Coming Soon

  • This Week: Aug 18
    • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Aug 22)
    • If I Stay (Aug 22)
  • Farther Out
    • No Good Deed (Sep 12)
    • The Skeleton Twins (Sep 12)
    • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (Sep 12)
    • This Is Where I Leave You (Sep 19)
    • Tracks (Sep 19)
    • A Walk Among the Tombstones (Sep 19)
    • The Boxtrolls (Sep 26)
    • Jimi: All Is by My Side (Sep 26)
    • The Equalizer (Sep 26)

Farther Out

No Good Deed
Opens Sep 12, 2014
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Pouring rain. A knock at the door. A stranger asks to use the phone: Car trouble, he explains. What could go wrong? In traditional thriller fashion, everything. Or so Terri (Taraji P. Henson), a wife and mother of two, discovers when she offers aid to an escaped convict (Idris Elba) who enters her home and soon terrorizes her family. Playing the villain is a welcome change for Elba, who was last seen starring in the 2013 biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ''It's nice to have a contrast in your career,'' he says. ''I've got a very loyal following, and I just like to keep them guessing as to what I'm going to do next.''
The Skeleton Twins
Opens Sep 12, 2014
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In this dark dramedy, Saturday Night Live alums (and real-life friends) Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged siblings Maggie and Milo, who are brought back together when he's hospitalized after attempting suicide. Hader says that his familiarity with Wiig helped during the film's heavier moments. ''We've both really been there for each other,'' says the actor. ''So I felt very comfortable being vulnerable around her.'' But the film has its share of humor, including an epic lip-synch to the Starship anthem ''Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.'' ''Kristen and I could have shot it for two weeks,'' he says. ''We were laughing so hard and we never got tired.'' No doubt. Who doesn't love the theme from Mannequin?
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
Opens Sep 12, 2014
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There are two sides to every relationship. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby tries to tell one event—the dissolution of a marriage—from the perspective of both enigmatic Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and her restaurateur hubby, Conor (James McAvoy). It was originally shot as two films subtitled Him and Her, but audiences will first see a combined edit dubbed Them. (The 201-minute Him/Her is out Oct. 10.) ''It was like I played two different characters,'' says Chastain, who also produced. ''In Conor's film I play his perception of Eleanor, and in my film I play Eleanor.'' While the two-hour Them stands on its own, she says, ''if you want to go deeper, you have that chance.''
This Is Where I Leave You
Opens Sep 19, 2014
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In Shawn Levy's adaptation of the 2009 Jonathan Tropper novel, Girls star Adam Driver plays Phillip, the youngest and most freewheeling of four Altman kids, who reluctantly reunite for their father's funeral at the behest of their pushy, touchy-feely mother (Jane Fonda). Phillip brings his cougarish girlfriend (Connie Britton) and reopens old wounds with his bickering siblings: the down-on-his-luck Judd (Jason Bateman), the well-off but lonely mom of two Wendy (Tina Fey), and the hard-bitten, dependable eldest, Paul (Corey Stoll). In a family full of pent-up animosity, Phillip is the emotional blasting cap—and Driver served the same function on set, firing up his veteran costars with offbeat energy. ''He is frenetic, and he is moment-to-moment,'' Levy says. ''When you say 'Cut!' he will not stay in the chair.''
Tracks
Opens Sep 19, 2014
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In 1977, a young Australian woman, desperate to strip away the noise and artifice of life, set out on a 1,700-mile trek across the Australian desert with just four camels and her beloved dog for company. Robyn Davidson would go on to chronicle her emotional adventure in the best-selling 1980 memoir Tracks, forever cementing her status as a national treasure. Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to translate Davidson's quest to film, with heavyweights like Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman circling the project at various points. Almost 35 years later, anchored by a near-solo performance by Mia Wasikowska, Tracks has finally completed its own epic journey to the big screen. Curran also cast a non-English-speaking aboriginal elder playing Davidson's guide for a brief stretch of her trip and tapped Adam Driver (Girls) as Rick Smolan, the National Geographic photographer hired to shoot milestones on her expedition. According to Curran, the movie is a reminder that sometimes a person can discover pieces of herself only when she steps outside her everyday existence.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Opens Sep 19, 2014
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A Walk Among the Tombstones is a kidnapping thriller starring Liam Neeson. Sound familiar? It certainly did to the Taken star. ''I was a wee bit hesitant,'' Neeson says. ''I thought, 'Telephone calls to kidnappers?' It's old f---ing territory.'' The noir-loving actor was ultimately won over by director Scott Frank's script, which is faithful to the hard-boiled nature of writer Lawrence Block's original 1992 novel. Neeson plays Matthew Scudder, a private detective and recovering alcoholic who's hired by a high-end drug dealer (Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens) to find the people responsible for abducting and murdering his wife. ''It's not Taken,'' says Frank, a successful screenwriter (Get Shorty, The Wolverine) who made his directorial debut with 2007's The Lookout. ''It's not an action movie—it's a very different sort of thing.''
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.''