Opening This Weekend: September 26th

The Boxtrolls

Fall is perhaps my favorite time of the year: it gets cooler, leaves begin to turn, and the films just get so damned good in preparation for Oscar season. Things are still a little patchy, but films that studios have held onto all year are beginning to see the light of day, from fantastic family dramas to profound and bizarre cinematic experiences. 

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater. 

–Lottie Abrahams

The Boxtrolls
Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Colette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

Synopsis: In a small, unnamed town a secret community of trolls live underground, emerging only at night to make use of the waste the town generates. Many years ago, an abandoned young boy named Eggs was adopted by the trolls, and has grown up in their warmth and love. However, the people above the town are having increasing interactions with the trolls, and hire exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) to solve them of their dastardly ‘problem’. Little do they know how peaceful the trolls are, and it is up to Eggs, and his newly found female companion (Elle Fanning) to protect the trolls at any cost.

Two Cents: This looks fantastic – a really charming animated film. 

The Equalizer

Chloe Grace Moretz and Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 
Director: Antione Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo

Synopsis: Denzel Washington plays a man with a corrupt and dangerous past in The Equalizer. He uses his very specific set of skills to enforce justice where it has been overlooked, whilst leading a perfectly normal and unassuming life as a handyman: he is conflicted between his anger for the unjust and his desire to lead a normal life. However, when he finds a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz)and a former acquaintance badly beaten at the hands of her pimp, he begins a journey of revenge from which he can never return, incurring the wrath of the Russian mob in his path.

Two Cents: Generic and mediocre to the bone – nothing we haven’t seen before.

Good People (Limited)

 Kate Hudson, James Franco and Tom Wilkinson in Good People
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Stars: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Friel

Synopsis: James Franco and Kate Hudson star as a married couple struggling with their steep dept payments, that is, until they find a stash of money hidden in the wall as they discover their neighbor dead. Naturally they use the money to get themselves out of their sticky situation, only to be violently pursued by the thief to whom the money belongs.

Two Cents: Tom Wilkinson is always a sure thing, but no-one can really look at James Franco without laughing now.

Viggo Mortensen in The Two Faces of January
Director: Hossein Amini
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac.

Synopsis: A wealthy and secretive couple, Colette and Chester (Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen) arrive in Greece on a romantic holiday, and are targeted by a con artist, Rydal. (Oscar Issac). Little does Rydal know that Chester is one himself, of far more skill and experience, and Rydal’s interest in the couple is piqued. When a private investigator follows Chester to the island on behalf of his victims, he is murdered, and Rydal and Chester embark on a necessary friendship to dispose of the body. However, as Colette grows closer to Rydal and Chester’s suspicions grow, their plans of escape are continuously compromised, and so begins a cat and mouse game for the ages.

Two Cents: This film promises great actors, a captivating and unusual story and a beautiful backdrop – what more could you want!

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