Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Top New Movies In Theater Opening This Week - August 29, 2014

Top 1. As Above, So Below (2014)
93 min   -   Horror | Thriller
When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil


Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer. 

Top 2. The November Man (2014) - [Opens 8/27]

108 min   -   Action | Crime | Thriller
Metascore: 33/100 (14 reviews)
An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich



Pierce Brosnan and director Roger Donaldson reunite nearly 20 years after Dante's Peak for Bronan's Bondiest outing since Die Another Day. Apparently the studio is already at work on a potential sequel; often that's a last-minute Hail Mary for a film of questionable awareness, though. We hear Olga Kurylenko is underutilized and watching Bronan with his protege, played by Luke Bracey, is like "trying to get invested in a battle between Captain America and a tuna sandwich." 

Top 3. Last Weekend (2014) - [Limited]

94 min   -   Comedy | Drama
When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.
Directors: Tom Dolby | Tom Williams
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Chris Mulkey


Patricia Clarkson has been sporadic with her movie appearances over the past few years, and it's possible that that the funding for this film hinged upon her participation (we don't know that for sure -- just theorizing). After watching the trailer, we immediately thought about what it would be like to see Clarkson lead this cast in a staged version of the material so she could really go far in her development of what seems to be a memorable character.

Top 4. If I Stay (2014)

106 min   -   Drama
Metascore: 46/100 (33 reviews)
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
Director: R.J. Cutler
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard


Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. 

Enjoy these wonderful movies on theater and have fun! If you have collected lots of Blu-ray and DVD discs, you can Enjoy them on your portable devices at anytime, anywhere!

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