october movies


This is a race-against-time thriller where two strangers, Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan), are thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations – using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening – and more importantly, why. Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton. Rated: PG-13, eagleeyemovie.com


Adrienne Willis (Lane) is a woman whose life is in chaos. She retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her. Her wayward husband has asked to come home and a teenage daughter resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, James Franco and Viola Davis. Rated: PG-13, nightsinrodanthe.com


A murder committed by post-office worker Hector Negron in 1984 sets in motion an investigation that ties back to the experiences of a battalion of black American soldiers who became trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. Four soldiers from the army’s Negro 92nd Division found themselves separated from their unit and behind enemy lines. Risking their lives for a country in which they are treated with less respect than the enemy they are fighting, they discover humanity in the small Tuscan village of St. Anna di Stazzema. Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller and Matteo Sciabordi. Rated: R miracleatstanna.movies.go.com



PLAYLIST Nick (Cera) asks Nora (Dennings) to pretend to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes so he won’t have to feel as awkward around his ex, who just walked into the club where Nick’s band is playing. But when the fake couple decides to kiss, sparks occur, leading to a first date which seems to span all of New York City. Though they have nothing in common, except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives. Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo and Jay Baruchel. Rated: PG-13


Based on a true story, this inspiring drama follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis hurdled social and economic obstacles to become one of the greatest running backs in college football history. Under the guidance of legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Quaid), he became a hero who superseded Jim Brown’s achievements and set records that stand to this day. As the growing civil rights movement divided the country in the ’60s, Davis became a symbol for achievement that transcended race. Refusing to flinch from others’ prejudices, he achieved all his goals — until he faced a challenge that would make most men crumble. He joined the ranks of black pioneers by teaching a generation tolerance, inspiring a movement that smashed barriers on and off the field. Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller, Clancy Brown and Charles S. Dutton. Rated: PG


A pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua named Chloe finds herself accidentally lost in the mean streets of Mexico without a day spa or Rodeo Drive boutique anywhere in sight. Now alone for the first time in her spoiled life, she must rely on some unexpected new friends — including a street-hardened German Shepherd named Delgado and an amorous pup named Papi — to lend her a paw and help her to find her inner strength on their incredible journey back home. Featuring the voices of Piper Perabo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, George Lopez and Cheech Marin. Rated: PG



Eighteen year old Ian finally gets the opportunity to lose his virginity when a woman he meets online offers to have sex with him if he drives to Knoxville to meet her. Time for Ian to dust off the condoms and view some how-to sex videos to prepare for his long-awaited first time. Going along for grins are Felicia and Lance. Ian has a thing for Felicia, but she in turn has a thing for Lance and the totally confused trio take off on a road trip in Ian’s brother, Rex’s beloved 1969 GTO — without permission of course. Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, James Marsden, Camille Guaty, Charlie McDermott. Rated: R


Based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’ 2007 novel about a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (DiCaprio), who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Crowe) and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence. Although ostensibly his allies, Ferris questions how far he can really trust these men without putting his entire operation – and his life – on the line. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Simon McBurney. Rated: R, body-of-lies.com



Maverick cop Max Payne (Wahlberg) is hell-bent on revenge against those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner. His obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmarish journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal. Based upon the video game created by Remedy Entertainment and 3-D Realms Entertainment. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Olga Kurylenko. Rated: R


Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. This political commentary takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life — his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Starring Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, James Cromwell as George Sr., Barbara Bush is played by Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks is Laura Bush and the ever lovable Karl Rove is portrayed by Toby Jones. Richard Dreyfuss takes aim as Dick Chaney and Scott Glenn has the role of Donald Rumsfield. Rated: PG-13, wthefilm.com


Two brothers who are the world’s best con artists live a high-style life until one decides to quit their life of crime. However, his brother persuades him to do one more job, swindling an eccentric millionaire. But things go wrong as Penelope, their intended target, turns the tables on the duo. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Rinko Kikuchi, Mark Ruffalo, Zachary Gordon. Rated: PG13


As seniors in high school, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale. Rated: G


After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire (Hathaway), is assigned by her mentor (Braugher) to counsel the flight’s five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident — which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened — Claire is intrigued by Eric (Wilson), the most secretive of the passengers. Just as Claire’s professional relationship with Eric — despite her better judgment — blossoms into a romance, the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, one by one. Claire suspects that Eric may hold all the answers and becomes determined to uncover the truth, no matter the consequences. Starring: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Chelah Horsdal, Ryan Robbins (II) and Andrew Wheeler (II). Rated: PG-13



When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick. Starring: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges. Rated: R


October 7
The 2008-2009 Southern Circuit Tour Of Independent Filmakers

Southern Circuit provides a unique program where independent filmmakers and their films travel to communities throughout the South. “Beyond the Call” will be shown on October 7 at 7 pm at the Florida Community College Nassau Campus. In “Beyond the Call” (produced and directed by Adrian Belic) Ed Artis, James Laws and Walt Ratterman are three middle-aged men whose idea of adventure is taking desperately needed food and medicine into the world’s most forbidding yet naturally beautiful places, often at the front lines of war.

Not Just for Baby Boomers Film Series

Enjoy free showings of Boomers’ favorite films on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 5:45 pm in the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium. October 9, The Godfather Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall. Rated: R. October 23, The Exorcist Directed by William Friedkin, starring Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair. Rated: R. Info: 630-1741 or jpl.coj.net.

October 13
Monthly meeting of Jacksonville’s chapter of The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society

Movies to be screened at the meeting: 1935 Popeye cartoon, Can You Take It?, L&H short subject The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930), L&H feature The Big Noise (1944). Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. 6:30 to 8:15 pm. Info: 246-0312 or leaveemlaughingtent.com

Night Owl Cinema

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will show movies every other Friday night through November 7. Doors open at 6:30 pm and movies begin at 8 pm. Food is available from local restaurants. October 17th, Karate Kid Rated: PG and October 24th, Ghostbusters Rated: PG. Info: 471-1965 or staugamphitheatre.com

October 23 – December 11
Films at MOCA with the Jacksonville Film Festival

8 award-winning films from the Jacksonville Film Festival will be shown on Thursdays at 8 pm this fall in the MOCA theatre. Movies will include Dohaa (Dark Waters), North Starr, Skills Like This, Remarkable Power, The End, Cracker: The Last Cowboys of Florida, plus two more be announced. Tickets: $6/members; $8/non-members. Info: 366-6911 or mocajacksonville.org

October 28
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi – Books Alive

Spend a Saturday afternoon at the movies with Books Alive!- a screening series featuring films created from children’s literature. For kids of all ages and accompanying adults. Orson Welles narrates this fine animated feature based on Rudyard Kipling’s story about a brave mongoose who saves his English family from two deadly cobra snakes. Main Branch Library, 303 North Laura Street – 2:30 pm. Info: 630-2665 or jpl.coj.net.