Weekend’s New Movies: Halloween Weekend Edition

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Surprisingly, this weekend does not boast any scary movies (although Last Vegas might be a scary look into the future for some) nor is it filled with many new flicks. Today’s openings are headlined by Harrison Ford’s new action flick, “Ender’s Game.” The film is about an international military seeking help with an alien attack. Also released this weekend is “Last Vegas,” which is being billed as Hangover for the “AARP” crowd. The film features Hollywood veterans Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as they celebrate their friend’s upcoming marriage Vegas style. If you are looking for something a bit more youthful, the animated “Free Birds” may be for you. The holiday flick feature the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, among others, as turkeys trying to avoid being a holiday meal by going back in time to remove turkey from the menu for good. Here’s a look at all of this weeks new movies:

Opening This Week – November 1

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Ender’s Game (2013)

Certificate PG-13 114 min   –   Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 51/100 (28 reviews)
The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.
Director:

Gavin Hood

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THE BUZZ: Ender Wiggin’s initial fate in the hands of Gavin Hood makes us want to question that people who decided to put the future of a potential franchise in the hands of the guy who directed The Wolverine. Though in the mix there are a couple savvy veteran producer types and one experienced cinematographer, a position where some people can literally call the shots. People we trust who have seen the movie — including a handful of people who are vehemently against author Orson Scott Card’s outspoken feelings on the gay community and marriage equality — admit that Hood has done well by the source material.

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Last Vegas (2013)

Certificate PG-13 105 min   –   Comedy

Metascore: 47/100 (27 reviews)
Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.
Director:

Jon Turteltaub

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THE BUZZ: Instantly labelled as “The Geriatric Hangover”, the most surprising thing about Jon Turteltaub’s latest is to realize that Kevin Kline is officially old.

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Free Birds (2013)

Certificate PG 91 min   –   Animation | Comedy

Metascore: 37/100 (21 reviews)
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.
Director:

Jimmy Hayward

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THE BUZZ: Making a movie about talking turkeys on a mission to revise holiday history, with Woody Harrelson in the voice-over booth, is one of the best, most-baked movie ideas we’ve heard in a while. But we bet this one is barely in theaters come Thanksgiving.

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About Time (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 123 min   –   Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 55/100 (26 reviews)
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Director:

Richard Curtis

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THE BUZZAnna Karenina seems to have put Domhnall Gleeson on the minds of studio casting agents; the young Irishman has vaulted to the top of the pile of actors who are testing for this, testing for that … In terms of the latest from Richard Curtis (Love Actually), we’ll see how Gleeson and co-star Rachel McAdams handle a story that makes us wonder if Nicholas Sparks has a sibling who is a mystical, sci-fi lover.

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 117 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 84/100 (25 reviews)
The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.
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THE BUZZ: Can we now say that Matthew McConaughey’s renaissance is merely an admirable career in which he segues from major to indie projects either as a leading man of part of an ensemble? Here, his partnership with Jean-Marc Vallee, who made The Young Victoria and the even better C.R.A.Z.Y., first made headlines for its subject matter, then McConaughey’s dramatic weight loss in order to play the highly unlikeable Ron Woodroof in the late stages of his life.

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Diana (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 113 min   –   Biography | Drama | Romance

Metascore: 37/100 (20 reviews)
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
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THE BUZZ: Oliver Hirschbiegel (DownfallThe Experiment has weathered his first critical drubbing with his Princess Diana biography, but we imagine audiences will flock to Watts-as-Di over the first couple release weekends. Still, the thematic shift is a surprise from the director, and it’s also a rare occasion where you don’t read glowing reviews of a Naomi Watts performance.

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Mr. Nobody (2009) – [Limited]

Certificate R 141 min   –   Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Metascore: 61/100 (9 reviews)
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.
Director:

Jaco Van Dormael

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THE BUZZ: We will see how writer/director Jaco Van Dormael’s slightly aged sci-fi concept holds up some four years after its original screenings. Timed to take advantage of the praise star Jared Leto is receiving for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club, this is a case where the smaller film is way less compelling than its more mainstream counterpart.

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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) – [Limited]

111 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 68/100 (13 reviews)
Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
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THE BUZZ: Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen’s profile might raise Stateside as his latest work has become his country’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Oscar race. Veerle Baetens’s performance and the screenplay have received accolades from the film-festival circuit.

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Big Sur (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 81 min   –   Drama

Metascore: 49/100 (12 reviews)
A recounting of Jack Kerouac’s (here known by the name of his fictional alter-ego Jack Duluoz) three sojourns to the cabin in Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Director:

Michael Polish

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THE BUZZ: The indie-film world’s recent obsession with the Beat Generation finds its probable end point with director Michael Polish’s solo venture (it’s a rare thing to find him working without his brother Mark), a chronicle of Jack Kerouac’s mental breakdown co-starring Polish’s wife, Kate Bosworth. Welcome back to the American art house, Jean-Marc Barr.

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