Four new movies highlight unique characters

This week's new movies are all about memorable characters as four new movies hope to capture the attention of moviegoers with their off-the-wall personalities.

They feature an animated lizard, a destiny-fighting politician, a bad boy learning the ultimate lesson about not judging a book by its cover and a young video store employee trying to impress a girl who may just be out of his league.

Here's a look at what's new in theaters.


A computer-animated movie about a chameleon with an identity crisis, Rango follows the title character as he goes from a sheltered family pet to the only law in the gritty, gun-slinging, lawless town of Dirt. The movie re-teams Johnny Depp, who voices Rango, with Gore Verbinski, the director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Also providing voices for the movie are Isla Disher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Stephen Root and Harry Dean Stanton. The movie was written by John Logan, who adapted Depp's 2007 film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in addition to writing The Aviator, Gladiator and Any Given Sunday.

Rango is rated PG and runs 1 hour 47 minutes.

The Adjustment Bureau

Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, The Adjustment Bureau is about an on-the-rise politician whose future is thrown into doubt after he meets a beautiful dancer. However, as he tries to get to know her, a mysterious group of people work to keep them apart. Matt Damon plays the Congressman, David Norris, while Emily Blunt plays the dancer who is the object of his affection.

The movie was written and directed by first time director George Nolfi, who also wrote Ocean's Twelve and Damon's 2007 hit The Bourne Ultimatum. It also features appearances by Chuck Scarborough, Jon Stewart, Michael Bloomberg and James Carville as themselves.

The Adjustment Bureau is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 39 minutes.


Billed as a modern-day take on Beauty and the Beast, Beastly is about a handsome rich kid who is cursed after he ditches a date. The only way he can break the curse is to find true love in Manhattan. The movie stars I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer and High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens.

Beastly also features Neil Patrick Harris, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause and The Practice's Lisa Gay Hamilton. Based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name, the movie was written and directed by Daniel Barnz who previously did the 2008 movie Felicity Huffman/Patricia Clarkson movie Phoebe in Wonderland.

Beastly is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 35 minutes.

Take Me Home Tonight

Set around a wild Labor Day party in 1988, Take Me Home Tonight is about a recent college graduate who is pursuing his dream girl while trying to determine what he should do with his life. That '70s Show star Topher Grace moves into the 80s as the main character Matt Franklin. The House Bunny's Ann Faris plays his twin sister Wendy, while I Am Number Four and The Sorcerer's Apprentice's Teresa Palmer plays Matt's dream girl, Tori Fredreking.

Take Me Home Tonight also features Michelle Trachtenberg, Audrina Patridge, Michael Ian Black and comedienne Whitney Cummings. Based on an idea by Grace, it was written by That '70s Show writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo. Canadian director Michael Dowse was in charge of the production.

Take Me Home Tonight is rated R and runs 1 hour 54 minutes.

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