Vin Diesel is back kicking butt in "Riddick," and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson becomes a leading lady in the biopic "Winnie Mandela" this weekend.
In his second franchise appearance of 2013 (the first being "Fast & Furious 6"), Diesel reprises his role as the eponymous alien warrior / highly skilled killer. Although "The Chronicles of Riddick," the second installment of the series, which unofficially started with 2000's "Pitch Black," was ultimately deemed a flop (it grossed just $115 million worldwide and had a budget of $105 million), Diesel was so determined to get the movie made that he leveraged his home.
"Riddick" starts where "Chronicles" left off, with Riddick left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that seems to be devoid of life -- only that turns out not to be the case, and the antihero finds himself fighting off alien predators and mercenaries out for his head.
In her biggest role since her Oscar-winning turn in "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson portrays Winnie Mandela, political activist and ex-wife of former South African President, Nelson Mandela. The film -- the first to tell "the mother of the nation"'s story -- chronicles Mandela's life from ages 19 to 70 and includes her 18-month stay in solitary confinement, her role in the anti-apartheid movement, and, of course, her relationship with President Mandela, played by Terrence Howard.
This weekend's limited theatrical releases include "Touchy Feely," starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney; "Adore," starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright; the dark comedy "Hell Baby"; and the highly-anticipated documentary "Salinger," which features never-before-seen footage, photos, and interviews of or about reclusive author J.D. Salinger.