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Winter Movie Sneaks 2014

A string of brutal murders puts three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim, out for revenge; a vigilante detective operating outside the law; and the main suspect, a religious studies teacher arrested and released because of a police blunder. With Guy Adler, Lior Ashkenazi and Dvir Benedek. Written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Magnet Releasing (Magnet Releasing)
After a mysterious lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy that begins to betray sinister origins. With Allison Miller and Zach Gilford. Written by Lindsay Devlin. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. 20th Century Fox (Michele K. Short / 20th Century Fox)
A young CIA analyst uncovers an international terrorist plot to collapse the U.S. economy and heads into the field to prevent it from happening. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley. Written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp. Directed by Branagh. Paramount Pictures (Anatoliy Vorobev)
In this animated film, a mischievous squirrel sets out to rob the town’s biggest nut shop to feed himself and his pals for the winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Written by Lorne Cameron and Peter Lepeniotis. Directed by Lepeniotis. In 3-D. Open Road Films (Toonbox Entertainment, Ltd.)
To prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-headed Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. Written by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. Universal Pictures (Universal Pictures)
Forced to flee her abusive mother and turned away by her Wall Street father, a pregnant teenager meets a compassionate stranger who helps her find salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens. With Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones and Rosario Dawson. Written and directed by Ronald Krauss. Roadside Attractions (Roadside Attractions)
In Chile, a vivacious 58-year-old divorcee looking for love finds a potential new mate but grapples with emotional baggage and family ties. With Paulina Garcia, Sergio Hernandez and Marcial Tagle. Written by Sebastian Lelio and Gonzalo Maza. Directed by Lelio. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Roadside Attractions)
Two centuries after his creation by Dr. Frankenstein, the creature Adam finds himself in the middle of a supernatural war over the fate of humanity. WIth Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. Lionsgate  (Ben King / Lionsgate)
Three friends who participate in live-action role playing take to the woods, accidentally summon a demon and must deal with the consequences. With Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten and Steve Zahn. Written by Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall. Directed by Joe Lynch. eOne (Pete Moroz / eOne)
Two strangers -- an uptight surgeon and a free-spirited children’s retailer -- connect on their children’s campus tour at an idyllic college and decide to play hooky. With Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga and Taissa Farmiga. Written by Adam Rodgers and Glenn German. Directed by Rodgers. Anchor Bay Films (Anchor Bay Films)
Four women -- a bride-to-be, her sister, a fun-loving friend and a quirky new pal -- set off to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party and get more than they bargained for. With Desiree Hall, Samantha Colburn and Eddie Ritchard. Written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Magnet Releasing (Magnet Releasing)
Three best friends find themselves questioning where their recent relationships are headed. With Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots. Written and directed by Tom Gormican. Focus Features (Focus Features)
An enigmatic phone call from a psychic catapults the lives of two sisters grieving over their mother’s death into chaos. With Jena Malone, Chloe Sevigny and Luke Grimes. Written and directed by M. Blash. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. In 3-D. Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros.)
A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Directed by Clooney. Columbia Pictures (Claudette Barius / Columbia Pictures)
When her stylish, outgoing twin sister is killed in a car accident, a shy young woman decides to step into her sibling’s life rather than continue her own. With Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and Zoe Kazan. Written and directed by Jenée LaMarque. Dada Films / Required Viewing  (Erica Parise / Dada Films / Required Viewing)
In 2028, a controversial corporation specializing in military drones turns a critically injured Detroit cop into a part-man, part-robot police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish. Written by Joshua Zetumer, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Directed by Jose Padilha. Columbia Pictures  (Columbia Pictures)
Two couples navigate the ups and downs of modern love and romance in this remake of the 1986 film of the same name. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Written by Leslye Headland. Directed by Steve Pink. Screen Gems (Matt Kennedy / Screen Gems)
A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Written by Shana Feste and Joshua Safran. Directed by Feste. Universal Pictures (Quantrell D. Colbert / Universal Pictures)
An Italian tour bus driver in Paris who has just mustered the courage to propose to his flight attendant girlfriend suddenly becomes infatuated with a young woman he spies riding a bicycle. With Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato and Paddy Considine. Written and directed by Jeremy Leven. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
In this adaptation of the Richelle Mead novel, two girls on the run are caught and returned to their secret boarding school for vampires and vampire-human hybrids, where they fear their lives may be in jeopardy. With Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky. Written by Daniel Waters. Directed by Mark Waters. The Weinstein Co. (The Weinstein Co.)
A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief who falls for a dying woman and tangles with a ruthless gangster, based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Pictures)
A spy determined to give up his dangerous life and reconnect with his estranged family must complete one last mission ¿ hunting down a ruthless terrorist ¿ while also looking after his teen daughter for the first time in years. With Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Heard. Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak. Directed by McG. Relativity Media (Julian Torres / Relativity Media)
In AD 79, a slave-turned-unstoppable-gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. TriStar Pictures (Caitlin Cronenberg / TriStar Pictures)
During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150-million ransom or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. With Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Universal Pictures (Myles Aronowitz / Universal Pictures)
A small-town fry cook who can see ghosts and bad omens teams with his girlfriend and the local sheriff to save his town from destruction in this film based on the Dean Koontz book. With Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers. RLJ Entertainment (Ursula Coyote / RLJ Entertainment)
Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, a man who has reinvented himself as a therapist and spiritual advisor draws the attention of a troubled man fixated on the death of his mother. With Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Mike Epps. Written by Shintaro Shimosawa. Directed by Philippe Caland. Codeblack Films.  (Patti Perret / Codeblack Films)
A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks and Adrian Schiller. Written by Nic Young. Directed by Christopher Spencer. 20th Century Fox (Joe Alblas / 20th Century Fox)
Teens discover plans for a time machine and build the device, but their actions endanger the present and future. With Sofia Black-D’Elia, Jonny Weston and Allen Evangelista. Written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. Directed by Dean Israelite. Paramount Pictures (Paramount Pictures)
The Athenian general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the invading Persian king Xerxes and his navy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Directed by Noam Murro. In 3-D and Imax. Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Pictures)
When a German soldier is found dead near a village in World War II-era Romania, the local madman is pressured by town leaders to take responsibility and save everyone else’s skin. With Gerard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel. Written by Anusavan Salamanian. Directed by Bogdan Dreyer. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
At a European hotel between the wars, a concierge and a lobby boy get mixed up in the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. With Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Years after a catastrophic performance, a gifted pianist reemerges for a long-awaited public concert, only to discover a death threat scrawled on the score. With John Cusack and Elijah Wood. Written by Damien Chazelle. Directed by Eugenio Mira. Magnolia Films (Magnet Releasing)
Jilted by her lover and left to deal with her family’s struggling restaurant, a sixtysomething former beauty queen steps out to buy cigarettes and winds up on a road trip. With Catherine Denueve, Nemo Schiffman and Gerard Garouste. Written by Emmanuelle Bercot and Jerome Tonnerre. Directed by Bercot. In French with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)
In this animated film, a genius dog and his mischievous boy set out to undo the damage caused when the boy took their time machine for a joy ride to impress a girl. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter and Allison Janney. Written by Craig Wright. Directed by Rob Minkoff. In 3-D. 20th Century Fox (DreamWorks Animation)
After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Ramon Rodriguez. Written by George Gatins. Directed by Scott Waugh. Walt Disney Pictures (DreamWorks II)
A glum history professor spots his exact double in a movie and decides to track him down, causing their lives to become irrevocably intertwined. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rosellini. Written by Javier Gullon. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. A24 (Caitlin Cronenberg / A24)
A biopic about former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s involvement in a dispute between her husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and French President Charles de Gaulle over tax laws in the early 1960s. With Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Paz Vega. Written by Aresh Amel. Directed by Olivier Dahan. The Weinstein Co. (The Weinstein Co.)
A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group’s new chief executive, who wants the establishment to lose a star from its rating to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy. With Jean Reno, Michael Youn and Raphaelle Agogue. Written and directed by Daniel Cohen. In French with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)
A long-married middle-class British couple attempt to reinvigorate their marriage by returning to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Hanif Kureishi. Directed by Roger Michell. Music Box Films  (Music Box Films)
A failed writer made infamous by his ex-wife’s scathing blog meets a wonderful new woman ¿ on her wedding day. With Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning and Ryan McPartlin. Written by Megan Martin. Directed by Jeremiah Chechik. Magnolia Pictures  (Magnolia Pictures)
An absent-minded Iranian American woman living with her parents in Los Angeles falls for a mysterious man inhabiting a lighthouse in Northern California, despite being engaged to a successful plastic surgeon. With Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith and Amy Madigan. Written and directed by Ramin Niami. Sideshow Releasin (Sideshow Releasing)
Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, single mothers from different walks of life bond and form a support group to help one another overcome their personal challenges. With Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Terry Crews. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. Lionsgate (K C Bailey / Lionsgate)
On the eve of graduating law school and while interviewing at high-end law firms, the former PI Veronica Mars is drawn back into sleuthing when she learns her ex-boyfriend has been accused of murder. With Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Gaby Hoffman. Written by Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas. Directed by Thomas. Warner Bros. Pictures (Robert Voets / Warner Bros. Pictures)
A 40-year-old man exploits a loophole to enter and hijack a children’s spelling bee, and along the way he forges an unlikely alliance with a cheerful 10-year-old competitor. With Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Written by Andrew Dodge. Directed by Bateman. Focus Features (Sam Urdank / Focus Features)
In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jai Courtney. Written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Directed by Neil Burger. Summit Entertainment  (Jaap Buitendijk / Summit Entertainment)
Upon learning that a seemingly harmless young criminal has been released from prison, a Philadelphia narcotics detective mercilessly hunts down the ex-con. With David Morse, Cory Monteith and Ciaran Hinds. Written by Daniel Noah. Directed by Josh C. Waller. (Eliza Morse / Well Go USA)
While performing on an international tour, the Muppets find themselves unwittingly embroiled in an international crime caper. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Written by James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Directed by Bobin. Walt Disney Pictures (Jay Maidment / Walt Disney Pictures)
Taken in by an older bachelor after being beaten and left in an alley, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her adolescence and young adulthood. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf. Written and directed by Lars von Trier.  (Magnolia Pictures)
A crazy-in-love Queens couple rob a string of mafia-run clubs and become targets of the mob and the FBI. With Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda and Andy Garcia. Written by Jonathan Fernandez. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. Millennium Entertainment (Millennium Entertainment)
With only one shift left to pay off a big debt, a desperate limo driver tries to score a big tip from his latest fare, a reclusive billionaire, by catering to his deviant appetites. With Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ed Helms and Jessica Alba. Written and directed by Joe Carnahan. Universal Pictures (Matt Kenedy / Universal Pictures)
The arrival of a foreign exchange student in a small town in upstate New York upends the dynamics of her host family’s relationships. With Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. Written by Drake Doremus and Ben York Jones. Directed by Doremus. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)
A biopic about the Mexican American union leader Cesar Chavez, who organized farm workers in California and across the southwestern U.S. With Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. Written by Keir Pearson and Timothy Sexton. Directed by Diego Luna. (Participant Media / Pantelion Films)
In 1919, an agent of the Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI) probes a series of package bombs sent to prominent politicians and businessmen, uncovering an anarchist conspiracy. With David Strathairn, Sam Witwer and Ray Wise. Written and directed by Terry Green. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
A man is chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Directed by Aronofsky. Paramount Pictures  (Paramount Pictures)
In Senegal, a seemingly healthy man wakes one morning aware that he will die at the end of the day and spends his final hours bidding farewell to those around him. With Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman and Aissa Maiga. Written by Alain Gomis, Djolof Mbengue and Marc Wels. Directed by Gomis. In French, Manjack and Wolof, with English subtitles. BelleMoon Productions (Mabeye Deme / BelleMoon Productions)
After his radio station is taken over by a media conglomerate, a middle-aged DJ gets caught between his disgruntled, gun-toting former colleague and the police. With Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall. Written by Coogan, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Armando Iannucci. Directed by Declan Lowney. Magnolia Pictures (Magnolia Pictures)
While still adjusting to the modern world, the superhero Captain America returns to action alongside the Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, to thwart a conspiracy orchestrated by a formidable new enemy, the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Written by Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Walt Disney Pictures (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)
A documentary about the diverse but endangered lemurs inhabiting the remote island nation of Madagascar. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. Directed by David Douglas. In 3-D and Imax. Warner Bros. Pictures (Drew Fellman / Warner Bros. Pictures)
A voluptuous woman of unknown origin seeks out isolated and forsaken men, lures them into her otherworldly lair and strips them of their humanity. With Scarlett Johansson. Written by Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell. Directed by Glazer. (Toronto Film Festival)
On the day of the NFL draft, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns trades for the No. 1 pick and has the onerous task of saving football in his city. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (Dale Robinette / Summit Entertainment)
Two world-weary, centuries-old vampire lovers come together again in Detroit, but their reunion is soon disrupted by the appearance of an uncontrollable younger sister. With Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Sony Pictures Classics (Gordon A Timpen / Sony Pictures Classics)
Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest, a family of birds gets acquainted with the wild in this sequel to the 2011 animated film “Rio.” With the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement and Tracy Morgan. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. 20th Century Fox (Blue Sky Studios)
A nature documentary following a year in the life of a bear family in Alaska with two impressionable young cubs. Narrated by John C. Reilly. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. Walt Disney Pictures (Oliver Scholey / Walt Disney Pictures)
Taken in by an older bachelor after being beaten and left in an alley, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac continues recounting her life story. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf. Written and directed by Lars von Trier. (Magnolia Pictures)
Estranged from her family and unsatisfied with her life in a retirement community in Oregon, an elderly woman treks 80 miles on foot to the coast to attend her granddaughter’s wedding as an unexpected guest. With Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt. Written by Gary Lundgren and James Twyman. Directed by Lundgren. Monterey Media (Monterey Media)
When a scientist researching artificial intelligence is mortally wounded by anti-technology extremists, his wife and best friend upload his consciousness online, but his thirst for knowledge evolves into a relentless quest for power. With Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara. Written by Jack Paglen. Directed by Wally Pfister. Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Pictures)
A heartsick Parisian writer follows the mother of his two children to New York City to be near his kids in this sequel to “L’Augerge Espagnole” and “Russian Dolls.” With Romain Duris, Audrey Tatou, Cecile De France and Kelly Reilly. Written and directed by Cedric Klapisch. In English and French, with English subtitles. Cohen Media Group (Cohen Media Group)
After a construction project begins in their neighborhood, three boys begin to receive strange coded messages on their cellphones, and their investigation brings them into contact with an extraterrestrial who needs their help. With Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley and Reese Hartwig. Written by Henry Gayden. Directed by Dave Green. Relativity Media (Peter Iovino / Relativity Media)
Two computer programmers fall in love while creating the world’s first self-aware artificial intelligence, but things take a disastrous turn when the British government commandeers their creation and weaponizes it. With Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz and Denis Lawson. Written and directed by Caradog W. James. XLrator Media (XLrator Media)
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman strikes up an unlikely friendship with the man’s wife, and the two plot their revenge ¿ with help from yet another of his mistresses. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton. Written by Melissa K. Stack. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. (Barry Wetcher / 20th Century Fox)
Following the theory that paranormal activity is caused by negative energy, an unorthodox professor leads his students in an experiment to create a poltergeist, with terrifying consequences. With Jared Harris, Sam Claflin and Erin Richards. Written by Craig Rosenberg, Oren Moverman and John Pogue. Directed by Pogue. Lionsgate (Chris Harris / Lionsgate)
Shamed into leaving the world of professional dance, a former prodigy resigned to an ordinary existence has his passion reignited by his new boss, who harbors a secret love for salsa dancing. With Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd. Written by Jon Brown. Directed by Chris Griffiths. eOne (Entertainment One Films)
Separated from her ill sister at Ellis Island in 1921, a Polish immigrant is released to the mean streets of Manhattan and falls prey to a conniving man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. With Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Written by James Gray and Richard Menello. Radius-TWC (Anne Joyce / Radius-TWC)
A timid office worker’s life is turned upside down by the appearance of a new hire who looks just like him but is otherwise his polar opposite. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn. Written by Richard Ayoade and Avi Korine. Directed by Ayoade. Magnolia Films (Magnolia Pictures)