Your Weekend Movie Preview: Elizabeth, We Own the Night, The Final Season, Why Did I Get Married?

Cate Blanchett returns in a rarity — a sequel to a prestige film in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, while Sean Astin tries to save a small town’s baseball team in “The Final Season”. That guy who likes to dress up as women returns with “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”, and Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg breaks some Russian heads in the ’80s-set crime flick “We Own the Night”. Four films and for four completely different tastes: A comedy, a thriller, an inspirational story, and a historical epic. The only thing missing? A gross-out comedy or a horror film. Wait, no horror films opening this week, and it’s October? Color me shocked.

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Queen Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II — with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada — determined to restore England to Catholicism. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Sir Walter Raleigh. But he remains forbidden for a queen who has sworn body and soul to her country. Unable and unwilling to pursue her love, Elizabeth encourages her favorite lady-in-waiting, Bess, to befriend Raleigh to keep him near. But this strategy forces Elizabeth to observe their growing intimacy. As she charts her course abroad, her trusted advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham, continues his masterful puppetry of Elizabeth’s court at home — and her campaign to solidify absolute power. Through an intricate spy network, Walsingham uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne. But as he unmasks traitors that may include Elizabeth’s own cousin Mary Stuart, he unknowingly sets England up for destruction.

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Cate Blanchett, Abbie Cornish, Jordi Molla
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

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We Own the Night: Bobby Green has turned his back on the family business. The popular manager of El Caribe, the legendary Russian-owned nightclub in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach, he has changed his last name and concealed his connection to a long line of distinguished New York cops. For Bobby, every night is a party, as he greets friends and customers or dances with his beautiful Puerto Rican girlfriend, Amada, in a haze of cigarette smoke and disco music. But it’s 1988, and New York City’s drug trade is escalating. Bobby tries to keep a friendly distance from the Russian gangster who is operating out of the nightclub–a gangster who is being targeted by his brother, Joseph, an up-and-coming NYPD officer, and his father, Burt, the legendary deputy chief of police.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall, Alex Veadov
Directed by: James Gray

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The Final Season: In the small town of Norway, Iowa, everyone comes together for high school baseball. But life throws curve balls; and the passionate young players, rookie coach Kent Stock, and the hometown fans find that life’s greatest challenges strike off the diamond.

Starring: Sean Astin, Larry Miller, Amy Acker, Ann Wedgeworth, Powers Boothe
Directed by: David Mickey Evans

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Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?: When eight married college friends reunite for their annual retreat in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, they come expecting fun and relaxation, but get a completely unexpected surprise. Career-driven Dianne and her supportive, but fed-up husband, Terry, are joined by popular psychologist and best-selling author Patricia and her architect husband Gavin, who share a secret tragedy that finally comes to light, while Angela and Marcus argue constantly, but remain in love. Also in attendance is their good friend Sheila, a sweet woman with a distorted self-image stemming from weight issues that are exacerbated by her emotionally abusive and philandering husband, Mike. Unlike any other year, this trip changes the dynamic of the group with two new additions: Sheila’s supposed girlfriend, Trina, who is secretly sleeping with her husband; and Troy, an ex-Wall Street stockbroker who has put his career on hold to care for an ailing father.

Starring: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal, Jill Scott, Denise Boutte
Directed by: Tyler Perry

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Opening in Select Theaters:

Control
Biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, from his teenage years to his suicide on the verge of the band’s first American tour.

Lars and the Real Girl
Ryan Gosling is a lonely, delusional man who buys a life-size sex doll and falls in love with her, telling people it’s his girlfriend.

King Corn
Two friends move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from, raising troubling questions about corn in the food industry.

Sleuth
Michael Caine and Jude Law match wits in the story of an aging writer and the struggling actor who has stolen his wife’s heart.

Terror’s Advocate
Documentary on controversial lawyer Jacques Verges, defender of unpopular figures and war criminals from all political fronts.