Limited Release: The Lovely Bones, A Single Man, Slammin’ Salmon

Here’s what’s opening in selected cities this weekend, and as David Letterman always says, we just hope to God your city has been selected. Peter Jackson, master of the epic, takes on an emotional story on a smaller scale entitled The Lovely Bones, one of two films focusing on the repercussions of grief after loss – the other being Colin Firth’s A Single Man, about someone trying to decide if life is worth living. If you’re not in the mood for introspection, there’s also The Slammin’ Salmon, a wacky Sundance comedy from the guys who gave us Super Troopers. Get more info below.

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The Lovely Bones
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Peter Jackson returns with a sad and moving tale that nonetheless may offer some consolation to families visited by tragedy. Saoirse Ronan stars as 14-year-old Susie Salmon, an ordinary girl in 1973 suburbia who falls victim to a serial murderer (Stanley Tucci), which puts her spirit into the beautifully rendered In-Between – not alive, but not moving on, either, as she has to wrestle with her desire for revenge against her killer and the need for her family (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Rose McIver) to heal from their grief.

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A Single Man
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Colin Firth stars as George Falconer, a British college professor in 1962 who is awash in inconsolable grief after the death of his longtime partner Jim, despite the efforts at comfort from his friend Charley (Julianne Moore). George seems on his way to suicide until he meets a student named Kenny (Nicholas Hoult) who is struggling with his own identity, and seems like a kindred spirit.

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The Slammin’ Salmon
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Slammin’ Cleon Salmon (Michael Clarke Duncan) is an ex-boxer running a Miami seafood joint, and the Broken Lizard guys (Super Troopers) are the bumbling, goofball wait staff in this goofy comedy.

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