means is it the only new movie from which to choose. Some six new films are on tap. Here's the low-down on each:

0930 joseph gordon-levitt and seth rogen in 50-50.JPGJoseph Gordon Levitt, left, and Seth Rogen star in the cancer comedy '50/50.'  

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends in this cancer comedy -- inspired by real events in Rogen's life -- about a man who receives Earth-shattering news from his doctor and must then figure out a way to deal with it.

Cast: Gordon-Levitt, Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard. 
Director: Jonathan Levine. 
Studio: Summit Entertainment. 
Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use.
Running time: 1 hour 39 minutes.

0930 courageous.JPGBen Davies, right, and Ken Bevel star in the faith-based drama 'Courageous.'  

Watch the "Courageous" trailer at the official site)

From the filmmakers behind 2008's faith-based firefighter drama "Fireproof" comes this drama about four cops who find their faith put to the test in the face of great tragedy.

Cast: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, Ben Davies, Rusty Martin. 
Director: Kendrick. 
Studio: TriStar Pictures. 
Rating: PG-13 for some violence and drug content
Running time: 2 hours 9 minutes

0930 daniel craig in dream house.JPGDaniel Craig, in an image from the suspense-thriller 'Dream House.'  

Dream House 
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After moving his family from bustling Manhattan to a sleepy New England town, Daniel Craig learns that his perfect new home was the scene of a grisly murder -- and that his family just might be the next potential victims.

Cast: Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz. 
Director: Jim Sheridan. 
Studio: Universal. 
Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language
Running time: 1 hour 32 minutes.

0930 king of the strippers.JPGAn image from the Baton Rouge-shot indie film 'King of the Strippers.'  

King of the Strippers
Watch the "King of the Strippers" trailer at the official site)

A Baton Rouge-shot urban action-comedy about a disillusioned man who only wants out of the thug life -- after one last job.

Cast: E Master C, Mando TM Allen, Jennifer Schemke, Kiera Jones, Chris Urti, Aaron Saxton. 
Director: Ted Baldwin. 
Studio: Cinema Rektor Studios. 
Rating: Unrated, warrants R for nudity, language and violence.
Running time: 2 hours.

0930 tucker and dale vs evil.JPGTyler Labine and Alan Tudyk have a scream in the horror-comedy 'Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.'  

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil 
Watch the "Tucker & Dale" trailer at the official site)

A horror-comedy about a pair of hillbillies who, while visiting their dilapidated mountain cabin, are waylaid by a pack of suspicious preppies.

Opening Friday (Sept. 30) exclusively at the Zeitgiest Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.

Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk. 
Director: Eli Craig. 
Studio: Magnolia. 
Rating: R for bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity
Running time: 1 hour 29 minutes.

0930 anna faris what's your number.JPGThings heat up for Anna Faris in the romantic comedy 'What's Your Number?' 

What's Your Number? 
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A romantic comedy -- based on the book by Karyn Bosnak -- about a woman who looks back at the last 20 men in her life and wonders if The One might be among them.

Cast: Chris Evans, Anna Faris, Zachary Quinto, Andy Samberg.
Director: Mark Mylod.
Studio: 20th Century Fox.
Rating: R for sexual content and language.
Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes.


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