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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 3:33 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Tue Oct 7, 2014.

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A Five Star Life (subtitled)

Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she checks into the world’s finest establishments incognito to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets. Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life. On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia, two lively young nieces, and best friend — and former lover — Andrea. But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more. Starring: Lesley Manville, Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Alessia Barela, Gianmarco Tognazzi. Not Rated

Es El Chapo?

In February, the world’s biggest drug lord, Chapo Guzman, was reportedly captured in Mazatlan, Mexico, without a single shot being fired. Many people in Mexico and the U.S. don’t believe it’s the real Chapo Guzman who was arrested. Filmmaker Charlie Minn visits the home state of Chapo Guzman in Mexico to get answers. Not Rated

If I Stay

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Lauren Lee Smith, Jamie Blackley, Stacy Keach, Joshua Leonard. PG-13

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

This film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Starring: Morgan Freeman, Patricia Wright. G

Life After Beth

Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse. Starring: Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Matthew Gray Gubler, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser. R

Rich Hill

Rich Hill, Mo., could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances — isolation, instability and parental unemployment — adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. The film won the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Not Rated

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Starring: Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Devon Aoki, Michael Madsen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin. R

The Possession of Michael King

Michael King doesn’t believe in God or the devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment — allowing demonologists, necromancers and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him — in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey, Julie McNiven, Tomas Arana, Tobias Jelinek, Luke Baines. R

To Be Takei

From outer space to Capitol Hill, from the silver screen to YouTube, the legendary George Takei has blazed his own trail while conquering new frontiers with a beaming trademark grin. Oh, my! This documentary is a hilarious, entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 77-year-old actor-activist Takei. His wit, humor and grace have helped him to become an internationally beloved figure and Internet phenomenon with 7 million Facebook fans and counting. Starring: George Takei, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Howard Stern, Lea Salonga, Dan Savage, Brad Takei, Telly Leung. Not Rated

When the Game Stands Tall

Inspired by a true story, the film brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them. Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Gavin Casalegno, Donna Duplantier, Clancy Brown. PG

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A Most Wanted Man

Present day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about him seems to add up; is he a victim, thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue is a British banker and a young female lawyer, determined to defend the defenseless. Starring: Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Martin Wuttke. Not Rated

And So It Goes

There are a million reasons not to like real estate agent Oren Little, and that’s just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet — until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Paloma Guzmán, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli, David Aaron Baker, Austin Lysy, Barbara Vincent. PG-13

Begin Again

A soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together, “Begin Again” is about Gretta and her longtime boyfriend, Dave — college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. The trappings of his newfound fame tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Mos Def. R

Calvary

Father James is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral — and often — comic problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Domhnall Gleeson, Marie-Josée Croze. R

Child of God

Lester Ballad, a dispossessed, violent man, is attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Starring: James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson. R

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by the chimpanzee Caesar, is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell. PG-13

Dinosaur 13

When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime: the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But during a 10-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. PG

Guardians of the Galaxy

This film expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close. PG-13

Get On Up

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film (produced by Mick Jagger) gives a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James. PG-13

Hercules

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. Starring: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie, John Hurt, Dwayne Johnson, Peter Mullan, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Reece Ritchie. PG-13

Into the Storm

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Starring: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sumpter, Nathan Kress, Matt Walsh, Scott Lawrence, Kyle Davis. PG-13

Let’s Be Cops

It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly minted “heroes” get tangled in a real-life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Angela Kerecz, Andy Garcia, James D’Arcy, Rob Riggle. R

Lucy

A woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Pilou Asbæk, Claire Tran. R

Magic in the Moonlight

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. Starring: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Erica Leerhsen. PG-13

Step Up All In

In the next chapter of the Step Up franchise, all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Starring: Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Izabella Miko. PG-13

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Starring: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Johnny Knoxville, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Shalhoub, Jeremy Howard, Abby Elliott. PG-13

The Expendables 3

Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face to face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded the Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill … or so he thought. Stonebanks now is making it his mission to end the Expendables — but Barney, deciding that he has to fight old blood with new blood, brings in a new era of team members. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren. PG-13

The Giver

The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas, a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay, Taylor Swift. PG-13

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family move to a quaint village in the south of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin-starred classical French eatery. However, upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand, Charlotte Le Bon, Om Puri. PG

The Purge: Anarchy

One night a year, all crime — including murder — is legal for 12 hours. A man heads out into the chaos, intent on killing thugs as revenge for his son’s death, but ends up rescuing a stranded couple. Starring: Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Amy Paffrath. R

What If

The story of medical school dropout Wallace, who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan, seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis. PG-13

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