Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday, August 17th:

* 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.


* 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. Whitney co-stars as her mother. Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and Cee Lo Green also star. Rated PG-13.

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