8News at the Box Office: The Birth of a Nation, The Girl on the Train, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Period drama set in Virginia that’s earning a lot of Oscar Buzz is hitting RVA theaters this weekend.

“The Birth of a Nation” is based on the true story of a slave rebellion that happened right here in Virginia. The movie tells the story of Nat Turner, a slave in Southampton county who lead an uprising against slaveholders. The movie stars Nate Parker as Turner, who also wrote, produced and directed the drama. It co-stars Gabrielle Union and Armie Hammer.  It’s rated R.

Based on a best-selling book, “The girl on the Train” rolls into theaters this weekend. Emily Blunt stars as the recent divorcee who fantasizes about a seemingly happy couple she passes while on the train every day. When the wife disappears, she gets caught up in the investigation. The drama co-stars Justin Theroux and Lisa Kudrow, it’s rated R.

“Middle school: The Worst Years of My Life” is the story of a student who is looking to try and get into as much trouble as possible in school. He and his friend are trying to break every single rule in the school’s code of conduct as a form of protest at the strict school. The family friendly comedy stars Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle. It’s rated PG.

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