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PREMIUM RUSH, THE APPARITION, HIT & RUN debut. Summer leftovers vie for their shot at the box office pie

As the tentpole films end, the box office bottom feeders come in to scrap the box office pie for their share of what's left. That doesn't mean that the films are not of good quality, at least some of them.

Top of these offerings is the David Koepp-directed action/crime flick Premium Rush with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Kym Perfetto starring.

The Sony Pictures release opens in around 2, 100 theaters and follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when his last envelope of the day – a routine “premium rush” run – turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.

I would recommend this largely due to the Levitt and Shannon combo, which should make for an intriguing pic to catch.

If you're up for a comedic action flick, then Open Road FIlms' Hit & Run should deliver enough of both with stars Dax Shepard, Krisen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Kristin Chenoweth on board. Pic which opens in the most venues (2,700+ theaters) is also scripted by Shepard, who helms alongside David Palmer.

Oddly, the lead character's name is Charlie Bronson, you'd think that would have been altered after Tom Hardy starrer Bronson where the main character's name is exactly the same. Moving on...

The story follows Bronson, a nice guy with a questionable past who risks everything when he busts out of the witness protection program to deliver his fiancé (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles to seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold) … and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former pals, a band of gangsters (led by Bradley Cooper), enter the fray.

Also in the cast of Hit & Run are Michael Rosenbaum, Beau Bridges, David Koechner, Ryan Hansen, Joy Bryant and Tom Arnold.

If you're up for a horror, and you're in the 800+ theater-range available, then Warner Bros. Pictures' The Apparition may get your hair raised. There hasn't been much pushing for this film at all, so expectations for the Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton film are low-mediocre at best.

Other cast includes Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Rick Gomez, Suzanne Ford, Anna Clark, Meeno Serendib, Marti Matulis and Melissa Goldberg.

The story - when frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…

Other films to consider if available in your area:

  • Mixing comedy and horror, D. Kerry Prior's The Revenant finally makes its theatrical debut after first appearing at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival back in 2009.
  • Basketball fans wanting to take their kids out for an undemanding time at the movies have Warner Premiere's family film Thunderstruck. John Whitesell directs the film starring Kevin Durant, James Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson and Laramie Doc Shaw.

These and several other films are on offer this weekend. Since it's the beginning of the week, release dates may change and new upcoming films may find their way into the list come late Thursday, so be sure to check our Coming Soon section for more.

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