Fall 2014 Movie Sneaks
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Movie Sneaks: Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Movie Sneaks
The 2014 Fall Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through Oct. 31. Release dates and other details, as compiled here by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. (Alex Nabaum / For The Times)
‘Two-Bit Waltz’ | Oct. TBA
After an especially turbulent week, a teenager learns she’s set to inherit a large sum of money from her deceased grandmother on the condition that she finish her education. With Clara Mamet, Jared Gilman and Rebecca Pidgeon. Written and directed by Mamet. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
‘Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ | Oct. TBA
On a reservation in 1970s Canada, a 15-year-old weed dealer comes into conflict with the corrupt local Indian agent. With Devery Jacobs, Roseanne Supernault and Glen Gould. Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
‘Maps to the Stars’ | Oct. TBA
Recently released from a psychiatric ward, a tormented teen girl returns to Hollywood and her dysfunctional showbiz family. With Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson. Written by Bruce Wagner. Directed by David Cronenberg. eOne Films (Caitlin Cronenberg / eOne Films)
‘St. Vincent’ | Oct. 31
A retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling becomes an unlikely mentor and friend to the 12-year-old boy next door. With Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts. Written and directed by Theodore Melfi. The Weinstein Co. (Atsushi Nishijima / The Weinstein Company)
‘Low Down’ | Oct. 31
A biopic about the virtuoso jazz pianist Joe Albany, his struggle with heroin addiction and his complex relationship with his daughter. With John Hawkes, Elle Fanning and Glenn Close. Written by Amy-Jo Albany and Topper Lilien. Directed by Jeff Preiss. Oscilloscope. Cast pictured at Sundance Film Festival. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
‘Nightcrawler’ | Oct. 31
A driven young man desperate for work gets involved in the cutthroat world of freelance crime journalism. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton and Rene Russo. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Open Road (Chuck Zlotnick / Open Road Films)
‘Horns’ | Oct. 31
In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to find horns sprouting from his temples. With Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple and Heather Graham. Written by Keith Bunin. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Radius-TWC (Doane Gregory / Associated Press)
‘Before I Go to Sleep’ | Oct. 31
A woman who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past discovers terrifying new truths that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life. With Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Written and directed by Rowan Joffe. Clarius Entertainment (Laurie Sparham / Clarius Entertainment)
‘Ouija’ | Oct. 24
Friends must confront their most terrifying fears after awakening the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. With Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos. Written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. Directed by White. Universal Pictures (Universal Pictures)
‘Laggies’ | Oct. 24
After her high school boyfriend unexpectedly proposes, a directionless 28-year-old retreats to the home of her new 16-year-old friend and her attractive single dad. With Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz. Written by Andrea Seigel. Directed by Lynn Shelton. A24. Pictured: Cast at Sundance Film Festival. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
‘John Wick’ | Oct. 24
A former hit man tracks down the gangsters that took everything from him. With Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen. Written by Derek Kolstad. Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. Lionsgate (David Lee / Lionsgate)
‘1,000 Times Good Night’ | Oct. 24
After a brush with death, a war photojournalist is given an ultimatum by her husband and two young daughters to choose between her family and her dangerous profession. With Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lauryn Canny. Written by Harald Rosenlow Eeg. Directed by Erik Poppe. Film Movement (Film Movement)
‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’ | Oct. 17
A tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo, who raised by an old man and his wife into a beautiful young woman, ultimately has to face her destiny. With the voices of Chloe Grace Moretz and James Caan. Written by Riko Sakaguchi and Isao Takahata. Directed by Takahata. GKids (GKids)
‘Rudderless’ | Oct. 17
A distraught ad man wasting his days away on a sailboat after the death of his son stumbles upon the teenager’s original music recordings. With Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Huffman. Written by Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison and William H. Macy. Directed by Macy. Samuel Goldwyn Films (J.R. Cooke / Samuel Goldwyn Films)
‘Listen Up Philip’ | Oct. 17
With his relationship on the rocks and his second novel on the way, an egocentric young author jumps at the opportunity to take refuge in his idol’s isolated summer home. With Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. Tribeca Film (Sean Price Williams / Sundance)
‘Housebound’ | Oct. 17
Placed on house arrest, a 20-something petty criminal begins to wonder if her blabbermouth mother is right about the home being haunted. With Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata and Glen-Paul Waru. Written and directed by Gerard Johnstone. XLrator Media (XLrator Media)
‘Fury’ | Oct. 17
In the final days of World War II, a five-man Allied tank crew goes on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. With Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena. Written and directed by David Ayer. Columbia Pictures (Giles Keyte / MCT)
‘The Evolution of a Criminal’ | Oct. 17
A documentary in which the filmmaker turns the camera on himself and explores how he went from 16-year-old honor student to bank robber. Directed by Darius Clark Monroe. Gathr / The Film Collaborative (The Independent Television Service)
‘Dear White People’ | Oct. 17
A group of black students navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college. With Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson and Teyonah Parris. Written and directed by Justin Simien. Roadside Attractions (Ashley Beireis Nguyen / LA Film Festival)
‘The Culture High’ | Oct. 17
A documentary about the debate over the legality of marijuana in the U.S. Directed by Brett Harvey. Phase 4 Films (Phase 4 Films)
‘The Book of Life’ | Oct. 17
In this animated movie, a conflicted hero and dreamer embarks on an epic quest through magical worlds to rescue his one true love and defend his village. With the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum. Written by . Directed by Jorge Gutierrez. 20th Century Fox (Twentieth Century Fox & Reel FX)
‘Birdman’ | Oct. 17
A washed-up actor famous for playing an iconic superhero struggles to mount a Broadway play. With Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Andrea Riseborough. Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo. Directed by Inarritu. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Alison Rosa / Fox Searchlight)
‘The Best of Me’ | Oct. 17
Two former high-school sweethearts find themselves reunited after 20 years when they return to their small town for the funeral of a friend. With Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden and Luke Bracey. Written by J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters and Michael Hoffman. Directed by Hoffman. Relativity (Gemma LaMana / Handout)
‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda’ | Oct. 17
A documentary portrait of the Indian swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman. Counterpoint Films (Counterpoint Films)
‘Advanced Style’ | Oct. 17
A documentary delving into the personal lives of an assortment of New York City’s most fashionable women over 60. Directed by Lina Plioplyte. Bond/360 (powerHouse Books)
‘You’re Not You’ | Oct. 10
A brash college student and would-be rock singer takes a job assisting a successful classical pianist who has just been diagnosed with ALS. With Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Frances Fisher. Written by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts. Directed by George Wolfe. eOne Films (Alan Markfield / Entertainment One Films)
‘Whiplash’ | Oct. 10
A determined 19-year-old jazz drummer at an elite music conservatory is pushed to the brink by his autocratic instructor. With Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Sony Pictures Classics (Daniel McFadden / Sundance)
‘One Chance’ | Oct. 10
A biopic about Paul Potts, a Welsh cellphone salesman and amateur opera singer who became an overnight sensation via “Britain’s Got Talent.” With James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters and Mackenzie Crook. Written by Justin Zackham. Directed by David Frankel. The Weinstein Co. (Liam Daniel / The Weinstein Co.)
‘Kill the Messenger’ | Oct. 10
A fact-based drama about the journalist Gary Webb and his incendiary report linking the CIA and Nicaragua’s Contras to the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. With Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta. Written by Peter Landesman. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Focus Features (Chuck Zlotnick / Focus Features)
‘The Judge’ | Oct. 10
A big-city lawyer returns to his childhood home for his mother’s funeral only to see his estranged father, the town’s judge, become suspected of murder. With Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga. Written by Nick Schenk and Bill Dubuque. Directed by David Dobkin. Warner Bros. (Claire Folger / Warner Bros.)
‘I Am Ali’ | Oct. 10
A documentary portrait of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Directed by Clare Lewins. Focus World (Focus World)
‘Dracula Untold’ | Oct. 10
An origin story about the man who became Dracula. With Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper. Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Directed by Gary Shore. In Imax. Universal Pictures (Jasin Boland / Universal Pictures)
‘Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead’ | Oct. 10
The sole survivor of an encounter with unfrozen Nazi zombies once again clashes with the undead soldiers in this sequel to the 2009 film “Dead Snow.” With Vegar Hoel, Martin Starr and Orjan Gamst. Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. Well Go USA (Well Go USA)
‘Catch Hell’ | Oct. 10
A washed-up Hollywood actor is kidnapped by thugs on the way to work in Shreveport, La., and fights for his life. With Ryan Phillippe, James Dumont and Joyful Drake. Written by Phillippe and Joe Gossett. Directed by Phillippe. Phase 4 Films (Steve Dietl / Phase 4 Films)
‘Bjork: Biophilia Live’ | Oct. 10
A documentary capturing Bjork’s multimedia concert based on her eighth studio album, “Biophilia.” Directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland. Cinema Purgatorio (Cinema Purgatorio)
‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ | Oct. 10
An 11-year-old boy and his family members experience a calamitous day in this comedy based on the Judith Viorst children’s book. With Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. Written by Rob Lieber. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Walt Disney Pictures (Dale Robinette / Disney)
‘Addicted’ | Oct. 10
A successful businesswoman who seemingly has everything risks it all to pursue temptations she can’t resist. With Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and Tasha Smith. Written by Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash. Directed by Bille Woodruff. Codeblack Films (Lionsgate)
‘The Liberator’ | Oct. 3
A biopic about chronicling the the life and times of the South American anti-colonialist leader Simon Bolivar. With Edgar Ramirez, Maria Valverde and Danny Huston. Written by Timothy J. Sexton. Directed by Alberto Arvelo. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)
‘Harmontown’ | Oct. 3
A documentary chronicling Dan Harmon’s podcast tour after he was fired from NBC’s cult comedy series “Community.” Directed by Neil Berkeley. The Orchard (Ryan Carmody / The Orchard)
‘The Good Lie’ | Oct. 3
A brassy American woman helps four Sudanese refugees start over in the U.S. With Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng and Ger Duany. Written by Margaret Nagle. Directed by Philippe Falardeau. Warner Bros. Pictures (Bob Mahoney / Warner Bros.)
‘Gone Girl’ | Oct. 3
On his fifth wedding anniversary, a husband reports that his wife has gone missing and finds himself at the center of a police investigation and a media frenzy in this adaptation of the 2012 novel. With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris. Written by Gillian Flynn. Directed by David Fincher. 20th Century Fox (Merrick Morton / 20th Century Fox)
‘Annabelle’ | Oct. 3
A young couple with a new baby learn that a vintage doll in their home has a demon attached to it. With Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard. Written by Gary Dauberman. Directed by John Leonetti. Warner Bros. Pictures ( Warner Bros. )
‘Nas: Time Is Illmatic’ | Oct. 1
A documentary about the rapper Nas, the making of his landmark album “Illmatic” and its legacy. Directed by One9. Tribeca Film (Time is Illmatic)
‘Men, Women & Children’ | Oct. 1
A group of high-school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the ways the Internet has changed their relationships, communication and self-image. With Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever. Written by Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson. Directed by Reitman. Paramount Pictures (Dale Robinette / Paramount Pictures)
‘Two Night Stand’ | Sept. 26
After a regrettable one-night stand, two strangers wake up to find themselves snowed in, having slept through a blizzard. With Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton and Jessica Szohr. Written by Mark Hammer. Directed by Max Nichols. eOne (Seacia Pavao / Entertainment One Films)
‘The Two Faces of January’ | Sept. 26
A wealthy American couple touring Greece in the 1960s meet a con artist who becomes entranced by them, and a sudden accident puts them all in danger. With Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Written and directed by Hossein Amini. Magnolia Pictures (Magnolia Pictures)
‘Pride’ | Sept. 26
In Thatcherite England, a group of gay and lesbian activists try to raise money to support striking miners and their families. With Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West. Written by Stephen Beresford. Directed by Matthew Warchus. CBS Films  (Nicola Dove / CBS Films)
‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ | Sept. 26
A biopic covering a transformative year in the life of Jimi Hendrix as he went from an unknown guitarist to a rock musician on the verge of stardom. With Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell. Written and directed by John Ridley. XLrator Media (Patrick Redmond / XLrator Media)
‘Hellaware’ | Sept. 26
A wannabe photographer finds a goth rap group on YouTube and travels to Delaware to immerse himself in their culture. With Keith Poulson, Sophia Takal and Kate Lyn Sheil. Written and directed by Michael M. Bilandic. Factory 25 (Sean Price Williams / Factory 25)
‘Good People’ | Sept. 26
A 30-something Chicago couple deep in debt find that the tenant in their downstairs apartment has passed away and left behind $400,000 in cash, but the money doesn’t make their lives any easier. With James Franco, Kate Hudson and Omar Sy. Written by Kelly Masterson. Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz. Millennium Entertainment (Nick Wall / Millennium Entertainment)
‘The Equalizer’ | Sept. 26
A disillusioned former black-ops agent looking to put his dark past behind him comes out of retirement to save a young girl from ruthless Russian gangsters. With Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz and Marton Csokas. Written by Richard Wenk. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. In Imax. Columbia Pictures (Scott Garfield / Columbia Pictures)
‘The Boxtrolls’ | Sept. 26
An animated movie about an orphan who is raised by mischievous underground creatures and must protect them from the town villain. With the voices of Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning. Written by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable. In 3-D. Focus Features (LAIKA / Focus Features)
‘20,000 Days on Earth’ | Sept. 26
A docudrama chronicling 24 hours in the life of musician Nick Cave. Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Drafthouse Films (Amelia Troubridge)
‘Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ | Sept. 24
In this animated film set in Victorian-era Scotland, a boy who had his defective heart replaced with a cuckoo clock tries to resist falling in love, which could kill him. With the voices of Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks and Michelle Fairley. Written by Mathias Malzieu. Directed by Malzieu and Stephane Berla. Shout Factory. (Shout Factory)
‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ | Sept. 19
A former NYPD cop working as an unlicensed private investigator reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker hunt down the men who kidnapped and brutally murdered his wife. With Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens and David Harbour. Written and directed by Scott Frank. Universal Pictures (Atsushi Nishijima / Universal Pictures)
‘Tracks’ | Sept. 19
A woman leaves the city life to trek through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling Australian desert joined by her dog and four camels. She meets a National Geographic photographer en route. With Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. Written by Marion Nelson. Directed by John Curran. The Weinstein Co. (The Weinstein Company)
‘This Is Where I Leave You’ | Sept. 19
When their father passes away, four adult siblings return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week with their oversharing mother and a mix of spouses and exes. With Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Written by Jonathan Tropper. Directed by Shawn Levy. Warner Bros. Pictures  (Warner Bros. Picture / AP)
‘The Scribbler’ | Sept. 19
A young woman confonts her mental illness using an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities, but she’s haunted by getting rid of her true self. With Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg and Eliza Dushku. Written by Dan Schaffer. Directed by John Suits. XLrator Media  (XLrator Media)
‘The Maze Runner’ | Sept. 19
In a post-apocalyptic future, an amnesiac teen wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys and has to find a way to escape. With Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Aml Ameen. Written by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin. Directed by Wes Ball. 20th Century Fox  (Ben Rothstein / 20th Century Fox)
‘Life’s a Breeze’ | Sept. 19
An unemployed slacker, his mother and his niece race to recover the old lady’s stash of nearly 1 million Euros they’ve unknowingly thrown out while cleaning up her cluttered apartment. With Pat Shortt, Fionnula Flanagan and Eva Birthistle. Written and directed by Lance Daly. Magnolia Pictures  (Magnolia Pictures )
‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’ | Sept. 19
A quirky psychiatrist dissatisfied with his humdrum life embarks on a global quest to uncover the secret of true happiness. With Simon Pegg, Toni Collette and Rosamund Pike. Written by Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom and Timker Lindsay. Directed by Chelsom. Relativity (Ed Araquel / Relativity)
‘Fort Bliss’ | Sept. 19
A decorated medic and single mother returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan and struggles to reclaim the affection of her 5-year-old son. With Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston and Manolo Cardona. Written and directed by Claudia Myers. Phase 4 Films (Phase Films)
‘Dr. Cabbie’ | Sept. 19
An unemployed doctor turned cab driver converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. With Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki and Kunal Nayyar. Written by Virmani and Manu Chopra. Directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot. Eros International  (George Kraychyk / Eros International)
‘Swearnet’ | Sept. 12
After losing a coveted TV deal, three out-of-work comedic actors start their own uncensored Internet channel. With Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells. Written by Smith, Tremblay and Wells. Directed by Warren P. Sonoda. DaDa Films (Christos Kalohoridis / DaDa Pictures)
‘The Skeleton Twins’ | Sept. 12
An unexpected reunion forces estranged twins living on opposite sides of the country to re-evaluate their lives. With Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Ty Burrell. Written by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman. Directed by Johnson. Roadside Attractions (Roadside Attractions)
‘No Good Deed’ | Sept. 12
A devoted wife and mother of two living in the suburbs of Atlanta fights to protect her family from a charming but dangerous escaped convict. With Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and Leslie Bibb. Written by Aimee Lagos. Directed by Sam Miller. Screen Gems (Quantrell Colbert / Screen Gems)
‘The Drop’ | Sept. 12
A lonely bartender who funnels cash to local gangsters finds himself caught in the middle of a robbery gone awry and a deep-digging investigation. With Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. Written by Dennis Lehane. Directed by Michael Roskam. Fox Searchlight Pictures  (Fox Searchlight)
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A boy who helped rescue and rehabilitate an injured dolphin tries to find her a companion so she can stay at the local aquarium. With Nathan Gamble, Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman. Written and directed by Charles Martin Smith. Warner Bros. Pictures (Wilson Webb / Warner Bros.)
‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her’ | Sept. 10
A once happily married couple find themselves longing to understand each other in the wake of a tragedy in this double feature told from each character’s perspective. With Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Nina Arianda. Written and directed by Ned Benson. The Weinstein Co. (The Weinstein Company)
‘Canopy’ | Sept. 12
In 1942 Singapore, during the Japanese invasion, an Australian fighter pilot downed in the jungle and an injured resistance fighter realize they are one another’s best hope to survive. With Khan Chittenden and Tzu-yi Mo. Written and directed by Aaron Wilson. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
‘Bird People’ | Sept. 12
An American businessman en route to Dubai takes his overnight layover as an opportunity to start over in Europe, with a Parisian chambermaid working at his hotel. With Josh Charles, Anais Demoustier and Roschdy Zem. Written by Pascale Ferran and Guillaume Breaud. Sundance Selects  (Julien Hirsch / Sundance Selects)
‘My Old Lady’ | Sept. 10
A down-on-his-luck New Yorker inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father and travels to France to sell it, only to discover a live-in tenant who’s unwilling to budge. With Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. Written and directed by Israel Horovitz. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)