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"ParaNorman," "The Expendables 2," "Sparkle" Open Nationwide

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- ParaNorman: A boy who can communicate with the dead is tasked with fighting off a zombie, ghost and witch attack against his town.  The animated flick features the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  It was directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell.  Rated PG.

-- The Expendables 2: In this sequel to Sylvester Stallone's 2010 action flick, the group of mercenaries known as the Expendables have revenge on their minds when one of them is killed during a job.  The film features a who's who of top-shelf action stars: Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, plus Liam Hemsworth.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Sparkle: The final film from the late Whitney Houston is a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name.  Set in the ‘60s, former American Idol champ Jordin Sparks plays the titular character, an up-and-coming singer from the Detroit area dealing with various struggles.  Houston co-stars as her mother.  Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and Cee Lo Green also star.  Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]

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