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Expendables 2 Explodes on a Screen Near You
(Updated Thursday-8/16/2012)

August 16, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Sean Connelly

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Another weekend, another strong action flick. This week Expendables 2 hits theaters, right in the mouth... then it blows up the mouth and high fives it's way in to the sunset. Seriously. There's so much action in this action hero studded movie that you'll probably never want to watch an older action movie again (OK, that might be a lie).


Can you really afford to not see this movie? No. The answer is no.

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If settling down with some popcorn and watching old dudes blow stuff up is your idea of a good time this weekend, and why wouldn't it be, then see the Expendables. You won't be disappointed. Now, if the exact opposite is what you're looking for, then you've got a couple of different options.

Also coming to theaters, with a little less explodey-ness, are the animated movie ParaNorman and the Odd Life of Timothy Green. I have to say, that I want to experience both of these films, but I'm a sucker for animated movies (I kind of throw money at the screen when Pixar releases it's summer movie every year). They both seem to have some a compelling story and some adult themes mixed in to the mix. Usually a great formula. While Timothy Green may not be animated, it appears to be a great story for the family to experience together.


ParaNorman

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Finally, there is Sparkle. A story of the rise and (possibly) fall of an all girl group in the 1960's. Seems like it could be a good choice if drama is more your preference this weekend.

Friday August 17th Releases:

Expendables 2



Genre: Action, Adventure
Runtime: 1:43
Rating: R
Writer: Richard Wenk, Sylvester Stallone
Director: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Synopsis: The Expendables are reunited when Mr. Church enlists them to take on a seemingly simple job. When things go wrong, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory, where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time - five tons of weapons-grade plutonium, more than enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary they seek revenge from.

Where and when you can see it starting Friday August 17th:

Midland NCG Cinemas: 11:10am, 12:40pm, 2:55pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm, 9:45pm, 11:55pm*
Bay City 8: 12:10pm, 2:35pm, 5:00pm, 7:25pm, 9:45pm, 12:00am*
Fashion Square 10: 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm, 12:00am*
Saginaw 12: 11:05am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm*

Midland NCG Cinemas, Fashion Square 10, and the Saginaw 12 theaters will be holding a midnight opening for this movie on the morning of Friday August 17th.

ParaNorman



Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 1:33
Rating: PG
Writer: Chris Butler
Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Synopsis: A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Where and when you can see it starting Friday August 17th:

Midland NCG Cinemas 2D: 10:50am, 12:55pm
Midland NCG Cinemas 3D: 3:00pm, 5:05pm, 7:10pm, 9:15pm, 11:55pm*
Bay City 8 2D: 11:50am, 2:10pm, 6:40pm
Bay City 8 3D: 4:25pm, 9:00pm, 11:20pm*
Fashion Square 10 2D: 11:15am
Fashion Square 10 3D: 1:55pm, 4:15pm, 6:50pm, 9:10pm
Saginaw 12 2D: 11:40am, 2:00pm, 6:35pm, 11:05pm*
Saginaw 12 3D: 4:15pm, 8:45pm

Midland NCG Cinemas, Fashion Square 10, and the Saginaw 12 theaters will be holding a midnight opening for this movie on the morning of Friday August 17th.

Odd Life of Timothy Green



Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 1:44
Rating: PG
Writer: Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa
Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Jenniger Garner, Joel Edgerton, and CJ Adams
Synopsis: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

Showtimes starting Friday August 17th:

Midland NCG Cinemas: 11:40am, 2:10pm, 4:35pm, 7:00pm, 9:20pm, 11:40pm*
Bay City 8: 11:40am, 2:00pm, 4:20pm, 6:50pm, 9:10pm, 11:30pm*
Fashion Square 10: 11:05am, 1:40pm, 4:30pm, 6:55pm, 9:20pm
Saginaw 12: 11:45am, 2:05pm, 4:25pm, 6:50pm, 9:15pm, 11:40pm*

Sparkle



Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1:56
Rating: PG-13
Writer: Mara Brock Akil, Howard Rosenman
Director: Salim Akil
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, and Whitney Houston Synopsis: Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

Where and when you can see it starting Friday August 17th:

Midland NCG Cinemas: 11:15am, 1:45pm, 4:20pm, 6:55pm, 9:25pm, 11:45pm*
Fashion Square 10: 11:00am, 1:50pm, 4:30pm, 7:10pm, 10:15pm, 11:40pm*
Saginaw 12: 11:00am, 11:35am, 1:35pm, 2:10pm, 4:10pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:20pm, 9:20pm, 9:55pm, 11:55pm*

Midland NCG Cinemas, Fashion Square 10, and the Saginaw 12 theaters will be holding a midnight opening for this movie on the morning of Friday August 17th.

As always, please check your local theaters for showtimes as they are subject to change. Please note that a * indicates that a particular showtime is only good for days with late night showtimes (Friday and Saturday night).

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