October 2 (Friday)
All movies are 2014/15 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVD | Blu-ray | Both Blu-ray and DVD
Joss Whedon's slightly lesser sequel to 2012‘s The Avengers follows Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they try to clean up after one of their own, Tony Stark, after his peacekeeping program (voiced by James Spader) goes rogue. Joining returning stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Andy Serkis.
Prolific director Alex Gibney's look inside the controversial Church of Scientology (based on Lawrence Wright's book) debuted in theaters and on HBO this spring to widespread praise from critics. The film received seven Emmy nominations and won three times, including for best documentary.
Steven Soderbergh doesn't direct this less substantial sequel to his 2012 male stripper hit Magic Mike, ceding those duties to first-timer Gregory Jacobs. But Soderbergh returns as cinematographer and editor, and stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias also return, joined by Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Michael Strahan, and Donald Glover.
The winner of both top awards (one from the jury, the other from audiences) at this year's Sundance festival, this second directorial effort from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is both a charmer and a tearjerker in its tale of a high school senior (Greg Gaines), his best (and only) friend Earl (RJ Cyler), and their new acquaintance (Olivia Cooke), who is suffering from leukemia.
Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) stars as Will, a graphic novelist and teacher who discovers his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his children (Stephanie Allynne) cheating on him on his twin daughters’ fifth birthday. Even after a year, Will hasn’t put his life together, but being a single father becomes more promising when one of his students (The Daily Show's Jessica Williams) introduces him to her mother (Regina Hall). Written and directed by Jim Strouse (The Winning Season, Grace Is Gone), the film is yet another Sundance hit, having earned good reviews when it premiered at the festival in January.
Famed Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli’s 20th (and possibly final) feature film is based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1967 children’s novel about a lonely girl named Anna who meets an unexpected friend in Marnie. In this English-language update, Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Kathy Bates, John C. Reilly, Ellen Burstyn, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, and Vanessa Williams provide the voices.
|More movie releases on October 6, 2015|
|62||10,000 Saints DRAMA | Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield|
|33||Air SCI-FI/THRILLER | Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou|
|54||Awake: The Life of Yogananda DOCUMENTARY|
|63||Batkid Begins DOCUMENTARY|
|37||Burying The Ex HORROR/COMEDY | Directed by Joe Dante|
|74||Creep DRAMA/HORROR | Mark Duplass|
|39||Dark Places DRAMA/THRILLER | Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult|
|56||Escobar: Paradise Lost DRAMA | Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson|
|Final Girl ACTION/THRILLER | Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley|
|69||Fresh Dressed DOCUMENTARY|
|57||In the Courtyard FOREIGN/DRAMA/COMEDY|
|52||Insidious: Chapter 3 HORROR|
|32||Lucky Stiff COMEDY | Jason Alexander|
|56||Manglehorn DRAMA | Al Pacino, Holly Hunter|
|77||My Own Private Idaho (1991) Criterion Collection release|
|50||Road Hard COMEDY | Adam Carolla|
|32||The Stranger HORROR/THRILLER|
|65||We Are Still Here HORROR|
|54||What We Did On Our Holiday DRAMA/COMEDY | David Tennant, Rosamund Pike|
|Windsor Drive THRILLER|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|Adventure Time Vol. 10|
|69||American Horror Story: Freak Show|
|Avatar: The Last Airbender Complete series set|
|Brickleberry Season 3|
|The Code Season 1|
|Duck Dynasty Season 8|
|Grace Under Fire Complete series set|
|49||Happyish Season 1|
|Last of the Summer Wine Vintage 2005|
|65||The Leftovers Season 1|
|Little House on the Prairie Season 7 (remastered)|
|Mission: Impossible Complete series set|
|Party Down Complete series set|
|77||Penny Dreadful Season 2|
|Reign Season 2|
|53||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! TV movie|
|South Park Season 18|
|81||Vikings Season 3|
|The Wonder Years Complete series set|
The fourth and best feature from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa is set in a dangerous Inglewood, Calif. neighborhood, though it's more House Party than Boyz n the Hood. The comedy follows a trio of young geeks whose attempt to survive their high school years and go off to college is jeopardized by a chance invitation to an underground party and a bag of drugs.
For fans of bad movies, San Andreas probably isn't quite enough of a disaster to make it worthwhile, though the film certainly isn't bereft of spectacle. Dwayne Johnson reunites with his Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director, Brad Peyton, for a film that imagines (and graphically depicts) what might happen if the Big One finally hit California. Johnson plays a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot who teams up with his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario).
Speaking of disasters: Pixar veteran Brad Bird’s second live-action feature (following 2011’s Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) tells the story of a former boy genius played by George Clooney, a curious teenager played by Britt Robertson, and a mythical place called Tomorrowland (which bears a not-coincidental resemblance to the one in Disney's theme parks). Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, and Keegan-Michael Key also star. Written by Bird and Damon Lindelof (Lost), the tonally inconsistent film is easily one of 2015's biggest disappointments (as well its biggest box office flop).
|More movie releases on October 13, 2015|
|69||Above and Beyond DOCUMENTARY|
|35||After Words DRAMA | Marcia Gay Harden)|
|The Brood (1979) Criterion Collection release|
|64||Call Me Lucky DOCUMENTARY|
|30||The Gallows HORROR/THRILLER|
|46||The Little Death DRAMA/COMEDY|
|A Special Day (1977) Criterion Collection release|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|The 100 Season 2|
|Bates Motel Season 3|
|The Bionic Woman Complete series set|
|Brain Games Season 6|
|Dexter Complete series set|
|The Following Season 3|
|69||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Season 1|
|The Good Witch Season 1|
|Impractical Jokers Season 3|
|Indian Summers Season 1|
|Justified Complete series set|
|83||Mad Men Season 7 Part 2|
|Mad Men Complete series set|
|Maison Close Season 2|
|62||Matador Season 1|
|The Six Million Dollar Man Complete series set|
|66||Wayward Pines Season 1|
|When Calls The Heart Year 2|
The fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise takes place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park and itself arrives 14 years since the somewhat forgettable previous film in the series. Here, Isla Nublar is a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, but corporate greed has resulted in humans playing god once again and creating a dinosaur hybrid called Indominus Rex—a beast that threatens the park's paying customers and its employees (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio). Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) takes over as director, and his first big-budget film is fairly enjoyable if unsubstantial, say critics. It was also a dinosaur-sized hit, grossing more money worldwide than any other film in history not named Avatar or Titanic.
TV director James Kent (The White Queen) makes his feature debut with this British coming-of-age drama that follows a young woman (Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander) living through the first World War. Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington, and Taron Egerton also star.
The other major Sundance winner this year—this time in the documentary competition—features a rather unusual subject: the youngest members of the Angulo family. The seven siblings, now ranging in age from 16-23, were kept inside their apartment by their overprotective mother and Hare Krishna father for virtually their entire childhoods (sometimes going a year at a time without seeing the outside), and spent much of their free time watching movies. Some critics have compared the film to Grey Gardens for its peek inside a highly dysfunctional household.
Director Craig Zobel’s follow-up to 2012‘s controversial Compliance is an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s 1974 book about the last man and woman on Earth. Margot Robbie plays Ann, a religious woman who nurses Chiwetel Ejiofor’s John Loomis, a scientist, back to health. What’s different in Nissar Modi’s script is the arrival of Caleb (Chris Pine), a miner who has survived underground. The film split critics when it premiered at Sundance in January, though it scored slightly better upon its August release.
|More movie releases on October 20, 2015|
|Capital C DOCUMENTARY|
|Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' ANIMATION|
|48||Hungry Hearts DRAMA/THRILLER | Adam Driver|
|Kwaidan (1965) Criterion Collection release|
|51||Meet Me in Montenegro COMEDY|
|37||The Vatican Tapes THRILLER/HORROR | Michael Peña, Dougray Scott|
|TV on DVD/Blu-ray|
|66||The Bomb TV movie|
|Chasing Shadows Season 1|
|The Facts of Life Season 7|
|Hotel Complete series set|
|King of the Hill Season 13|
|59||The Making of the Mob Season 1|
|75||Mike Tyson Mysteries Season 1|
|Nurse Jackie Season 7|
|Olympus Season 1|
|Peaky Blinders Season 1|
Actor/writer Joel Edgerton makes his feature directorial debut with this well-reviewed thriller in which the peaceful life of Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) is upset by a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s past. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret is uncovered, and Robyn begins to wonder who her husband is.
81 Mulholland Drive (2001)
David Lynch's enigmatic 2001 classic has been remastered in 4K for this new Criterion Collection release. The set features new interviews with Lynch, composer Angelo Badalamenti, stars Naomi Watts and Justin Theroux, and more.
Phenomenal, it's not. Despite a screenplay by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield) and direction from Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), critics seem unimpressed by the silver screen's latest boxing story. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a champion fighter who loses everything important in his life and must climb back to the top with the help of a veteran trainer played by Forest Whitaker. The soundtrack is executive produced by Eminem, who at one time was slated to star in the film.
|More movie releases on October 27, 2015|
|73||A Borrowed Identity FOREIGN/DRAMA|
|5||The Human Centipede III: The Final Sequence Somehow not the worst movie of 2015|
|47||Max DRAMA/ADVENTURE | Josh Wiggins|
|27||Pixels ACTION/SCI-FI/COMEDY | Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Pac-Man|
|52||Sunset Edge DRAMA/THRILLER|
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