Weekend Picks: ‘Big Miracle,’ ‘Chronicle,’ & ‘The Woman in Black’

Jonathan Crow
Movie Talk

Last weekend, "The Grey" pulled away from the rest of the pack to claim the top spot at the box office. But Liam Neeson will have to flex even more muscles if he wants to survive against this weekend's contenders.

Three major releases are going wide this weekend, and in some way, shape, or form all three involve the supernatural, though in decidedly different ways. There's a ghost story, a movie about telekinetic super powers, and a movie that uses the word "miracle" in the title! With so many super selections, we boil down the choices below along with what kind of fans will enjoy each flick. Whatever you decide, here's hoping you have an out-of-this world experience.

Big Miracle
Rated PG for language.

What's the Story?
During the height of the cold war, near a chilly Alaskan town, three Grey whales are trapped under thickening Arctic ice. After local newsman Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) reports on the dire situation, a cavalcade of unlikely allies comes north to help. The whales may just stand a chance if Adam and his environmentalist ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore), the Inuits and the oil companies, and the Russians and the Americans can put aside their differences to clear some serious ice.

Who Will Dig It?

If you like moving, inspirational, true stories that show we're more similar than dissimilar, then you should have a whale of time watching this feel-good fin-flick.

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Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content, and teen drinking.

What's the Story?
After making an amazing discovery, three high school friends realize they have acquired super telekinetic powers. As the friends learn more and more about their extraordinary abilities, what starts out as good, clean prankster fun soon turns into an egregious abuse of power that tests not only their friendship, but also their morality.

Who Will Dig It?

Folks who like found-footage/documentary-style thrillers, superhero action flicks, morality tales, and teenage dramas should think very hard about seeing this film.

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The Woman in Black

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual references and language, some drug material, and partial nudity.

What's the Story?

In this classic ghost story -- replete with a haunted house, mysterious writing scrawled on a wall, and creepy nursery rhymes -- Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a recently widowed lawyer and a single father whose grief has made a mess of his career. Arthur is summoned to a remote village in order to handle the funeral arrangements of an eccentric recluse. Arthur soon realizes his client's house is haunted by a revenge-seeking female ghost.
Who Will Dig It?
If you like supernatural thrillers, ghost stories, character driven horror flicks, and films that get your heart racing then hop on your Quidditch stick and check it out.

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