Juliette Binoche plays one of the world's top war photojournalists. After she has a near-death experience with a female suicide bomber, her husband (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from "Game of Thrones") gives her an ultimatum: Give up on her career or lose her family. Taking one last trip to a supposedly safe refugee camp in Kenya (with her daughter in tow), our protagonist comes face to face with just how much she risks every time she steps back into the line of fire. 111 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/24)
The 2012 comic reboot of teen cop series "21 Jump Street" worked almost entirely thanks to the efforts of its game cast (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, chiefly). The simple script and low-impact direction certainly didn't add much to the proceedings. This rude follow-up (set in college) tries a little harder, crafting a bigger-stakes story and a perfect storm of self-mocking jokes. It ain't smart, but it does have drug content, brief nudity and a Benny Hill reference. Also, it's been shoved back into theaters for a week so it can make more money. 112 minutes R. (Opens Friday 6/13)
In this inspirational, inspired-by-a-true-story sports movie (has there ever been an "intentionally dispiriting, inspired-by-a-true-story sports movie"?), high school football star Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka from "Days of Our Lives") is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness. If you think that's going to stop him from taking his team to the state championships, you don't know the power of perseverance and Jesus. 98 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 10/24)
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This remarkable documentary profiles the work of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory. Founder Dan Cohen has led the fight against an entrenched health care system to demonstrate "music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self on those suffering from it." The film's a little too gung-ho hagiographic about Cohen--but it's quite a sight to see Alzheimer patients suddenly come to life when given a set of headphones and some familiar tunes. 78 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/24)
This "unconventional" biography takes a look at the Hindu swami Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. George Harrison and Deepak Chopra are interviewed. There's a lot archival material and "metaphoric imagery." 84 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 10/25)
The students at an Ivy League college clash over racial issues in this wordy, but well-spoken comedy-drama. First-time filmmaker Justin Simien has crafted a witty mash-up of Do the Right Thing and Dead Poets Society--but the choppy script and sprawling ensemble cast mark this as a passionate freshman project rather than a full-fledged senior thesis. 106 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/24)
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A ragtag team of "losers" becomes famous while trying to pull off a gigantic diamond heist during a world dance competition. There's dancing, singing, romance, action, martial arts and plenty of wacky comedy to be had. Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah star. In Hindi with English subtitles. 165 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/24)
In this hard-hitting, rather minimalist action flick, Keanu Reeves plays a retired hitman, an unstoppable force of nature, who goes gunning for some stupid criminals when they kill his dog and steal his car. The brutally efficient character borrows a lot from Richard Stark's Parker novels. But the action is a major blast. 101 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/24)
Indian star Vijay (Naalaiya Theerpu, Thuppakki, Kannukkul Nilavu) stars in this action thriller about an international gangster (Tota Roy Chowdhury) being hunted by the police, who have enlisted the help of a criminal mastermind (Vijay). In Tamil with English subtitles. 160 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/24)
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when their (straight) son announces he's getting married, forcing them to meet their conservative new in-laws. This popular 1978 farce was remade in 1996 with Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. In this day and age, the caricatures are a bit outrageous, but the manic comedy of manners still holds up. In French and Italian with English subtitles. 110 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/23)
Wes Craven's sleep-creeping original remains a Halloween classic--despite years of lesser sequels and the subsequent pop culture popularity of its main boogeyman. And, yes, that's Johnny Depp. 91 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/30)
Hasbro and Universal Pictures have already made Transformers and Battleship into mind-numbing multimillion-dollar action movies. So why not turn Ouija into a cheap ghost drama? A bunch of teens use an "ancient spirit board" to "awaken the dark powers." You know what happens next. 90 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 10/24)
Gaston Leroux' spooky 1910 novel was the basis for this justifiably famed Hollywood adaptation starring legendary Lon Chaney as the opera house-haunting madman. Part of Guild Cinema's "A Voice in the Dark" double-feature, alongside 1931's Svengali. 78 minutes (Opens Thursday 10/30)
Well, you can't do better than Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 killer classic for Halloween viewing. Anthony Perkins is often imitated, never equalled as the confused young slasher Norman Bates. If all you can remember is the immortal shower scene with Janet Leigh, then you should give this one a second look; it's got plenty more jolts in store. 109 minutes (Sunday 10/24)
Not a lot of explaining is necessary here. This transsexual, sci-fi musical from 1975 is the essential cult film. To accompany the lusty gyrations and tuneful dialogue of Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, et al., there will be a special "shadowcast"--with costumes, props, the whole shebang--performing live on stage in front of the film. As always audience participation is not just encouraged but mandatory. Presented by Pride & Equality magazine. 100 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/24)
Newly divorced Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves with her young son next door to cranky old misanthrope Vincent (Bill Murray). Before long, the drinking, gambling war vet is baby-sitting her bullied, father-figure-seeking son. We've seen this kind of "innocent kid melts the heart of a mean, old codger" plenty of times before. But the cast really gives it their all, helping this prickly tragicomedy rise above the schmaltz. 102 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 10/24)
George DuMaurier's supernatural tale of a mysterious Parisian artist who uses his hypnotic power to ensnare a young model is something of a lost treasure. Legendary actor John Barrymore takes on the commanding title role in this 1931 adaptation. But art director Anton Grot and cinematographer Barney McGill (who were Oscar nominated for their work here) are the real stars, creating a surreal, Tim Burton-esque landscape out of turn-of-the-century Paris. Part of Guild Cinema's "A Voice in the Dark" double-feature, alongside 1925's The Phantom of the Opera. 78 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 10/30)
Lionsgate's new "Code Black" label distributes its first film, an upscale erotic thriller based on the best-selling dirty novel by Zane (who also writes "Zane's Sex Chronicles" on Showtime). Sharon Leal ("Guiding Light," "Hellcats") plays a successful businesswoman with a loving husband, two beautiful kids and a successful career. She's also got an addiction to naughty, naughty sex and finds gratification with a sexy, sexy painter (model Tyson Beckford). This might tide horny female viewers over until 50 Shades of Grey in February. 105 minutes R.
The popular chidren's book gets turned into a madcap comedy in which an unlucky boy transfers his bad juju to his hapless family for a single day. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner are on mom and dad duty. There isn't a lot of depth to be found here--mostly just a string of chaotic set-pieces--but director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl) adds just enough honest-to-goodness social awkwardness to give it a bit of gravity. 81 minutes PG.
Pity the poor, flesh-and-blood stars of The Conjuring. Turns out the inanimate doll got her own spin-off before they did. Seems another nice couple are experiencing deadly supernatural occurrences after they bring a creepy antique doll into their house. Do I sense a team-up with Chucky in the near future? R.
This could be the Nicholas Sparksiest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel to date. In this schmaltz-heavy romance, we've got a blandly photogenic couple (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) who tragically break up and then reunite after many years. Boat docks at sunset? Check. Quaint old country barns? Check. Kissing in the rain? Check. It's Nicholas Sparks all right. 117 minutes PG-13.
Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) produces this candy-coated, fiesta-colored cartoon. In it, two small-town pals (Diego Luna and Channing Tatum) battle for the heart of their childhood sweetheart (Zoe Saldana)--spurned on by a pair of cosmic entities, the angelic La Muerte and the demonic Xibalba. The film's complicated mythology borrows a lot from Mexico's Dia de los Muertos tradition. The result--a sort of reverse Orpheus and Eurydice--is probably too dark for the youngest kids. But this original, unpredictable toon is a vivid seasonal treat for the rest of us. FULL REVIEW:Mexican-themed cartoon offers unexpected seasonal treats by Devin D. O’Leary (10/16/2014). 95 minutes PG.
From the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman comes this stop-motion-animated toon about a young orphan raised underground by cave-dwelling, trash-collecting trolls. The look is imaginative, but the story is so-so. Based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. Ben Kingsley, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan provide voices. 97 minutes PG.
Universal has decided to reboot all of its classic "Universal Monsters" films, starting with their chief bloodsucker. Unfortunately somebody at the studio thought he needed one of those "boring superhero origin story" movies. Here we find out how good-guy Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans from Fast & Furious 6) became a vampire to fight off invading Turks. This one's perfect for people who felt Bram Stoker's classic tale needed to look a lot more like 300. 92 minutes PG-13.
The popular, but mostly forgotten 1980s TV series starring Edward Woodward as an elderly, ass-kicking former intelligence agent gets a reboot courtesy of actor Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen). Washington is a tough guy with a mysterious past who volunteers to protect a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass) from ultra-violent Russian mobsters. 131 minutes R.
Who doesn't love a good tank movie? We haven't had a good tank movie in a long time. Tanks are cool. Brad Pitt stars as a veteran Sherman tank commander leading a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines toward the end of World War II. Outnumbered, outgunned and limping along in a broken war machine, our heroes face overwhelming odds. Gritty, bloody and brutally paced, this down-in-the-trenches look at life during wartime mixes exaggerated movie violence and "ugly truth" history in almost equal measure. 134 minutes R.
David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) directs this gripping adaptation of Gillian Flynn's twisty crime novel about a man who comes under intense media scrutiny after his wife disappears. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris star. 148 minutes R.
After the untimely death of their matriarch, a brokenhearted Indian clan wanders Europe looking for a place to open up a family restaurant. They end up in an impossibly picturesque French town where Papa (Om Puri) decides to hang up his shingle across the street from a Michelin Star restaurant. Gifted young chef Hassan (Manish Dayal) falls in love with the rival sous chef (Charlotte Le Bon), while Papa starts up a love/hate relationship with the fancy French restaurant's uptight owner (Helen Mirren). This is exactly (exactly!) the sort of semi-exotic foodie romance you would expect from the director of Chocolat. 122 minutes PG.
Robert Downey Jr. is a big-city lawyer recalled to his childhood home to defend his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a local judge, on charges of murder. Downey and Duvall chew scenery at an impressive rate, but the low-grade John Grisham-wannabe script is short on logic, heavy on melodrama. 114 minutes R.
It's come to this, has it, Nicolas Cage? Starring in a reboot of the 2000 Kirk Cameron born-again Christian shocker of the same name? Yeesh. Cage plays an airline pilot who gets left on Earth after The Rapture. Even renowned Jesus-lover Kirk Cameron only managed to make three of these things before flaming out. With Cage's star power, will we finally get cinematic versions of all 16 of Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' Left Behind books? Probably not. A criminally restrained Cage spends the entire film trying to land a plane, while everybody else takes 90 minutes to figure out The Rapture has happened. 110 minutes PG-13.
This week's overly earnest, preaching-to-the-converted, faith-based melodrama is A Matter of Faith. Jordan Trovillion (who appeared as "Goodwill Cashier" in Jack Reacher) stars as a good Christian girl who goes off to college (mistake number one) and suddenly finds herself "influenced" by an evil/secular biology professor (Harry Anderson from "Night Court," of all people). When her loving Christian father discovers that his precious daughter is considering believing in evolution, he pledges to do something about it! 89 minutes PG.
More post-apocalyptic YA teen lit hits the big screen. In this adaptation of James Dashner's hit book trilogy, a mind-erased teen (Dylan O'Brien, "Teen Wolf") is dropped into a community of "runners" trapped inside a deadly, monster-filled, impossible-to-escape maze. Why? Just wait two more movies and you'll find out. 120 minutes PG-13.
A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communications, their self-image and their love lives. Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Emma Thompson, Dean Norris and Rosemarie DeWitt star. Jason Reitman (Juno) directs.
A middle-aged American loser (Kevin Kline) inherits an apartment in Paris, but it comes with a hitch--an elderly tenant, played by Maggie Smith. Our penniless protagonist camps out in a spare room while figuring out what to do with the property and finds himself regularly abused by his tenant's mean daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas). An tartly enjoyable if stagebound directing debut (at age 75) from veteran playwright Israel Horovitz (dad to Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz). 107 minutes PG-13.
This locally shot horror-comedy finds a troupe of actors rehearsing for their latest play at an isolated cabin out in the woods. Trouble soon shows up in the form of a vengeful, knife-wielding pizza delivery girl (Amy Bourque). Don't worry, she'll give you a slice. Cast and crew will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A. 79 minutes
Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West are among the very British cast of this feel-good historical comedy-drama. In the summer of 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike. In solidarity UK gay activists offered to help out. Needless to say the rough mineworkers of South Wales didn't know what to think of the rainbow-colored contingent. A happy-go-lucky group of gay and lesbian sympathizers were, at first, greeted with something close to hostility. In time, of course, the two oppressed parties learned to appreciate one another. This one borrows a lot of tone from films like Billy Elliot and Kinky Boots, but that's not a bad thing. 117 minutes R.
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In this archaeologically minded supernatural thriller, a group of explorers descends into the skeleton-filled catacombs below Paris, only to come face-to-face with their own fears made real. If you're a "found footage" completist, you might be the audience for this low-budget mixture of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Descent from the Brothers Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine, Devil). 93 minutes R.
Lois Lowry's much-loved teen lit sci-fi novel finally makes it to the big screen. In a futuristic dystopia--seemingly without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice--a young man(Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to learn from an elderly man (Jeff Bridges) the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. Note to all future dystopian leaders: Get rid of the teenagers. If YA literature is any indication (Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Delirium, Unwind, The Maze Runner), two photogenic teenagers in love will invariably bring down your society. 94 minutes PG-13.
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Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Jon Lovitz provide the voices for a plethora of old-time movie monsters in this CGI toon. Seems that Dracula has retired from the bloodsucking biz and is operating a hotel for monsters. But when an ordinary human tourist stumbles across the titular lodging, Drac must navigate some cross-cultural romantic troubles involving his young (118-year-old) daughter. Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory," "Samurai Jack") directs. 91 minutes PG.
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We've had found-footage horror films (The Blair Witch Project et al), found-footage monster movies (Cloverfield), found-footage cop movies (End of Watch), found-footage superhero films (Chronicle) and found-footage kids' films (Earth to Echo). So why not some found-footage disaster porn? Into the Storm takes the basic plot of Twister, throws in some handheld camera and adds a whole bunch more CGI destruction. It comes to us from the director of Final Destination 5 and the writer of Step Up All In. 89 minutes PG-13.
French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) gets back into the swing of action filmmaking with this monumentally strange, and epically silly sci-fi flick. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman tricked into becoming a mule for an experimental drug. When the bags of illegal chemicals in her stomach break open, she instantly and mysteriously gains all the superpowers in the universe by using 100 percent of her brain. We're talking Jackie Chan, all of the X-Men and Neo at the end of The Matrix combined. Naturally she employs these powers to get revenge on the bad people. Given that she can control all of time and space, there's not a lot of tension. 90 minutes R.
Disney reboots Sleeping Beauty with this live-action fairy tale concentrating more on the (apparently not-so-)evil sorceress (played by Angelina Jolie) and her tragic backstory. Elle Fanning (Super 8) is our soon-to-be-somnolent princess. Jolie is mesmerizing, and the film does a credible and ultimately quite likeable job melding Disney sentiment with certain aspects of the original fairy tale. But it's an odd fantasy that takes a long time to find its tone. 97 minutes PG.
Universal scored a surprise hit with last year's horror thriller/political satire The Purge. The near-future, right-wing libertarian fantasy continues as Uncle Sam gets out of our hair and suspends all laws for another 24 hours. Wouldn't you know it, some nice family runs out of gas on the streets of Los Angeles, just as the murder-filled lawlessness begins? 103 minutes R.
Überproducer Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Armageddon, Transformers) has his grubby fingerprints all over this unnecessary reboot of the classic comic book/cartoon series. The special effects are a major upgrade, but the story--scarred by all the usual overworked, underwritten tropes of modern screenwriting--takes a lot of liberties with the original. It's not a travesty, but it's probably not what fans want either. 101 minutes PG-13.
Thanks to legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle High School's football team went undefeated for 12 years--an unprecedented 151-game winning streak. Eventually, of course, the streak had to come to an end. This inspirational, based-on-a-true-story drama looks at what happened next. The script is incredibly sincere, and star Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) does stoic and soft-spoken quite well. But the film is produced by Sony offshoot Affirm Films and is aimed squarely at evangelical Christians. If you like your formulaic sports movies laced with a minimum of Bible quotes, this is not the film for you. 115 minutes PG.