Movies Coming August 2014

4 Minute Mile

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Screenwriter: Josh Campbell, Jeff Van Wie
Starring: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Cam Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, Rhys Coiro, Kim Basinger
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “4 Minute Mile” is the inspirational story of Drew (Kelly Blatz), a high school student struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison him. After getting manipulated into running drug payments to a local dealer (Rhys Coiro), Drew has nowhere to turn in a family with a deadbeat older brother (Cam Gigandet) and an overwhelmed single mom (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger). His only outlet is track practice but that is taken from him as he continues down the path of his sibling; even the affections of a girl at school (Analeigh Tipton) can’t set him straight. Just as it seems hopeless, an ex-track coach with his own demons (Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins) witnesses Drew’s speed and athleticism and decides to train him to reach for more than he ever imagined possible. Together they work towards finding solace in each other but Drew’s resolve is threatened as tragedy strikes right before the biggest race of his life and forces him to confront everything that has been holding him back.

Behaving Badly

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Director: Tim Garrick
Screenwriter: Tim Garrick
Starring: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Heather Graham, Ashley Rickards, Cary Elwes, Patrick Warburton, Jason Lee
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: In this fast-paced, outrageously funny, all-star romp, socially awkward high schooler Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of the girl of his dreams… and he does mean anything. But love’s a bitch! Particularly when your sights are set on the most beautiful and popular girl at school (teen queen and pop superstar Selena Gomez).

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Director: Kaare Andrews
Screenwriter: Jake Wade Wall
Starring: Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst, Sean Astin
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.

Calvary

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O’Rourke, Owen Sharpe, David McSavage
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: “Calvary’s” Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Child of God

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment
Director: James Franco
Screenwriter: James Franco, Vince Jolivette
Starring: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Fallon Goodson, Scott Haze, Jeremy Ambler, Vince Jolivette
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Child of God” is about a dispossessed, violent man whose life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Finding Fela

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Alex Gibney
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Femi Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Seun Kuti, Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis, Rikki Stein, Lemi Ghariokwu, Queen Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti, Michael Veal, Sandra Izsadore, John Darnton, Dele Sosimi, J.K. Braimah, Francis Kertekian, Tony Allen, Carlos Moore, Okwechime Abdul, Ogugua Iwelu, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Sir Paul McCartney
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: An insightful and provocative look into the life of Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people. “Finding Fela” features never-before-seen footage of his major concerts and exclusive interviews with Femi Kuti (Fela’s eldest son), Yeni Kuti (Fela’s first child), Seun Kuti (Fela’s youngest son), Sandra Izsadore (former Black Panther party member), Questlove and Sir Paul McCartney.

Get on Up

Release Date: August 1, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Tate Taylor
Screenwriter: Steve Baigelman, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster “The Help,” Tate Taylor directs “42’s” Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in “Get on Up.” Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: James Gunn
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers,” comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Rich Hill

Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Orchard
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances – isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, “Rich Hill” is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.

About Alex

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Screen Media Films
Director: Jesse Zwick
Screenwriter: Jesse Zwick
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “About Alex,” a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, “About Alex” is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all – and wants more.

After

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Paladin, Accretion Films
Director: Pieter Gaspersz
Screenwriter: Pieter Gaspersz
Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman, Pablo Schreiber, Sabrina Gennarino, Adam Scarimbolo, Diane Neal, Darrin Hewitt Henson, Bruno Gunn, Mandy Gonzalez
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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Plot Summary: Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, “After” tells the story of a middle class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance– and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch, (played by Academy Award-nominee, Kathleen Quinlan)– is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. A searing study of denial, deception, and self-delusion, “After” is also a powerful portrait of the lengths we go to protect those we love.

Deepsea Challenge 3D

Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: DisruptiveLA
Director: John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Ray Quint
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Described as being a film about determination, danger and the ocean’s greatest depths, James Cameron’s “Deepsea Challenge 3D” tells the story of Cameron’s journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an explorer. The movie offers a unique insight into Cameron’s world as he makes that dream reality – and makes history – by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point on the planet. The film chronicles the highs, and literal lows, of “Deepsea Challenge,” the first extensive scientific expedition in a manned submersible to the Challenger Deep, Earth’s deepest place. It was inspired, in part, by the fact that we know less about the deep oceans than we do about the surface of Mars. Cameron deployed his unconventional Deepsea Challenger submersible on 13 dives, collecting numerous samples and identifying 68 new species. On March 26, 2012, the Expedition culminated in Cameron’s historic, solo dive to the Challenger Deep, a staggering 35,787 feet (almost seven miles) beneath the ocean’s surface.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter: Steve Knight
Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

Into the Storm

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Steven Quale
Screenwriter: John Swetnam
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, Scott Lawrence
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Keep On Keepin’ On

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Alan Hicks
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Clark Terry, Quicny Jones, Justin Kauflin
Genre: Documentary, Music
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Plot Summary: In his melodic debut, Australian director Hicks spent four years following the charming and sometimes poignant mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy, Justin Kaulflin, during a pivotal moment in each of their lives. At eighty-nine years old, ‘CT’ has played alongside Duke Ellington and Count Basie; his pupils include Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin, a 23-year-old with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for a competition that could jumpstart his budding career, CT’s failing health threatens his own. Beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound, “Keep On Keepin’ On” celebrates an iconic musician while introducing one of equal vibrancy. It is a mentoring tale as inspirational as its subjects.

Step Up All In

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Trish Sie
Screenwriter: John Swetnam
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: In the next exciting chapter of the international phenomenon “Step Up,” all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Screenwriter: Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, John Fusco
Starring: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

What If

Release Date: August 8, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: CBS Films
Director: Michael Dowse
Screenwriter: Elan Mastai
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Oona Chaplin
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: “What If” is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

Let’s Be Cops

Release Date: August 13, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Luke Greenfield
Screenwriter: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Andy Garcia
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot Summary: It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Dinosaur 13

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Peter Larson
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime: the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. Based on the book “Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, The Dinosaur That Changed Science, The Law and My Life” by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan.

The Expendables 3

Release Date: August 15, 2014
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Patrick Hughes
Screenwriter: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kelsey Grammer
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In “The Expendables 3,” Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

Found

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLrator Media
Director: Scott Schirmer
Screenwriter: Scott Schirmer, Todd Rigney
Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A profoundly shocking and moving horror vision based on the novel by Todd Rigney. Marty (Gavin Brown) is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.

Frank

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Screenwriter: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Carla Aza, Francois Civil
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “Frank” is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). “Frank” is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

The Giver

Release Date: August 15, 2014
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Phillip Noyce
Screenwriter: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. “The Giver” is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Life After Beth

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Jeff Baena
Screenwriter: Jeff Baena
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.

Ragnarok

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Mikkel Sandemose
Screenwriter: John Kåre Raake
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic ‘man knows little’ written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Septic Man

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Starz Digital Media
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
Screenwriter: Tony Burgess
Starring: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Robert Maillet
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: From the creators of “Monster Brawl,” “Exit Humanity,” and “Pontypool” comes this award-winning origin story of Jack, a sewage worker who’s determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. But when he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank without food or water he undergoes a hideous and repulsive transformation. In order to escape the tank, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman. Hailed as a “stunning,” “funny,” and “visceral story that will leave you shaken – and desperate for a shower,” “Septic Man” is a cinematic odyssey into the darkest depths of horror and beyond.

The Trip to Italy

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Screenwriter: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, “The Trip,” took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

The Word

Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Gregory W. Friedle
Screenwriter: Steve Grimaldi
Starring: Kevin O’Donnell, James Naughton
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “The Word” follows the gripping story of single father Tom Hawkins (O’Donnell) in the wake of his son’s abduction and murder. When informed by the FBI, led by agent Mike Sheehy (Naughton), that the homicide appears to be part of a string of crimes carried out by an enigmatic sect, Hawkins inappropriately inserts himself into the investigation and embarks on a cunning path of revenge. Tom reaches deep into his religious beliefs for guidance but once the improbable killer is revealed, the aftermath can only be sorted out by God.

Expedition to the End of the World

Release Date: August 20, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Argot Pictures
Director: Daniel Dencik
Screenwriter: Daniel Dencik
Starring: Minik Rosing, Daniel Richter, Bo Eberling, Morten Rasch, Katrine Worsaae, Tal R, Jens Fog Jensen, Per Bak Jensen, Jonas Bergsøe, Jeppe Mohl
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: A three-masted schooner carries a variety of intrepid Danes: a geologist, geographer, geochemist, marine biologist (the only woman), and a couple of artists. Their ship skims through the shimmering waters of the fjords of northeastern Greenland – one of the most remote regions on earth – now accessible for a few short weeks each year, due to the effects of climate change. Huge icebergs break apart before them, a vast double rainbow stretches across the horizon, and a polar bear seems to appear from nowhere. Their stunning surroundings inspire talk of Stendhal syndrome, a physical reaction to extreme beauty. And their fascinating musings range from the philosophical to the scientific, from the idealistic to the fatalistic. As the geologist notes: “Life on earth will survive us. We’re but a parenthesis in the development of the earth. And most likely a very short parenthesis.”

Abuse of Weakness

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Catherine Breillat
Screenwriter: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Inspired by director Catherine Breillat’s (FAT GIRL, ROMANCE) true life experiences, her latest film, ABUSE OF WEAKNESS, is an exploration of power and sex. Isabelle Huppert (THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN) stars as Maud, a strong willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden, but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, the two meet and Maud soon finds herself falling for Vilko’s manipulative charm as their symbiotic relationship hurdles out of control.

Are You Here

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Matthew Weiner
Screenwriter: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler), in the hilarious big-screen directorial debut from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.

Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Screenwriter: Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jude Ciccolella
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in “Sin City: A Day to Kill For.” Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.

If I Stay

Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM
Director: R.J. Cutler
Screenwriter: Shauna Cross
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, Stacy Keach
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

The Liberator

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Alberto Arvelo
Screenwriter: Timothy Sexton
Starring: Edgar Ramírez, María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias, Gary Lewis
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: A modern epic about the life of Simón Bolívar (1783 – 1830). Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians and emancipators in American history. “Libertador” is told from the viewpoint of Bolívar, portrayed by Ramírez, about his quests and epic military campaigns, which covered twice the territory Alexander the Great conquered, and his vision to unify South America.

Love is Strange

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Ira Sachs
Screenwriter: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

The One I Love

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Charlie McDowell
Screenwriter: Justin Lader
Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

The Possession of Michael King

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Anchor Bay
Director: David Jung
Screenwriter: David Jung, Tedi Sarafian
Starring: Shane Johnson, Dale Dickey, Julie McNiven, Tomas Arana
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
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Plot Summary: The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

The Prince

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Brian A. Miller
Screenwriter: Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore
Starring: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jung Ji-Hoon a.k.a Rain, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis and John Cusack face off in this action-packed thriller. A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival.

To Be Takei

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Starz Digital Media
Director: Jennifer Kroot
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: George Takei, Brad Takei, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Dan Savage, Walter Koenig
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “To Be Takei” is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George’s fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,” through his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. The film shows what it truly means TO BE TAKEI.

When the Game Stands Tall

Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Thomas Carter
Screenwriter: Scott Marshall Smith
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig
Genre: Drama, Sports
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Plot Summary: Inspired by a true story, “When the Game Stands Tall” tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

The November Man

Release Date: August 27, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenwriter: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Code named ‘The November Man,’ Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

Starred Up

Release Date: August 27, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Jonathan Asser
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: 19-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.

Through a Lens Darkly

Release Date: August 27, 2014 (limited)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Inspired by the book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis. This provocative new documentary considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks and Carrie Mae Weems. The film reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.

As Above, So Below

Release Date: August 29, 2014
Studio: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Screenwriter: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Plot Summary: Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, “As Above, So Below” reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

Canopy

Release Date: August 29, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Aaron Wilson
Screenwriter: Aaron Wilson
Starring: Khan Chittenden, Tzu-yi Mo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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Plot Summary: Singapore, February 9, 1942. The Japanese invasion is underway. Jim (Khan Chittenden) , an Australian fighter pilot, wakes up dangling from a tree by his parachute strings somewhere in the middle of a vast jungle overrun by hostile forces. As night devours day, he forges into the danger he must navigate in search of sanctuary when he encounters a Singapore-Chinese resistance fighter, Seng (Mo Tzu-Yi), who, injured and frightened, also seeks to survive their tenuous surroundings and common enemy. The men realize that their only hope of persevering lies with each other as their journey begins the exploration of the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity.

The Congress

Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Director: Ari Folman
Screenwriter: Ari Folman
Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm
Genre: Animation, Drama
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Plot Summary: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with “The Princess Bride,” an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.

The Last of Robin Hood

Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Screenwriter: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother – which only fed Florence’s need to stay in the spotlight. “The Last of Robin Hood” is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.

Life of Crime

Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
Director: Daniel Schechter
Screenwriter: Daniel Schechter
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, Tim Robbins
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot Summary: Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” “Life of Crime” is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he’d actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Release Date: August, 2014 (limited)
Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Screenwriter: Akira Toriyama, Yûsuke Watanabe
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
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Plot Summary: Prepare for the “Dragon Ball Z” experience of a lifetime as Earth’s greatest heroes hit the big screen in “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years! Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series , after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.

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4 Minute Mile
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Screenwriter: Josh Campbell, Jeff Van Wie
Starring: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Cam Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, Rhys Coiro, Kim Basinger
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “4 Minute Mile” is the inspirational story of Drew (Kelly Blatz), a high school studenthttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison him. After getting manipulated into running drug payments to a local dealer (Rhys Coiro), Drew has nowhere to turn in a family with a deadbeat older brother (Cam Gigandet) and an overwhelmed single mom (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger). His only outlet is track practice but that is taken from him as he continues down the path of his sibling; even the affections of a girl at school (Analeigh Tipton) can’t set him straight. Just as it seems hopeless, an ex-track coach with his own demons (Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins) witnesses Drew’s speed and athleticism and decides to train him to reach for more than he ever imagined possible. Together they work towards finding solace in each other but Drew’s resolve is threatened as tragedy strikes right before the biggest race of his life and forces him to confront everything that has been holding him back.
Behaving Badly
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Vertical Entertainment
Director: Tim Garrick
Screenwriter: Tim Garrick
Starring: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Heather Graham, Ashley Rickards, Cary Elwes, Patrick Warburton, Jason Lee
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: In this fast-paced, outrageously funny, all-star romp, socially awkward high schooler Rick Stevens (Nat Wolff) is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of the girl of his dreams… and he does mean anything. But love’s a bitch! Particularly when your sights are set on the most beautiful and popular girl at school (teen queen and pop superstar Selena Gomez).
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Director: Kaare Andrews
Screenwriter: Jake Wade Wall
Starring: Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Lydia Hearst, Sean Astin
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.
Calvary
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O’Rourke, Owen Sharpe, David McSavage
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: “Calvary’s” Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Child of God
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment
Director: James Franco
Screenwriter: James Franco, Vince Jolivette
Starring: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Fallon Goodson, Scott Haze, Jeremy Ambler, Vince Jolivette
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Child of God” is about a dispossessed, violent man whose life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.
Finding Fela
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Alex Gibney
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Femi Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Seun Kuti, Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis, Rikki Stein, Lemi Ghariokwu, Queen Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti, Michael Veal, Sandra Izsadore, John Darnton, Dele Sosimi, J.K. Braimah, Francis Kertekian, Tony Allen, Carlos Moore, Okwechime Abdul, Ogugua Iwelu, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Sir Paul McCartney
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: An insightful and provocative look into the life of Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti (1938 – 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people. “Finding Fela” features never-before-seen footage of his major concerts and exclusive interviews with Femi Kuti (Fela’s eldest son), Yeni Kuti (Fela’s first child), Seun Kuti (Fela’s youngest son), Sandra Izsadore (former Black Panther party member), Questlove and Sir Paul McCartney.
Get on Up
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Tate Taylor
Screenwriter: Steve Baigelman, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster “The Help,” Tate Taylor directs “42’s” Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in “Get on Up.” Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: James Gunn
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “The Avengers,” comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Rich Hill
Release Date: August 1, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Orchard
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances – isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, “Rich Hill” is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.
About Alex
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Screen Media Films
Director: Jesse Zwick
Screenwriter: Jesse Zwick
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “About Alex,” a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, “About Alex” is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all – and wants more.
After
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Paladin, Accretion Films
Director: Pieter Gaspersz
Screenwriter: Pieter Gaspersz
Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman, Pablo Schreiber, Sabrina Gennarino, Adam Scarimbolo, Diane Neal, Darrin Hewitt Henson, Bruno Gunn, Mandy Gonzalez
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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Plot Summary: Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, “After” tells the story of a middle class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance– and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch, (played by Academy Award-nominee, Kathleen Quinlan)– is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. A searing study of denial, deception, and self-delusion, “After” is also a powerful portrait of the lengths we go to protect those we love.
Deepsea Challenge 3D
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: DisruptiveLA
Director: John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Ray Quint
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Described as being a film about determination, danger and the ocean’s greatest depths, James Cameron’s “Deepsea Challenge 3D” tells the story of Cameron’s journey to fulfill his boyhood dream of becoming an explorer. The movie offers a unique insight into Cameron’s world as he makes that dream reality – and makes history – by becoming the first person to travel solo to the deepest point on the planet.
The film chronicles the highs, and literal lows, of “Deepsea Challenge,” the first extensive scientific expedition in a manned submersible to the Challenger Deep, Earth’s deepest place. It was inspired, in part, by the fact that we know less about the deep oceans than we do about the surface of Mars.
Cameron deployed his unconventional Deepsea Challenger submersible on 13 dives, collecting numerous samples and identifying 68 new species. On March 26, 2012, the Expedition culminated in Cameron’s historic, solo dive to the Challenger Deep, a staggering 35,787 feet (almost seven miles) beneath the ocean’s surface.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter: Steve Knight
Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
Into the Storm
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Steven Quale
Screenwriter: John Swetnam
Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, Scott Lawrence
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.
Keep On Keepin’ On
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Alan Hicks
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Clark Terry, Quicny Jones, Justin Kauflin
Genre: Documentary, Music
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Plot Summary: In his melodic debut, Australian director Hicks spent four years following the charming and sometimes poignant mentorship between jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy, Justin Kaulflin, during a pivotal moment in each of their lives. At eighty-nine years old, ‘CT’ has played alongside Duke Ellington and Count Basie; his pupils include Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin, a 23-year-old with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for a competition that could jumpstart his budding career, CT’s failing health threatens his own. Beautifully nostalgic with a reverence for the importance of finding your own sound, “Keep On Keepin’ On” celebrates an iconic musician while introducing one of equal vibrancy. It is a mentoring tale as inspirational as its subjects.
Step Up All In
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Trish Sie
Screenwriter: John Swetnam
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: In the next exciting chapter of the international phenomenon “Step Up,” all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Screenwriter: Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, John Fusco
Starring: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
What If
Release Date: August 8, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: CBS Films
Director: Michael Dowse
Screenwriter: Elan Mastai
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis, Oona Chaplin
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: “What If” is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
Let’s Be Cops
Release Date: August 13, 2014
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Luke Greenfield
Screenwriter: Luke Greenfield, Nicholas Thomas
Starring: Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Andy Garcia
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot Summary: It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.
Dinosaur 13
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Todd Douglas Miller
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Peter Larson
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime: the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. Based on the book “Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, The Dinosaur That Changed Science, The Law and My Life” by Peter Larson and Kristin Donnan.
The Expendables 3
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Patrick Hughes
Screenwriter: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kelsey Grammer
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In “The Expendables 3,” Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Found
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLrator Media
Director: Scott Schirmer
Screenwriter: Scott Schirmer, Todd Rigney
Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A profoundly shocking and moving horror vision based on the novel by Todd Rigney. Marty (Gavin Brown) is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.
Frank
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Screenwriter: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Carla Aza, Francois Civil
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “Frank” is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). “Frank” is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
The Giver
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Phillip Noyce
Screenwriter: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. “The Giver” is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Life After Beth
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Jeff Baena
Screenwriter: Jeff Baena
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Matthew Gray Gubler, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Anna Kendrick
Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before.
However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
Ragnarok
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Mikkel Sandemose
Screenwriter: John Kåre Raake
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin
Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic ‘man knows little’ written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.
Septic Man
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Starz Digital Media
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
Screenwriter: Tony Burgess
Starring: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Robert Maillet
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: From the creators of “Monster Brawl,” “Exit Humanity,” and “Pontypool” comes this award-winning origin story of Jack, a sewage worker who’s determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. But when he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank without food or water he undergoes a hideous and repulsive transformation. In order to escape the tank, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman. Hailed as a “stunning,” “funny,” and “visceral story that will leave you shaken – and desperate for a shower,” “Septic Man” is a cinematic odyssey into the darkest depths of horror and beyond.
The Trip to Italy
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Screenwriter: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, “The Trip,” took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
The Word
Release Date: August 15, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Gregory W. Friedle
Screenwriter: Steve Grimaldi
Starring: Kevin O’Donnell, James Naughton
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “The Word” follows the gripping story of single father Tom Hawkins (O’Donnell) in the wake of his son’s abduction and murder. When informed by the FBI, led by agent Mike Sheehy (Naughton), that the homicide appears to be part of a string of crimes carried out by an enigmatic sect, Hawkins inappropriately inserts himself into the investigation and embarks on a cunning path of revenge. Tom reaches deep into his religious beliefs for guidance but once the improbable killer is revealed, the aftermath can only be sorted out by God.
Expedition to the End of the World
Release Date: August 20, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Argot Pictures
Director: Daniel Dencik
Screenwriter: Daniel Dencik
Starring: Minik Rosing, Daniel Richter, Bo Eberling, Morten Rasch, Katrine Worsaae, Tal R, Jens Fog Jensen, Per Bak Jensen, Jonas Bergsøe, Jeppe Mohl
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: A three-masted schooner carries a variety of intrepid Danes: a geologist, geographer, geochemist, marine biologist (the only woman), and a couple of artists. Their ship skims through the shimmering waters of the fjords of northeastern Greenland – one of the most remote regions on earth – now accessible for a few short weeks each year, due to the effects of climate change. Huge icebergs break apart before them, a vast double rainbow stretches across the horizon, and a polar bear seems to appear from nowhere. Their stunning surroundings inspire talk of Stendhal syndrome, a physical reaction to extreme beauty. And their fascinating musings range from the philosophical to the scientific, from the idealistic to the fatalistic. As the geologist notes: “Life on earth will survive us. We’re but a parenthesis in the development of the earth. And most likely a very short parenthesis.”
Abuse of Weakness
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Catherine Breillat
Screenwriter: Catherine Breillat
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Inspired by director Catherine Breillat’s (FAT GIRL, ROMANCE) true life experiences, her latest film, ABUSE OF WEAKNESS, is an exploration of power and sex. Isabelle Huppert (THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN) stars as Maud, a strong willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden, but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, the two meet and Maud soon finds herself falling for Vilko’s manipulative charm as their symbiotic relationship hurdles out of control.
Are You Here
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Matthew Weiner
Screenwriter: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father’s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler), in the hilarious big-screen directorial debut from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: Dimension Films (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Screenwriter: Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jude Ciccolella
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in “Sin City: A Day to Kill For.” Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.
If I Stay
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, MGM
Director: R.J. Cutler
Screenwriter: Shauna Cross
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds, Stacy Keach
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. “If I Stay” is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.
The Liberator
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Alberto Arvelo
Screenwriter: Timothy Sexton
Starring: Edgar Ramírez, María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias, Gary Lewis
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: A modern epic about the life of Simón Bolívar (1783 – 1830). Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians and emancipators in American history.
“Libertador” is told from the viewpoint of Bolívar, portrayed by Ramírez, about his quests and epic military campaigns, which covered twice the territory Alexander the Great conquered, and his vision to unify South America.
Love is Strange
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (NY, LA)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Ira Sachs
Screenwriter: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bedroom. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.
The One I Love
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Charlie McDowell
Screenwriter: Justin Lader
Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.
The Possession of Michael King
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Anchor Bay
Director: David Jung
Screenwriter: David Jung, Tedi Sarafian
Starring: Shane Johnson, Dale Dickey, Julie McNiven, Tomas Arana
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
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Plot Summary: The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.
The Prince
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Brian A. Miller
Screenwriter: Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore
Starring: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jung Ji-Hoon a.k.a Rain, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Jason Patric, Bruce Willis and John Cusack face off in this action-packed thriller. A retired assassin is drawn back into the life he gave up when his daughter is kidnapped. To rescue her, he must confront his former rival.
To Be Takei
Release Date: August 22, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Starz Digital Media
Director: Jennifer Kroot
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: George Takei, Brad Takei, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Dan Savage, Walter Koenig
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “To Be Takei” is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George’s fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,” through his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. The film shows what it truly means TO BE TAKEI.
When the Game Stands Tall
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Thomas Carter
Screenwriter: Scott Marshall Smith
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig
Genre: Drama, Sports
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Plot Summary: Inspired by a true story, “When the Game Stands Tall” tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
The November Man
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Roger Donaldson
Screenwriter: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Code named ‘The November Man,’ Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
Starred Up
Release Date: August 27, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Tribeca Film
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Jonathan Asser
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: 19-year-old Eric (Jack O’Connell), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend), who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his own life, unsure if his own father is there to protect him or join in punishing him.
Through a Lens Darkly
Release Date: August 27, 2014 (limited)
Studio: First Run Features
Director: Thomas Allen Harris
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Inspired by the book Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present by Deborah Willis. This provocative new documentary considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African-Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African-Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks and Carrie Mae Weems. The film reveals deeply disturbing truths about the history of race relations while expressing joyous, life-affirming sentiments about the ability of artists and amateurs alike to assert their identity through the photographic lens.
As Above, So Below
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Studio: Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Screenwriter: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Plot Summary: Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, “As Above, So Below” reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
Canopy
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Aaron Wilson
Screenwriter: Aaron Wilson
Starring: Khan Chittenden, Tzu-yi Mo
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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Plot Summary: Singapore, February 9 , 1942. The Japanese invasion is underway. Jim (Khan Chittenden) , an Australian fighter pilot, wakes up dangling from a tree by his parachute strings somewhere in the middle of a vast jungle overrun by hostile forces. As night devours day, he forges into the danger he must navigate in search of sanctuary when he encounters a Singapore-Chinese resistance fighter , Seng (Mo Tzu-Yi), who, injured and frightened, also seeks to survive their tenuous surroundings and common enemy. The men realize that their only hope of persevering lies with each other as their journey begins the exploration of the collision of war, nature and its impact on humanity.
The Congress
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Director: Ari Folman
Screenwriter: Ari Folman
Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David, Paul Giamatti, Jon Hamm
Genre: Animation, Drama
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Plot Summary: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with “The Princess Bride,” an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
The Last of Robin Hood
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Screenwriter: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with an aspiring actress, Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959, when events forced the relationship into the open, sparking an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother – which only fed Florence’s need to stay in the spotlight. “The Last of Robin Hood” is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts.
Life of Crime
Release Date: August 29, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
Director: Daniel Schechter
Screenwriter: Daniel Schechter
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, Tim Robbins
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Plot Summary: Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “The Switch,” “Life of Crime” is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (Yasiin Bey and John Hawkes), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he’d actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Release Date: August, 2014 (limited)
Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
Director: Masahiro Hosoda
Screenwriter: Akira Toriyama, Yûsuke Watanabe
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
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Plot Summary: Prepare for the “Dragon Ball Z” experience of a lifetime as Earth’s greatest heroes hit the big screen in “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!
Following the events from the “Dragon Ball Z” television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.
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