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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 3. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 3. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, September 26. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

16 Stones
Director: Brian Brough
Cast: Mason Davis, Aubrey Reynolds, Ben Isaacs, Jarrod Phillips, Channon Voyce, Andy Jones
Synopsis: “In 1830s Missouri, James will stop at nothing to protect his people after they are attacked. But he’s convinced to pursue a more reasonable approach, and takes on a quest to find an artifact from the Book of Mormon-one of the 16 Jaredite stones-to prove to the world that the book and his beliefs are true.”
Theatrical Release: Utah (expands to 13 other states in late October)


Annabelle

Director: John Leonetti
Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, Brian Howe
Synopsis: “John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (7 grades)
Theatrical Release: Wide


The Blue Room

Director: Mathieu Amalric
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Serge Bozon, Laurent Poitrenaux, Stéphanie Cléau
Synopsis: “A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. The man at least seems to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, Julien fails to find the words.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (15 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities nationwide throughout October)


Breakup Buddies

Director: Ning Hao
Cast: Huang Bo, Xu Zheng, Zhou Dongyu
Synopsis: “About to be divorced, Geng Hao (Huang Bo) is devastated; his best friend Hao Yi (Xu Zheng) in an attempt to cheer him up decides to take him on a road trip ‘hunting’ for beautiful women. Between the two of them, one has ‘divorce phobia’ while the other deals with his midlife crisis in the most absurd ways. The film uses these two extreme representations to explore the many social phobias and phenomenons in modern China: internet addiction, subcultures’ inability communicate amongst themselves, love phobia, midlife crisis, violence/mania, etc. As our buddy duo encounters a vast array of characters showing each of these problems, the film brings up an interesting question: Does an impromptu road trip, such as the one that Geng and Hao are undertaking, solve their social problems? Or maybe they should just give up ‘treatment’ altogether?”
Theatrical Release: Limited


Copenhagen

Director: Mark Raso
Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant, Mille Dinesen, Baard Owe, Olivia Grant, Martin Hestbæk
Synopsis: “After weeks of traveling through Europe, the immature William finds himself in Copenhagen, the place of his father’s birth. He befriends the youthful Effy, who works in William’s hotel as part of an internship program, and they set off to find William’s last living relative. Effy’s mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds, he must come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family’s sordid past.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles


The Culture High

Director: Brett Harvey
Cast: Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Joe Rogan, Cenk Uyger, Cara Santa Maria
Synopsis: “Journeying across the North American landscape, THE CULTURE HIGH is a riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and those who oppose the existing pot laws. With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession skyrocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, THE UNION: THE BUSINESS BEHIND GETTING HIGH, THE CULTURE HIGH raises the stakes with some of today’s biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 10th)


The Decent One

Director: Vanessa Lapa
Cast: Tobias Moretti, Sophie Ross, Antonia Moretti, Lenz Moretti, Pauline Knof
Synopsis: “On 6 May 1945, soldiers of the 88th US Infantry Division occupied the Himmlers’ family home in Gmund on Lake Tegernsee where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, journals and photographs. The film makes use of these materials and copious archive footage to sketch the biography of SS commander Heinrich Himmler who committed suicide at the end of May 1945 by taking a cyanide capsule. How did this nationalistic lower-middle-class man become Hitler’s henchman responsible for developing and executing the strategies that led to the murder of millions of Jews, homosexuals, Communists and Romany people? Where did his ideology originate? How did he see himself and how was he perceived in private by his wife Margarete, his daughter Gudrun and his mistress Hedwig? How could the man who often referred to so-called German virtues such as order, decency and goodness also write home in the midst of the war and Holocaust: ‘I am well in spite of my heavy workload’? What was it that caused his daughter to say after a visit to Dachau concentration camp: ‘It was lovely …’” [Berlinale]
Theatrical Release: New York


Drive Hard

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Cast: Thomas Jane, John Cusack, Zoe Ventoura, Damien Garvey, Christopher Morris, Yesse Spence, Andrew Buchanan, Julie Brandt-Richards, Nyawuda Chuol, Sam Cotton, Caitlin Duff, Lachlan Halliwell, Victoria Liu, Avril Maas, Meg Lucas, Brooke Melling, Mary O’Neill
Synopsis: “Former racecar driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) traded the winner’s circle for a 9 to 5 job as a beginners’ driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when Simon Keller (John Cusack) hijacks Peter to be his getaway driver in a $9 million heist.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa


For Those in Peril

Director: Paul Wright
Cast: George MacKay, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Kate Dickie, Jordan Young, Conor McCarron
Synopsis: “Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. Spurred on by sea-going folklore and local superstition, the village blames Aaron for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people. Steadfastly refusing to believe that his brother has died, he sets out to recover him and the rest of men.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Boyd Holbrook, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson
Synopsis: “On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (22 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide


The Good Lie

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Thad Luckinbill, Sarah Baker, Sharon Conley, Maria Howell, Joshua Mikel, Mike Pniewski, Arnold Oceng, Kuoth Wiel, Ger Duany, Emmauel Jal, Femi Oguns
Synopsis: “A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide


A Good Marriage

Director: Peter Askin
Cast: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly, Stephen Lang
Synopsis: “When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland (ME and OR), San Francisco and Seattle)


Harmontown

Director: Neil Berkeley
Cast: Dan Harmon, Jeff B. Davis, Erin McGathy, Spencer Crittenden, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis, Steve Agee, Alison Brie
Synopsis: “A documentary film starring TV writer and producer Dan Harmon (NBC’s “Community”, Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty”) as he takes his popular podcast of the same name on a calamitous cross-country tour. Much more than a comedy-tour documentary, the film directed by Neil Berkeley uncovers Harmon’s public persona to reveal his complex character and his equally complex personal relationships. The supporting cast includes Jeff B. Davis (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), Erin McGathy (“This Feels Terrible”) and Spencer Crittenden.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and Toronto (opens in New York on October 10th)


The Hero of Color City

Director: Frank Gladstone
Cast: Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady, David Kaye, Craig Ferguson
Synopsis: “Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons jump into their magical Crayon Box which transports them to their home in Color City, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood. This land is fed by an enchanted rainbow and waterfall that provides the City and its citizens with color. When Yellow, our timid heroine, is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: King Scrawl, a huge, powerful, mute monster — and Gnat, Scrawl’s motor-mouthed, overactive sidekick. In search of color for themselves, they follow Yellow to Color City, causing panic and concern. If Scrawl and Gnat can claim the waterfall for themselves, Color City will fade, and along with it, our lovable crayon characters will disappear. It’s up to Yellow and a motley crew of Crayons, bodacious and brave, Blue, meticulous, fussy Green, satirical Red, pessimistic Black and overanxious White to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends.”
Theatrical Release: Wide


Left Behind
Director: Vic Armstrong
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Nicky Whelan, Martin Klebba, Cassie Thompson, Quinton Aaron, Jordin Sparks, Gary Grubbs, William Ragsdale, Stephanie Honore
Synopsis: “A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish during the rapture and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.”
Criticwire Grade Average: D+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

The Liberator
Director: Alberto Arvelo
Cast: Édgar Ramírez, Maria Valverde, Danny Huston, Erich Wildpret, Juana Acosta, Imanol Arias, Elise Chapman, Shayne Donghi
Synopsis: “No figure is more revered in South America than Simón Bolívar, the legendary hero who freed the northern half of the continent from the iron grip of Spanish Colonialism. Alberto Arvelo’s ambitious, gorgeously produced epic traces his transformation from a dashing 19th century aristocrat, who wooed and won a great Spanish beauty as his wife, into a fiery and embattled revolutionary with a powerful army at this command.” [LA Film Festival] 
Theatrical Release: Various (including cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Washington)

The Little Tin Man
Director: Matthew Perkins
Cast: Aaron Beelner, Kay Cannon, Jeff Hiller, Chris Henry Coffey, Emmanuel Maldonado
Synopsis: “Tired of being overlooked for bigger roles, a struggling dwarf actor sets out to be cast as the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese’s remake of The Wizard of Oz.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Men, Women & Children
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort, Elena Kampouris, Travis Tope, David Denman, Jason Douglas, Dennis Haysbert
Synopsis: “‘Men, Women and Children’ follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (18 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Director: Nicholas Mross
Synopsis: “Daniel is a 35 year old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Daniel spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore.”
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland (opens in Pittsburgh on October 7th)

Time is Illmatic
Director: One9
Synopsis: “Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ ‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 19.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, DC on October 10th)

Waiting for August
Director: Teodora Ana Mihai
Synopsis: “Georgiana Halmac is turning 15 this winter, but she has no time for teenage dreams when her mother, whos on unemployment, moves to Torino to find work. Georgiana is left in charge of her six siblings in a social housing condo on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. Caught between adolescence and the responsibilities of adulthood, Georgiana does the best she can, improvising with parenting advice from the television and the occasional phone call with her mother. As she handles her own issues and high-school dramas, Georgiana must also deal with admonishing neighbours who threaten to turn the whole family into social services. With incredible calm and stoicism, Georgiana amazes as she holds everything together in an ingenious and delicate balance.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles (opens in New York on October 16th)

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