Box Office Preview! What's New This Weekend?

October 17th, 2013

Thursday Preview for October 17

"Carrie" arrives in theaters on Friday, October 18. The remake of the1976 classic stars Chlo‘ Grace Moretz as an outcast with telekinetic powers. Under her domineering mother's control, Carrie doesn't find much comfort at home. Things are worse at school, where her more worldly peers love to torment Carrie. As tensions rise, Carrie isn't sure she can control her strange powers any longer. "Carrie" has an R rating for disturbing images, bloody violence, mature content, and language. Kimberly Peirce directs. 

"The Fifth Estate" is Bill Condon's biographical drama about Julian Assange, one of the information age's most controversial figures. A criminal to some and a savior to others, Assange works with his colleagues to keep the public informed about shady governmental dealings. His organization, WikiLeaks, results in a firestorm of controversy that changes the way the world thinks about privacy. The whistleblower treads a fine balance between danger and truth-seeking. The R rating is due to language and violence. 

In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen explores the powerful and harrowing true story of a man who brutally loses his freedoms In 1841, Solomon Northup is a free man, living a happy and contented life with his family in New York. When he ends up kidnapped and sold into slavery, Solomon will do anything to survive, but his captors make it difficult. The film's R rating is due to brief mature content, nudity, and violence and cruelty. 

"Escape Plan" stars Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, a man with a talent for inventing fail-proof prisons and security systems. He works inside maximum security prisons, testing the structures for any weaknesses that could lead to unwanted escapes. When Breslin ends up behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, the master has to defeat himself by unlocking a puzzle he designed. "Escape Plan" has an R rating for persistent violence and language. Mikael HŒfstršm directs the tense thriller. 

"All is Lost" is a one-man drama from writer and director J.C. Chandor. An unnamed sailor sets out to sea on his own, hoping to complete an ambitious voyage. After an unexpected accident leaves his vessel damaged, the mariner then faces a dangerous storm. He draws on every resource he has to survive the elements, but the sailor soon realizes that this voyage may be his last one. "All is Lost" has a PG-13 rating for brief strong language. 

Diablo Cody writes and directs "Paradise," an offbeat comedy. Lamb Mannerheim's Christian faith has always been a huge part of her life. However, a plane crash changes Lamb's physical appearance and her whole outlook on life. Casting off her pure and virginal lifestyle, Lamb heads to Sin City to sample life's earthly pleasures. She finds out that the world isn't quite as unfriendly as she thought. Thematic elements, language, mature content, and substance abuse contribute to a PG-13 rating. 

"Kill Your Darlings" arrived in limited theaters on Wednesday, October 16. Daniel Radcliffe moves on from his most famous role by starring as Allen Ginsberg, the great Beat poet. In 1944, young Ginsberg and his fellow writers, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, find themselves involved in a tense murder case. Along the way, their voices as troubled visionaries begin to emerge. "Kill Your Darlings" has an R rating for mature content, drug use, language, and violence. John Krokidas directs. 

Continuing Films

"Gravity" is an innovative and intense new sci-fi film from director Alfonso Cuar—n. A medical engineer and astronaut embark on a shuttle mission together. This is the first flight for Dr. Ryan Stone and the final one for Matt Kowalsky. Both of them end up in dire circumstances, floating in space with no way of seeking shelter, calling for help, or getting back home again. "Gravity" has a PG-13 rating for intense perilous sequences, strong language, and disturbing images. 

"Captain Phillips" stars Tom Hanks as the commanding officer of the Maersk Alabama. When Somali pirates take control of the ship and threaten Captain Phillips and his crew, tensions rise to the breaking point. As the world watches, the crew and the pirates take increasing risks. It seems that peace will not occur without some major sacrifices. "Captain Phillips" has a PG-13 rating for substance abuse, violence with bloody images, and intense sequences of menace. Paul Greengrass directs. 

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" is an animated film from Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron. Bill Hader provides the voice of Flint Lockwood, an enthusiastic young inventor who lets his imagination run a little too wild sometimes. His wackiest invention is still causing trouble, producing food-animal hybrids that have an appetite for mischief. Flint and his pals head back to Swallow Falls to retrieve the machine, but misadventures await them. The PG rating is due to mild rude humor.