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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 17. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 17. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 17. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

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Algorithms
Director: Ian McDonald
Synopsis: “In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India. Filmed over three years, Algorithms travels with three talented boys and a totally blind player turned pioneer to competitive national and world championships and visits them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Going beyond sight and story, this observational sport doc with a difference moves through the algorithms of the blind chess world challenging the sighted of what it means to see. It allows for the tactile and thoughtful journey that explores foresight, sight and vision to continue long after the moving image ends.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in New York on October 24th)

The Best of Me
Director: Michael Hoffman
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Gerald McRaney
Synopsis: “Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.”
Criticwire Grade AverageC (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Birdman
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Lindsay Duncan, Andrea Riseborough
Synopsis: “A washed up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (27 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities on October 24th)

The Book of Life
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Cast: Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Eugenio Derbez, Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias, Ron Perlman
Synopsis: “The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Camp X-Ray
Director: Peter Sattler
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, John Carroll Lynch, Julia Duffy
Synopsis: “A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (16 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien
Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell
Synopsis: “At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, “Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn’t count.” Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show Black Face/White Place smells gold in Sam’s story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show Doing Time at an Ivy League. The clamor over Sam’s rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school’s lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (24 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, DC (expands nationwide on October 24th)

Default
Director: Simon Brand
Cast: David Oyelowo, Katherine Moennig, Jeanine Mason, Stephen Lord, Benjamin Ochieng, Connor Fox, James C. Victor, Senyo Amoaku, Peres Owino
Synopsis: “A news crew is taken hostage on an airplane set to take off from the Seychelles.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

Diplomacy
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Cast: André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Robert Stadlober, Burghart Klaußner, Charlie Nelson, Jean-Marc Roulot, Stefan Wilkening
Synopsis: “In the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan … Based on the eponymous play by Cyril Gély, Volker Schlöndorff has created a psychologically elaborate battle of words between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of Paris.” [Berlin Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in San Francisco on October 24th)

Eternity: the Movie
Director: Ian Thorpe
Cast: Barrett Crake, Myko Olivier, Nikki Leonti, Eric Roberts, Jon Gries, Martin Kove, Tazmin Brown, Donna Ruko, Liz McGeever, Jesse Kove
Synopsis: “Regrettable fashion, synthesized riffs, and power ballads dominate the 1985 music scene. That’s when Todd Lucas, a young and talented musician moves to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big. Searching for someone to share his passion for smooth R&B music, Todd meets up with BJ Fairchild, a cocky loner who is convinced his life is more glamorous than it is. The two musicians have big dreams but little future until their best friend Gina Marie gets them the break of a lifetime. Fate brings them together, love tears them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss redefine their genre. Todd and BJ epitomize the awkwardness of an era while becoming R&B’s most mediocre duo… Eternity.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Felony
Director: Matthew Saville
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George, Jai Courtney
Synopsis: “Malcolm Toohey is a committed husband, father and a dedicated detective who’s not afraid to put his body on the line. After surviving a shot through his bullet proof vest during a major drug bust, he and his squad rowdily celebrate their success and Malcolm’s courage at the local pub. That night, his Drugs Squad rowdily celebrates their success and Malcolm’s courage at the local pub. Although Malcolm has been drinking, he gets in his car to drive home – and a tragic accident occurs. Shortly after, Jim Melic and his veteran partner Carl Summer are assigned to the case. Jim narrows his focus onto Malcolm as Carl does everything he can to cover up the truth for a fellow cop, putting his own distinguished career on the line. As these three detectives become embroiled in a tense psychological struggle, every idea they’ve ever had about the meaning of justice, guilt, and innocence will be questioned. How far will each man go?”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, DC

Fury
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Peña, Eugenia Kuzmina
Synopsis: “Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank called “Fury” and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Golden Era
Director: Ann Hui
Cast: Tang Wei, Shao-feng Feng
Synopsis: “‘The Golden Era’ traces the life of Xiao Hong, one of China’s most famous essayist and novelist, reflecting the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the time period. Set in 1930s China, the film uses personal accounts and the author’s own writings in piecing together a turbulent life in a turbulent time.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Montreal, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC)

Guardian Angel
Director: Vahik Pirhamzei
Cast: Vahik Pirhamzei, Justine Wachsberger, Bokeem Woodbine, Colin Cunningham, Costas Mandylor, Houshang Touzie, Ray Wise, Christopher Atkins, Anahid Avanesian, Anne Bedian, Anthony Azizi, Christopher Knight, Catherine Lidstone, Kristi Engelmann
Synopsis: “After the tragic death of his wife, Ray becomes personally responsible for the safety of Vicki, an aspiring model, when due to her father’s embezzlement, she is targeted by a human trafficker and vicious criminal.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Hacker Wars
Director: Vivien Lesnik Weisman
Synopsis: “Ripped from international headlines, The Hacker Wars takes you to the front lines of the high-stakes battle over the fate of the Internet, freedom and privacy. The Hacker Wars tells the tales of the anarchic troll provocateur Andrew “weev” Aurenheimer, prodigy hacker hero Jeremy Hammond, and incendiary watchdog journalist Barrett Brown — three larger than life characters whose separate quests to expose the secrets of empire hurled them into a fateful collision course with shadowy corporations, the FBI, and ultimate betrayal by one of their own.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Housebound
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune, Wallace Chapman
Synopsis: “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and Austin

Lakay
Director: Tirf Alexius
Synopsis: “After the 2010 devastating earthquake, two brothers return to Haiti hoping to find their loved ones alive.”
Theatrical Release: Chicago & Florida

Life Inside Out
Director: Jill D’Agnenica
Cast: Maggie Baird, Finneas O’Connell, Lori Nasso, David Cowgill, William Dennis Hunt, Emma Bell, Goh Nakamura, Xenia, Yogi Lonich, Steve McMorran
Synopsis: “A devoted mother and her youngest troubled son struggle through disappointments and a broken heart to unearth their dreams. Along the way, both rediscover who they are and begin to claim their place in the world through music. Perhaps more importantly, they develop a connection to each other that’s so deep it not only brings them closer together, it binds them more strongly to the ones they love.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and San Diego

Listen Up Philip
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume
Synopsis: “Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed 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.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (32 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to various cities across the country throughout October and November)

A Matter of Faith
Director: Rich Christiano
Cast: Jordan Trovillion, Jay Pickett, Harry Anderson, Chandler Macocha, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Barrett Carnahan, Justin Michael Brandt, Stephanie Shemanski, Sarab Kamoo, Scott Alan Smith
Synopsis: “A Christian girl, Rachel Whitaker (Jordan Trovillion) goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor (Harry Anderson) who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When Rachel’s father, Stephen Whitaker (Jay Pickett) senses something changing with his daughter, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers catches him completely off guard. Now very concerned about Rachel drifting away from her Christian faith, he tries to do something about it!”
Theatrical Release: Various cities in sixteen states

Rudderless
Director: William H. Macy
Cast: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy, Jamie Chung, Kate Micucci
Synopsis: “Sam is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to play one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo form a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and changes both of their lives.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)
Theatrical ReleaseVarious (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle


The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Director: Isao Takahata
Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto
Synopsis: “Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, even unseen she enthralls all who encounter her, including five noble suitors. Ultimately she must face her fate, punishment for her crime.” [Director’s Fortnight]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Toronto (expands to various cities across North America throughout November)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Addison Timlin, Spencer Treat Clark, Joshua Leonard, Gary Cole, Veronica Cartwright, Denis O’Hare
Synopsis: 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.
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

Watchers of the Sky
Director: Edet Belzberg
Synopsis: “‘Love despite difference and, rather, because of difference,’ wrote Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew born in 1900, who saw and could not abide the universal human capacity to perpetrate unimaginable harms against ‘the other.’ As a young lawyer galvanized by the extermination of the Armenians, he invented the term ‘genocide,’ which became an indispensable instrument for mobilizing international law to address such crimes, laying the groundwork for the Nuremberg trials and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Watchers of the Sky links Lemkin’s forgotten legacy with four visionary humanitarians: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.; Luis Moreno Ocampo, ICC chief prosecutor; Benjamin Ferencz, Nuremberg prosecutor; and Emmanuel Uwurukundo, U.N. refugee officer. As all of them struggle to prevent future atrocities, their urgent trajectories intertwine with Lemkin’s.” [Sundance Film Festival] 
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and New York

Young Ones
Director: Jake Paltrow
Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Synopsis: “Water is running out. Land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. Not long from now, the hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm, played by Michael Shannon, lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome and Mary. He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever, played by Nicholas Hoult, has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and he means to get it.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and Washington, DC)

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