With so many movies being released throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track. To help, check out our preview of the movies that are opening this weekend:
“Carrie”: As one of our most highly-anticipated movies of October, “What would October be without one major horror release, just in time for Halloween? Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, you may think you know how the story goes. And sure, “Carrie” may seem like just another reboot of a scary movie classic, but with stars like Chloe Moretz as the film’s lead and Julianne Moore as her evangelical mother, “Carrie” could be bloody good. Rated R.
“Escape Plan”: Since Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger must not have spent enough time together on the set of “The Expendables 3,” the duo team up for a thriller set in a maximum security prison. After Stallone’s character is falsely imprisoned, “he must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape the most protected and fortified prison ever built.” Rated R.
“The Fifth Estate”: Hollywood’s current “It Guy,” Benedict Cumberbatch, takes on the role of controversial real-life WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The film follows Assange as he works with a colleague named Berg (Daniel Bruhl) as they found the whistle-blowing organization. Yet according to the official release, “when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other…” Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Anthony Mackie (“Gangster Squad”) also star. Rated R.
Also in theaters this weekend:
“Romeo and Juliet”: It’s the tale as old as time, the story of two lovers who are torn apart by their feuding families. This traditional adaptation stars Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Douglas Booth as the lovers in question, with CW stars Ed Westwick and Paul Wesley appear alongside Holly Hunter and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Let Me In”). There’s a reason the story remains iconic after more than 400 years. Out 10/11, Rated PG-13.
“Captain Phillips”: It’s always great to see the terrific Tom Hanks in a dramatic role, so the inclusion of “Captain Phillips” on this list is all but mandatory. Hanks stars as the Captain in question, based on a real-life man named Richard Phillips, who was caught up in the hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009. Adapted from a book written by Phillips himself, the film currently holds an 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Out 10/11, Rated PG-13.