Blockbusters and breakthroughs: this weekend’s US movie releases include 'Astro Boy' and 'Amelia'

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A young flying robot and a legendary woman aviator are the stories poised to soar at this weekend's US box office. Also releasing in the US on Friday, October 23 are more horror films to scare up the Halloween season from Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant with an all-star cast to Saw VI as well as a spooky comedy, Stan Helsing, and the controversial Antichrist. But the small film that could sneak through as an independent hit, The Yes Men Fix the World, is a political satire getting rave reviews.

Astro Boy
The Japanese manga action hero, Astro Boy, comes to life in CGI animation to save the world. The boy robot, voiced by Freddie Highmore ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), blasts through adventures in Metro City. The all-star cast providing the comic characters voices include Nicolas Cage as his creator, Kristen Bell, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland, and Nathan Lane.

Hilary Swank portrays pioneer female aviator, Amelia Earhart, in Amelia, following the unique tale of the life, adventure and mystery of the first woman to pilot an airplane across the Atlantic and in the summer of 1937 try to fly solo around the world. Also starring Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, and Virginia Madsen. A likely candidate for at least another Oscar nomination for Hilary.

The Yes Men Fix The World
Two guys pose as top executives of corporations they find questionable, crashing business conferences and orchestrating outlandish pranks to parody their targets. The duo do outlandish pranks against companies, such as Dow Chemical, promising to clean up the toxic industrial disaster at Bhopal, India. "Outrageously entertaining...glorious testimony to the moral power of satire," says New York magazine and USA Today writes. "Comedic vigilante justice..." Premiered in New Orleans and Bhopal, before going wide.