As we get into sweater weather, the movies seem like a great place to spend the evening. Here are some of the films we are most excited to see in the next few months.
- The Boxtrolls
Synopsis: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.
Why We Want to See it: For about a year we’ve been bombarded with adorable images of the Boxtrolls. For those of us who loved ‘Coraline’ and ‘Paranorman’ the stop animation itch is back and it needs to be scratched. Add in the talent of Ben Kingsley and we just can’t wait!
US Release Date: September 26, 2014
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Synopsis: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.
Why We Want to See it: An entire generation of kids and parents went through the book. We want to see how Disney brings the book to life.
US Release Date: October 10, 2014
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One
Synopsis: The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Why We Want to See It: I’m sorry, but why wouldn’t we want to see it?
US Release Date: November 21, 2014
- No Good Deed
Synopsis: Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
Why We Want to See it: Idris Elba proved his ability to play crazy in the BBC Show Luther. After a successful performance in Pacific Rim, let’s see him give total creeper another chance.
US Release Date: September 12, 2014
- Stonehearst Asylum
Synopsis: 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.
Why We Want to See It: It is based on and Edgar Allen Poe short story? Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley in a Mental Hospital? Victorian formalwear and a crazy Kate Beckinsale? Bring it on!
US Release Date: October 24, 2014