When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Arrival opens Nov. 11.

The Edge of Seventeen

The Edge of Seventeen is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. The Edge of Seventeen opens Nov. 18.

Manchester by the Sea

In Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. Manchester by the Sea opens in limited release on Nov. 18.

Nocturnal Animals

From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in Nocturnal Animals. The movie will have a steady roll-out beginning with a limited release on Nov. 18, expanding Nov. 23 and then going to wide release on Dec. 9.


Miss Sloane

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Miss Sloane opens Nov. 25.


From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master way finder. Moana opens nationwide Nov. 23.

2015 Summer Preview

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by Sandra Kraisirideja Summer is the time of year when studios lay it all on the line and hope the next three months can finance more moviemaking next year. This list is not a comprehensive report of all the films opening between now and Labor Day. Rather, it’s a curated offering containing only the films that I have an interest Continue Reading...
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Joss Whedon Delivers a Satisfying Sequel with Avengers: Age of Ultron

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By Sandra Kraisirideja Joss Whedon understands the importance of a well-crafted story and his exceptional ability to combine heart, humor and action is proven once again with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Returning again as writer-director of the blockbuster franchise, which lies at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Whedon keeps the relationships between Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Continue Reading...
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Review: Monkey Kingdom

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By Sandra Kraisirideja Disneynature’s latest documentary, Monkey Kingdom, follows a female macaque monkey and her infant son as they struggle to survive in the jungles of South Asia. Co-directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, Monkey Kingdom brings viewers up close and personal into the lives of a troop of macaque monkeys. Filmed over the course of three years in Continue Reading...
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Review: McFarland, USA

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by Sandra Kraisrideja McFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, is an enjoyable, heartwarming movie that has all the trademark elements of a Disney sports biopic. The formula usually goes something like this: washed up, down-on-his-luck coach gets a job coaching a team filled with misfits, losers or some combination thereof; there is some physical, social or economic hurdle Continue Reading...
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Review: Jupiter Ascending

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by Sandra Kraisirideja Jupiter Ascending takes place in a universe befitting the creative minds of Andy and Lana Wachowski, best known for The Matrix franchise. Just as with their other films, the Wachowskis serve as writers, directors and producers on Jupiter Ascending. Try as they might, however, the Wachowskis may never hit upon that combination of ground-breaking visual effects and Continue Reading...
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies takes viewers to Middle Earth one last time

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By Sandra Kraisirideja Perhaps dwarves are not as cuddly as hobbits. Whatever the reason, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, lacks the emotional core that made the Lord of the Rings series so endearing. The final installment in the Hobbit franchise is visually impressive and the landscapes of Middle Earth are still breathtaking. While it’s fun Continue Reading...
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The Old Testament is revisited in Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver is the latest movie to come out of Hollywood’s renewed interest in the Old Testament. Darren Aronofsky tackled the story of Noah’s Ark earlier this year and now Ridley Scott is sharing his interpretation of the story of Moses. The result is a Continue Reading...
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Review: Big Hero 6 thrills and delights

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Big Hero 6 is a fun and intelligently written animated movie that further cements the idea, which began with the release of Frozen last year, that Walt Disney Animation Studios is back on track. Disney’s return to animation prominence is undoubtedly due to John Lasseter’s role as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. Since 2007 he has overseen Continue Reading...
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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in “Nightcrawler”

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After watching Nightcrawler you’ll never look at local TV news coverage the same way again. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the deliciously dark Nightcrawler tells the story of Louis Bloom, a young man with questionable morals and high aspirations—a potent mix that helps him blossom as a freelance videographer capturing the mayhem that happens in the wee hours of Continue Reading...
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Interviews: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Dan Gilroy for “Nightcrawler”

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Open Road Films has released roundtable interviews with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Dan Gilroy in support of Nightcrawler, opening Oct. 31. Written and directed by Gilroy, Nightcrawler is set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding Continue Reading...
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