This Week in Theaters

July 12, 2012, Thursday/ 17:28:00

‘Savages’

Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend, Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry -- growing marijuana. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty, Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town -- until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demand that the trio partner with them. When the merciless head of the cartel, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon, with the reluctant assistance of a dirty Drug Enforcement Administration agent (John Travolta), wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills. Directed by: Oliver Stone Genre: thriller Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir

‘La Guerre est Declaree’ (Declaration of War)

The promising future of Romeo (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli), a young Parisian couple, is dramatically compromised by the terrible news that their 18-month-old son is suffering from a brain tumor. A renowned surgeon manages to remove most of the mass, but the residue forms an aggressive malignant tumor, leading them to begin chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Forced to leave their respective jobs to stay at their baby’s bedside, Romeo and Juliette rely on the financial and emotional support of their relatives and friends. But the painful and exhausting ordeal threatens to jeopardize their marriage. Directed by: Valerie Donzelli Genre: drama Cast: Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim, Cesar Desseix, Gabriel Elkaim, Brigitte Sy

‘The Incident’

George (Rupert Evans), Max (Kenny Doughty) and Ricky (Joseph Kennedy) are the members of a rock band. Playing occasionally at clubs, the three broke musicians are dreaming of stardom. To make ends meet, they start working as cooks in an asylum for the criminally insane. But when power goes out at the asylum during a massive thunderstorm, they get locked in with the inmates. Directed by: Alexandre Courtes Genre: horror Cast: Rupert Evans, Dave Legeno, Richard Brake, Kenny Doughty, Anna Skellern, Joseph Kennedy

‘SecretStone’

In October 2009 the filmmakers went into an abandoned psychiatric hospital to explore the “haunted” institution, famous for its radical treatment of patients with mental illness. Electroshock, insulin therapy and lobotomies were commonplace. Once inside, the filmmakers quickly discovered that they were not alone. This story is based on their experiences. Directed by: Sean Stone Genre: horror Cast: Oliver Stone, Alexander Wraith, Sean Stone

‘ATM’

Three co-workers, David (Brian Geraghty), Emily (Alice Eve) and Corey (Josh Peck), are returning from a Christmas party when Corey asks David to pull up at a local ATM. They enter the ATM to withdraw money, but when they are about to leave, they see a hooded figure lurking outside. Before they know it, the three become trapped inside the ATM in a desperate fight for their lives…  Directed by: David Brooks Genre: horror Cast: Alice Eve, Josh Peck, Brian Geraghty

‘Les Lyonnais’ (A Gang Story)

After growing up in a poor Roma camp, Edmond Vidal, aka Momon (Gerard Lanvin), has retained a sense of family, unfailing loyalty and pride in his origins. Most of all, he has remained friends with Serge Suttel (Tcheky Karyo), with whom he first discovered prison life -- for stealing cherries. The two of them inevitably got involved in organized crime. The team they formed, the Gang Des Lyonnais, made them the most notorious armed robbers of the early 1970s. Their irresistible rise ended in 1974 with a spectacular arrest. Today, as he nears 60, Momon would like to forget that part of his life. He has found peace by retiring from the “business.” He tends to his wife, Janou, and to his children and grandchildren, all of whom have great respect for this man of simple and universal values, so clear-headed and full of kindness. But then Serge Suttel, who has disowned nothing of his past, comes back into the picture.  Directed by: Olivier Marchal Genre: drama Cast: Gerard Lanvin, Tcheky Karyo, Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge

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