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October 2014 Release Dates: What’s Playing In Theaters?

Here’s what you should be looking forward to watching in theaters next month!

October 1

Men, Women, & Children

Cast: Adam Sandler, Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Dean Norris, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt
Director: Jason Reitman

Rating: R
Running Time: 119 minutes

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

IMDb: 7.0
Metacritic: 49
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%

Synopsis: Men, Women and 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.

Nas: Time Is Illmatic

Cast: Nas
Director: One9

Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 78 minutes

Genre(s): Documentary

IMDb: 6.8
Metacritic: 66
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Synopsis: Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album Illmatic, Nas: Time is Illmatic takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences, and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19.

October 3

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Gone Girl

Cast: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry
Director: David Fincher

Rating: R
Running Time: 145 minutes

Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

IMDb: 9.3
Metacritic: 82
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Synopsis: 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?

Notes

  • Based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn.
  • Fincher and Flynn are collaborating on a U.S. remake of Utopia – not the hot mess on FOX, but the Channel 4 series starring Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Adeel Akhtar, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Alexandra Roach.

October 10

Dracula Untold

Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Sarah Gadon
Director: Gary Shore

Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 92 minutes

Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Horror

IMDb: N/A
Metacritic: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Synopsis: Vampire mythology combines with the true history of Prince Vlad to tell the origin of Dracula. threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – without succumbing to the darkness himself.

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Whiplash

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
Director: Damien Chazelle

Rating: R
Running Time: 106 minutes

Genre(s): Drama

IMDb: 8.0
Metacritic: 85
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Synopsis: Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.

Notes

  • Won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance.
  • Damien Chazelle also wrote the screenplay for the thriller Grand Piano starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack.
  • Whiplash was informed by Chazelle’s own experience in a competitive high school jazz band.

October 17

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Fury

Cast: Brad Pitt, Brad William Henke, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf
Director: David Ayer

Rating: R
Running Time: N/A

Genre(s): Action, Drama

IMDb: N/A
Metacritic: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Synopsis: 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.

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Cast: Mary Steenburgen, James Caan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lucy Liu, Darren Criss
Director: Isao Takahata

Rating: PG
Running Time: 137 minutes

Genre(s): Animation, Fantasy

IMDb: 8.1
Metacritic: 87
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Synopsis: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Birdman

Cast: Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Rating: R
Running Time: N/A

Genre(s): Comedy

IMDb: N/A
Metacritic: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Synopsis: Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael 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.

Dear White People

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran
Director: Justin Simien

Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

IMDb: 6.1
Metacritic: 73
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Synopsis: At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn’t count.” Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show “Black Face/White Place” smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners (Teyonah Parris), who pitched her show “Doing Time at an Ivy League”. The clamor over Sam’s rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) when he is asked to join the school’s lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.

Notes

  • Justin Simien won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance.
  • Amongst other things, the movie takes on “ghetto-themed” parties that are actually taking place on college campuses around the United States.

Listen Up Philip [Review]

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter
Director: Alex Ross Perry

Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 108 minutes

Genre(s): Drama

IMDb: 6.2
Metacritic: 91
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Synopsis: As Philip (Jason Schwartzman) awaits the publication of his second novel, he feels alienated by the constant crowds and noise of his home city, his deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his own indifference to promoting the novel. So when his idol, Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, Phlip finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself.

October 24

John Wick [Trailer]

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alfie Allen, Michael Nyqvist, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Willem Dafoe, Jason Isaacs, Bridget Regan, Lance Reddick
Director: Chad Stahelski

Rating: N/A
Running Time: 96 minutes

Genre(s): Action, Thriller

IMDb: N/A
Metacritic: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Synopsis: When Russian mobsters kill his beloved dog, retired hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns to the game he played best – and brings bloody vengeance with him.

White Bird in a Blizzard [Review]

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Thomas Jane, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Dale Dickey
Director: Gregg Araki

Rating: R
Running Time: 91 minutes

Genre(s): Drama, Thriller

IMDb: 6.9
Metacritic: 51
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

Synopsis: Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), 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 (Christopher Meloni), 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.