What's New in Theaters This Weekend: December 7, 2012

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With only one new wide release this weekend, Playing for Keeps, our box office expert, Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations, doesn't expect any film to top the $10 million mark. Bock thinks Skyfall will take the number one slot with around $9.2M, ahead of Rise of the Guardians, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Lincoln, and Life of Pi. As for Playing for Keeps? Bock expects it to flop. "Playing for Keeps isn’t the kind of film that will kick off the next box office heatwave."

Playing For Keeps
Directed by Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid

The combination of Butler (The Bounty Hunter, The Ugly Truth) and Muccino (Seven Pounds) makes this one barely late-night-on-TNT-worthy, nevermind theater-worthy. Why does Butler continue making movies like this? The cringe-inducing melodrama generates more sap than all the maple trees in Vermont. Skip this one and rent any of Butler's other formulaic rom-coms, they're all the same anyways
See it? No.

Hyde Park on Hudson [Limited]
Directed by Roger Michell
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

It's 1939 and the King and Queen are on a weekend visit to upstate New York to meet President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray). The setting promises some intriguing introductions and conversation but Hyde Park's main story is about Roosevelt's affair with his distant cousin, Margaret Stuckley (Linney). With Lincoln currently doing very well at the box office, it's doubtful another Presidential flick will find much of an audience. Plus, early critical hype has cooled off considerably despite Murray's solid performance.
See it? Yes.

Deadfall [Limited]
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson

Counterfeiters director Ruzowitzky leads this snowbound thriller about two strange siblings (Bana, Wilde) who rob a casino and are forced to improvise when their getaway car crashes during a blizzard. Reviews are mixed on this one and it's not going to be on anyone's Top 10 list, but there's enough interesting stuff going on (snowmobile chases, a seductive Wilde) to keep most thrill-seeking audiences' attentions.
See it? Yes.

Lay the Favorite [Limited]
Directed by Stephen Frears
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Zeta-Jones

From great, but inconsistent director Frears comes a story of a bubbly cocktail waitress (Hall) who wins the attention of a gambler (Willis) when all her picks come up winners. Despite its director and solid cast, Lay the Favorite has been panned by festival reviews and, watching the trailer, it seems like a Whole Nine Yards-type adventure comedy that nobody thinks is funny.
See it? No.

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding [Limited]
Directed by Donald Rice
Starring: Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth McGovern

Director Rice's first feature focuses on a young bride to be as she gets cold feet on her wedding day. Meanwhile her fiance and ex wait patiently for her. Based on the 1932 novel by Julia Strachey, the film is aimed at Downton Abbey fans who just can't get enough of that early 20th century British drama and wit. The young cast is worth checking out. Jones is a star in the making and Treadaway is gaining a rep for smart role choices.
See it? Sure.

In Our Nature [Limited]
Directed by Brian Savelson
Starring: Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery, Gabrielle Union

Father and son drama unfolds when a romantic retreat turns into a couples weekend between two generations. Featuring the always great Slattery, In Our Nature has a similar plotline to another 2012 indie flick, Your Sister's Sister. No telling if it's as funny as the trailer seems to take itself pretty seriously.
See it? Sure.

Heleno [Limited]
Directed by Jose Henrique Fonseca
Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Angie Cepeda, Aline Moraes

Santoro (300, Che) stars here as Brazilian soccer legend Heleno de Freitas. Filmed in black and white, the film is a passion project for the actor who also produces. Nicknamed "Prince Cursed," Heleno was a womanizing, supremely talented athlete who died far too young in a sanitarium. Sounds like movie material no?
See it? Yes.

Senior Editor at Zimbio. I'll take Johnny Clay, the Rev. Harry Powell, and Annie Savoy. You can have the rest.