Based on a true story, "Dallas Buyers Club" tells the story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Unable to get effective medicine due to government restrictions, Woodroof begins smuggling in illegal medications to help AIDS patients in Texas and the rest of the country. "Dallas Buyers Club" also stars Jared Leto as Rayon, a transgender woman. Leto, who lost 40 pounds for the part, told us it was "the role of a lifetime."
Orson Scott Card's futuristic young adult novel comes to life in Gavin Hood's adaptation of "Ender's Game." When the survival of the human race is threatened by an impending alien war, children are recruited and trained for battle. Asa Butterfield's Ender Wiggin is selected to lead soldiers and is trained by Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) and Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley). "Ender's Game" also stars Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit"), Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
In "Last Vegas" four sixtysomethings get together to throw their last single friend a bachelor party in the city of sin. While it looks like the senior citizen version of "The Hangover," this comedy earned a softer PG-13 rating. It stars Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline.
When he turns 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson, yep, he's Bill Weasley) learns that he has the power to travel back in time to change his personal history in "About Time." He uses his power to win the heart of Mary (Rachel McAdams). "About Time," which looks like a mix between "50 First Dates" and "The Time Traveler's Wife," will probably be a heart-warming crowd pleaser -- especially since it's from "Love Actually" director Richard Curtis.
The animated "Free Birds," co-written and directed by Jimmy Hayward ("Horton Hears a Who"), follows two turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson), who put aside their differences to change history. The pair travel back in time on a mission to get turkey removed from the holiday menu. "Free Birds" also features the voices of Amy Poehler, George Takei, and Dan Fogler.
Also, in limited release this week:
- In "Diana," from director Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall"), Naomi Watts portrays the Princess of Wales during the last two years of her life.
- Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton (ABC's "Nashville") star in the family film "Angels Sing," about a man who has lost the spirt of Christmas.
- Belgian drama "The Broken Circle Breakdown" is based on the play by the film's star, Johan Heldenbergh, about a couple whose daughter falls ill.
- "Last Love" stars Michael Caine as a retired professor who stars a life-changing connection with a young Parisian woman (Clémence Poésy, Fleur from the "Harry Potter" films).
- "Le Week-End" stars Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum in this dramedy about a British couple who travel to Paris many years after their honeymoon to rejuvenate their love.
- Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen ("The Matrix" choreographer) star in "Man of Tai Chi" about a martial artist in the underground fighting world.
- In the sci-fi romance "Mr. Nobody," Jared Leto plays a 118-year-old man who recounts his life with contradictory memories.
What movie are you most excited to see this weekend?