Movies Coming September 2014

Frontera

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Michael Berry
Screenwriter: Michael Berry, Luis Moulinet III
Starring: Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan, Aden Young
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Set in the tumultuous Border area of Arizona and Mexico, “Frontera” follows the events that take place after a former Arizona Sheriff’s wife (Amy Madigan) is killed while riding on their Ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man (Michael Pena) crossing in to the US illegally is at fault. As former Sheriff (Ed Harris) and current Sheriff (Aden Young) search for answers, lives are changed forever and the facts as to who is really at fault in this tragedy are nearly as tenuous and complex as the issues and tensions between the people who live in this region on either side of the line.

God Help the Girl

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Amplify
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch
Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: Eve is a catastrophe – low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group.

The Identical

Release Date: September 5, 2014
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
Director: Dustin Marcellino
Screenwriter: Howard Klausner
Starring: Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Brian Geraghty, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: In 1936, William and Helen Hemsley welcome identical twin boys into the harsh conditions of the Great Depression. When traveling evangelist Reece Wade reveals that he and his wife cannot have children, William feels the Lord’s prompting to give them one of the infant boys in hopes of that son obtaining a better life. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins. Drexel Hemsley becomes a rock and roll legend, while Ryan Wade struggles to find a balance between his love and vision for music and trying to please his adoptive father, Reverend Wade.This film, spanning from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, is a captivating journey about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, devotion, creed and tradition.

Innocence

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: JSC Entertainment
Director: Hilary Brougher
Screenwriter: Hillary Brougher, Tristine Skyler
Starring: Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis, Graham Phillips, Linus Roche, Stephanie March, Sarah Sutherland, Perrey Reeves, Liya Kebede, Daniel Zovatto, Sarita Choudrouy, Rachel Heller, Evelina Turen, Mikal Evans, Noelle Beck, Kelly Bensimon
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Haunted by the death and dreams of her beloved mother in a Montauk surfing accident, 16-year-old Beckett and her father, novelist Miles Warner, move to Manhattan and attempt to piece together their shattered life. Now enrolled at the exclusive Hamilton preparatory school, her psychosis and hallucinations intensify with the dubious suicides of current and past students as does her first love for Tobey Crawford. The discovery that her new school may be run by a coven of beautiful and seductive women who perpetuate their youth by drinking the blood of virgins becomes the ultimate challenge of Beckett and Tobey’s young lives. “Innocence” is a chilling allegory of the precarious state of an American teenager, explores themes of loss, the human condition and a society torn between purity and narcissism.

The Longest Week

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Peter Glanz
Screenwriter: Peter Glanz
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup, Jenny Slate
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: As he eases into adulthood at the age of 40, Conrad Valmont (Bateman), the over-educated, under-employed heir to the Valmont Hotel fortune, is cut off from his allowance following his parents’ abrupt divorce and tossed out into the unforgiving streets of the Upper West Side. Luckily, he is taken in by his old friend Dylan (Crudup) and returns the favor by immediately falling for Dylan’s girlfriend, Beatrice (Wilde). As Conrad attempts to woo Beatrice while keeping both their relationship and his bank balance secret, Dylan tries to set him up with Jocelyn (Slate). Ever committed to the charade that he eventually finds difficult to maintain, Conrad quickly realizes his charm can only extend so far.

Memphis (Kino Lorber)

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Kino Lorber
Director: Tim Sutton
Screenwriter: Tim Sutton
Starring: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: In “Memphis,” a strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-come-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, “Memphis” is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.

Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It

Release Date: September 5, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Screen Media Films
Director: Mike Clattenburg
Screenwriter: Mike Clattenburg, Mike O’Neill
Starring: John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth, Patrick Roach, Bernard Robichaud, Jonathan Torrens
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian (John Paul Tremblay) has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus (Bernard Robichaud) is waiting to close the deal. In the meantime, the government’s plan to legalize marijuana threatens Ricky (Robb Wells) and his dope business, so he goes to Ottawa to take action against the impending bill. With Julian and Ricky on a road trip, Bubbles (Mike Smith) joins the pair with his own agenda – to go find the inheritance left for him by his long-lost parents. The trio runs into trouble when ex-park supervisor Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth) and Randy (Patrick Roach) go after the boys in hopes of making them rot in jail.

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Release Date: September 10, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Catherine Gund
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Elizabeth Streb, Sarah Callan, Jaclyn Carlson
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Elizabeth Streb’s Extreme Action Company is to American Ballet Theater as Spider-Man is to a National Geographic special on arachnids. Working out of an industrial building in Williamsburg, her troupe hones dangerous, mind-boggling feats: hybrids of dance, acrobatics, performance art, theater of cruelty, and maybe just plain cruelty. The spiky-haired Streb, outfitted in motorcycle boots and de rigeur black everything, is a surprisingly gamine woman whose charisma is as palpable as the affection and compassion she affords her dancers. Catherine Gund’s exhilarating documentary records Streb’s latest forays into gravity-defying actions as well as wonderful archival footage that records her early decades of work, leading up to the MacArthur “genius” grant she received in 1997. Two of many breathtaking spectacles that punctuate the movie: Streb dancers bungee-jumping off London’s Millennium Bridge and dangling fearlessly from the London Eye. Streb earns her reputation as the Evel Knievel of dance.

My Old Lady

Release Date: September 10, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Cohen Media Group
Director: Israel Horovitz
Screenwriter: Israel Horovitz
Starring: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager — an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale — and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death. With no place to go, Mathias strikes a tentative lodging arrangement with Mathilde, instantly clashing with suspicious, lovelorn Chloé over his private dealings with a rapacious property developer, who wants to purchase the apartment. An uneasy détente settles in as the quarreling Mathias and Chloé come to discover a common ground of childhood pain and neglect. As they draw increasingly closer, Mathilde unveils a complex labyrinth of secrets that unites the trio in unexpected ways.

Archaeology of a Woman

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Sharon Greytak
Screenwriter: Sharon Greytak
Starring: Sally Kirkland, Victoria Clark, James Murtaugh, Karl Geary
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Margaret (Sally Kirkland), a feisty, tormented former newspaper columnist, fights to protect her freedom in spite of the dementia she cannot control. After an episode in a shopping plaza parking lot where she is unable to find her car and is driven home by the police, her daughter Kate (Victoria Clark), an aspiring New York City chef, is beckoned upstate to her mother’s aide. While there, Kate develops a romantic tryst with a rookie officer (Karl Geary) as she deals with her mother’s demands. Kate attempts to get Margaret involved with activities at the senior center, but Margaret is apprehensive and resentful. Soon, a man from Margaret’s past, Sergeant Calder (James Murtaugh), re-enters her life, causing Margaret to fear she will no longer be able to protect herself. Before returning to New York, Kate installs a small surveillance camera to monitor her mom at home revealing a far more private life of fear, lust and longing and her connection to a 30-year-old crime. Through its disconcerting narrative structure, “Archaeology of a Woman” tells a visceral tale of the unsettled lives of two very different generations of women – one whose secret is buried deep inside her memories, and the other who seeks to dig up the truth.

At the Devil’s Door

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
Starring: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Atlas Distribution Company
Director: James Manera
Screenwriter: James Manera, Harmon Kaslow
Starring: Kristoffer Polaha, Eric Allan Kramer, Rob Morrow, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mark Moses, Joaquim de Almeida, Laura Regan, Greg Germann, Lew Temple, Tony Denison, Louis Herthum, Ned Vaughn
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Approaching collapse, the nation’s economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation’s most productive who are mysteriously vanishing – leaving behind a wake of despair. One man has the answer. One woman stands in his way. Some will stop at nothing to control him. Others will stop at nothing to save him. He swore by his life. They swore to find him. Who is John Galt?

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (NY, LA; expands: Sept. 19)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ned Benson
Screenwriter: Ned Benson
Starring: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled “Him” and “Her” – uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.

Dolphin Tale 2

Release Date: September 12, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Screenwriter: Charles Martin Smith
Starring: Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Bethany Hamilton
Genre: Adventure, Family
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Plot Summary: “Dolphin Tale 2” will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter, but also involves a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the original film and returns in “DT2” and Hope will play herself in the sequel.

The Drop

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Screenwriter: Dennis Lehane
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, James Frecheville
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “The Drop” is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of “Bullhead.” Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone”), “The Drop” follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.

Finding Fanny

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: FIP
Director: Homi Adajania
Screenwriter: Homi Adajania, Kersi Khambatta
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: Five Goans set off on a road trip in search of an old postman’s childhood love, Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes, though nobody knows whether she’s alive or dead or just a figment of someone’s imagination. However, the friends get lost, and the journey – originally intended to take 20 minutes – instead takes one and a half days. If you’re looking for love…get lost!

The Green Prince

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Nadav Schirman
Screenwriter: Nadav Schirman
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman’s “The Green Prince” retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

Honeymoon

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnet Releasing (Magnolia Pictures)
Director: Leigh Janiak
Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei
Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

No Good Deed

Release Date: September 12, 2014
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Sam Miller
Screenwriter: Aimee Lagos
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Henry Simmons
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: Terri (Taraji P. Henson), a devoted wife and mother of two, lives an ideal life that takes a dramatic turn when her home and children are threatened by Colin (Idris Elba), a charming stranger who smooth-talks his way into her house, claiming car trouble. The unexpected invitation leaves her and her family terrorized and fighting for survival.

The Skeleton Twins

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited; wide: Sept. 19)
Studio: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
Director: Craig Johnson
Screenwriter: Mark Heyman
Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Skeleton Twins,” when estranged twins Maggie and Milo feel that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Take Me to the River

Release Date: September 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Abramorama
Director: Martin Shore
Screenwriter: Rick Clark, Jerry Harrison, Julie Janata, Martin Shore, Zac Stanford
Starring: Terrence Howard, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Al Kapone, North Mississippi Allstars, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Al Bell, Boo Mitchell, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, William Bell, Charles “Skip” Pitts, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Otis Clay, Pnut
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: “Take Me to the River” is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-Hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, PNut, Hustle & Flow’s Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning legends of Memphis soul and R&B, including Mavis Staples, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, William Bell, Otis Clay, and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Oscar Nominee Terrence Howard is our “MC” through the story as well as one of our recording artists.

Worst Friends

Release Date: September 16, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Level 33
Director: Ralph Arend
Screenwriter: Ralph Arend
Starring: Richard Tanne, Larry Fessenden, Kathryn Erbe
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: The film centers on prankster Jake (Richard Tanne), who is hit by a car and only has his childhood friend Sam (Noah Barrow) to take care of him. His recovery is aided by physical therapist Lily (Cody Horn) and Sam until Sam’s high school crush Zoe (Kristen Connolly) moves back to town.

20,000 Days on Earth

Release Date: September 17, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Screenwriter: Nick Cave, Iain Forsyth
Starring: Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave, Nick Cave
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Since the late 1970s, Cave’s bands The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman have set the standard for literate post-punk virtuosity. “20,000 Days on Earth” is no conventional profile or talking-head hagiography. Filmmakers/visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard frame the movie through one imagined day in his life – blending fact and fiction, songwriting, encounters with collaborators (Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, former and current bandmates Blixa Bargeld and Warren Ellis), therapy sessions, rehearsals, and other stimuli that feed his creative process – all capped off by a smoldering live performance.

The Guest

Release Date: September 17, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Picturehouse
Director: Adam Wingard
Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
Starring: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Chase Williamson, Brendan Meyer
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Scott Frank
Screenwriter: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, “A Walk Among the Tombstones” stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

Art and Craft

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Not Available
Director: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Mark Landis, Matthew Leininger
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering multiple styles and periods. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money, but instead donates his fakes to museums across the country. When Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar in Cincinnati, discovers the ruse and organizes an exhibition of the work, Landis must confront his legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. However, it’s not so clear that he can. Landis is a diagnosed schizophrenic whose elaborate con is also a means to cultivate connection and respect — feeding what he now understands as an outright “addiction to philanthropy.” ART AND CRAFT starts out as an art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity. What emerges is an unflinching exploration of life with mental illness and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

Fort Bliss

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Phase 4 Films
Director: Claudia Myers
Screenwriter: Claudia Myers
Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Aikinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber
Genre: Drama, War
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Plot Summary: Decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken. As she struggles to reclaim his affection, life after deployment is made more difficult by her persistent memories of Afghanistan. When news of another deployment threatens the fragile balance she has achieved, she must find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a solider.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited; expands: Oct. 3)
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Peter Chelsom
Screenwriter: Maria Von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay
Starring: Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, “Hector and the Search for Happiness” is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

Keep On Keepin’ On

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (LA; NY release: October 3)
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: Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, “Keep On Keepin’ On” depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry — a mentor to Miles Davis — is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the 1960’s, he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC — on “The Tonight Show.” Today, after a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. “Keep On Keepin’ On” highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Kauflin’s work on the film’s score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story that spans decades, lifetimes and the entire history of modern Jazz, complete with firsthand anecdotes from Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock. “Keep On Keepin’ On” is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks — another former student of Terry’s — a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity.

Life’s a Breeze

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Lance Daly
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle, Kelly Thornton
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Life’s a Breeze” follows a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland. Unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.

The Maze Runner

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Wes Ball
Screenwriter: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
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Plot Summary: When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Pride

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Studio: CBS Films
Director: Matthew Warchus
Screenwriter: Stephen Beresford
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: “Pride” is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Reclaim

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Alan White
Screenwriter: Carmine Gaeta, Luke Davies
Starring: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver, Luis Guzman
Genre: Suspense Thriller
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Plot Summary: After their newly adopted daughter goes missing in a small town, Steven and Shannon will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind her disappearance and the dangerous secret behind the adoption agency they trusted. Risking their own lives, they will discover just what being a parent means and how far they will go to get their child back.

The Scribbler

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLrator Media
Director: John Suits
Screenwriter: Dan Schaffer
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “The Scribbler” follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?

This is Where I Leave You

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Shawn Levy
Screenwriter: Jonathan Tropper
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard, Jane Fonda
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Tracks

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: John Curran
Screenwriter: Marion Nelson
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Jessica Tovey, Emma Booth, Rainer Bock, Melanie Zanetti, Robert Coleby, Tim Rogers, John Flaus
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Director John Curran (“The Painted Veil,” “We Don’t Live Here Anymore”) and the producers of “The King’s Speech” bring you the film “Tracks,” which tells the remarkable true story of Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska), a young woman who leaves her life in the city to make a solo trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert. Accompanied by only her dog and four unpredictable camels, she sets off on a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) who begins to photograph her voyage.

Tusk

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Studio: A24
Director: Kevin Smith
Screenwriter: Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier
Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Tusk” follows Wallace (Justin Long), a journalist on a mission. He finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

The Zero Theorem

Release Date: September 19, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Amplify
Director: Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter: Pat Rushin
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Directed by Terry Gilliam (“Brazil,” “Twelve Monkeys,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”), “The Zero Theorem” stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained,” “Inglorious Basterds”) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he’s able to understand his own reason for being.

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Release Date: September 24, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Dada Films
Director: Mathias Malzieu, Stéphane Berla
Screenwriter: Mathias Malzieu
Starring: Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Harry Sadeghi, Stéphane Cornicard, Sophia Ellis, Jessie Buckley, Barbara Scaff, Michelle Fairley, Richard Riddings
Genre: Animation, Family
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Plot Summary: “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” is a whimsical and visually opulent animated fairy tale set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, unforgettable characters, enchanting music, and fantastic adventures. This superbly animated movie about love and the acceptance of others will appeal to animation lovers looking for something a bit edgier and artistic.

The Boxtrolls

Release Date: September 26, 2014
Studio: Focus Features
Director: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
Screenwriter: Irena Brignull, Adam Pava
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
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Plot Summary: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The Equalizer

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (2D theaters and IMAX)
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenwriter: Richard Wenk
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: In “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

Good People

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Millennium Entertainment
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Screenwriter: Kelly Masterson
Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson
Genre: Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: Young American couple Tom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna’s family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered and he left behind a stash of cash—$400,000 worth. Though initially hesitant, Tom and Anna decide that the plan is simple: all they have to do is quietly take the money and use only what’s necessary to get them out of debt. But when they start spending the money and can’t seem to stop, they find themselves the target of a deadly adversary—the thief who stole it—and that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.

Jimi: All is By My Side

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: XLRator Media
Director: John Ridley
Screenwriter: John Ridley
Starring: Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley, Ruth Negga
Genre: Drama, Music
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Plot Summary: OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”). Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

Lilting

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Hong Khaou
Screenwriter: Hong Khaou
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei Pei, Peter Bowles, Morven Christie, Andrew Leung
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: The project is about people falling in love without a common language and details the story of a Chinese mother (Pei Pei) as she grieves for her son (Leung) following his untimely death. He was her eyes and ears in the U.K., their adopted country, and without him she is stranded. The only person left is his lover (Whishaw) – who she knows only as his roommate. Together they are forced to overcome their differences and unite in sorrow whilst struggling against the absence of a shared language. The movie is backed by FilmLondon’s ultra-low budget filmmaking funding strand Microwave, a cashpool that has previously birthed iLL Manors, British rapper Ben Drew’s directorial debut.

The Song

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Richard Ramsey
Screenwriter: Richard Ramsey
Starring: Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: “The Song” follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.

The Two Faces of January

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Hossein Amini
Screenwriter: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Plot Summary: 1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

Two Night Stand

Release Date: September 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Entertainment One Films
Director: Max Nichols
Screenwriter: Mark Hammer
Starring: Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, Scott Mescudi
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Plot Summary: A no-strings-attached, online hook-up turns into a morning-after disaster for twenty-something New Yorkers Megan (Analeigh Tipton) and Alec (Miles Teller). When a paralyzing blizzard hits the city trapping them in Alec’s cramped Brooklyn apartment, they are forced to get to know each other far beyond the confines of a typical one-night stand. Marking the directorial debut of Max Nichols, “Two Night Stand” is a sexy, romantic comedy about finding love in the digital age. The film also stars Jessica Szohr and Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi).

Maps to the Stars

Release Date: September, 2014
Studio: eOne Films
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: Bruce Wagner
Starring: Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: From a provocative original screenplay by noted Los Angeles author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), “Maps to the Stars” is both a haunting ghost story and a scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of LA.

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