The fall movie season is in full swing. Here is a look at a few of the movies to look out for during October. This month there is something for everyone. Kids can look forward to a new animated Burton movie, as well as the new Kevin James comedy. Horror fans may want to check out the latest in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. Tyler Perry tries his best to live up to the legend of Morgan Freeman. If you need an Oscar buzz fix, Ben Affleck has a movie you may want to check out.
Rebel Wilson’s hilarious performance steals the show in ‘Pitch Perfect’
Liam Neeson returns as retired CIA agent, Brian Mills, in “Taken 2”, the follow up to the 2008 revenge flick that firmly secured Neeson’s place as one of the baddest dudes in Hollywood. In the sequel, Mills and his family are on vacation in Istanbul and find themselves to be the targets of the Albanian relatives of the dudes there were eliminated the first time around. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sensuality. For more info, check out the official “Taken 2” Facebook page.
“Frankenweenie” is the latest stop-motion animated feature from director Tim Burton. A return to animation might be a good thing for Burton. His last live action feature, “Dark Shadows”, received a less than stellar reaction from fans and critics. “Frankenweenie” is a remake of Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name, which is what got the director his big break in Hollyweird. Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images and action. Head over to the Disney’s official “Frankenweenie” site for more fun stuff on the latest from Tim Burton.
‘Looper’ offers mind-numbing twists as one of the best action movies of the year
“Argo” is getting a lot of early Oscar buzz, especially for director Ben Affleck. Based on a true story and set during the Iranian revolution in 1979, “Argo” tells the story of militants who take over the U.S. embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage. The Central Intelligence Agency races against time to put together a plan to help Americans escape by posing as a film crew to infiltrate and rescue the hostages. The film stars Bryan Cranston, Chris Messina, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Affleck. Rated R for language and some violent images. Be sure to go to the official “Argo” site for trailers, photos and bios.
Kevin James has been hit or miss at the box office. In his new flick, “Here Comes the Boom”, James plays a high school biology teacher who becomes a MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter to raise $48,000 to prevent a fellow teacher from being fired when budget cutbacks threaten the cancellation of the music program. Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek, Joe Rogan, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Krzysztof Soszynski co-star in the comedy. Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language. For more info, including trailers and photos, head over to the official “Here Comes the Boom” website.
Gyllenhaal and Peña shine as L.A. cops in the brutal action drama ‘End of Watch’
In “Seven Psychopaths”, directed by Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell plays Marty, a struggling screenwriter who is lacking inspiration to finish his latest screenplay. When his out of work actor friend steals the dog of a ruthless gangster (Woody Harrelson), it sets off a unpredictable and dangerous chain of events that just might give Marty the inspiration he needs to finish his magnum opus, assuming he lives to tell the tale. Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, pervasive language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use. To learn more about this wacky action comedy, visit the official “Seven Psychopaths” site.
‘The Master’ is mesmerizing and brilliantly acted as first true Oscar contender
Now that the “Saw” franchise has ended its yearly run of installments, the “Paranormal Activity 4” franchise has gladly taken over as the yearly Halloween go-to movie series. This year is no different. The fourth flick in the found footage horror series featuring ghosts, demons and witchcraft comes with its usual flair of spooky things randomly caught on different forms of video and continues the tale a couple of years after part two. Rated R for some language and violence/terror. Visit the official Paranormal Movie website to learn more…if you dare.
Tyler Perry takes over for Morgan Freeman in the reboot of the movie series based on the novels by James Patterson. “Alex Cross”, based on the novel “Cross”, has the detective/psychologist, becoming obsessed with catching a serial killer called Michael “The Butcher” Sullivan (played by Matthew Fox). Perry is known for his goofy comedic character in the “Madea” movies. Can he make the transition to the thriller genre? Rated PG-13 for violence including disturbing images, sexual content, language, drug references, and nudity.
Predictable ‘Trouble with the Curve’ never breaks when it should
Moviegoers looking for something a little more intellectual, can look forward to “Cloud Atlas”, the latest from the Wachowskis (the Matrix trilogy). The film is based on the book, which consists of six stories that take place in different settings throughout time and across the globe ranging from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each is revealed to be a story that is being read or observed by a character in another time. In the movie, the actors play several different characters throughout the different time periods as the tales weave together. The movie stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw and Jim Sturgess. Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use. Head over to the official “Cloud Atlas” website for more information.
Even if you’ve seen it already, ‘Finding Nemo’ rediscovers magic in 3D
The little ones have “Fun Size” on the calendar. The movie is set on Halloween and features Victoria Justice as Wren, whose plan to attend a huge Halloween party thrown by the guy she crushes on is jacked up when she’s put in charge of her little brother, who of course wants to go trick-or-treating. He wanders and madness ensues. Johnny Knoxville co-stars.
Before Halloween officially strikes “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” will hit theatres. The sequel to the 2006 film, which itself is based on the popular video game, stars Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kitt Harrington and Radha Mitchell. Rated R for violence and disturbing images, some language and brief nudity. Be sure to check out some fun stuff at the official “Silent Hill” site.
While it tries hard to mimic the prose of Hemingway, ‘The Words’ is all talk
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