Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard star in this new drama from “Shame” director Steve McQueen. The film is based on Northup’s acclaimed memoir. “The Counselor” (Oct. 25) Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz go bad in Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” based on an original script by Cormac McCarthy. Yes, please. “Jackass: Bad Grandpa” (Oct. 25) OK. “Ender’s Game” (Nov. 1) An adaptation of the beloved young adult novel (from non-beloved author Orson Scott Card) stars Hailee Steinfeld, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford. “Free Birds” (Nov. 1) An animated movie about turkeys, “from the Academy Award-winning producer of ‘Shrek.'” “Last Vegas” (Nov. 1) Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline star in this comedy, which looks like a mix of “The Hangover” and “Grumpy Old Men.” Turtle from “Entourage” co-stars, at least for one scene. “About Time” (Nov. 1) Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson star in this romantic comedy-cum-time travel drama from “Love Actually” director Richard Curtis.
Movies opening Friday, Oct. 18
18 Deborah G. Guadan Chloe Moretz stars as a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers in the remake of the horror film “Carrie,” directed by Kimberly Peirce. Photo: Uncredited, Associated Press Chloe Moretz stars as a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers… British stage and screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch (center) plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the biopic “The Fifth Estate.” Photo: Frank Connor, Associated Press British stage and screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch (center) plays… Font Page 1 of 1 After Tiller The 2009 killing of Dr. George Tiller at church means there is only a small number of doctors in the nation who perform third-trimester abortions. This documentary ventures outside the realm of polemics to examine the dangers doctors endure to provide safe procedures for women coping with unfathomable decisions. Rated PG-13. Note: Filmmaker Martha Shane will appear at select shows at the Roxie ; check website ( www.roxie.com ) for more information. Broadway Idiot It’s one of the weirder career arcs we’ve seen: Green Day making the leap from East Bay punks to savvy stadium band to Broadway. The documentary tracks the band’s role in the Broadway show, the hurdles and learning curve in adapting the music into a show, and the illuminating effect it’s had on front man Billie Joe Armstrong . Not rated.
We’ve seen the device used in the air in “Red Eye,” “Flightplan,” and, of course, “Snakes on a Plane.” Bad Guy In Hiding Neeson is just doing his job during the flight when he gets a text message. Now, before you start following his example and texting during your next flight, stop. He’s using a secure, Marshals-only channel. The bad guy or bad girl is somewhere on the flight with him. It could literally be anybody, but it’s probably the second or third most famous person on the cast. We’re looking at you, Julianne Moore. Hostages Held At Ransom How do you instantly crank up the suspense of a thriller? Take a bunch of people hostage. In “Non-Stop,” the texting baddie is holding the entire flight for ransom until he/Julianne Moore gets money wired to an off-shores account. “But how will the bad guy ever persuade the authorities to play along?” you ask. “That would take another thriller trote.” Ticking Clock That’s absolutely correct!
The most pirated movies are the hardest to buy online
As PiracyData’s chart below shows, four out of the 10 most pirated movies cannot be purchased legally online. Out of the remaining six movies, three are available for full-priced purchase, but not for rent. None of the top 10 movies can be watched through subscription streaming services such as Netflix. On its face, it looks like a missed opportunity for the movie industry. Viewers may feel pushed toward piracy when they can’t purchase or at least rent the movies they want to watch. But it’s also worth noting the release timing of these movies. Every single movie on the list came out this year, but is no longer showing in major theaters. With the exception of three films, most of these movies are now in an awkward stage where you can buy them on DVD, but cannot rent them online. DVD sales are plummeting . People are growing accustomed to pressing a button and streaming a movie instantly. The idea of withholding new movies from digital rental just to juice DVD sales looks increasingly antiquated as people move beyond the optical disc. For disposable films that people only want to watch once, a mandatory $15 or $20 purchase is undesirable as well. Of course, there are exceptions. People do have rental options for The Lone Ranger, After Earth and This is the End, yet they remain popular to download on BitTorrent. Unscrupulous freeloaders do exist, and are not going away.