New in Theaters: Oct. 20, 2014

We’ll call this “Don’t Mess With Ouija Boards and Dogs Week.” There’s nothing light and fluffy on the big screen this week, but we ARE getting close to Halloween, so there’s that. Here’s what’s opening wide in theaters this week.


Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content, frightening horror images, and thematic material | In Theaters 10/23 (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 15+ | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Never mess with a “Ouija” board! Unfortunately, a group of friends fail to follow this rule, and must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of the ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs this supernatural thriller produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, whose credits include “The Purge,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Friday the 13th” (so, yeah).

Stars include Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto. This PG-13 movie edges towards an R rating, so I’m going with ages 15+ on this one.


Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use | In Theaters 10/23 (2D, IMAX) (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 17+ | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels | | Facebook | Twitter

Don’t mess with a guy’s dog! Especially a dog that was given to the guy by his dying wife. And especially if the guy is John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves. Man, it’s good to see him back on the big screen, and “John Wick” is poised to be one of the best action movies of the year. Reeves plays an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him (that would be his dog).

With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, this movie is a fresh and stylized take on the assassin genre. Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, the amazing cast also includes Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo and Willem Dafoe.

One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.

Images in this feature used courtesy of the studios and distributors.


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