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2014 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide- Film

8/20/2014

As the nights get longer, the movies get darker and scary ghost stories replace the light-hearted comedies of summer. Horror films and thrillers fill the weeks surrounding Halloween, but if gore and evil spirits aren’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to see at the theaters this season. “Saturday Night Live” alumni team up for roles with more drama than humor, Disney shows its wicked side and sequels to old and new fan-favorites — “Dumb and Dumber To,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” — are likely to draw in big numbers.

“The Maze Runner”Maze Runner

Sept. 19

Directed by Wes Ball, starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter

Rated PG-13, 125 minutes

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Yet another book-turned-movie in the young adult dystopian category, “The Maze Runner” promises an action-filled thriller about a group of teenage boys and one girl called Gladers trying to find a way out of the Maze. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) comes into the Glade with no memories except his name. He has a strong desire to be a Runner, which are those who go into the Maze every day and try to map it and find the way out. He makes friends — and enemies — as he breaks the rules in order to discover why they were put there and what is on the outside. Thomas’ only hope to escape is to put together the fragments of his memory with the clues he finds in the Maze, but of course, even escaping doesn’t guarantee safety from danger.

“This is Where I Leave You”This is Where I leave You

Sept. 19

Directed by Shawn Levy, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver

Rated R, 103 minutes

When their father dies, four siblings reunite for his final wish to bring his family back together. The siblings, played by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll, are together again in their childhood home for a week of Shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning period for immediate family members. They must try to get along for a week with their psychiatrist mother (Jane Fonda), while also dealing with spouses, exes and childhood friends. The dysfunctional family has to find a way to reconnect — before they kill each other. Based on the book by Jonathan Tropper, “This is Where I Leave You” should offer a serious look at relationships and the meaning of family, along with the comedic relief of Fey, Bateman and Fonda.

“Gone Girl”Gone Girl

Oct. 3

Directed by David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris

Rated R, 116 minutes

Based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, this highly anticipated mystery thriller will have audiences trying to pin down suspect after suspect as they try to find out what happened to Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). Her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) comes home on their anniversary to find the house in shambles and Amy missing. In their small town, Amy’s disappearance takes over the news and puts Nick in the middle of it as a man grieving for his wife. As he tracks down anyone Amy knew who might have turned on her, several suspects arise with likely motives.

But when each new piece of evidence makes Nick appear more and more guilty, it’s anyone’s guess what could have happened to Amy Dunn.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”Terrible Horrible Day

Oct. 10

Directed by Miguel Arteta, starring Steve Carell, Ed Oxenbould, Jennifer Garner and Bella Thorne

Rated PG, 81 minutes

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play the parents to Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) in the remake of the popular children’s book from 1972. As the title not so subtly suggests, the 11-year-old has a pretty awful day, starting with waking up to find gum in his hair. The Disney-created movie follows the misadventures of one family throughout their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. This one is likely to be a hit with the whole family, but especially kids who know the woes of being misunderstood.

“Ouija”Ouija

Oct. 24

Directed by Stiles White, starring Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith, Ana Coto

Rated PG-13, 100 minutes

This supernatural horror film follows a group of friends who summon the dark powers of an ancient Ouija board, causing them to face their most disturbing fears. It started as an attempt to contact their recently deceased friend using the popular board, but they’ll soon find out it has serious consequences. Taking more of a supernatural adventure route than the game-come-to-life style of “Jumanji,” “Ouija” is sure to take its audience on a scream-induced thrill ride just in time for Halloween.

“Interstellar”Interstellar

Nov. 7

Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain

Not Yet Rated

Christopher Nolan’s latest project is a sci-fi film about space. After discovering a wormhole, scientists and explorers embark on a journey through it, which allows them to exceed the limits of human travel in space. The futuristic movie centers on the scientists’ search for another planet on which crops can be grown when a famine takes over earth. The group must travel interstellar distances in order to save the species, which means leaving earth behind. Matthew McConaughey and Michael Caine take the leads as an engineer and professor, respectively. Based in part on the writings of Kip Thorne, a well-known theoretical physicist, “Interstellar” is bound to make you think.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”battle-of-the-five-armies

Directed by Peter Jackson, starring Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom

Dec. 17

Not Yet Rated, 161 minutes

The epic adventure continues with the final installment in the “Hobbit” trilogy. In their attempt to steal the Arkenstone jewel from Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the last film, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves unwittingly unleash the dragon from his mountain lair. Now determined to destroy those who helped the dwarves, Smaug attacks the people of Laketown. At the same time, an army of Orcs and Wargs starts a war between the humans, dwarves and elves. Will Bilbo be able to save the day, or will the evils of the land win out?

“Annie”Celebrity Sightings In New York City - December 2, 2013

Dec. 19

Directed by Will Gluck, starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz

Rated PG

Your favorite little redhead is back — only without the red hair — in a modern new take on the orphan’s adoption by the wealthy politician William Stacks (Jamie Foxx) as he’s running for mayor. Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) has grown up in an all-girls orphanage under the care of the perpetually angry Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), who forces the girls to work constantly. The new adaptation will feature a few new songs by the original writers as well the classic Broadway music, such as “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life.” In short, your kids will be singing the same songs your parents complained about hearing over and over again after they took you to see the original.

“Into the Woods”Into the Woods

Dec. 25

Directed by Rob Marshall, starring Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick

Disney sought to go big or go home with “Into the Woods,” its first film adaptation of a Broadway musical. A star-studded cast brings to life the characters of some of the most famous Grimm fairy tales, including Anna Kendrick as Cinderella and Johnny Depp as the wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood.” The plot follows a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who have been cursed to remain childless by the Witch (Meryl Streep). In their search for the objects required to break the spell and start a family, the couple’s story is intertwined with the other fairy tale characters along the way. The fantasy musical teaches lessons on responsibility and legacies — a perfect movie for the whole family.

Aug. 22

“If I Stay” (d. R. J. Cutler, with Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato)

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (d. Frank Miller, Robert Rodriquez, with Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson)

“When the Game Stands Tall” (d. Scott Marshall Smith, Thomas Carter, with Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis)

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” (d. David Douglas, with Morgan Freeman)

“The Possession of Michael King” (d. David Jung, with Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson)

“Two Night Stand” (d. Max Nichols, with Miles Teller, Jessica Szohr, Analeigh Tipton)

“Love is Strange” (d. Ira Sachs, with Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow)

“The Prince” (d. Brian A. Miller, with Jessica Lowndes, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, 50 Cent)

“The Liberator” (d. Ben Lettieri, with Daniel Jordan, Emily Wyatt, Samantha Rea)

“The Possession of Michael King” (d. David Jung, with Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko)

“To Be Takei” (d. Jennifer M. Kroot, with George Takei, Brad Takei, Walter Koenig)

Aug. 27

“Nov. Man” (d. Roger Donaldson, with Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko)

“Through a Lens Darkly” (d. Thomas Allen Harris, with Lyle Ashton Harris, Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis)

Aug. 29

“As Above, So Below” (d. John Erick Dowdle, with Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge)

“Jessabelle” (d. Kevin Greutert, with Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter)

“Leprechaun: Origins” (d. Zach Lipovsky, wth Dylan Horswoggle Postl, Brendan Fletcher, Stephanie Bennett)

“One Chance” (d. David Frankel, with James Corden, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook)

“The Congress” (d. Ari Folman, with Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti)

“Life of Crime” (d. Dan Schechter, with John Hawkes, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Isla Fisher)

“Cantinflas” (d. Sebastian del Amo, with Oscar Jaenada, Ilse Salas, Micahel Imperioli)

“The Last of Robin Hood”

“Starred Up” (d. David Mackenzie, with Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn)

September TBA

“Barely Lethal” (d. Kyle Newman, with Jessica Alba, Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve-O)

Sept. 5

“Addicted” (d. Billie Woodruff, with Boris Kodjoe, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith)

“The Green Inferno” (d. Eli Roth, with Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns)

“Forrest Gump” (IMAX re-release) (d. Robert Zemeckis, with Tom Hanks, Robin Wright)

Frontera” (d. Michael Berry, with Ed Harris, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria)

“Last Days in Vietnam” (d. Rory Kennedy)

Sept. 10

“My Old Lady” (d. Israel Horovitz, with Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Jane Birkin)

Sept. 12

“No Good Deed” (d. Sam Miller, with Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Del Castillo)

“Dolphin Tale 2” (d. Charles Martin Smith, with Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr.)

“Search Party” (d. Scot Armstrong, with T. J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally)

“The Drop” (d. Michael R. Roskam, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini)

“The Identical” (d. Dustin Marcellino, with Ashley Judd, Danny Woodburn, Ray Liotta, Seth Green)

“Before I Go to Sleep” (d. Rowan Joffe, with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong)

“At the Devil’s Door” (d. Nicholas McCarthy, with Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Naya Revera)

“Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?” (d. James Manera, with Rob Morrow, Eric Allan Kramer, Stephen Tobolowsky)

“Finding Fanny” (d. Homi Adajania, with Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah)

“The Green Prince” (d. Nadav Schirman)

“Honeymoon” (d. Leigh Janiak, with Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber)

Sept. 16

“Worst Friends” (d. Ralph Arend, with Richard Tanne, Larry Fessenden, Kathryn Erbe)

Sept. 17

“The Guest” (d. Adam Wingard, with Ethan Embry, Dan Stevens, Candice Patton)

Sept. 19

“A Walk Among the Tombstones” (d. Scott Frank, with Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Mark Consuelos)

“Hector and the Search for Happiness” (d. Peter Chelsom, with Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette)

“The Skeleton Twins” (d. Craig Johnson, with Bill Hader, Mark Duplass, Kristen Wiig)

“Tusk” (d. Kevin Smith, with Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment)

“Fort Bliss” (d. Claudia Myers, with Pablo Schreiber, Michelle Monaghan, Emmanuelle Chriqui)

“Pride” (d. Matthew Warchus, with Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott)

Sept. 26

“The Equalizer” (d. Antoine Fuqua, with Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Meunier)

“The Boxtrolls” (d. Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi, with Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning)

“Laggies” (d. Lynn Shelton, with Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber)

“Jimi: All Is By My Side” (d. John Ridley, with Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots)

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (d. Ned Benson, with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Archie Panjabi, Viola Davis)

“The Two Faces of Jan.” (d. Hossein Amini, with Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst)

“A Matter of Faith” (d. Rich Christiano, with Jordan Trovillion, Jay Pickett, Harry Anderson)

“Good People” (d. Henrik Ruben Genz, with James Franco, Kate Hudson, Anna Friel)

“The Song” (d. Richard Ramsey, with Alan Powerl, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas)

Oct. 3

“The Good Lie” (d. Philippe Falardeau, with Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Thad Luckinbill)

“Left Behind” (d. Vic Armstrong, with Nicolas Cage, Chad Micahel Murray, Cassi Thomson)

“The Hero of Color City” (d. Frank Gladstone, with Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Craig Ferguson)

“Annabelle” (d. John Leonetti, with Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard)

“A Good Marriage” (d. Peter Askin, with Anthony LaPaglia, Joan Allen, Kristen Connolly)

Oct. 10

“The Judge” (d. David Dobkin, with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton)

“Kill the Messenger” (d. Michael Cuesta, with Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Close)

“Whiplash” (d. Damien Chazelle, with J. K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist)

“Addicted”

Oct. 17

“Dracula Untold” (d. Gary Shore, with Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Zach McGowan)

“The Book of Life” (d. Jorge R. Gutierrez, with Kate Del Castillo, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana)

“The Best of Me” (d. Michael Hoffman, with Michelle Monaghan, James Marsdon, Liana Liberato)

“Birdman” (d. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis)

“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (d. Isao Takahata, with Chloe Moretz, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss)

“Dear White People” (d. Justin Simien, with Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris)

“Nightcrawler” (d. Dan Gilroy, with Jake Gyllenhall, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo)

Oct. 21

“See No Evil 2” (d. Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, with Glenn Jacobs, Danielle Harris)

Oct. 24

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” (d. Matthew Vaughn, with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine)

“St. Vincent” (d. Ted Melfi, with Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts)

“Reach Me” (d. John Herzfeld, with Nelly, Omari Hardwick, Sylvester Stallone)

“White Bird in a Blizzard” (d. Gregg Araki, with Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni)

Oct. 31

“Horns” (d. Alexandre Aja, with Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, James Remar)

Nov. 7

“Big Hero 6” (d. Don Hall, with Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans)

“Theory of Everything” (d. James Marsh, with Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson)

Nov. 14

“Foxcatcher” (d. Bennett Miller, with Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller)

“Fury” (d. David Ayer, with Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman)

“Dumb and Dumber To” (d. Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, with Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner)

“Beyond the Lights” (d. Gina Prince-Bythewood, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker)

Nov. 21

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” (d. Francis Lawrence, with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman)

“McFarland” (d. Niki Caro, with Maria Bello, Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratts)

“The Imitation Game” (d. Morten Tyldum, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance)

Nov. 26

“The Penguins of Madagascar” (d. Simon J. Smith, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich)

Nov. 28

“Horrible Bosses 2” (d. Sean Anders, with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine)

Dec. 5

“The Pyramid” (d. Gregory Levasseur, with Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley)

“Wild” (d. Nick Hornby, with Reese Witherspoon, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman)

Dec. 12

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” (d. Ridley Scott, with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro)

“Inherent Vice” (d. Paul Thomas Anderson, with Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon)

Dec. 19

“Night at the Museum 3” (d. John Hamburg, with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson)

“Mr. Turner” (d. Mike Leigh, with Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson Dorothoy Atkinson)

Dec. 25

“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” (d. Steve Pink, with Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase, Adam Scott)

“Unbroken” (d. Angelina Jolie, with John Magaro, Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund)

“Paddington” (d. Paul King, with Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins)

“Big Eyes” (d. Tim Burton, with Danny Huston, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams)

“The Interview” (d. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan, with James Franco, Seth Rogan, Randall Park and Lizzy Caplan)

Jan. 2

“Amityville” (d. Daniel Farrands, Casey La Scala, with Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Madison Pettis)

Jan. 5

“The Kitchen Sink” (d. Robbie Pickering, with Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Vanessa Hudgens)

Jan. 9

“Selma” (d. Ava DuVernay, with David Oyelowo, Cedric the Entertainer)

“Taken 3” (d. Olivier Megaton, with Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace) CV

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