BY THE COMMANDER
ANNABELLE R –
So Annabelle, the doll from The Conjuring, gets her own spin-off film. I’m there. Aren’t you? Directed by John R. Leonetti. Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Tony Amendola. In Theaters: Oct. 3, 2014.
KILL THE MESSENGER R – Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
The trailer looks raw, angry, and is based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Renner plays a reporter who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Cocaine, CIA and rebels. Based on Renner’s recent work in American Hustle, this should be proof he can permanently take over for Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible franchise – if Cruise really did step aside for good. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick. In Theaters: Oct. 10, 2014.
DRACULA UNTOLD PG-13 – Action | Drama | Fantasy | Horror | War
The origin story of the man who became Dracula. Vlad III Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler) was a historical tyrant infamous for taking pleasure in torturing and killing. Or was it just 15th century propaganda? It is hard to deny that Vlad was highly imaginative when it came to punishing the elite – he’s known for the anecdote of nailing of hats to ambassadors’ heads. Directed by Gary Shore. Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Sarah Gadon. In Theaters: Oct. 10, 2014.
THE JUDGE R – Drama
Robert Downey Jr. returns to acting! But will he give up spouting pithy comebacks? Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. It sounds heartwarming, so let’s hope the judge is really guilty. Directed by David Dobkin. Starring: Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Balthazar Getty. In Theaters: Oct. 10, 2014.
ADDICTED NR – Drama | Thriller
The story centers on Zoe (Sharon Leal), a woman in a perfectly quaint marriage. Zoe and her husband (Boris Kodjoe) are busy raising three children, while devoted to their careers. However, it’s not enough to fulfill all of Zoe’s desires, as she soon finds herself satisfying her addiction to sleeping with other men, which puts her on a dangerous path that may cost not only her relationship, but her life as well. From first-time feature film Director, Bille Woodruff, let’s hope Addicted is rated R. Starring: Kat Graham, William Levy, Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe. In Theaters: Oct. 10, 2014.
BIRDMAN R –
A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. A comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. According to the film’s cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, the camerawork and editing of Birdman was manipulated to give the appearance that the film is one continuous long shot. Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough. In Theaters: Oct. 17, 2014.
OUIJA PG-13 – Action | Adventure | Thriller
This past year, three American young friends staying at a house in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico were taken to the hospital after reportedly becoming ‘possessed’ by evil spirits while playing with a Ouija board. The girl’s parents had to call paramedics after a local Catholic priest refused to perform an exorcism on the three because they were not regular churchgoers. What better publicity for Ouija, the movie! The story centers around a group of friends who use the Ouija board to try to make contact with a recently deceased friend, but end up awakening a dark presence. Directed by Stiles White. Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos. In Theaters: Oct. 24, 2014.
NIGHTCRAWLER R – Crime | Drama
Star Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to play the role of a young man who is a small-time crook in Los Angeles. He allows himself to get swept up in the nocturnal world of crime journalism. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy of The Bourne Legacy. Co-starring Gyllenhaal is Rene Russo and Bill Paxton, who was so entertaining in the recent Tom Cruise hit, Edge of Tomorrow. In Theaters: Oct. 31, 2014.