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Weekend Picks: ‘Lawless,’ ‘The Possession’ & ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk
August 31, 2012

Welcome to Weekend Picks, your weekly movie preview in either video or blog form (or both, if you want to be extra informed).

'The Expendables 2' topped the box office for the second straight weekend, but in order to three-peat, the big guns are going to have to mow down three new wide releases brimming with bootlegging brothers, a demonic possession, and some highly huggable Oogieloves. (And if that's not enough competition, Disney's now pushing two earlier releases -- Pixar's "Brave" and "Marvel's The Avengers," — onto 1,700 screens each, hoping to take a big slice of the Labor Day Weekend pie.)

Before you decide your weekend fare, we breakdown all the new releases, big and small, so you'll be fully prepped to pick the right flick for you.

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Lawless

What's the Story?

Set during the depths of the depression, in the dearth of prohibition Virginia, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, and Tom Hardy play the infamous Bondurant Brothers, practitioners of a successful bootlegging operation selling some highly-rated moonshine. When a corrupt and eye-brow-less Special Deputy, played by Guy Pearce, tries to forcibly take a cut of the brother's profits, the Bondurants react the only way they can: violently.

Who Will Dig It?

This one's for fans of dynamite ensemble casts, period pieces, bloody gangster movies, and remarkable, mostly true stories.

Fun Fact:

It wasn't all brotherly love on the set; LaBeouf and Hardy reportedly got in an actual brawl off-screen.

'Lawless' Insider Access

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The Possession

What's the Story?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play the newly-divorced parents of Em, their youngest daughter who becomes excessively attached to an ancient box purchased at a yard sale. As Em's behavior gets downright dangerous, the family realizes she has been possessed by an ancient malevolent spirit, hell-bent on devouring its human host.

Who Will Dig It?

If you love demonically possessed things that go bump in the night, in the vein of "The Omen" (1976) and "The Exorcist" (1973), then this is the paranormal activity for you.

Fun Fact:

Sam Raimi, writer and director of the classic 1981 horror flick "The Evil Dead" (not to mention the director behind all three "Spider-Man" movies), produced this one.

'The Possession' Theatrical Trailer

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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

What's the Story?

In this interactive dance party of a movie, embedded with prompts to let kids know just when to get up and jam along, the Oogieloves, colorful creatures from the land of Lovelyloveville, are joined in a magical-balloon-chasing quest by a host of whacky characters played by the likes of some big time names: Chazz Palminteri, Christopher Lloyd, Cloris Leachman, Toni Braxton, and Jamie Pressly, to name a few.

Who Will Dig It?

Families with small children or anyone who's ever wondered what might happen if the "Teletubbies" met "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) should be dancing in the aisles for this one.

Fun Fact:

Oogieloves is the first film produced by Kenn Viselman, the marketing genius behind the hit TV shows "Teletubbies" and "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends".

'The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure' Theatrical Trailer

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Or for those of you more indie inclined, opening in limited release this week: a group of post-apocalyptic survivors hunkered down in an abandoned house must stave off a group of well-armed hostiles if they want to survive "The Day"; the fourth highest grossing Chinese film of all time comes to America as Jet Li kicks epic 3D IMAX butt in "The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"; former college enemies come together to corner the phone sex market in "For a Good Time, Call…"; Orlando Bloom tries to be "The Good Doctor" but Elvis's granddaughter Riley Keough gives him a suspicious (and creepy) mind; and in order to find her young son, Jessica Biel confronts a haunting kidnapping legend in "The Tall Man".

Those are the Weekend Picks. Let us know what you'll be seeing in the poll below. And don't forget, you can get local showtimes and tickets, right here at Yahoo! Movies.

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