Movies Coming October 2014

Men, Women & Children

Release Date: October 1, 2014 (limited; expands: Oct. 10 & Oct. 17) Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Jason Reitman Screenwriter: Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: “Men, Women & Children” follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers. Based on the novel by Chad Kultgen.

Bang Bang

Release Date: October 2, 2014 (limited) Studio: FIP Director: Siddharth Anand Screenwriter: Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
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Plot Summary: Hindi remake of “Knight and Day,” starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. A chance encounter of the unassuming bank receptionist Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) with the charming yet mysterious Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan), results in an on-rush of ditched planes, car chases, shoot-outs, bombing raids and general global mayhem. But as the transcontinental chase ensues with Rajveer convincing Harleen that he’s the good guy, can she really trust him, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? Fox Star Studios and Director Siddharth Anand promise edge of the seat excitement and adrenaline-pumping action as the duo fight against all odds. Expect explosions, trigger happy assassins and pandemonium that can only aptly be termed as Bang Bang!

A Good Marriage

Release Date: October 3, 2014 (limited) Studio: Screen Media Films Director: Peter Askin Screenwriter: Stephen King Starring: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly, Stephen Lang Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Based on a short story that appeared in the 2010 anthology “Full Dark, Zero Stars.” by Stephen King. The tale is described as follows: “Darcy Anderson learns more about her husband of over twenty years than she would have liked to know when she stumbles literally upon a box under a worktable in their garage.”

Annabelle

Release Date: October 3, 2014 Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.) Director: John Leonetti Screenwriter: Gary Gauberman Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut – visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.  On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

Drive Hard

Release Date: October 3, 2014 (limited) Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith Screenwriter: Chad Law, Evan Law, Brigitte Jean Allen, Brian Trenchard-Smith Starring: John Cusack, Thomas Jane Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Former racecar driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) traded the winner’s circle for a 9 to 5 job as a beginners’ driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when Simon Keller (John Cusack) hijacks Peter to be his getaway driver in a $9 million heist.

Gone Girl

Release Date: October 3, 2014 Studio: 20th Century Fox Director: David Fincher Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, David Clennon Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

The Good Lie

Release Date: October 3, 2014 (limited) Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Director: Philippe Falardeau Screenwriter: Margaret Nagle Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war, star alongside Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll.

The Hero of Color City

Release Date: October 3, 2014 Studio: Magnolia Pictures Director: Frank Gladstone Screenwriter: Jess Kedward, J.P. McCormick, Kirsty Peart, Rich Raczelowski, Evan Spiliotopoulos Starring: Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady, Craig Ferguson, Owen Wilson, Jessica Capshaw Genre: Animation
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Plot Summary: Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons’ magical Crayon Box transports them to Color City, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. When Yellow is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she awakens two Unfinished Drawings: King Scrawl, a huge monster, and Gnat, Scrawl’s sidekick. They follow Yellow to Color City and claim the enchanted Rainbow Waterfall and all of its color for themselves. Soon Color City will fade and our lovable crayon characters will disappear. It’s up to Yellow and her pals, Blue, Green, Red, and the twins, Black and White, to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends. Replete with valuable life lessons, “The Hero of Color City” will entertain and inspire.

Left Behind

Release Date: October 3, 2014 Studio: Stoney Lake Entertainment Director: Vic Armstrong Screenwriter: Paul Lalonde, John Patus Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson, Jordan Sparks, Quinton Aaron, Martin Klebba Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Left Behind” follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage), who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother. The movie is based on the New York Times bestselling book series of the same name, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. Based on the Bible and published in 32 different languages, the series has sold more than 65 million copies and is one of the best-selling fiction series of all time.

The Liberator

Release Date: October 3, 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.

Addicted

Release Date: October 10, 2014 Studio: Lionsgate Director: Bille Woodruff Screenwriter: Christina Welsh, Ernie Barbarash Starring: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham, William Levy Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, “Addicted” is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, no Good, Very Bad Day

Release Date: October 10, 2014 Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Director: Miguel Arteta Screenwriter: Rob Lieber Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Ed Oxenbould, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Automata

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited) Studio: Millennium Entertainment Director: Gabe Ibáñez Screenwriter: Gabe Ibáñez, Igor Legarreta, Javier Sánchez Donate Starring: Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Plot Summary: An insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

The Canal

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited) Studio: The Orchard Director: Ivan Kavanagh Screenwriter: Ivan Kavanagh Starring: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra, Steve Oram, Kelly Byrne Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy – or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can’t help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him. Through ghastly imagery and a chilling score, Ivan Kavanagh’s The Canal is an Irish ghost story that will leave you with a fear of the dark and a dripping chill down your spine long after the film’s conclusion.

The Devil’s Hand

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited) Studio: Roadside Attractions Director: Christian E. Christiansen Screenwriter: Karl Mueller Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion — on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.

Dracula Untold

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX) Studio: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures Director: Gary Shore Screenwriter: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Genre: Action, Adventure
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Plot Summary: Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6,” “Immortals”) stars in the origin story of the man who became Dracula.

The Judge

Release Date: October 10, 2014 Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Director: David Dobkin Screenwriter: Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shephard, Billy Bob Thornton, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie, Denis O’Hare Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Kill the Messenger

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited; expands: Oct. 17 & 24) Studio: Focus Features Director: Michael Cuesta Screenwriter: Peter Landesman Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

One Chance

Release Date: October 10, 2014 Studio: The Weinstein Company Director: David Frankel Screenwriter: Justin Zackham Starring: James Corden, Julie Waters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper, Alexandra Roach Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: From the director of “The Devil Wears Prada,” “One Chance” is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win “Britain’s Got Talent” and the hearts of millions. Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” BAFTA winner James Corden (“The History Boys”) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (“Mamma Mia!,” “Calendar Girls,” “Billy Elliott”), Mackenzie Crook (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Colm Meaney (“Get Him to the Greek”), Jemima Rooper (“Kinky Boots”) and rising star Alexandra Roach (“The Iron Lady”).

St. Vincent

Release Date: October 10, 2014 Studio: The Weinstein Company Director: Ted Melfi Screenwriter: Ted Melfi Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Naomi Watts Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “St. Vincent,” Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.

Whiplash

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited) Studio: Sony Pictures Classics Director: Damien Chazelle Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.

You’re Not You

Release Date: October 10, 2014 (limited) Studio: Entertainment One Films Director: George C. Wolfe Screenwriter: Shana Feste, Jordan Roberts Starring: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Marcia Gay Harden, Julian McMahon, Jason Ritter, Frances Fisher, Loretta Devine, Ernie Hudson, Ali Larter, Andrea Savage Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “You’re Not You” tells the story of Kate (Hilary Swank), an accomplished woman in her 30s whose perfectly-ordered life is suddenly upended when she is diagnosed with the devastating and incurable disease ALS. Kate and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) must find a full time caregiver to help, and so they meet college student Bec (Emmy Rossum), who has impulsively answered their ad despite her complete lack of experience. Bec is chaos in motion–unable to commit to school, her relationships or her plans for the future. But Kate sees something special in Bec and hires her. Gradually, Kate inspires Bec not to throw her life away, while Bec helps Kate–literally and figuratively–to find her voice and finally live her life to the fullest – the way Kate truly wants. With equal measures of tears and laughter, “You’re Not You” explores how these strangers – brought together by the most challenging circumstances – are able to unlock the best in each other.

Diplomacy

Release Date: October 15, 2014 (NY) Studio: Zeitgeist Films Director: Volker Schlöndorff Screenwriter: Cyril Gely, Volker Schlöndorff Starring: André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Is Paris burning?” – Hitler asks General Dietrich von Cholitz on August 25, 1944. Volker Schlöndorff, Oscar-winning director of “The Tin Drum,” dramatizes an all-night confrontation between the steely Nazi general (played by Niels Arestrup) and the wily Swedish consul-general, Raoul Nordling (played by André Dussollier). Ensconced in the legendary Hotel Meurice, on Rue de Rivoli, the two men (played with extraordinary intelligence and fervor by two of France’s greatest actors), engage in an extended battle of wits, that — amazingly — leaves us breathless until the film’s final moments. Based on a play by Cyril Gely, keeps the odds shifting, so just when we think the consul has won over the general, the old soldier comes back with a riposte that a new law, passed specifically for him, means death for his wife and children if he disobeys orders.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Release Date: October 16, 2014 (limited) Studio: Orion Pictures (MGM) Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Screenwriter: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Starring: Addison Timlin, Spencer Treat Clark, Joshua Leonard, Gary Cole, Veronica Cartwright, Denis O’Hare Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Based on a terrifying true story, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” picks up sixty-five years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, when the “moonlight murders” begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching the murderer.

The Best of Me

Release Date: October 17, 2014 Studio: Relativity Media Director: Michael Hoffman Screenwriter: J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters, Michael Hoffman Starring: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Sebastian Arcelus, Gerald McRaney Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, “The Best of Me” tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Birdman

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Screenwriter: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts Genre: Dark Comedy
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Plot Summary: Birdman or “The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

The Book of Life

Release Date: October 17, 2014 Studio: 20th Century Fox Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez Screenwriter: Jorge R. Gutierrez Starring: Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez, Danny Trejo Genre: Animation, Comedy
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Plot Summary: From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. “The Book of Life” is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, “The Book of Life” encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

The Culture High

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Entertainment One Films Director: Brett Harvey Screenwriter: Not Available Starring: Sir Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Joe Rogan, Cenk Uyger, Cara Santa Maria Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Journeying across the North American landscape, “The Culture High” is a riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and those who oppose the existing pot laws. With budgets to fight the drug war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession skyrocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High,” “The Culture High” raises the stakes with some of today’s biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum.

Dear White People

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions Director: Justin Simien Screenwriter: Justin Simien Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell, Kyle Gallner, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: A satire about being a black face in a very white place. “Dear White People” follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.

Default

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Amplify Director: Simon Brand Screenwriter: Jim Wolfe Jr., Dan Bence Starring: Katherine Moennig, David Oyelowo, Jeanine Mason, Stephen Lord Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Fear is fear.” An American news crew is taken hostage aboard a chartered jet off the coast of Seychelles by a gang of Somali pirates. The leader of the pirates is driven by one goal – to be interviewed by a prominent member of the crew, legendary journalist Frank Saltzman. For the welfare of his colleagues, Saltzman agrees to the demand before realizing they are immersed in a mortal battle that questions personal.

Felony

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Gravitas Ventures Director: Matthew Saville Screenwriter: Joel Edgerton Starring: Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton, Jai Courtney, Melissa George Genre: Crime Thriller
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Plot Summary: Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth?

Fury 

Release Date: October 17, 2014 Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony) Director: David Ayer Screenwriter: David Ayer Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs Genre: Action, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “Fury,” it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Housebound

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: XLrator Media Director: Gerard Johnstone Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone Starring: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru Genre: Comedy, Horror
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Plot Summary: Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

Listen Up Philip

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Tribeca Film Director: Alex Ross Perry Screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Dree Hemingway, Josephine de La Baume, Jess Weixler, Kate Lyn Sheil, Keith Poulson Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject – himself. A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit.

Rudderless

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited) Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films Director: William H. Macy Screenwriter: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, William H. Macy Starring: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Jamie Chung, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: In William H. Macy’s moving directorial debut “Rudderless,” Billy Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to perform one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (NY, LA, Toronto)
Studio: GKIDS
Director: Isao Takahata
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
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Plot Summary: “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” is adapted from the 10th century Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” widely known throughout Japan. It is the oldest extant Japanese narrative and an early example of proto-science fiction. The story details the life of a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant and is raised by a poor bamboo cutter and his wife. She is said to be from the Kingdom of the Moon and has been sent to Earth to serve punishment for some unspoken crime. Kaguya-hime grows rapidly from a small baby to a young woman of extraordinary beauty, and attracts the attention of five noble suitors and eventually the Emperor himself. She spurns their advances and sets them each an impossible task, promising to bestow her hand in marriage to the one who can fulfill his quest. Following this, Kaguya-hime retreats into a melancholy state, her eyes filling with tears every time she gazes on the full moon. Her adoptive parents worry greatly and question her, and she finally reveals that she is not of this world and must return to her people on the moon. When the celestial entourage comes to retrieve her, a robe of forgetfulness is placed on her shoulders and all of her sadness and compassion for the people of the Earth are forgotten.

Young Ones

Release Date: October 17, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Screen Media Films
Director: Jake Paltrow
Screenwriter: Jake Paltrow
Starring: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Young Ones” is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

1,000 Times Goodnight

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Film Movement
Director: Erik Poppe
Screenwriter: Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Larry Mullen Jr.
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “1,000 Times Goodnight” is the poignantly personal and incredibly timely story of Rebecca, one of the world’s top war photographers. On assignment while photographing a female suicide bomber in Kabul, she gets badly hurt. Back home, another bomb drops when her husband (“Game of Thrones'” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and young daughters – fearful for her safety – give her an ultimatum: her work or her family. A photographer in his own right who covered war conflicts for many years, director/co-writer Poppe’s feature creates a compelling authenticity that Binoche effortlessly embodies.

Exists

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Eduardo Sánchez
Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Starring: Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life… and seeking murderous revenge.

Force Majeure

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Ruben Östlund
Screenwriter: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Kristofer Hivju, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannes Kuhnke
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: “Force Majeure” tells the story of a Swedish family on a pleasant ski vacation in the French Alps. During a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, a looming avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, the mother shields her children. Meanwhile, the father grabs his iPhone and runs for his life. When the anticipated disaster fails to occur, a marriage hangs in the balance and family dynamics are upended in this wickedly funny psychodrama.

The Heart Machine

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (NY)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Zachary Wigon
Screenwriter: Zachary Wigon
Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: Tracking two parallel journeys that show how digital media complicates modern love, THE HEART MACHINE explores the evolving relationship between physical and emotional intimacy, isolation in the urban hive, and the seduction of hiding behind a screen. This modern mystery tells the story of Cody (John Gallagher Jr. – HBO’s The Newsroom, SHORT TERM 12) and Virginia (Kate Lyn Sheil – Netflix House of Cards, YOU’RE NEXT), who fall in love online, despite the distance between them. Through an interrelated series of events, Cody suspects that Virginia might not actually live in Berlin and may even live in the same city as he does, and seeks to find the truth. THE HEART MACHINE questions love and intimacy in the digital age, and whether you can really trust whom you meet on the internet.

John Wick

Release Date: October 24, 2014
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Chad Stahelski
Screenwriter: Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo, Willem Dafoe
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, “John Wick” (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”

Laggies 

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel
Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol, Kaitlyn Dever
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind – while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and- given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week – hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell).

Low Down

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (NY; LA release date: October 31)
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Director: Jeff Preiss
Screenwriter: Topper Lilien, Amy Albany
Starring: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Taryn Manning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Flea, Lena Heady, Caleb Landry-Jones, Tim Daly
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, the film is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Fanning) and her father Joe (Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his love for his daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Ouija

Release Date: October 24, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Stiles White
Screenwriter: Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, Ana Coto
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
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Plot Summary: In theaters this Halloween, “Ouija” follows a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Stonehearst Asylum

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Brad Anderson
Screenwriter: Joe Gangemi
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues, though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Release Date: October 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Gregg Araki
Screenwriter: Gregg Araki
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee, Angela Bassett
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it…

Camp X-Ray

Release Date: October 28, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Peter Sattler
Screenwriter: Peter Sattler
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.

Revenge of the Mekons

Release Date: October 29, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Joe Angio
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Vito Acconci, Fred Armisen, Rico Bell
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: The Mekon, a genre-defying collective who emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, The Mekons progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. The film follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Fans Jonathan Franzen, Luc Sante, Will Oldham, Mary Harron, Fred Armisen, and Greil Marcus testify to the power of their music and their artistic innovations. “Revenge of the Mekons” reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, The Mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.

ABCs of Death 2 

Release Date: October 31, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Alejandro Brugués, Bill Plympton, Chris Nash, Dennison Ramalho, Erik Matti, Evan Katz, Hajime Ohata, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Jerome Sable, Jim Hosking, Juan Martinez Moreno, Julian Barratt, Julian Gilbey, Julien Bustillo, Alexandre Maury, Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper, Lancelot Imasuen, Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Robert Boocheck, Robert Morgan, Rodney Ascher, Soichi Umezawa, Steven Kostanski, Todd Rohal, Vincenzo Natali
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A sequel to this year’s gigantic alphabet-themed horror anthology, “The ABCs of Death,” is in the works. The first film brought together 26 directors to tackle 26 tales of death. Ben Wheatley, Ti West, Nacho Vigolando and Adam Wingard were just some of the helmers that contributed to the endeavor.

Before I Go to Sleep

Release Date: October 31, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Clarius Entertainment
Director: Rowan Joffe
Screenwriter: Rowan Joffe
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, “Before I Go to Sleep” is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

Horns

Release Date: October 31, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Alexandre Aja
Screenwriter: Keith Bunin
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Max Minghella, James Remar
Genre: Supernatural Fantasy, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Horns,” a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

Nightcrawler

Release Date: October 31, 2014
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Dan Gilroy
Screenwriter: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmad
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Nightcrawler” is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Release Date: October, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Mudbloods

Release Date: October, 2014 (limited)
Studio: BOND/360
Director: Farzad Sangari
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Alex Benepe, Tom Marks, Katie Aiani
Genre: Documentary, Sports
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Plot Summary: Transforming Harry Potter’s fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. “Mudbloods” follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined–until now.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Release Date: October, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo
Screenwriter: Michael DiJiacomo, Andrew Loo
Starring: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum, Jr., Shuya Chang, Geoff Pierson, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta
Genre: Action, Drama
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Plot Summary: In the vein of crime classics like “Mean Streets” and “Infernal Affairs,” “Revenge of the Green Dragons” follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons.” The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of “The Green Dragons.”


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