Beat the Heat with 'The Expendables 2,' 'ParaNorman,' 'Easy Money' and More in Our Film Roundup

Beat the Heat with 'The Expendables 2,' 'ParaNorman,' 'Easy Money' and More in Our Film Roundup
This weekend's packed lineup of new onscreen entertainment is more than enough to keep even the most committed cinephile occupied. You can head to our Recently Reviewed section to find out which of the week's movies got the Exclaim! stamp of approval, and which deserve a pass. Check out some of the highlights below.

First, Sylvester Stallone and his posse of action-hero archetypes reconvene for The Expendables 2 (pictured) , director Simon West's sequel to the 2010 original. Delivering all the violence that one might expect (and some humour that you wouldn't), the flick is the week's most obvious example of sheer summer escapism.

In ParaNorman, a school-age kid deals with being ostracized for his ability to commune with the dead, while The Awakening delivers social commentary disguised as a ghost story, and the Martin Scorsese-presented Easy Money tells the tale of a Swedish youth drawn to a life of crime.

Next, Sparkle revisits the '60s girl group heyday, featuring Whitney Houston's final onscreen performance; a couple are unexpectedly granted their "dream child" in Peter Hedges's The Odd Life of Timothy Green; and Painted Skin: The Resurrection updates and stylizes a tale from Chinese mythology.

The documentary In My Mother's Arms takes a look at one of the few orphanages in Iraq and the struggles faced by its charges every day, while Tony Asimakopoulos reveals truths about relationships by looking at his own family dynamic in Fortunate Son, and Stéphane Robelin's And If We All Lived Together follows a group of seniors as they decide to forgo assisted living and move in with one another.

To read full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.