8News at the Box Office: ‘Ben Hur,’ ‘Imperium,’ ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘War Dogs’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s Summer’s last gasp. Five new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, including one shot here in the area.

Togas, sandals and chariots are en vogue again on the big screen.

“Ben Hur” gets the remake treatment this weekend. The classic tale of a falsely imprisoned prince fighting his way back to power stars Jack Huston in the role made famous by Charlton Heston. The film costars Morgan Freeman. It is rated PG-13.

“War Dogs” is based on the almost unbelievable true story of two 20 something guys who managed to take advantage of a US government incentive program during the Iraq war to sell weapons. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star as the entrepreneurs who get in way over their heads. From the director of “The Hangover”, the film costars Bradley Cooper.  It is rated R.

“Kubo and the Two Strings” is the animated tale of a young man, voiced by Art Parkinson, who is a singer and storyteller who accidentally conjures up an evil spirit. He and his monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron, go on the run to save his family. The film co-stars the voices of George Takei, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Fiennes. It is rated PG.

You can now catch a movie made in the area, in the area this weekend. The Byrd is showing “Imperium” starring Daniel Radcliffe as an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch right wing terrorists. The movie was shot in and around Hopewell last year. It is rated R.

“Hell or High Water” finds Chris Pine and Ben foster playing estranged brothers who team up to rob banks. They’re hitting branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on the family farm. The drama co-stars Jeff bridges. It’s rated R.

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