Current movies recommended by the Tampa Bay Times:
1. Captain Phillips - Tom Hanks stars in agripping re-creation of 2009's hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali pirates.
2. Gravity - An extraordinary sensory experience, watching an astronaut (Sandra Bullock) float helplessly in outer space. In IMAX 3-D, no less.
3. Rush - Director Ron Howard puts the pedal to the metal in a true-life Grand Prix racing drama that's thrilling from green to checkered flag.
4. Enough Said - Weirdly joyous feeling, watching the late James Gandolfini here. A truly great performance, in unexpected ways.
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Makes the list purely by default, as the lone new kid-friendly flick in theaters until November.
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Dates subject to change.
Oct. 25: All Is Lost, The Counselor, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Wadjda
Nov. 1: Ender's Game, Last Vegas, Free Birds
Nov. 8: Thor: The Dark World, About Time
Nov. 15: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Book Thief, The Best Man Holiday
Nov. 22: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Delivery Man
Nov. 27: Frozen, Oldboy, Black Nativity, Homefront
Nov. 29: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Dec. 6: Dallas Buyers Club