New Movie Releases — October 2014
October is here, and at the movies that means it's a time for horror, a time for thrills, and a time for action -- but don't worry! It's not all scares. There's tons of diversity coming to theaters this month, including a little drama and even some stuff for the family. Read on for our guide to the newest movie releases hitting theaters in October 2014.
'Men, Women and Children' (Limited, expands October 10 and 17) -- Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Adam Sandler, Kaitlyn Dever, and Rosemarie DeWitt. A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today's world.
'Annabelle' -- Directed by John R. Leonetti. Starring Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard. A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
'Gone Girl' -- Directed by David Fincher. Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris. With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
'The Hero of Color City' -- Directed by Frank Gladstone. Starring Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, and Sean Astin. An imaginative tale chronicling the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster.
'Left Behind' -- Directed by Vic Armstrong. Starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, and Nicky Whelan. A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.
'Drive Hard' (Limited) -- Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Starring John Cusack, Thomas Jane, and Zoe Ventoura. A former race car driver is abducted by a mysterious thief and forced to be the wheel-man for a crime that puts them both in the sights of the cops and the mob.
'The Good Lie' (Limited) -- Directed by Philippe Falardeau. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, and Thad Luckinbill. Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.
'The Liberator' (Limited) -- Directed by Alberto Arvelo. Starring Edgar Ramirez, Erich Wildpret, and Maria Valverde. Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
'Addicted' -- Directed by Bille Woodruff. Starring Kat Graham, William Levy, and Boris Kodjoe. A wife is tested when she cheats on her husband, and it threatens to ruin her and her family.
'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' -- Directed by Miguel Arteta. Starring Steve Carell, Bella Thorne, and Jennifer Garner. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses.
'Dracula Untold' -- Directed by Gary Shore. Starring Dominic Cooper, Luce Evans, and Samantha Barks. The origin story of the man who becomes Dracula.
'The Judge' -- Directed by David Dobkin. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. 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.
'One Chance' -- Directed by David Frankel. Starring James Corden, Alexandra Roach, and Julie Walters. The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- "Britain's Got Talent".
'Automata' (Limited) -- Directed by Gabe Ibanez. Starring Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, and Dylan McDermott. Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
'The Canal' (Limited) -- Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, and Steve Oram. David is a film archivist who suspects his wife of an affair discovers old film reels that reveal grisly murders that took place in his home in 1902. David suspects a supernatural presence is interfering with his life as he becomes more and more mentally unstable.
'Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead' (Limited) -- Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Martin Starr, Vegar Hoel, and Orjan Gamst. If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning.
'The Devil's Hand' (Limited) -- Directed by Christian E. Christiansen. Starring Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, and Adelaide Kane. When young girls start to go missing within a religious cult, older followers fear a long-told prophecy while the younger members suspect abusive elders are killing them off.
'Kill the Messenger' (Limited, expands October 17 and 24) -- Directed by Michael Cuesta. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, and Jeremy Renner. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, a reporter becomes the target of a smear campaign that sends him into a suicidal spiral after he exposes the CIA's involvement with the Contra in Nicaragua.
'The Overnighters' (Limited) -- Directed by Jesse Moss. Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.
'St. Vincent' (Limited, expands October 24) -- Directed by Theodore Melfi. Starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, and Melissa McCarthy. A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
'Whiplash' (Limited) -- Directed by Damien Chazelle. Starring Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, and J.K. Simmons. A young musician struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
'You're Not You' (Limited) -- Directed by George C. Wolfe. Starring Emmy Rossum, Ali Larter, and Josh Duhamel. A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
'The Heart Machine' (New York) -- Directed by Zachary Wigon. Starring John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, and David Call. A man begins to suspect that his long-distance girlfriend whom he met on the Internet has been living in the same city as him, and he sets out looking for her.
'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' (Limited) -- Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Addison Timlin, Spencer Treat Clark, and Gary Cole. 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called 'moonlight murders' begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.
'The Best of Me' -- Directed by Michael Hoffman. Starring Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, and James Marsden. A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
'The Book of Life' -- Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Starring Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, and Ron Perlman. Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.
'Fury' -- Directed by David Ayer. Starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, and Shia LaBeouf. April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, 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.
'Birdman' (Limited) -- Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton. 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.
'The Culture High' (Limited) -- Directed by Brett Harvey. Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.
'Dear White People' (Limited) -- Directed by Justin Simien. Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, and Teyonah Parris. This satirical narrative follows four black students at an Ivy League school where a riot breaks out following an African American-themed party thrown by the white population.
'Felony' (Limited) -- Directed by Matthew Saville. Starring Jai Courtney, Joel Edgerton, and Melissa George. Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?
'Housebound' (Limited) -- Directed by Gerard Johnstone. Starring Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, and Glen-Paul Waru. In this dark horror comedy, a young woman is forced to return to her childhood home and live with her eccentric mother, who's convinced the house is haunted.
'Listen Up Philip' (Limited) -- Directed by Alex Ross Perry. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, and Krysten Ritter. Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
'Rudderless' (Limited) -- Directed by William H. Macy. Starring Selena Gomez, Jamie Chung, and Anton Yelchin. A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
'Young Ones' (Limited) -- Directed by Jake Paltrow. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Shannon. Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.
'John Wick' -- Directed by Chad Stahelski. Starring Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, and Willem Dafoe. A former hit man is pursued by an old friend who was contracted to kill him.
'Ouija' -- Directed by Stiles White. Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, and Daren Kagasoff. A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
'1,000 Times Good Night' (Limited) -- Directed by Erik Poppe. Starring Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Rebecca is a famous war photographer who also loves her husband and her children, but she faces the biggest battle of her life when her husband refuses to tolerate her dangerous career any longer.
'Exists' (Limited) -- Directed by Eduardo Sanchez. Starring Dora Madison Burge, Brian Steele, and Denise Williamson. A group of friends who venture into the remote Texas woods for a party weekend find themselves stalked by Bigfoot.
'Force Majeure' (Limited) -- Directed by Ruben Ostlund. Starring Brady Corbet, Jakob Granqvist, and Kristofer Hivju. A Swedish family is vacationing in the Alps when an avalanche threatens to ruin their fun -- and although the avalanche never actually strikes, it's the decision made in a crucial moment by the patriarch of the family that will forever change their lives.
'Laggies' (Limited) -- Directed by Lynn Shelton. Starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, and Chloe Grace Moretz. A woman stuck in permanent adolescence lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and spends the time hanging out with friends instead.
'Low Down' (Limited) -- Directed by Jeff Preiss. Starring Taryn Manning, Elle Fanning, and Lena Headey. A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene.
'Stonehearst Asylum' (Limited) -- Directed by Brad Anderson. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, and Brendan Gleeson. A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues -- though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.
'White Bird in a Blizzard' (Limited) -- Directed by Gregg Araki. Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, and Christopher Meloni. In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.
'Camp X-Ray' (Limited) -- Directed by Peter Sattler. Starring Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, and Lane Garrison. A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there for eight years.
'Nightcrawler' -- Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, and Rene Russo. A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
'ABCs of Death 2' (Limited) -- Directed by various. Be ready to learn your ABC's again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths bring your kids to a blood and gore filled horror so good your face will be blood red.
'Before I Go to Sleep' (Limited) -- Directed by Rowan Joffe. Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong. A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
'Horns' (Limited) -- Directed by Alexandre Aja. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, and Max Minghella. In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.
'Saw' (One Week Only) -- Directed by James Wan. Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, and Danny Glover. With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.