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This weekend, 'The Lego Movie' builds its way to theaters

This weekend is the first real big one for new movies this year so far. “The Lego Movie” is perfect for families and is receiving near-perfect reviews across the board, while “The Monuments Men” promises to be a good choice for the moviegoer seeking more serious fare. Read about those movies and this week’s other new releases below.

Minifigure Emmet is joined by a colorful cast of characters in "The Lego Movie"
Warner Brothers

Nationwide Releases

The Lego Movie”: This animated comedy directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and based on the popular toy follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary minifigure construction worker who is recruited to help stop Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from his plot to glue the world together when he is mistakenly thought to be the legendary MasterBuilder. Available for viewing in 3D. Runtime: 100 minutes. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor.

The Monuments Men”: Directed by George Clooney, this war drama follows a World War II platoon who set out to retrieve pieces of art stolen by the Nazis and return them to their owners. The cast includes Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin. Runtime: 118 minutes. Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking.

Vampire Academy”: This horror comedy directed by Mark Waters follows Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), who is a half human/half vampire guardian known as a Dhampir. Her life is dedicated to protecting the mortal vampires living in the human world, called the Moroi, from the vicious immortal vampires. While attending St. Vladimir’s Academy for training, Rose finds herself put to the test when she has to protect her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa (Lucy Fry), from a group who wishes to harm her. Runtime: 104 minutes. Rated PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content, and language.

Other movies opening in St. Louis

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