I'm not sure you could find more different films than are opening locally on Friday. Let's take a look.
“Fun Size”: This pre-Halloween offering features a teenager (Victoria Justice) who loses her little brother while trick-or-treating and has to spend the rest of the night searching for him.
“Cloud Atlas”: Based on the wildly imaginative novel by David Mitchell, and co-directed by the “Matrix” Wachowskis and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas” tells six stories at once, ranging from the 1860s to the far distant future.
“Silent Hill: Revelation” (in 3D and 2D):The second adaptation of the video game, this one centers on a young girl (Adelaide Clemens) who discovers she isn't who she thought she was.
“Chasing Mavericks”: The surfing location off the coast of Northern California, which is known for its giant waves, has been made popular in a number of documentary films (especially 2004's “Riding Giants”). This narrative film is a biopic of real-life surfer Jay Moriarty who, to learn how to ride Mavericks, goes to a veteran surfer (Gerard Butler).
“The Paperboy”: Another literary adaptation, this one a novel by Pete Dexter, the film concerns a reporter (Matthew McConaughey) returning to his southern home town to investigate the story of a death-row inmate (John Cusack).
“Red Hook Summer”: Spike Lee's film tells the story of a young boy, forced to spend the summer with his religious grandfather in Brooklyn, who learns an uncomfortable life lesson.
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”: And, finally, a documentary about a Chinese artist who isn't afraid to buck the authorities in the name of art.
Below: The trailer for “Chasing Mavericks.”