In this slavishly Hitchcockian mystery-thriller, a woman wakes up every day remembering nothing about her past as the result of a tragic accident. By investigating the truth every day (and recording it for posterity), she's eventually forced to question the motives of everyone around her. Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong star. The far-fetched, Memento-esque story is based on S.J. Watson's 2011 bestseller. 92 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/31)
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Quantum of Solace) writes, directs and stars in this tightlipped erotic thriller based on the book by Belgian crime king Georges Simenon. Julien (Amalric) is a discontented husband and father engaging in monthly hookups with his sexy (also married) mistress. Sounds like a very French thing to do. So why are the police questioning him? This slow-burn thriller features plenty of flashbacks and expends about half its run-time before we're even privy to what crime has been committed. Unfortunately, by that point, a lot of the tension has been used up. Fortunately, the film is only 76 minutes long, so things get wrapped up pretty quickly after that. Audience members will either appreciate the film's mysterious atmosphere or lament the lack of concrete answers. 76 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/31)
Writer-director Tommy Wirkola's Evil Dead-inspired splatstick comedy hit from 2009 gets an amped-up sequel. The Nazi zombies from the original are still running around Norway. This time, though, somebody's called in a team of amateur zombie hunters from America (led by "Freaks and Geeks" graduate Martin Starr). But how to fight off an entire army of invading German zombies? ... Perhaps by reviving your own army of undead Russian soldiers. Oh, that's gonna get messy as hell. In English, Norwegian and German with English subtitles. 100 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/31)
The stories of nine girls from different parts of the world are featured in this documentary anthology. Arranged marriages, child slavery and other tragic injustices are the obstacles they face, but education is touted as the obvious solution. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek lend their A-list voice talent to narrate. 101 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 11/6)
Alexandra Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) directs this offbeat dark fantasy based on the novel of the same name by Joe Hill (aka Stephen King's kid). Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself) stars as a small-town guy, stinging from the mysterious death of his girlfriend, who wakes up one morning to find horns growing from his forehead. The locals think he's the Devil--particularly when he starts manifesting diabolical powers. But our protagonist uses his newfound abilities to hunt down his girlfriend's killer and exact some nasty revenge. 120 minutes R. (Opens Saturday 11/1)
Trumpet-playing jazz legend Clark Terry spent years mentoring a 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy named Justin Kauflin. This documentary, shot over the course of four years, follows Kauflin through his tough-but-rewarding mentorship and on to an elite, international music competition. It's not just a feel-good film about overcoming adversity; it's also an inspirational celebration about the joys of mentorship. Plus, the music is awesome. 86 minutes R. (Opens Friday 10/31)
Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) headlines this acerbic, literary-minded comedy as an angry, narcissistic author awaiting publication of his second, make-or-break novel. Pushed out of Brooklyn by constant crowds and a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"), our protagonist is offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a stay at the isolated summer home of his literary idol (played by Jonathan Pryce of Brazil). Ultra-indie director Alex Ross Perry (Impolex, The Color Wheel) is more or less offering up a high-toned critique of notoriously antisocial author Philip Roth with this one. 109 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 11/1)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain) stars in this grim crime thriller-cum-satire as a sleazy hustler who worms his way into the underground world of freelance crime reporting. Armed with a video camera and a total lack of ethics, he prowls LA's dark streets looking for any stories that bleed so he can sell them to content-hungry local networks. The film has a lot of scathing things to say about today's voyeuristic culture, but it's also a tense, Taxi Driver-ish thriller. 117 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/30)
This 1993 cult hit (written and produced, but not directed by Tim Burton) is back for the holidays. This dark, delightful animated musical about the king of Halloween, Jack Skellington, kidnapping Santa and bringing his own ghoulish twist to Christmas is a goth classic. The details are simply too rich for the small screen. See it in a theater. 74 minutes (Friday 10/31)
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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. It's original, visually arresting and quite scary. And, yes, that's Johnny Depp dying in a fountain of blood there. 91 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/30)
Documentarian John Ennis goes on a quest to find a way out of the "pay to play" system, in which politicians reward their donors with even larger sums of money, pulled from the public treasuries through contracts, tax cuts and deregulation. From the high drama of the Ohio campaign trail to the underworld of LA street art to the secret history of the game Monopoly, Ennis' humorous odyssey reveals the high cost of doing democracy. Peace activist and "walking granny" Sally-Alice Thompson will be on hand to introduce the movie and lead a post-screening discussion. 86 minutes (Opens Sunday 11/2)
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)
Lionsgate is rereleasing (for one week only) their franchise-launching horror flick from 2004. Say what you will about the avalanche of sequels, the original--about a masked psycho who kidnaps and tortures people with crazy, Rube Goldberg contraptions--is still pretty clever. Plus, it remains the most oddly life-affirming torture porn ever made. 103 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/30)
George du Maurier'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)
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Marvel Comics' superhero movies take off in a different direction, heading into outer space for this buoyantly comic, endlessly entertaining sci-fi romp. A band of misfits, criminals and brash adventurers is conscripted into saving the galaxy when a powerful alien warlord comes looking for a weapon of cosmos-threatening proportions. Cult filmmaker James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet, Dawn of the Dead, Slither, Super) writes and directs. Chris Pratt ("Parks and Recreation"), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) and Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) star. 121 minutes PG-13.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise) spent 12 years--off and on--shooting this coming-of-age tale. Instead of being gimmicky, the film is comfortingly real and quietly observational. We simply watch as Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows from age 5 to age 18 and experiences all that life throws at him. His parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) are divorced, and he drifts from video games to ogling lingerie catalogues to dealing with awful stepparents to navigating high school. The free-flowing narrative never tries to impose a "story" on the proceedings--and yet it's never dull. Instead, it's a lesson in regression for audiences as they recall all the funny, sad, rough, joyous, confusing moments that make up pre-adulthood. 165 minutes R.
William Ragsdale ("Justified") is the suburban teen with a new, very likely vampiric next-door neighbor. Roddy McDowell is the old-school horror movie host who gets roped into helping defeat the evil bloodsucker. This popular horror flick (with comedy touches) was remade (not badly) in 2011. But the original is still more fun. 106 minutes R.
Chadwick Boseman (42) stars in this musical biopic chronicling musician James Brown's rise from poverty to stardom. The plot is your basic "Behind the Music" episode, but Boseman is terrific. Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer and Craig Robinson fill out the cast list. 138 minutes PG-13.
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.
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.
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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.
Middle-of-the-road talent Shawn Levy (Cheaper By the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night, Real Steel) directs this dramedy about a dysfunctional family (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll) brought together by their secret-stealing author of a mother (Jane Fonda) to sit shiva in their childhood home after their father passes away. The story (based on a novel by Jonathan Tropper) doesn't plow any new ground. It's your standard "crazy clan gets the skeletons out of the closet, cries, hugs and makes up" tale--right down to the requisite pot-fueled confessional scene. But the cast is filled with comic ringers, and script generates its emotions in a mostly organic manner. 103 minutes R.
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.