In Theaters: The Switch, Vampires, Piranha, Lottery Ticket & Nanny McPhee

by | August 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM | The Movies

Here’s what’s new for you to check out at your local multiplex this week. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman team up for the unexpectedly controversial artificial insemination dramedy The Switch, while Emma Thompson is back for more family hijinks in Nanny McPhee Returns. There’s also the schlocky-fun horror flick Piranha 3D, the Ice Cube comedy Lottery Ticket and Vampires Suck, a spoof of the whole Twilight phenomenon. If you live in one of the specially selected cities, you can also investigate The Tillman Story, which tells the truth about ex-NFL star Pat Tillman and his unfortunate demise in Afghanistan, or you can see Mao’s Last Dancer, about a Chinese ballet star who defects to the United States. Take a closer look at these films below.


The Switch
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Jennifer Aniston stars as Kassie, a single woman who decides she doesn’t want to wait to find the right man to have a child of her own. Jason Bateman stars as her neurotic and cynical best friend Wally, who gets blackout drunk and replaces Kassie’s donor sperm with his own sample and forgets all about it the next day. Seven years later, she returns with her son Sebastian, who has a disturbing amount of things in common with Wally – leading to revelations and a tangled mess when the assumed donor (Patrick Wilson) enters the picture and wants to be a father to the boy he believes is his. Jeff Goldblum and Juliette Lewis also star as buddies.


Piranha 3D
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Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell and Ving Rhames star in this campy horror flick about a huge school of prehistoric piranha unleashed upon unsuspecting spring break vacationers, in glorious gory 3-D.


Lottery Ticket
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Bow Wow (formerly Lil Bow Wow, aka Shad Gregory Moss) stars as a kid named Kevin from the projects who stunningly wins $370 million in the lottery, but before he can claim his prize, he has to escape the hard-core thugs who want to take that ticket from him, as well as wade through all the sexy women trying to make him their babydaddy. Also starring Ice Cube, Brandon T. Jackson, Terry Crews, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, Bill Bellamy, T-Pain, Keith David and Charlie Murphy.


Nanny McPhee Returns
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The sequel to the hit family film Nanny McPhee sees Emma Thompson reprising her role as the unpleasant-looking caretaker who has very interesting methods of getting unruly children to behave.


Vampires Suck
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The mandatory spoof of the Twilight franchise, which includes Ken Jeong as a crazy vampire and features shovel fights between Team Edward fangirls and Team Jacob fangirls.

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The Tillman Story
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A documentary telling the true story of Pat Tillman, an extremely dedicated and brutally honest man who quit a lucrative job in the NFL to go serve in Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11, only to become disillusioned with the war in Iraq. He later turned down a chance to leave the military and rejoin the NFL, but chose to honor his 3-year commitment – a choice that became fatal when he was killed by friendly fire. The Bush administration then lied about how he died to his family in order to keep using his memory as a propaganda tool to promote the war effort, and it took a massive effort from Tillman’s family to uncover the truth.


Mao’s Last Dancer
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Based on the true story of Li Cunxin (Chi Cao), a young peasant in communist China who became a star in the ballet world before defecting to the United States in 1981.