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New movies for Oct. 10

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Body of Lies

The gist: Ridley Scott's spy thriller follows a typically complex storyline set in a post-9/11 world. If you're into that sort of thing. R

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac and Simon McBurney.

The gist: Are you into that sort of thing? "A mostly formulaic approach that becomes more disappointing as the yarn unwinds," Variety warns.

The Duchess

The gist: Keira Knightley plays dress-up again by portraying Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th-century women's libber whose husband isn't too big on her exploits. PG-13

Starring: Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper and Hayley Atwell.

The gist: Besides some good performances, the flick is a "rousing period drama with all the familiar trimmings: gorgeous costumes, palatial settings and romantic intrigue," the New York Daily News says.

City of Ember

The gist: An underground city has been powered by a generator for years and years, but now the power source is failing, so they have to find a way out. Allegory, anyone. PG

Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Toby Jones and Mary Kay Place.

The gist: Few previews, but the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert calls it "innocent and sometimes kind of charming. The sets are entertaining. There are parallels in appearance and theme to a low-rent Dark City." Is that good or bad?

The Express

The gist: An earnest biopic about Ernie Davis, the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Spoiler: He wins the Heisman Trophy. PG

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller, Clancy Brown and Charles S. Dutton.

The gist: Dennis steals the show. "Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline," the Hollywood Reporter says.


The gist: Blair Witch meets The Hills Have Eyes as a camera crew follows first responders to an apartment building that ends up sequestered because of an unfortunate virus that turns people into cannibals. Yum. R

Starring: Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, Rade Sherbedgia and Jonathon Schaech.

The gist: No reviews, but hey, it's almost Halloween, so enjoy it.

Billy: The Early Years

The gist: Ever want to know more about Billy Graham's life? They're telling you anyway. PG

Starring: Martin Landau, Armie Hammer and Lindsay Wagner.

The gist: Only the Chicago Tribune has really weighed in, saying that although the movie is uneven, watching "Graham grapple with the questions the Bible cannot answer and come out the other side even more devoted gives the audience a glimpse of his humanity."

See more about the Clip 19 film festival in the Planner section.

— Joshua Gillin

Upcoming releases

Oct. 17: W; Max Payne; Morning Light; The Secret Life of Bees; Sex Drive

New movies for Oct. 10 10/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:16pm]
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