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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 10. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, October 10. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, October 3. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

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Director: Bille Woodruff
Cast: Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, William Levy, King, Maria Howell, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford
Synopsis: “Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Director: Miguel Arteta
Cast: Bella Thorne, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Jennifer Coolidge, Megan Mullally, Kerris Dorsey, Donald Glover, Burn Gorman, Dylan Minnette, Toni Trucks, Jesse Garcia, Mary Mouser, Samantha Logan, Eric Edelstein, Reese C. Hartwig
Synopsis: “11-year-old Alexander 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 he is not alone when his mom, dad, brother, and sister 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.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

AWAKE: Life of a Yogananda
Director: Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman
Synopsis: “Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization. Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Gabe Ibáñez
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Tim McInnerny, Andy Nyman, David Ryall, Andrew Tiernan, Christa Campbell, Christina Tam, Danny Kirrane, Philip Rosch, Javier Bardem
Synopsis: “Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

Director: Tom Walters
Synopsis: “Sometimes a story is so inspiring that it must be told. Such is the astonishing life of Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli—musician, sculptor, and beloved teacher to generations. Born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, young Botso was affectionately held by Josef Stalin not long before Stalin’s brutal regime ordered the execution of Botso’s father, popular actor Platon Korisheli. Remarkably, Botso was allowed 20 minutes to see his father one last time. Eventually arriving in America with nothing but hope, Botso furthered his musical training and became a beloved educator of children. He went on to touch generations of students, inspiring some of the world’s premier musical artists, including five-time Grammy Award winner Kent Nagano. Filmed partly in the Republic of Georgia, this feature-length documentary also captures the rich culture of an ancient country that has shaped Botso’s unique way of teaching.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on October 24th)

The Canal
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram, Hannah Hoekstra, Kelly Byrne, Calum Heath
Synopsis: “Sitting in an empty theater, a film archivist watches the grainy footage that will be his undoing. David and his wife are perfectly happy – or so he believes. When he finds out the home he shares with his wife and son was the scene of a ghastly turn-of-the-century murder, David dismisses it as ancient history. That is, until the sinister history ripples into the present and casts a shadow over life as he knows it. And when a looming secret shatters his marriage, David can’t help but suspect the dark spirits of the house are somehow involved. In his drive to unveil the shadows hidden in the walls, David begins to descend into insanity, threatening the lives of everyone around him.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, San Diego and San Francisco)

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Cast: Martin Starr, Derek Mears, Amrita Acharia, Ingrid Haas, Kristoffer Joner, Christian Rubeck, Jocelyn DeBoer
Synopsis: “Martin hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anyone else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals, he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Seattle and Vancouver)

Dracula Untold
Director: Gary Shore
Cast: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Art Parkinson, Charlie Cox, William Houston, Noah Huntley, Dilan Gwyn, J.J. Murphy
Synopsis: “The early exploits of Vlad Tepes, the man who would eventually become the legendary Dracula.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
Cast: Vladimi Versailles, Dante E. Clark, Jeremie Harris, Rosalyn Coleman, Benton Greene, Ellie Foumbi, Yvette Ganier, Frances Lozada, Max B. Young, Nedra McClyde
Synopsis: “For Houston police, a 1997 armed bank robbery was an open-and-shut case. For filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe, the incident still warrants further investigation. As a 16-year-old honors student enduring financial hardship, Monroe was the crime’s mastermind and one of its perpetrators. While he’s served his time, the emotional wounds inflicted on his victims and his family have left lasting scars.” [LA Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The Houses October Built
Director: Bobby Roe
Cast: Bobby Roe, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson
Synopsis: “Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…”
Theatrical Release: Limited

I Am Ali
Director: Clare Lewins
Synopsis: “An intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend – as we’ve never seen Ali before. Told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali’s personal archive of ‘audio journals’ combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, sons, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC

The Judge
Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Krumholtz, Emma Tremblay, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard
Synopsis: “Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C (19 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Kill the Messenger
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jeremy Renner, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick, Andy Garcia, Paz Vega
Synopsis: “A dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Director: Ralph Ziman
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Callan McAuliffe, India Eisley, Russel Savadier, Keci Eatock, Liam J. Stratton, Jaco Muller
Synopsis: “The story of Sawa, a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker, and a mysterious friend from her past, she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.”
Theatrical Release: Various (New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle)

Last Hijack
Director: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting
Synopsis: “A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling, the film takes an innovative hybrid approach to explore how one Somali pirate – Mohamed – came to live such a brutal and dangerous existence. Animated re-enactments exploring Mohamed’s memories, dreams and fears from his point of view are juxtaposed with raw footage from his everyday life in an original non-fiction narrative. Mohamed is one of Somalia’s most experienced pirates. But in his homeland, a failed state, Mohamed is just another middle-aged man trying to make ends meet. He must decide whether to risk everything for one last hijack.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix and San Francisco

Meet the Mormons
Director: Blair Treu
Synopsis: “Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout Mormons. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

One Chance
Director: David Frankel
Cast: James Corden, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper, Valeria Bilello, Alexandra Roach
Synopsis: “The remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’ Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and the hearts of millions.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

The Overnighters
Director: Jesse Moss
Synopsis: “In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment. Over at Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke is driven to deliver the migrants some dignity. Night after night, he converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening the church’s doors to allow the ‘Overnighters’ (as he calls them) to stay for a night, a week or longer. They sleep on the floor, in the pews and in their cars in the church parking lot. Many who take shelter with Reinke are living on society’s fringes and with checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. The congregants begin slinging criticism and the City Council threatens to shut the controversial Overnighters program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision which leads to profound consequences that he never imagined.”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (24 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (expands to Austin on October 17th; San Francisco on October 24th; Los Angeles on October 31st)

The Pact II
Director: Dallas Richard Hallam & Patrick Horvath
Cast: Camilla Luddington, Caity Lotz, Marc Steger, Scott Michael Foster, Patrick Fischler, Haley Hudson
Synopsis: “Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares. A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…”
Theatrical Release: Limited

St. Vincent
Director: Theodore Melfi
Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard, Selenis Leyva, Nate Corddry, Katharina Damm, Scott Adsit, Kimberly Quinn, Lenny Venito, Alyssa Ruland, Alexandra Fong, Greta Lee, Casey Roberts
Synopsis: “Maggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine — the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities nationwide through the end of October)

Director: Stuart Acher
Cast: Joel David Moore, Madeline Zima
Synopsis: “A romantic comedy that follows a hot one-night stand that turns into an awkward morning after when they get stuck in a dead-stopped traffic jam. As they begrudgingly get know each other, their sexually raucous evening is revealed which leads them to their surprising destiny.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland and San Francisco

Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair
Synopsis: “Andrew, a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher, a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.” [Director’s Fortnight]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (49 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide through the mid-November)

You’re Not You
Director: George C. Wolfe
Cast: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Ali Larter, Marcia Gay Harden, Jason Ritter, Julian McMahon, Frances Fisher, Stephanie Beatriz, Loretta Devine, Beau Knapp, Mike Doyle
Synopsis: “Kate (Swank) is a suave, successful classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Bec (Rossum) is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, just as Kate’s marriage to Evan (Josh Duhamel) hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional, sometimes confrontational and fiercely honest bond. As meticulous, willful Kate begins to rub off on whirlwind, spontaneous Bec – and vice versa – both women find themselves facing down regrets, exploring new territory and expanding their ideas of who they want to be.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

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