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The Silver Petticoat’s Guide to Upcoming Movies 2013

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This week we’re  highlighting upcoming movies to watch out for! (Oct. 14th – Nov. 1st, 2013) 


THE MOVIE: Romeo and Juliet

RELEASE DATE: October 11 (just released in theaters)

STARRING: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Ed Westwick

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: For starters, it’s one of the most iconic romantic stories ever written. It was written by The Bard, what more can you ask for? It also has a stellar cast.

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William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love and tragedy gets a 21st-century makeover in this update starring Douglas Booth as Romeo, and Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. Directed by Carlo Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent) and adapted by Julian Fellowes, Romeo & Juliet finds the innocent young lovers caught up in a bitter feud between their warring families, the Montagues and Capulets. Determined not to let the sins of their families’ turbulent pasts stand in the path of true love, Romeo and Juliet run away to wed in secrecy. Alas, happiness was not to come, for in time the flames of their youthful passion will consume them both. Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Stellan Skarsgard co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: Salinger

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Shane Salerno

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: This is the first documentary made for the big screen of the illusive famous writer J.D. Salinger.  He’s part of American history, and you most likely had to read his work in high school. Don’t you want to know more about the man behind the novel Catcher in the Rye? I know I want a peek into this mysterious man’s life.

SYNOPSIS:

Over the course of his lifetime, iconic American story writer and novelist J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) developed a complicated reputation on both personal and professional levels. Though he established himself as one of America’s leading prose stylists from the 1940s on, Salinger experienced two personal crises as a young man – the first when he lost society girlfriend Oona O’Neill to Charlie Chaplin, and the second when a series of shattering encounters during World War II – including a trip to the Dachau concentration camp – psychologically scarred him for life. In the years that followed, Salinger grew extremely shy and reclusive. Therefore, when his first major novel – 1951’s The Catcher in the Rye – grew into a national phenomenon and connected on a startling level with hundreds of thousands of teenagers, some of whom were intent on seeking Salinger out – the belletrist promptly went into hiding in the wilds of New Hampshire, spent decades there, and ultimately decided to stop publishing new works altogether. The lifelong seclusion, in turn, only built up Salinger’s mystique and added to the growing public curiosity about him. In this documentary – which was in development and production for over ten years – writer-director Shane Salerno etches out a multifaceted portrait of the talented yet deeply eccentric writer, by telling his life story with insights from ex-lovers, friends, contemporaries, and admirers. The many contributors include John Guare, John Cusack, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joyce Maynard and Gore Vidal. True to his elusive reputation, Salinger himself (who died during production) does not do any on-camera interviews. The film builds up to a series of startling disclosures about the specific works left behind by the author, contractually slated to be published in the years following his passing. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: Wadjda

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

STARRING: Waad Mohammed, Reedm Abdulla, Abdullrahman A Gohani

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: Take a peek into a world most of us have no familiarity with a world where it’s dangerous to even want a bike. This movie takes you out of our safe America where every little kid has a bike, and into a whole new way of life, and one brave and determined little girl living in it. I’m sensing a tear-jerker and an uplifting film all in one.

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WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. And soon enough Wadjda’s plans are thwarted when she is caught running various schemes at school. Just as she is losing hope of raising enough money, she hears of a cash prize for a Koran recitation competition at her school. She devotes herself… Written by Razor Film Produktion GmbH

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THE MOVIE: As I Lay Dying

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

STARRING: James Franco, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: James Franco has taken on quite a task adapting this book into a movie and then acting in it. It should be interesting to see how well he does.  The cast is certainly an unusual one for such a serious novel, so we’ll see…

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Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO68Kd2yQsE


THE MOVIE: In Secret

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

STARRING: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: Well, if the cast hasn’t already convinced you to go see it, the book will. Imagine something along the lines of Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina. This is yet another classic being made for the big screen. It’s got all the good stuff: romance, mystery, scandal, murder. You’re likely to cry, cheer, and perhaps even gasp in shock.

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Writer/director Charlie Stratton brings author Émile Zola’s controversial novel Thérèse Raquin to the big screen to tell the tale of the ill-fated romance between a 19th-century Parisienne and her ailing husband’s dashing best friend. When domineering Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange) forces her niece Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) to marry her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton), the dejected young woman gets drawn into a scandalous affair with Camille’s handsome friend Laurent (Oscar Isaac) that results in a murder. Shirley Henderson, John Kavanaugh, and Matt Lucas co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: Parkland

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

STARRING: Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: I honestly got chills watching this trailer. Yet another great cast. Man this year is looking good! Ah, we have the JFK assassination brought under the microscope once again. In this film, they take a look at it from multiple angles to try and solve this big mystery. Conspiracy theory anyone?

SYNOPSIS:

The events surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination are explored from multiple perspectives in this historical drama based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Four Days in November. The moment those shots echoed through the streets of Dallas on November 22, 1963, the entire city erupted into chaos. The leader of the free world was dead, and his security team was scrambling for clues. Film from an amateur had captured the tragedy in vivid detail, but the gunman had slipped through the FBI’s grasp. Meanwhile, the doctors and nurses at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital found themselves in the eye of the storm, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson was thrust into the role of Commander in Chief. In this film, we follow the events of that fateful day from the perspectives of the people who were there to witness one of the most disputed events in history firsthand. Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, and Jeremy Strong star in a film featuring James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Hanks, and Ron Livingston. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


THE MOVIE: Enough Said

RELEASE DATE: already in limited release

STARRING: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: Need I mention the cast again? Just assume that the movies have an amazing cast from now on. We don’t accept less than the best. I’m interested in seeing James Gandolfini in something other than “The Sopranos.”

SYNOPSIS:

A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne’s ex. Written by ID-PR

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THE MOVIE: Camille Claudel 1915

RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2013; limited release

STARRING: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: The fabulous Juliette Binoche is in it, who happens to be the daughter of a sculptor. Maybe she has some insight into the character that others might not. Either way, she’s beautiful and she’s incredibly talented. I’d say she’s reason enough to see it. Also, who wouldn’t want to see something about a crazy person? It’s got something for everyone. *wink*

SYNOPSIS:

Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

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THE MOVIE: I’m in Love With a Church Girl

RELEASE DATE: October 18

STARRING: Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, Adrienne Bailon, Michael Madsen

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: This story is much like Romeo and Juliet in my eyes. You’ve got another take of two young people coming together from totally different worlds. Can they make it work or will the walls come crumbling down around them?

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Cars. Good looks. Mansions. Money. Women. Miles Montego has it all. Including a past. He was king of the streets as a high-level drug trafficker, and although he has tried to move on, the DEA isn’t convinced. Miles is still rolling with his old friends and colleagues, and the feds are certain he has not fully-retired from his criminal past. When Miles meets Vanessa Leon, a woman who is different than every other woman he’s met, he is drawn to her beauty and her faith. She is a “church girl” in every-sense of the word. Increasingly, he is torn between a life that he knows and a love that he feels. As Vanessa experiences his lavish lifestyle, mobster-type friends, gun play, and encounters with past women, Vanessa must reconcile her faith in God and her growing love for Miles.

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THE MOVIE:12 Years a Slave

RELEASE DATE: October 18

STARRING: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: This movie is part documentary, as it based in part on an actual memoir and part drama. Here is a story of a man who was free and then was forced into slavery. Usually, we get stories about slavery from the opposite perspective. I would see it for the cast alone, but the story doesn’t look too bad either *wink*.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man in 1800s New York State, who was kidnapped and forced into slavery on a plantation near New Orleans, and his subsequent fight for freedom with the help of a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt). Steve McQueen (Hunger) directed from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part on Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, and Paul Giamatti co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: Ender’s Game

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2013

STARRING: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: Orson Scott Card’s book is phenomenal, and now it’s been made into a movie. I’ve been itching to see this ever since I found out it was being made. Plus we’ve got another stellar cast (who can resist Harrison Ford?), so I’d say this one’s a go.

SYNOPSIS:

A brilliant young strategist rises to the top of his class in Battle School while training to defend Earth against hostile aliens intent on exterminating the entire human race in this sci-fi epic based on the celebrated novel by Orson Scott Card. In the not-too-distant future, our planet has come under attack from a malevolent race of aliens known as the Formics. Incredibly, fearless International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) sent them fleeing back into the stars, becoming a living legend in the process. But decorated Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) knows that the Formics will soon return even stronger than they were before, and he’s determined to find a new hero who can meet them head on. Enter Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a modest young man with vast untapped potential. Upon being recruited into Battle School, Ender partakes in a grueling series of simulations, effortlessly mastering every challenge presented to him. Celebrated by his peers and respected by his superiors, Ender is quickly promoted to Command School, where the one and only Mazer Rackham provides him with the knowledge and tools needed to save mankind from certain extinction. As the final battle approaches, Ender prepares to embrace his destiny as one of the greatest heroes in the history of planet Earth. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: Diana

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2013

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: She was everyone’s favorite princess and the inspiration for numerous biographies. Her death was mourned by the entire world. Here is the story, taken from one of those biographies, of the last two years of this amazing woman’s life. Bonus, we get to see Naveen Andrews from LOST in a film worthy of his talent.

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Kate Snell’s intimate biography Diana: Her Last Love serves as the inspiration for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s biopic starring Naomi Watts as the ill-fated Princess of Wales. Set during the final two years of Princess Diana’s life, the film details her much-publicized divorce from Prince Charles, and her clandestine affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


THE MOVIE: Mr. Nobody

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2013 (was already released a few years ago in other countries, but is just being released in the U.S.)

STARRING: Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: This story just looks plain interesting. What if you could see the many paths you could have taken in life and where they would lead you? This fantasy brings all of that to life and ponders the question then of what is real and not real. It looks cool. That’s all I have to say.

SYNOPSIS:

A man close to death ponders the many lives he might have led in this fantasy from director and screenwriter Jaco van Dormael. Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) is 117-years-old, ill and facing his last days as he looks back on his past and a particular crucial moment — at the age of nine, Nemo’s parents divorced, and as his mother (Natasha Little) and father (Rhys Ifans) stood on a train platform, he had to choose who he would go with, and whether he would live in the United States or Great Britain. Either choice would bring with it a wide variety of possibilities regarding the sort of life he would lead, and Nemo imagines nearly all of them, including two different wives — sweet but emotionally blank Jeanne (Linh-Dan Pham) and lovely but troubled Elise (Sarah Polley) — and another woman, Anna (Diane Kruger), who he loves but can not marry. But as Nemo considers the many different paths his life could have taken, his memory begins to fail him, and he finds it increasingly difficult to be certain which was his real life and which is a product of his imagination. Mr. Nobody also stars Thomas Byrne as nine-year-old Nemo and Toby Regbo as Nemo in his teenage years. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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THE MOVIE: About Time

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2013 (limited release)

STARRING: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE IT: This romantic comedy looks like it will be a double hitter, pleasing both romance and sci-fi/fantasy fans. I love Rachel McAdams, and she does great in romantic comedies. I’d say this looks like The Time Traveler’s Wife, but with a happier ending.

SYNOPSIS:

A young man with the ability to time travel discovers that finding true love isn’t as easy as he thought it would be in this romantic comedy from writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Pirate Radio). Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21 and lonely. In the harsh morning light following a depressing New Year’s Eve party, however, he discovers a family secret that will change his life forever. Entrusted by his father (Bill Nighy) with the knowledge that the men in their family can time travel, Cornwall native Tim relocates to London to study law and find a girlfriend. The moment Tim locks eyes with gorgeous Mary (Rachel McAdams) he knows he’s found the woman of his dreams. But as soon as they’ve fallen in love, an unexpected glitch in the time travel renders them complete strangers again. Now, in order to win back Mary’s heart, Tim will have to travel into the past time and again. Eventually, he seems to master the process, using his unique talent to create an unforgettable marriage proposal, ensure his wedding to Mary goes off without a hitch, and circumvent a massive traffic jam that blocks their route to the hospital when his wife goes into labor, but in time Tim discovers that the true key to happiness lies not in his ability to fix the problems of the past, but instead make the absolute most of his life in the present. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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What movies do you plan on checking out? Did we miss any on our list? Sound off below…

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

 

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By on October 14th, 2013

About Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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