October Movie Preview

Dear White People and horror flicks hit the big screen.


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Dear White People: October 17 - Writer and director Justin Simien's witty satirical opus about being Black on a modern university campus picks up the conversation on race where director Spike Lee's School Daze and Do the Right Thing left off. The film, which was a winner of Sundance's Special Jury Prize, stars Tyler James Williams and Dennis Haysbert. Dear White People takes good hard look at what it means to be Black, culturally and figuratively, in this supposed post-racial American society. (Photo: Code Red Productions)


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Men Women & Children: October 1 - Finally, a romantic dramedy that tackles how the Internet has affected the relationships, communication, self images and lives of both teenagers and their parents. Men, Women & Children explores the online subcultures of gaming, fame hunting and illicit online material and how our worlds have forever been transformed. Dennis Haysbert stars, in his second movie this month, as one of the parents. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)


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Annabelle: October 3 - The doll which terrified horror audiences in The Conjuring returns in this chapter. This supernatural thriller begins before the evil of Annabelle was unleashed, when a man gifts his pregnant wife the rare vintage doll. But thanks to a bloody occult night of terror, his wife's delight with Annabelle naturally doesn't last long. (Photo: New Line Cinema)


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Gone Girl: October 3 - Based on the bestselling novel and directed by David Fincher, Ben Affleck majorly creeps out audiences in this thriller about a man who reports his wife missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Lies, deceit and odd behavior, plus nosy co-stars like Tyler Perry, all make audiences wonder: Did this man kill his wife? (Photo: New Regency Pictures)

Off to a Great Start - Already making major moves and milestones, Nico & Vinz's track "Find a Way" was confirmed on the track list for the film The Good Lie, a movie about Sudanese refugees who migrate to America and get their lives changed by a U.S. employment counselor.   (Photo: Alcon Entertainment)

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The Good Lie: October 3 - In the tradition of The Blind Side and other white savior movies, Reese Witherspoon now gets her chance to save African kids on the big screen. This film is based on the true story of "The Lost Boys," young boys orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan beginning in 1983. It's a tale of survival and triumph but, best of all, it stars real Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil. (Photo: Alcon Entertainment)


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The Hero of Color City: October 3 - Rosie Perez and Wayne Brady lend their voices to this animated feature that introduces a world where a boy's crayon box transports him to a world called Color City. Monsters, gnats, waterfalls and rainbows all come alive thanks to children's unfinished drawings and lessons of courage, self-confidence and friendship are learned along the way. (Photo: Exodus Film Group)


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Left Behind: October 3 - Nicholas Cage vehicles aren't always critics' favorites, but can reliably be counted on as entertaining joyrides. In Left Behind, the actor doesn't disappoint. Cage is one of a group of survivors left behind after millions vanish and the world screeches towards destruction. The movie also stars Jordin Sparks. (Photo: Stoney Lake Entertainment)

Addicted - Before 50 Shades of Grey, there was Addicted. Now, Zane's wildly erotic 2001 novel is finally coming to the big screen. For those of you who aren?t wrapped up in the Zane craze, Addicted is the story of Zoe Reynard, a gallerist who risks her family and flourishing career when she enters into an affair with a talented painter and slowly loses control of her life. Sharon Leal stars as Zoe, while Boris Kodjoe, William Levy and Tyson Beckford serve as her man candy. Catch it in theaters starting October 10. (Photo: Codeblack Entertainment)

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Addicted: October 10 - Pushing boundaries and eroticism that 2002's Unfaithful only toyed with, Addicted explores what happens when a successful businesswoman (Sharon Leal) gives into carnal temptations she cannot resist. It also questions if her secret life is worth risking her dream husband (Boris Kodjoe), wonderful children and fabulous career over. The film also stars Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford and Emayatzy Corinealdi.  (Photo: Codeblack Entertainment)


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The Canal: October 10 - When a film archivist discovers grainy footage in a movie theater, he discovers his family's home was the scene of ghastly murder and uncovers a looming secret that shatters his marriage. A frightening thriller just perfect for Halloween. (Photo: The Orchard)


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Dracula Untold: October 10 - The Prince of Darkness tale gets a reboot just in time for the spookiest month of the year. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) stars as the man who makes the transformation into Dracula by making a deal with supernatural forces. (Photo: Universal Pictures)


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St. Vincent: October 10 - Bill Murray is stand-out funny in the kind of role his humor was built for in St. Vincent. He portrays a retired curmudgeon who ends up babysitting his neighbor's 12-year old son. In exposing the youth to all his daily haunts — the race track, strip club and local dive — the unlikely friendship helps the boy grow into a man. St. Vincent also stars Terrence Howard. (Photo: Chernin Entertainment)


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You're Not You: October 10 - Ernie Hudson and Loretta Devine star in this film about a high stakes friendship between two women; a successful pianist and a would-be rock star. Despite having nothing in common, they quickly realize their unconventional, sometimes confrontational relationship has created a fierce bond. You're Not You is directed by George C. Wolfe. (Photo: Daryl Prince Productions)


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The Town That Dreaded Sundown: October 10 - Moonlight murders begin again in the town of Texarkana 65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the town. Is it a copycat chain of murders or has the old terror returned?  A high school girl seems to be the only key to catching the true killer. (Photo: MGM)


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The Book of Life: October 17 - Zoe Saldana and Ice Cube are the voice actors in this animated tale about a young man named Manolo who must choose between fulfilling his family's dreams and those of his heart. He later embarks on three fantastical worlds where he faces his greatest fears. (Photo: Twentieth Century FOX)


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The Culture High: October 17 - Cheeba. Weed. Mary Jane. Ganja. This documentary explores the debates for and against legalizing marijuana in this country. It explores budgets designed to fight the drug war, plus how arrests for simple possession have skyrocketed to a million annually. Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Sir Richard Branson weigh in and provide thoughtful arguments from both sides. (Photo: Score G Productions)


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White Bird in a Blizzard: October 24 - Gabourey Sidibe stars in this film in which a young woman (Shailene Woodley) discovers her budding sexuality just as her mom abandons the household. The girl later uncovers that, despite feeling free of her mom's repressive grip, this disapperance of her family's matriarch has profoundly affected her. Angela Bassett also stars. (Photo: Desperate Pictures)