In Theaters This Weekend

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October 31, 2013 8:34 am

Ender's Game - 1 hr 54 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 1

Director: Gavin Hood

In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young leader, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Free Birds - 1 hr 31 min | PG | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jimmy Hayward

In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.

Diana - 1 hr 53 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 1

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

DIANA takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women — the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar® nominee NAOMI WATTS) — in the last two years of her meteoric life. On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar®-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (NAVEEN ANDREWS, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light.

Last Vegas - 1 hr 30 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his much-younger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy's longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days. However, the four quickly realize that the intervening decades have changed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they had not imagined.

Man of Tai Chi - 1 hr 45 min | NR | Released Nov. 1

Director: Keanu Reeves

Set in modern Beijing, MAN OF TAI CHI marks Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The film, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive.

A Perfect Man - 1 hr 33 min | NR | Released Nov. 1

Director: Kees Van Oostrum

On the cusp of their ninth anniversary, James and Nina seem to have the perfect marriage and ideal lives - an affluent life in Amsterdam, lucrative jobs and adoring friends. Yet when Nina discovers James’s infidelity with a mutual friend of theirs after a long line of extramarital affairs, it’s the final straw, shattering whatever illusions they’ve created about their relationship and leaving them separated. Heartbroken about their separation, a stroke of luck leads Nina to impersonate James’s chatty travel agent on the phone, and he’s soon pouring his heart out and unwittingly falling for his wife all over again as they discuss the uncertainty of love and the eternal misunderstanding between men and women.

Dallas Buyers Club - 1 hr 57 min | R | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

In mid-1980s Texas, womanizing electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof steals some AZT, but his attempt to cure himself backfires. Woodroof seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. He joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can't wait for the medical establishment to save them.

The Counselor – 1 hr 51 min | R | Released Oct. 25

Director: Ridley Scott

A respected lawyer(Michael Fassbender)decides to dabble in the drug business without getting sucked in. But this bad idea has consequences for him, his lover (Penelope Cruz) and others (Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Cameron Diaz).

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – 1 hr 32 min | R | Released Oct. 25

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman goes across America with his eight-year-old Grandson Billy. On the road Irving (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) encounter lots of people including male strippers, unhappy child beauty pageant contestants and their mothers and biker bar patrons.

Escape Plan – 1 hr 56 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), the world's expert on structural security, takes on one last challenge: breaking out of super-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” There is a mistake though and he ends up imprisoned and must get fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to him escape.

Carrie – 1 hr 39 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Kimberly Peirce

A reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror tale about a shy girl, Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is shunned by her peers and overly-protected by her religious mother (Julianne Moore) until the night of her senior prom.

The Fifth Estate – 2 hr 8 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Bill Condon

Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the film charts the beginning of WikiLeaks. The sucess of the website brought instant fame to its principal architects.

Broadway Idiot – 1 hr 20 min | NR | Released Oct. 18

Director: Doug Hamilton

The documentary chronicles the creation of the Green Day album “American Idiot," as Billie Joe Armstrong turns a mega-hit album, American Idiot, into a Broadway musical.

Captain Phillips — 2 hr 13 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 11

Director: Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Romeo & Juliet — 1 hr 58 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 11

Director: Carlo Carlei

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and director Carlos Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent). An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard, it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the chance to put faces to the two names they’ve undoubtedly heard innumerable times: Romeo and Juliet.

Gravity – 1 hr 31 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 4

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes — the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

Runner Runner — 1 hr 31 min | R | Released Oct. 4

Director: Brad Furman

Believing that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake) goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Block's promises of immense wealth and power have a seductive effect on Richie, until he learns the shocking truth about his new mentor. When Richie is coerced by the FBI to help bring Block to justice, he faces the biggest gamble of his life: outmaneuvering the two forces closing in on him.

Pulling Strings — 1 hr 58 min | NR | Released Oct. 4

Director: Pitipol Ybarra

Rachel, a diplomatic consul, passes out on a street in Mexico City after a night of drinking. She is rescued by Alejandro, a single father whose visa she rejected the day before, and sparks fly between the two.

Grace Unplugged — 1 hr 42 min | PG | Released Oct 4.

Director: Brad J. Silverman

GRACE UNPLUGGED is an inspirational movie starring Amanda "AJ" Michalka as 18-year-old Christian singer/songwriter, Grace Rose Trey. Beautiful, highly talented and restless, Grace is undiscovered outside church, where she performs each Sunday with her gifted father, Johnny. A former rock star, Johnny Trey charted a Billboard number one single 20 years ago. When the hits stopped coming, he crash-landed hard before finding Christ and starting a new life for his family, far from the Hollywood Hills. One day without warning, Grace leaves for Los Angeles. She has landed a record deal with the help of Johnny's ruthless former manager and producer, "Mossy" Mostin. Mossy sees in Grace a potential pop superstar.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 — 1 hr 35 min | PG | Released Sept. 27

Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention — a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – "foodimals!" Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again!

Don Jon — 1 hr 29 min | R | Released Sept. 27

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Baggage Claim — 1 hr 36 min | PG-13 | Released Sept. 27

Director: David E. Talbert

Although she has traveled all over the world, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) has yet to find a man with whom she wants to settle down. However, her sister's upcoming wedding and pressure from her often-married mother force her to calculate that she has a month to find a fiance of her own. Montana's best friends and fellow flight attendants conspire to help her re-encounter her exes as they travel across the country, but the right man may be closer than she thinks.

Prisoners — 2 hr 33 min | R | Released Sept. 20

Director: Denis Villeneuve

How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.

Machete Kills — 1 hr 48 min | R | Released Sept. 19

Director: Robert Rodriguez

“Machete Kills” is an action-packed thrill ride about the adventures of legendary secret agent Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo). In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Carlos Estevez) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins. Breaking all the rules, visionary director Robert Rodriguez leads this star-studded ensemble on one of the wildest adventures to save the world ever captured on film!

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