It's a busy weekend at our local Marcus Theatres, with four new flicks contending for your precious movie dollars. Two of them tell thrilling tales of love in the South (though in very different fashion), John McClane returns for another round, and there's also a new animated adventure about good guys and bad guys in space.

'Beautiful Creatures'

Based on the best-selling series of novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, this fantasy tells the tale of two young people falling in love and uncovering some very strange secrets about their small town in the South.

Directed by Richard LaGravenese

Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons

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'A Good Day to Die Hard'

John McClane is back, this time battling dastardly foes in Moscow, where he goes to track down his missing son.

Directed by John Moore

Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir

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'Escape From Planet Earth'

In this animated story set on the planet Baab, a dashing astronaut and his geeky brother must switch roles when the bad guy sets off his evil plan.

Directed by Cal Brunker

Starring Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Sofía Vergara

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'Safe Haven'

The latest Nicholas Sparks ('The Notebook') adaptation is a romantic thriller about a woman who moves to a small North Carolina town and falls for a local store owner.

Directed by Lasse Hallström

Starring Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders

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