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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Movie Guide: UFOs, Trains & Automobiles

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If you think life is hard on a cruise ship, try taking the train! Unstoppable pits Captain Kirk and Malcolm X against an iron horse with a serious vendetta, several tons of chemicals, and a hundred schoolkids thrown in for good measure.

Loosely based on a CSX freight incident in Ohio, Unstoppable has a very local hurdle: LA's seen enough train tragedies already. Tony Scott was never known for tact.

The same cannot be said of Skyline. When was the last time we were obliterated by aliens? 1996? It's practically retro-chic!

Director duo The Brothers Strause (VFX for 2012, Avatar & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) shot the effects extravaganza in their own apartment. Which may explain why an extra-terrestrial rapture would target Hollywood studios.

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This weekend's limited releases feature less fantastic, but more effective ways to save the world. The documentary Cool It trolls the climate change doomsday for solutions beyond lightbulbs & hybrid cars. The Taqwacores, featured in this week's Film Calendar, strengthens relations between Islam, the West & punk rock.

For counter-programming, spread a little joy with Morning Glory, which pits Rachel McAdams on a one-woman mission to keep morning news ratings up. It'd be much easier if co-anchors Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton could keep away from each others' throats.

If you’d like to see something further off the beaten path, check out our weekly Film Calendar of LA's specialty theatres, revival houses and midnight movies. See you at the movies!

General Release

Limited Release

Featured Trailers Unstoppable

Skyline

Cool It

The Taqwacores

Morning Glory

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That's all for this week. Where's the story?