Movies Released October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5

Taken 2

Set in Istanbul, Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the CIA agent with "a particular set of skills" for hunting down bad guys, but this time his daughter (Maggie Grace) has to help rescue him when associates of the villains he killed the first time around decide to get their revenge.
Liam Neeson, Olivier Megaton, Leland Orser, Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia
Drama Action Sequel Thriller
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
87 mins

Frankenweenie

From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
Tim Burton, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Robert Capron, Don Hahn, John August, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara
Fantasy Suspense Horror 3D Shot-In-3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
92 mins

Butter

A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below 100% with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that’s not all. Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde) also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal). Facing three opponents, mocked by her stepdaughter Kaitlen (Ashley Greene) and furious with her husband, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to win. And if that means resorting to sabotage – and recruiting her dim-witted former boyfriend Boyd (Hugh Jackman) as a co-conspirator – then so be it.
Rob Corddry, Yara Shahidi, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Kahane, Alissa Phillips, Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone
Comedy

The Oranges

David and Paige Ostroff (Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener) and Terry and Cathy Walling (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Leighton Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in Toby Walling (Adam Brody), the successful son of her neighbors which would please both families, it’s her parents’ best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. When the connection between Nina and David becomes undeniable, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval, particularly Vanessa Walling’s (Alia Shawkat), Nina’s childhood best friend. It’s not long before the ramifications of the affair begin to work on all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways, leading everyone to reassess what it means to be happy and how sometimes what looks like a disaster, turns out to be the one thing we need the most.
Anthony Bregman, Leslie Urdang, Glen Basner, Jay Reiss, Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney
Drama Comedy
100 mins

Sister

Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his older sister (Lea Seydoux) in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory.
Léa Seydoux, Gillian Anderson, Martin Compston, Ursula Meier, Kacey Mottet Klein
Drama

The American Scream

Every Halloween, sleepy Fairhaven, Massachusetts erupts with the most ambitiously creative spookery in the world. Endless styrofoam tombstones and backyard beasts come courtesy of a few supremely dedicated local "home haunters" who've devoted their lives to the art of handmade monstermaking. The American Scream follow s three of these horrific households to uncover the triumphs and tragedies that come with carrying the blackened banner of true Halloween spirit.
Michael Stephenson
Documentary
Los Angeles
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Wuthering Heights

A poor young English boy named Heathcliff is taken in by the wealthy Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.
Kaya Scodelario, Kevin Loader, Andrea Arnold, Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Olivia Hetreed, Nichola Burley
Drama Biography

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

Tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? Director/Producers Matthew Heineman (OUR TIME) and award-winning Susan Froemke (WAGNER'S DREAM, LALEE'S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON) interweave dramatic personal arcs of patients and physicians with the stories of leaders battling to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the U.S. military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out of our current crisis. It's a primer on how to save the health of a nation.
Matthew Heineman, Susan Froemke
Documentary
92 mins

The Revisionaries

An urgent expose of the culture wars being fought within America's public school system, The Revisionaries is a behind-the-scenes look at the Texas State Board of Education's decade-defining conference on state textbook standards. As Texas is the country's single largest textbook buyer--and publishers are forced to re-write content to comply with their educational standards--the board's decisions have the ability to affect the future of American education.
Scott Thurman
Historical Documentary

The Paperboy

An erotic thriller set in 1969, Paperboy tells the story of a young man who returns to his small Florida hometown to help his reporter brother uncover the truth about a man on death row, who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover. Conflict, danger, deceit, seduction and betrayal ensue.
John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Lee Daniels, Pedro Almodovar, Cassian Elwes
Drama Thriller Crime Provocative
93 mins

V/H/S

When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Adam Wingard, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, David Bruckner, Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Sophia Takal
Thriller Suspense Horror

#holdyourbreath

Based on the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries, #holdyourbreath follows seven friends embarking on a weekend camping trip who pass a run-down cemetery and find themselves arguing about the legitimacy of the urban myth. When one friend refuses to hold his breath while passing by, he finds himself the unwitting host to a notorious serial killer who jumps from body to body in order to pick off each of the friends one by one.
Jared Cohn, Katrina Bowden, Randy Wayne
Suspense Horror
116 mins

Wake in Fright

Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant (Gary Bond), a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough Australian outback mining town of Bundanyabba, planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But, as his one night stretches to five, he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left.
Ted Kotcheff
Suspense Re-Release
New York
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Trade of Innocents

In the back streets of a tourist town in present-day Southeast Asia, we find a filthy cinder block room; a bed with soiled sheets; a little girl waits for the next man to use her. Alex, a human trafficking investigator plays the role of her next customer as he negotiates with the pimp for the use of the child. Claire, Alexs wife, is caught up in the flow of her new life in Southeast Asia and her role as a volunteer in an aftercare shelter for rescued girls. She, and Alex both still are dealing with their grief of losing a child years earlier. As both of them struggle in their own way to overcome the pain of their past and realities of child exploitation where they now live and work, they find themselves being pulled together into the lives of local neighborhood girls, whose freedom and dignity are threatened.
Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Bessette, John Billingsley, Trieu Tran
Thriller

The Knot

Follows the tale of a couple who are about to get married but see a series of mishaps, including missing bridesmaids and crashed cars, wreak havoc to their upcoming wedding day.
Noel Clarke, Geoff Carino, Mena Suvari, Talulah Riley, Davie Fairbanks, Matthew McNulty, Jason Maza, Juliet Oldfield
Comedy Romance

Decoding Depak

Journalist and filmmaker Gotham Chopra spends a year traveling the world decoding his father Deepak Chopra, resolving the spiritual icon he is to the world vs. the real man known to his family. What starts as an intimate biopic becomes a deeper plunge into the meaning of identity itself.
Deepak Chopra, Darlene Caamano Loquet, Gotham Chopra, Scott Carlin, Mark Rinehart, Emilio Diez Barroso, Julian Robinson
Documentary
Limited
1 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

The House I Live In

ilmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America's War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
Eugene Jarecki
Documentary

Little Red Wagon

Chandler Canterbury will play Bonner as an eight-year-old living in Tampa, Fla., with his mother (Anna Gunn) and sister (by Daveigh Chase). In the wake of Hurricane Charley, Zach uses his toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing for families made homeless by the storm, which leads him to found the Little Red Wagon Foundation and create "Zach Packs," backpacks filled with life's bare essentials plus a toy.
Chandler Canterbury, Daveigh Chase, David Kanter, Frances O'Connor, David Anspaugh, Michael Guillen, Patrick Duncan, Anna Gunn
Drama

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