Lee Daniels' The Butler
PG-13; Forest Whitaker, David Banner, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, James Marsden. Based on a true story, Cecil Gaines served as a butler in the White House for eight terms, major events such as the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and more, affecting his life. A seemingly amazing plot, great cast, and overarching historical theme, this movie should be a heartbreaker, comedy, and most of all a hit. 5 stars
R; Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Matt Nable, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Bokeem Woodbine, and Nolan Gerard Funk. Abandoned on a barren planet filled with otherworldly beasts, Richard B. Riddick must re-channel his inner animal in order to master his surroundings and manipulate his way off this barely habitable world. This high intensity film, packed with awe-inspiring special effects, is a must see for anyone looking for action and suspense. 3 stars
R; Robert De Niro, Michele Pfeiffer
An ex-mafia family movies to France and has a little trouble adjusting. Their struggle looks crazy but hilarious, I'm excited to watch it unfold. 4 stars
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
PG; Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte. In the sequel, Flint Lockwood and his pals must return to their home on Swallow Falls to save the world from the deliciously deadly beasts his infamous invention has created before the mutants make their way to the main land. With the perfect combination of food and comedy, I can imagine Cloudy 2 will be the family movie of the year. 4 stars
R; Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara. A.C.O.D., or Adult Children of Divorce, is a dramedy about a young man struggling with his parents’ animosity towards each other and his brother's hasty engagement. It looks like a feel-good movie (one of the few non-horror films coming out in October) with a cute story. 3 stars
PG-13; Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. On a routine spacewalk, a medical engineer and veteran astronaut are left stranded in space after their shuttle is destroyed by space debris. With his brilliant work on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men, I expect Alfonso Cuarón’s latest work to be a visual spectacle that explores the human form. 5 stars
Not Yet Rated; Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell. Based on Steven King's horror novel, Carrie White is an outcast who finds herself developing telekinetic powers at the same time as she is pushed too far in life, never a good mix. An amazing novel, this horror should not only be interesting, but tell the harrowing tale of growing up. 5 stars
R; Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent. Professional prison escapist and structural security tycoon Ray Breslin must face his toughest challenge yet when he’s framed and locked in an escape proof prison he designed himself, and he's determined to find the person who put him there. Filled with some of the most iconic actors of the past half-century, this macho film guarantees action and adventure. 4 stars
12 Years a Slave
R; Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Benedict Cumberbatch. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Fassbender and director Steve McQueen’s previous two collaborations were both complex piece, the first of which Hunger (2008) centered on a man involved in the Irish hunger strike, and Shame (2011) depicted the mental breakdown of a man suffering from sexual addiction. Thus, I expect this portrayal of Solomon Northup to be an exquisite emotional and physical character study. 5 stars
Not Yet Rated; Asa Butterfield Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfield. Ender is a shy genius, but after he is recruited into the Battle School for Space, to prepare against the next invasion of aliens on earth, his life changes, and not fully for the better. A heart wrenching tale based on an amazing novel, if done right the graphics and storyline should shine on screen. 4.5 stars
Thor: The Dark World
Not Yet Rated; Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins. Malekith and his army of Dark Elves return to attack Earth and Asgard, forcing Thor to choose between his home world and Jane Foster. Both full of superheroes, love scenes, and full battle fights, unless it becomes a soppy romance, this movie should be a great follow up. 4 stars
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PG-13; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Second in The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire shows Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark after their 74th Hunger Games victory as their bravery slowly begins to spark revolt among the Panem Districts. There’s no doubt Catching Fire will expand the series perfectly, entrancing audiences with its incredible special effects and storyline. 4.5 stars
The Delivery Man
PG-13; Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders
After a mix up at the fertility clinic, David (Vince Vaughn) discovers that he is the biological father of 553 children. This looks funny yet heart-warming, perfect for Thanksgiving time. 3.5 stars
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Not Yet Rated; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis. Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves continue on their quest, facing the Mirkwood Forest, the human settlement, and the Lonely Mountain, but all without the aid of the wizard Gandolf. With such amazing graphics in the first movie, the second should come alive on screen, the plot even more intricate an detailed. 3 stars
Saving Mr. Banks
PG-13; Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks. Walt Disney (Hanks) solicits the rights to a stubborn author's novel, Mary Poppins. While doing this, he discovers the true meaning behind the story. The fact that it is based on a true story makes me want to watch the characters struggle and grow even more. 3.5 stars
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues –
R; Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, Christina Applegate. Ron Burgundy and his team are back, continuing their shenanigans in the new decade while returning to New York to work for the first ever 24-hour news channel. Definitely one of the most highly anticipated sequels of the year, Anchorman 2 will have even the most serious of individuals rolling on the floor with laughter. 4.5 stars
R; Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner. American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld who, along with his equally cunning British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. Boasting an ensemble of acclaimed actors, I expect this film to deliver excellent performances and an engaging script. 4.5 stars
ABOUT THE REVIEWERS
Maya Lubarsky, Stoneman Douglas High: I love action and anything mystical, but every movie deserves a chance because you'll never know what you get.
Sara Girard, College Academy @ BC: I absolutely adore all films with impressive acting, varied plots, and memorable punch lines.
Rachel Frazin, Atlantic High: I love a movie that tells a good story, so plot is key. I also like to see interesting characters. Anything with out these can be a bit boring.
Vinay Harrichan, Coral Springs High: I enjoy reading novels and watching independent movies, the latter of which I appreciate because they depict complex character studies without the glamour of Hollywood blockbusters.