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Frankenstein

Opens Friday, Jan 16, 2015 Synopsis: Still regarded as the definitive film version of Mary Shelley's classic tale of tragedy and horror, Frankenstein made unknown character actor Boris Karloff a star and created a new icon of terror. Along with the highly successful Dracula, released earlier the same year, it launched Universal Studio's golden age of 1930s horror movies. The film's greatness stems less from its script than from the stark but moody atmosphere created by director James Whale; Herman Rosse's memorable set designs, particularly the fantastic watchtower laboratory, featuring electrical equipment designed by Kenneth Strickfaden; the creature's trademark look from makeup artist Jack Pierce, who required Karloff to don pounds of makeup and heavy asphalt shoes to create the monster's unique lurching gait; and Karloff's nuanced performance as the tormented and bewildered creature. Frankenstein was greeted with screams, moans, and fainting spells upon its initial release, obliging Universal to add a disclaimer in which Edward Van Sloan advises the faint of heart to leave the theater immediately. If they don't: "Well...we've warned you." Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy

Opens Friday, Aug 1, 2014 Synopsis: Marvel Studios expands their cosmic presence on the big screen with this adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series, with Zero Dark Thirty's Chris Pratt heading up a cast that includes David Bautista and Zoe Saldana. Super's James Gunn helms the big-budget sci-fi film. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Draft Day

Now Playing Synopsis: Ivan Reitman's Draft Day stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the GM of the Cleveland Browns. With 13 hours until the beginning of the NFL draft, Sonny is informed by the team's owner (Frank Langella) that if Sonny doesn't make a splash and generate ticket sales, he's going to be fired. That prompts the GM to take a trade offer from another team that gives him the first pick in the draft, in exchange for three furure first-round picks. The move outrages the Browns' head coach, and forces all of the team's scouts to dig up what they can find about the pick everyone, including the owner, expects them to make -- a highly touted QB from Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Weaver is drawn to a talented linebacker who has family issues to deal with and is known for having a hot temper. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

I Origins

Opens Friday, Jul 18, 2014 Synopsis: Writer/director Mike Cahill's drama I Origins centers on medical student Ian Gray (Michael Pitt). Ian specializes in the evolution of the human eye. One day he attends a party where he meets a masked woman whose eyes transfix him, and soon the two fall in love. Years later, Ian makes a startling discovery in the lab, forcing him on a trek across the globe in order to uncover profound truths about mankind. I Origins screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergés-Frisbey, Steven Yeun Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Mumbai Musical

Opens Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 Synopsis: Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha teams up with DreamWorks Animation on this computer-animated ode to Bollywood, whose inspiration is taken from the Sanskrit poem The Ramayana. Tarzan's Kevin Lima directs from a script by Chadha and Paul Berges. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Fading Gigolo

Now Playing Synopsis: Writer/director John Turturro's Fading Gigolo centers on an elderly New York bookstore owner (Woody Allen) who becomes a pimp when he turns his middle-aged friend (Turturro) into a gigolo hoping to raise enough money when it looks like their store is going to close. Eventually, they begin to make more money than they ever expected. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Woody Allen, John Turturro, Sofía Vergara, Sharon Stone Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

No Good Deed

Opens Friday, Sep 12, 2014 Synopsis: Idris Elba stars as a cryptic man who's granted access into an ex-D.A.'s house after posing as a broken-down motorist in this home-invasion thriller from director Sam Miller. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kate del Castillo Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Paddington

Opens Friday, Dec 12, 2014 Synopsis: Children's favorite Paddington Bear gets the big-screen treatment in this family film adapted from Michael Bond's book series. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Seventh Son

Opens Friday, Feb 6, 2015 Synopsis: A powerful knight trains his young apprentice to do battle against a diabolical witch who is gathering an army to wage supernatural war on all of mankind in this adaptation of author Joseph Delaney's young-adult novel The Spook's Apprentice. Years ago, brave Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) succeeded in capturing evil enchantress Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), and locking her away to rot in prison. Now Mother Malkin has escaped, and she's hungry for revenge. As her followers gather power, the dreaded witch reveals her infernal intentions to the noble knight who once imprisoned her, and who now has until the next full moon to train Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of a seventh son, to defend humanity against a threat whose evil knows no bounds. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Final Member

Synopsis: Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's documentary The Final Member charts the efforts of the Icelandic Phallological Museum -- a showcase for male genitalia from just about every mammal on Earth -- to acquire its first human specimen. Although the organization's mastermind has two hot leads, he quickly discovers his quest is more difficult than he expected. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi Cast: Sigurdur "Siggi" Hjartarson, Tom Mitchell, Pall Arason Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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