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  • This Week: Sep 15
    • This Is Where I Leave You (Sep 19)
    • A Walk Among the Tombstones (Sep 19)
    • Tracks (Sep 19)
  • Next Week: Sep 22
    • The Boxtrolls (Sep 26)
    • Jimi: All Is by My Side (Sep 26)
    • The Equalizer (Sep 26)
    • Maps to the Stars (Sep 27)

Next Week: Sep 22

The Boxtrolls
Opens Sep 26, 2014
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Families come in all shapes and sizes—sometimes even in the shape of trolls dressed in crumpled cardboard boxes. In this stop-motion animated film, based on the 2005 illustrated novel Here Be Monsters!, an infant boy named Eggs (Game of Thrones' Isaac Hempstead Wright) is discovered by the boxtrolls, impish creatures who dwell below the winding streets of Cheesebridge. They adopt him and raise him as their own, and Eggs grows up never knowing that he's human. As he reaches adolescence, though, the boxtrolls are facing a major PR problem: The fromage-fixated villagers believe that they kidnap children and steal cheese by night. The villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) plans to exterminate them, so Eggs turns to haughty heiress Winnie (Elle Fanning) to save his adoptive family.
Jimi: All Is by My Side
Opens Sep 26, 2014
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Writer-director John Ridley's biopic of guitar great Jimi Hendrix eschews the typical cradle-to-grave format, focusing on the year leading up to Hendrix's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. ''The excitement was in avoiding what was expected,'' says Ridley, who cast André Benjamin in the role despite the OutKast frontman's limited acting experience. ''André had so many traits of Jimi—humble, thoughtful, introspective,'' says Ridley, an Oscar winner for his 12 Years a Slave script. ''The way he embodies Jimi is unbelievable.''
The Equalizer
Opens Sep 26, 2014
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Fans of the '80s TV series The Equalizer probably won't even recognize Denzel Washington's take on vigilante justice-seeker Robert McCall. Remove the slick Jaguar and add a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, for starters. The movie version of McCall—a mysteriously agile home-store employee who takes it upon himself to rescue a young prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian mobsters—was tailored to suit Washington. Director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen), who first worked with Washington in his Oscar-winning turn as LAPD Det. Alonzo Harris in 2001's Training Day, knows the actor well. ''It's always character, character, character [with him]. Then you build your action and drama around that.'' Discussing this film, Fuqua says, ''Denzel had mentioned something about OCD—it was personal to him, a relative or something—and we started riffing off of that.'' The actor and director, now friends, share a boxing coach, which came in handy for the intensely violent hand-to-hand combat scenes. Washington's McCall favors table legs and corkscrews over guns and knives. ''He hasn't missed a beat,'' says Fuqua of his 59-year-old star. ''He's still in there training every day, going six or seven rounds.''
Maps to the Stars
Opens Sep 27, 2014
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There's plenty of body horror going on in L.A.'s cosmetic-surgery wards, but David Cronenberg's latest film is more concerned with the city's mentally disfigured. Julianne Moore stars as a monstrous fading star who makes Norma Desmond and Baby Jane look rational, while Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska round out a cast of showbiz grotesques. For a proud Canadian like Cronenberg, Hollywood can pose a philosophical quandary. ''There, it's not enough to physically exist,'' says the director, who debuted the film at May's Cannes Film Festival. ''You need a career, otherwise you can die a pre-death.'' Is any phrase more fraught than ''You're a nobody''?
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