October Movies

If you want a double dose of Buzz Lightyear and his pal Woody the folks over in Mouseville have packaged the two animated features in a 3 1/2 hour cartoon marathon…and this time in 3D. That’s right the toy box of fun characters have been given a facelift of sorts and will now pop Jack’s head out of the box and in to your face. Rated G

Ellen Page (Juno) stars as Bliss, a small town Texas gal who trades her beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. These slammin’ jammin’ full backs on wheels throw more than insults around. Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Eve Jeffers, Zoe Bell. Rated PG13 www.foxsearchlight.com/whipit

This film was primarily shot just up the road at Wild Adventures. This is an upcoming American post-apocalyptic, zombie comedy. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Zombies tend to attract that reaction. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. Rated R www.zombieland.com


Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. Their fun time frolic is derailed when they discover that participation in the resort’s couples therapy is not optional. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples. Starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Ackerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love. www.couplesretreatmovie.com

This is the fourth installment of this horror franchise just in time for trick ‘r’ treat when a Halloween party becomes a true supernatural experience when a group of teenagers are stalked by real demons. Starring Shannon Elizabeth, Diora Baird, Monica Keena, Edward Furlong


Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught one gets a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice. After he gets out he is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Philadelphia: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Michael Gambon, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney. Rated R

Based on Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Road is the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth. Starring Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron Rated R www.theroad-movie.com

Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side? Starring: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Jon Tenney, Amber Heard Rated PG13

Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. Starring: Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini Rated PG wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com


Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers, super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. When he hears his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it means to be a hero. Starring the voices of: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy Rated PG

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America’s sweetheart. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal. In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history. Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Virginia Madsen, Aaron Abrams Rated PG

A boy unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. 14-year-old Darren was like most kids hanging out with his best friend, decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty. Starring: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson Rated PG13

You gotta be kiddin’! Rated R www.saw6movie.com


A rare glimpse into the final days of Michael Jackson, the documentary is compiled from an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary entertainer preparing for his 50 sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena that were scheduled to commence in July 2009 before his untimely death in June at age 50. Interviews with collaborators and close friends of the late performer are also featured. www.thisisit-movie.com


Benjamin, home-schooled by his eccentric mother, is a loveable loner whose passion for writing leads him on an offbeat journey as his story first gets ripped off by the legendary fantasy novelist, Ronald Chevalier and then is adapted into a disastrous movie by the small town’s most prolific homespun filmmaker. Starring: Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Mike White, Hector Jimenez Rated PG13

The journal of Nick Twisp, an 18-year old high school student, who goes on a quest to lose his virginity after his parent’s breakup. Starring: Michael Cera, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, M. Emmet Walsh Rated R