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Director: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola, Brian Howe and Eric Ladin
A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.
At Middleton (2013)
Director: Adam Rodgers
Starring: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco and Tom Skerritt
Though adversaries at first, romantic sparks begin to fly between a surgeon and a retailer during a college admissions tour with their teenage offspring.
The Book Thief (2013)
Director: Brian Percival
Based on the novel 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Nico Liersch, Roger Allam and Barbara Auer
While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others, including a Jewish refugee who is being sheltered by her adoptive parents under the stairs in her home.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Based on the novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Nika Futterman, Pat Fraley, Fred Tatasciore, Max Mitchell, Maurice LaMarche and James Urbaniak
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.
The Call (2013)
Director: Brad Anderson
Starring: Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut
After a tragic incident during one of the calls attended, Jordan, a telephone 911 operator must overcome her fear to try to save the life of Casey, a young who has been kidnapped by a serial murderer.
Director: Henry Selick
Based on the novel 'Coraline' by Neil Gaiman
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders
Coraline is a curious girlwho unlocks a mysterious door in her family's new home and enters into an adventure in a parallel reality. On the surface, this "Other World" eerily mimics her own life — though it is much more fantastical. In it, Coraline encounters different versions of her own life, including off-kilter neighbors and an Other Mother who attempts to keep her forever. Ultimately, Coraline must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home — and save her family.
Devil's Knot (2013)
Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Bruce Green Wood, Elias Koeas, James Hamrick and Amy Ryan
The savage murders of three young children in the Arkansas town of West Memphis sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga and Wagner Moura
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Delacourt, a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in by any means they can. When unlucky Max is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that, if successful, will not only save his life but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
From Time to Time (2009)
Director: Julian Fellowes
Starring: Alex Etel, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Christopher Villiers, Hugh Bonneville, Pauline Collins, Dominic West and Eliza Bennett
In 1940s England, thirteen year old Tolly is sent to Green Knowe, the country estate of his grandmother, while his mother searches for any information concerning his missing-in-action father. Tolly soon finds that he can pass through time to witness the the family stories Grandmother Oldknow tells him. Travelling back to 1805, Tolly becomes caught up in the family scandals, secrets and mysteries that still echo in his own time.
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Director: Scott Walker
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris, 50 Cent, Radha Mitchell and Kevin Dunn
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Director: Mark Tonderai
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue, Gil Bellows, Nolan Gerard Funk and Allie MacDonald
A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.
The Iceman (2012)
Director: Ariel Vromen
Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, James Franco, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff and Robert Davi
The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.
The Judge (2014)
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
Director: Anthony Silverston
Starring: Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Loretta Devine, Laurence Fishburne, Richard E. Grant, Anika Noni Rose, AnnaSophia Robb, Catherine Tate, Liam Neeson and Dee Bradley Baker
Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson and Michael Hall D'Addario
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Up in the Air (2009)
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, J. K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis and Sam Elliott
Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Directors: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham and Onata Aprile
The offspring of a hot-headed musician and an art dealer, little Maisie learns the hard way about how difficult divorce can be on a youngster. The quiet, obedient child gets caught in the middle as her self-absorbed parents use her as a pawn in a bitter custody battle. After her parents marry new mates, Maisie finds reason to hope for some genuine affection but permanent damage to her psyche may have already been done.
A list of films viewed by me for the first time in 2014.
They are listed in alphabetical order.
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list by kathy
Published 3 years, 6 months ago
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