Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PREVIEWS – OCTOBER MOVIES

1. Case 39

Social worker Emily Jenkins is assigned to investigate the family of 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan after allegations of abuse, only to discover that the situation is far deadlier than she imagined.


Directed by Christian Alvart; and starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper.

Opens: October 1, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min. Rated: R


2. Let Me In

12 year old Owen is a social misfit from a broken home, bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents, spends his evening spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is Abby, a new neighbour whom lives with her silent father, who emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night barefoot imperviable to the harsh winter conditions. When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, and Abby’s increasingly bizarre behaviour leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she's hiding an unthinkable secret.


Based on the novel “Let the Right One In” and Swedish adaptation of the same name; Let Me In is directed by Matt Reeves, and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Moretz, Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas.

Opens: October 1, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min. Rated: R

3. The Social Network

Based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich is the remarkable story behind Facebook and it focuses on its tumultuous early years.


On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history, but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Directed by David Fincher, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Brenda Song, Rooney Mara and Rasheeda Jones.

Opens: October 1, 2010 Runtime: 2 hr.01 min. Rated: PG-13

4. Life as We Know It

Eric Messer is a promising network sports director and Holly Berenson is an up-and-coming caterer. After a horrible first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world when she loses her parents; Holly and Eric are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.


Directed by Greg Berlanti and starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas and Christina Hendricks.

Opens: October 8, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr.52 min. Rated: PG-13

5. Secretariat

Based on the true story of Penny Chenery and her United States' Hall of Fame racehorse, Secretariat.


Penny Chenery is a devoted mother and housewife whose ailing father is the proprietor of Meadow Stables in Virginia. When her father becomes too ill to tend to his horses, Penny agrees to take over the stables despite her inexperience. Desperate, she turns to veteran horse trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich) to help show her the ropes. Up to this point, horse racing has been a decidedly male-dominated sport. But with Lucien's help, Penny prepares to prove that gender has no bearing on one's ability to breed a fast race horse. As Secretariat blasts out of the gates to leave his competition in the dust, the whole world watches in amazement, and a legend is born.

Directed by Randall Wallace and starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Kevin Connolly, Dylan Walsh and Scott Glenn.

Opens: October 8, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: PG

6. Red

A group of former government assassins fights back against the CIA after they're targeted for knowing too much. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. Their only hope for survival is to break into CIA headquarters and expose the truth, which involves one of the biggest cover-ups in government history.


Directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Karl Urban.

Opens: October 15, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr.15 min. Rated: PG-13

7. Paranormal Activity 2

Spooky hauntings are once again the main course in this Paramount Pictures follow-up to Oren Peli's wildly successful supernatural thriller, Paranormal Activity.


Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams and starring Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston.

Opens: October 22, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: R

8. Hereafter

Three people are touched by death in different ways. American factory worker George, who is somehow able to communicate with the dead; French television journalist Marie, who survives a tsunami; and Marcus, an English boy whose brother is killed in a car accident. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might--or must--exist in the hereafter.


Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, Cécile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lyndsey Marshal and Jay Mohr.

Opens: October 22, 2010 Runtime: 2 hr.06 min. Rated: PG-13

9. The Company Men

A high-powered sales executive, Bobby Walker is living the American dream; he has a big house, a new Porsche, a beautiful wife, and two adoring kids. After losing his six-figure salary, is offered a job as a carpenter (which he accepts reluctantly) by his brother-in-law, this further leads Bobby to the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.


Written and directed by John Wells; and starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Chris Cooper.

Opens: October 22, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr.53 min. Rated: R

10. Saw 3D

Also known as Saw VII, this is the final of the “Saw” series.


As Jigsaw is revealing to Adam to be the mastermind behind all of the "games", Dr. Gordon is crawling in the hall outside the bathroom to try and find help. Along the way he reaches a hot pipe and uses it to cauterize his amputated foot. Meanwhile, survivors from Jigsaw's previous traps gather to seek the support of a group of Jigsaw survivors gather to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror...

Directed by Kevin Greutert, and starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Cary Elwes, Sean Patrick Flanery and Betsy Russell.

Opens: October 29, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: R



Limited Release

1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Adapted from Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel of the same name; Craig, a 16-year old who, after a bout of depression, checks himself into a mental health clinic. Taken under the wing of fellow patient Bobby, the stressed-out 16-year-old attempts to endure his mandatory five days' stay without completely losing his mind. His predicament is made somewhat more tolerable by the presence of Noelle, another teenage patient who's struggling to sort out her thoughts.


Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; and starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis and Lauren Graham.

Opens: October 8, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min. Rated: PG-13

2. Stone

Gerald "Stone" Creeson, serving time for Arson, is coming up for a parole hearing. To increase his chances for an early release, he tries to manipulate his Parole Officer Jack Mabrey, by playing psychological games and having his wife Lucetta seduce Mabrey.


Directed by John Curran and starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich and Frances Conroy.

Opens: October 8, 2010 Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min. Rated: R

3. Conviction

Based on the true story of acclaimed lawyer Betty Anne Waters; after her brother is convicted murder/robbery, unemployed single mother of two Betty begins studying law in order to help prove his innocence; In order to do this she earned her GED, then her bachelor's, a master's in education, and eventually a law degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. With the help of the Innocence Project, a non-profit organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions, to obtain DNA testing on the evidence-- proving Waters' innocence and leading to his exoneration on June 19, 2001.


Directed by Tony Goldwyn and starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis.

Opens: October 15, 2010 Runtime: n/a Rated: R