What's New in Theaters: October 4, 2013

(Magnet Releasing | Warner Brothers | 20th Century Fox)

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

The ultimate theater experience, Gravity is an outer space thriller starring Bullock and Clooney as two astronauts stranded above Earth after their shuttle is destroyed. It's the most realistic space movie ever made and a groundbreaking chapter in sci-fi filmmaking. I'm not a fan of 3D, but it works gloriously in Gravity.
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See it? Yes.

Runner Runner
Directed by Brad Furman
Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie

Timberlake plays a college kid who gets taken during an online poker game and sets out to find the man responsible. This leads him to Affleck, who's a big-time offshore gambler. Directed by Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Runner Runner is getting awful reviews. Affleck just can't seem to find the right projects unless he's directing.
See it? No.

Parkland [Limited]
Directed by Peter Landesman
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Jackie Weaver

A episodic account of November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Parkland, named for Parkland Hospital where the President and Lee Harvey Oswald were attended to in a span of a few days, offers some fascinating insight into the events surrounding the assassination. Much of it we've seen before, but it's got a few new angles worth checking out.
See it? Yes.

All is Bright [Limited]
Directed by Phil Morrison
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, Sally Hawkins

Morrison's long-awaited feature follow-up to the wonderful Junebug takes us to Christmas season early as Giamatti plays an ex-con who sells Christmas trees with his hapless buddy so he can buy his daughter a piano. The story isn't the least bit intriguing but with Morrison at the helm and Giamatti and Rudd trading barbs, we're onboard.
See it? Sure.

Grace Unplugged [Limited]
Directed by Brad J. Silverman
Starring: AJ Michalka, Kelly Thiebaud, James Denton, Kevin Pollak

Teen Christian singer Grace gets a huge break but it means leaving her sheltered world and having her faith tested. Young AJ Michalka's star is on the rise (in some circles anyways) and she's, literally, the only reason to see this formulaic underdog tale.
See it? No.

Bad Milo! [Limited]
Directed by Jacob Vaughn
Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay

Bad Milo! boasts the poster of the year as Ken Marino cuddles the wide-eyed demon that's been living inside his butt. Marino plays Duncan who can't figure out why he's having such horrible stomach pains. With a great comedic cast, plenty of gore, and a fantastic-looking demon, Bad Milo! looks like lots of fun.
See it? Yes.

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