Ghost in the Shell

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, Ghost in the Shell follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology. The film is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

Boss Baby

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family.


Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.

Born in China

Directed by Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, Disneynature’s Born in China follows the stories of three animal families. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet.

The Circle

The Circle is a gripping modern thriller, set in the not-too-distant future, starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega. When Mae (Watson) is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech & social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey (Hanks), to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.

“American Blackout” airs Sunday

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By Sandra Kraisirideja On Oct. 27 National Geographic Channel will air a two-hour original movie that imagines what could happen in the wake of a nationwide blackout. “American Blackout” combines user-generated footage from real blackouts, and natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, with news reports and dramatic first-person footage shot by the movie’s cast. During the 10-day blackout the audience sees Continue Reading...
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“The Counselor” wastes its A-list pedigree

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By Sandra Kraisirideja “The Counselor” is not an easy movie to like. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, what with Ridley Scott behind the helm and Cormac McCarthy supplying the script, to a cast featuring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt. It’s A-list across the board and perfectly packaged for the Academy, but it Continue Reading...
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“Carrie” gets an update for the Internet generation

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By Sandra Kraisirideja Director Kimberly Peirce has created an update of the 1976 horror classic “Carrie” that honors the original and makes the story more current. Based on the 1974 novel by Stephen King, “Carrie” is the tragic story of an insecure, timid young woman raised by her emotionally and physically abusive mother who is also a religious zealot. Mercilessly Continue Reading...
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Comedy is split in “A.C.O.D.”

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  By Sandra Kraisirideja Entertainment writers see a lot of movies, not just in the course of a year, but in the span of their lifetime, and critiquing these movies can take on a nuance that can be out-of-touch with the general population. It’s not always easy to categorize a movie as either good or bad—although that does happen—but more Continue Reading...
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“Free Birds” stills

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“Free Birds,” directed by Jimmy Hayward (“Horton Hears a Who!”), tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Continue Reading...
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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise roles for “22 Jump Street,” now filming

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Principal photography has begun on Columbia Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street,” which took in more than $200 million at the worldwide box office. “22 Jump Street” reunites Jonah Hill (upcoming “Wolf of Wall Street” and “True Story”) and Channing Tatum (upcoming “Foxcatcher” and “Jupiter Ascending”) as they return Continue Reading...
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“Rush” is fueled by human drama

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By Sandra Kraisirideja In “Rush,” Formula One racing takes a backseat to the human drama that unfolds between two of its biggest stars and professional rivals—James Hunt and Niki Lauda. NASCAR may be “second only to the National Football League among professional sports franchises in terms of television ratings in the United States,” according to Wikipedia, but in 1976 the Continue Reading...
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Romance isn’t just for the young in “Enough Said”

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By Sandra Kraisirideja Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini give hope to single, divorced men and women everywhere in their new movie, “Enough Said.” Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (“Friends with Money”), the movie tells the story of two divorced, middle-aged single parents who cautiously allow themselves to feel love again. The movie is the most accessible of her projects Continue Reading...
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“Prisoners” offers seat-gripping suspense

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By Sandra Kraisirideja There are two sure signs that a suspenseful movie is working: the first is an eery silence in the theater, where it seems like nobody is even breathing and two, nobody has gotten up to use the bathroom. These were the conditions during a recent press screening of “Prisoners,” at the ArcLight in La Jolla. A movie Continue Reading...
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2013 fall preview

0 Submitted by on Fri, 13 September 2013, 08:16
By Sandra Kraisirideja After a summer filled with superheroes, aliens and monsters, Hollywood will turn to more serious fare in the fall as the march toward awards season begins. Fall is also when the independent studios really shine and the major studios pin their Oscar hopes on dramatic content with big name stars. The list below—which would not have been Continue Reading...
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