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Fresh Popped Corn: October 2014 Trailer Preview

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

October 3rd
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, leads off the month.  It’s a thriller/mystery adapted from a Gillian Flynn novel, which has Affleck playing a man whose wife goes missing and becomes the subject of the investigation.  The Good Lie, stars Reese Witherspoon as a young woman who is determined to help refugees from war-torn Africa begin a new life in America.  What Friday in October would be complete without a horror movie?  To fill that gap comes Annabelle, from the makers of The Conjuring (a highly successful genre film) about a doll that has become the home of an demon.  Men, Women & Children features Adam Sandler’s return to dramatic roles and revolves around the secret lives being lives by everyone with access to social media.  Nicholas Cage stars in the relaunch of the Left Behind series, which revolves around the Biblical theme of the rapture.  And rounding out the first week of our favorite fall month, The Hero of Color City will try to draw in (pun very much intended) the youngsters as a heroic group of crayons attempt to save their magical and colorful world from a monstrous threat.  Gone Girl is looking like the clear winner amongst this grouping.  Check out the trailer below.

October 10th
This week boasts a ton of new releases (most in limited fashion).  Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Bad Day stars Steve Carrel and Jennifer Garner as a married couple whose family goes through the worst day collectively of their lives in comic delivery.  The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr. as a trial lawyer who returns home to represent his father, an aging judge, who is charged with vehicular homocide of a man who he happened to be in his courtroom not long before.  Robert Duval plays the accused.  Dracula Untold stars Luke Evans in the reimagining of the classic horror tale, done for the masses in PG-13 form.  Addicted is an erotic thriller about a woman (Sharon Leal) whose marriage to a busy husband (Boris Kodjoe) is threatened by the allure of another man, who develops an unhealthy fascination for the unhappy housewife.  Miles Teller is a drummer whose dream of making the big time causes him to give up everything for the pursuit in Whiplash.  Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy star in St. Vincent about a man who becomes a  very imperfect mentor for a woman’s young next door neighbor son in what may be the most subdued movie I have seen from the usually boisterous McCarthy.  Jeremy Renner is a reporter uncovering government plots in the Iran-Contra inspired Kill the Messenger.  A coup[le of documentaries also grace the release schedule with I Am Ali, about the famous boxer, and The Overnighters, which gives us a look at the plight of the American worker with North Dakota industry set as the background.  Dead Snow 2 is a highly unnecessary and cheesy zombie sequel about undead Nazi soldiers.  And The Devil’s Hand looks to be a cross between the salem witch trials and an M Nigh Shymalan film about six young women believed to be born under a demonic prophecy in a small religious village called New Bethlehem.  The star-power of Duval and RDJ is too much for us to resist, however, and with that please check out the trailer for The Judge below.

October 17th
It’s another heavy release week with the Brad Pitt WWII action/drama Fury kicking things off.  One thing that can’t help be noticed is the comparisons to Pitt’s delivery and performance in The Inglorious Bastards, which we can only hope does not distract from what seems to be a very entertaining and serious war film.  The Book of Life is an animated entry with the vocal talents of Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Zoe Saldana and more as two men vie for the attention of a princess and one must go to extraordinary lengths to win her over.  The Best of Me is a Nicolas Sparks story about a man and woman who used to be high school sweethearts but were separated amidst a tragedy only to reunite years later for another chance.  Birdman has the great Michael Keaton playing a washed up actor who attempts to revive the superhero role that made him famous for a big Broadway production.  A serial killer terrorizes a community in the horror remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown, In the comedy Dear White People, a college community is confronted with the question of what racism really is when the school newspaper embarks on a well-meaning and possibly misguided interactive story.  Kristen Stewart plays a Guantanamo Bay guard, and develops a relationship with one of the detainees in the drama Camp X-Ray.  And in Listen Up Philly, Jason Schwartzman plays a narcissistic writer on the verge of notoriety when he is taken under the wing of a mentor.  With Halloween approaching, and the threat of Brad Pitt’s snarling delivery tainting an otherwise good looking film, we are going with the horror film as we excitedly prepare for the spookiest day of the year.  Check out the trailer to The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

October 24th
As we inch closer to All Hallow’s Eve, another spook finds itself amongst us in Universal’s Ouija, as a bunch of kids who lose a good friend decide to try to contact her on the other side to some unintended and disastrous results (starring Olivia Cooke).  Keanu Reaves plays an ex-hitman who decides to go all Liam Neeson on everyone when he gets pulled back in by an attack that takes everything he cares about in John WickWhite Bird in a Blizzard is a bizarre looking drama starring Shailene Woodley as a blossoming young woman whose mother (Eva Green) mysteriously disappears and she looks to figure out what happened, revealing family secrets that she never knew.  Laggies is a comedic drama about another kind of young woman (Kiera Knightley) who struggles with her transition to adulthood and begins hanging with a much younger crowd, befriending a man’s (Sam Rockwell) daughter (Chloe Grace-Moretz).  To finish things out, the Edward Snowden documentary Citizensfour heads to Hong Kong in search of his story.  Nothing particularly excites us here, so we are going to backtrack and go see Fury from the previous week’s releases.  We can do that here, can’t we?  That’s not cheating, right?  😉

October 31st
Happy Halloween folks!!!!!!!  After all of the kiddies have visited your house with their creative, scary, funny, and ever so cute costume choices, you may have saved just a couple of candy bars to slip into your pockets for your trip out to the theater.  Don’t worry.  We won’t tell the nice man collecting your ticket.  Daniel Radcliffe continues to shake the Harry Potter schtick, this time taking on the roll of a young man whose girlfriend turns up dead.  As he is investigated for the crime he claims that he did not commit, he awakens one morning to a strange abnormality…..horns growing from him head.  The movie is aptly titled Horns and is adapted from the bestselling book of Stephen King’s own son, Joe Hill.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays a guy just looking for a job in LA when he stumbles upon the profession of recording crimes as they happen, selling the footage to new agencies for pay, in the thriller NightcrawlerThe ABC’s of Death 2 features another 26 short horror vignettes from 26 directors.  And Before I Go To Sleep features Nicole Kidman as a woman whose form of amnesia causes her to awake every morning as a blank slate, and must discover the cause of her condition.  Colin Firth co-stars.  Nightcrawler provides us a very compelling trailer, though being fans of Joe Hill makes us quite interested in the quirky-looking Horns as well.  So, we shall give you both trailers and let you decide for yourself.

What will you be seeing in theaters this month?

-The Great Stories Team

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