Focus features Will Smith as a con artist. Photo: Studio Name Pictures
By Courtney Omernick
In the new relationship movie Focus,Â Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a con artist who takes a girl named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession, which includes lying and cheating, he decides to end the relationship. The two reunite three years later.
It’s time for another chick flick! In The Wedding Ringer,Â Doug Harris is getting married. But, thereâ€™s a problem; he has no best man. Doug seeks the help of Jimmy Callahan, owner and CEO of Best Man Inc., a company that provides best men for socially awkward guys. While Jimmy prepares for Dougâ€™s big day, a bromance between the two begins.
In the new movieÂ Match, aÂ husband and wife team interview Tobi Powell, an aging Juilliard dance professor, for a dissertation sheâ€™s writing about dance in the 1960â€™s. However, as the interview continues, it becomes clear that the couple has an ulterior motive.
Elsa and Fred is a movie about new love. Photo: Proximomente
By Courtney Omernick
Elsa, a positive and upbeat woman, meets Fred, a depressed and crabby man, when he moves into her apartment complex after his wife passes away. What starts out as a friendship turns into something more when Fred starts to realize that Elsaâ€™s attitude toward life makes herÂ a beautiful person.
The Theory of Everything covers the early life of Stephen Hawking and is his first wife, Jane. The film displays the struggles Stephen faces during the early stages of his diagnosis while he studies, what he calls, “the marriage of space and time.” The movie greatly covers his relationship with Jane from love at first sight, to diagnosis, marriage, and beyond.
For one of the worldâ€™s top war photographers, Rebeccaâ€™s life is about to become even more complicated when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous lifestyle any longer. Even though Rebecca loves both her family and work, sheâ€™s caught trying to make a decision between the two.
A one-night stand between Holly (Madeline Zima) and Guy (Joel David Moore) turns into the two of them spending more time together than theyâ€™d like. After Holly leaves Guyâ€™s place, she realizes that she left her car at the bar and needs a ride from Guy. After getting on the highway, the two realize that they will have to make small talk for the next few hours as there is a huge traffic jam backing them up for miles.
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It’s soon clear that Doug and Abiâ€™s three children are causing the chaos in their relationship.
It has been a few years since the individuals at Clearwater Marine Hospital rescued Winter, the dolphin. However, she is in need of saving again. Winterâ€™s surrogate mother, Panama has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. Since dolphins need to be housed in pairs, itâ€™s time for Clearwater to find another friend for Winter.
Celia Green, played by Patricia Clarkson, gathers her husband, two sons, and their significant others for a holiday at their lake house in Northern California. Unfortunately, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams because of a series of terrible events, including her sonâ€™s boyfriendâ€™s allergic reaction to her cooking.
Based on the 1993 novel by Lois Lowry, this film captures the idea of a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism, or sickness. In this perfect world, every member of society has a specific role. A 16-year-old boy named Jonas is selected to be the receiver of memory and discovers that many years earlier, his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.
Based on the comic book published by Marvel Comics, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy” features an unlikely cast of characters that must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force. In the film, an American pilot ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons.
Based on the best-selling novel by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars is a charming, emotional story about Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a girl dying of cancer. She meets the one-legged heartthrob Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) and, after a few close calls and an adventure that takes them across the world, falls in love with him. These star-crossed lovers must learn to live and love despite their illnesses and the oblivion that faces us all.
After a woman discovers her boyfriend is married, she struggles to put her life back together. While in the process, she accidentally meets her boyfriend’s wife (played by Leslie Mann), and the two end up becoming friends. They discover the man of their dreams has been unfaithful to both of them with a third woman, and work on a plan to get their revenge.
Chris Evans make his return as the WWII soldier in the sequel to the box office hit Captain America. In the film, he is still struggling to find his place in the 21st century. He tries to come to terms with the time he lost from being frozen for so long as he adapts to his newfound superpowers.
Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth, Divergent is set in a world where people are divided based on the human virtues they acquire. Tris Pris (played by Shailene Woodley) discovers she is a Divergent, which means she will never fit into any social group. Shortly after her discovery, she finds out the faction leader (played by Kate Winslet) is set on destroying all Divergents. With the help of Four (played by Theo James), Tris must find out the truth about who she is before it’s too late to save her kind.
Written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, The Single Moms Club follows five single women on their personal journeys of self-discovery. The ladies are brought together by an accident at their children’s school. They create a support group that helps them get through some of life’s most challenging situations through the use of comedic relief and the strength they have in each other.
“Pompeii” is about the journey Milo, a slave turned gladiator (played by Kit Harington)Â takes to save his true love Cassia (played by Emily Brown). Milo is forced to fight his way past an arenaÂ in order to save his beloved before Pompeii is completed destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Based on the best-selling novel by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy follows the life of Rose Hathaway (played by Zoey Deutch). The teen is a Dhampir: half human/half vampire who is destined to protect her best friend Lissa Dragomir, who is a Moroi (mortal vampire). The film is directed by Mark Waters and will be released Feb. 14.
Directed by Tom Gormican, That Awkward Moment follows three best friends through all of the stages that come with dating someone new. The film stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Michael B. Jordan.
Directed by Shana Betz, Free Ride follows the journey of Christina (played by Anna Paquin), a woman who desperately wants to be rid of her dangerous relationship. She moves to Florida without warning only to find herself in a much more terrifying situation than the one she was already in. She is thrust into the world of drugs and her only savior is herself.
Ben Stiller stars and directs in this film based on James Thurber’s short story about a daydreamer who escapes reality by sinking into his world of fantasies that involves romance, action and heroism. Walter decides to stop living in his imaginary world when his job, along with his co-worker’s,Â becomes threatened.
A small town gets ready for their annual Christmas Carnival as Madea (played by Tyler Perry) gets persuaded by an old friend to help surprise her daughter with a visit over the holidays. Past relationships are put to the test and new secrets are revealed, while Madea celebrates Christmas her way.
Directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront stars Jason Statham as former DEA agent, Phil Broker. He is widowed father who decides to retire and move to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter. The film also includes James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.
Photo: Still from 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
By April Littleton
The sequel to The Hunger Games begins right where the first left off. Katniss Everdeen (played by JenniferÂ Lawrence)Â returns home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson). After a brief celebration, the pair must once again leave their friends and family in order to embark on a “Victor’s Tour.” While visiting the other districts and preparing for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss realizes that a rebellion is slowly creeping its way into her world.
Grace Unplugged is a moving film about a young woman, Grace Trey (played by AJ Michalka) who aspires to be a pop star. Her relationship with her father, Johnny Trey (played by James Denton), who gave up fame when he became a Christian is tested when he warns her that the glamorous life isn’t what it appears to be.
Directed by Arie Posin, The Face of Love is about Nikki (played by Annette Bening) who still canâ€™t seem to get over the death of her husband. While still mourning the loss of her late spouse, she falls for an art teacher who happens to look exactly like her deceased partner. As Nikki grows increasingly delusional, her new lover Tom (played by Ed Harris) starts on a journey to figure out the mystery behind her loss.
Directed by Charles Murray, Things Never SaidÂ is about an aspiring poet who is still haunted by a past miscarriage and a dangerous marriage. Daphne, Kal’s best friend is also dealing with romantic issues. Her boyfriend, Steve regularly takes advantage of Daphne’s kindness. Kal is soon surprised when she begins to develop feelings for Curtis, a man who has a damaged past and an estranged daughter. Together, Kal starts to find her voice and her self worth.
A 30-something-year-old woman’s lifelong obsession with Jane Austen leads her to to a theme park based on the writer’s stories and there she meets a handsome suitor. Although she is unable to enjoy the same luxury perks as the wealthier bachelorettes who are currently staying at Austenland, she decides to make the most of the trip anyway. During her stay, she falls in loveÂ with a servant and all of her dreams begin to come true.
Directed by Paul Schrader, The CanyonsÂ is a story about a young couple trying to work through a past infidelity. Christian (played by James Deen) is a movie producer who works to maintain his trust fund by creating films. When he becomes aware that his actress girlfriend, Tara (played by Lindsay Lohan) is hiding an affair with another actor from him, his life takes a violent turn, filled with twists and unexpected misfortunes.
Kristen Wiig plays Imogen, a failed New York playwright who has lost her self-confidence after a horrible breakup. After a fake suicide attempt performed on stage to try the win back the affections of her former flame, Imogen is forced to live with her estranged mother, Zelda (Annette Bening). Desperate to get back to the glitz and glam she once knew so well, Imogen realizes she must come to terms with her family, including her brother (Christopher Fitzgerald), her mother’s new boyfriend (Matt Damon) and a random stranger who just happens to have taken over her room (Darren Criss).
The big kids are back in this sequel to the box office hit Grown Ups. Lenny (played by Adam Sandler) moves his family back to his hometown where he grew up. Once he returns home, Lenny, along with his old school friends,are forced to deal with the past they thought they left behind – old and new bullies, party crashers and crazy bus drivers. Surprisingly, the old gang learn a valuable lesson from their own children on a day full of twists and turns – the last day of school.
In this film directed by Carlo De Rosa, Kyle Livingston (played by Josh Cooke) is a self-absorbed writer until he gets the chance to rediscover all aspects of his life through the meeting of Joy Bailey (played by Liane Balaban). Joy is a spirited woman who helps Kyle come to terms with himself and guides him on the journey to happiness – Â all the while asking him to write her obituary.
Credit: Warner Bros Pictures, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby
By Meghan Fitzgerald
Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire) is a stockbroker in the 1920’s, on the outskirts of New York. He moves to West Egg, Long Island after fighting in World War I. Nick meets back up with his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) andÂ husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton) who live in East Egg. Next door to Nick is Jay Gatsby’s (Leonardio DiCaprio) mansion. A man known for throwing extravagant parties yet living a veryÂ mysteriousÂ and relatively unknown life. As Nick begins to friend Gatsby, he realizes aÂ loveÂ Gatsby has for his cousin, Daisy. A love broken by World War I. Nick finds himself between the two, not knowing which way to turn. Madness, tragedy, and love emerge from the mysterious shadow of Gatsby and the colorful andÂ dangerousÂ 1920’s New York life style.
Credit: Barry Wetcher, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, The Big Wedding
By Meghan Fitzgerald
The Big Wedding has aÂ vampedÂ up cast, includingÂ Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace. This new romantic comedy directed by Justin Zackham is about a modern family attempting to remain sane for the weekend of Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy O’ Connor’s (Amanda Seyfriend) wedding.Â Don (Robert De Niro) and Ellie Griffin (Diane Keaton) are a long divorced couple who are playing “happy” for their adopted son’s wedding. Alejandro’s biological mother is also in attendance, after deciding to fly halfway around the world. Not only does she not approve of divorce, but she also doesn’t know that Alejandro’s foster parents are adopted. The Griffin family tries to keep their cool as they are bombarded with the past, present and future throughout the weekend.
Credit: Magnolia Pictures, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, To The Wonder
By Meghan Fitzgerald
In this new movie, ‘To The Wonder,’ Ben Affleck plays Neil, an American traveler who winds up falling in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko). Marina is aÂ UkrainianÂ divorcee raisingÂ her ten year old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The newlyweds take their romance toÂ Mont St. Michel, with Neil making a firm commitment to his love, Marina. Marina and her daughter Tatiana move to Oklahoma for Neil’s sake, and settle down as a family.
Credi: Open Road Films, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, The Host
By Meghan Fitzgerald
Aliens, called ‘souls’ Â invaded Earth and have begun to take control of people’s minds! The new upcoming supernatural movie,Â The Host,Â is adapted from Stephanie Meyer’s novel. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the stars on deck include Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, and Jake Abel. Souls can only survive through inserting a host into another person’s body. Melanie Stryder (Ronan) was inserted with one of these ‘souls.’ Melanie begins to feel sympathetic towards humans, discovers what love is, and is trying to run away from the people trying to kill her.
Tina Fey, 3o Rock star, and Paul Rudd, recent star of This is 40, are joining together on the screen for the first time together. Director, Paul Weitz, nominated for an Academy Award shows what occurs on the route to happiness.Â Tina Fey’s character in the new romance comedy, Admission, is a cookie-cutter, straight edged Princeton admission officer, Portia Nathan. A promotion is open for Portia, and she takes off on a recruiting trip for the upcoming year. On the road, she reconnects with her mother, expressing love for one another again. Portia heads off to New Quest school.
Credit: Millennium Entertainment. Jim Sturgess, Upside Down
By Meghan Fitzgerald
Juan Diego Solanas directed and wrote the French Canadian romantic science fiction film, Upside Down. Staring Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst, this futuristic love story is one for the books!Â Adam (Jim Sturgess) is searching through an alternative universe for the love of his childhood, Eden (Kirsten Dunst). The movie begins with Adam telling the story of his universe, the story of two planets next to each other; pulled in opposite directions by gravity. The ‘Up’ is the rich and prosperous while the ‘Down’ is the poor. The people down are strictly forbidden to go up. The only way they are able to communicate is through a company called ‘TransWorld.’ Adam finds a mountain which gets close to ‘Up.’ He meets Eden, and years later form a relationship as teenagers. Adam is able to pull Eden down by rope however, they get caught, Adam gets shot and drops Eden. He believes her to be dead but ten years later sees her on TV. He than begins his quest to find Eden, the love of his life.
Life â€” and love â€” are constantly inspired by the movies. Even if they just inspire pick-up lines.
In the height of award season, Badoo.com offered female users from across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand the chance to select their favorite from a list of tenÂ movie pick-up lines to start online conversations.
Credit: AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John Bramley. Beautiful Creatures
By Meghan Fitzgerald
Richard LaGravenese, Oscar nominee, directs the new supernatural love story, Beautiful Creatures. The movie is based off the first novel from the series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) is a 17-year old boy in a small Southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina. He constantly has the same dream surrounding aÂ mysterious girl standing in the middle of a Civil War Battlefield. He wants to meet her, however, a lightning bolt erupts and kills Ethan before he can get to her. Ethan is trapped at home with his father, his father still in despair from the death of Ethan’s mother. His town is not up to date with the 21st century. Ethan’s way to escape is through books. One day, hisÂ life is shaken up when Lena Duchannes, (Alice Englert) comes into town. He is immediately drawn to the mysterious character. It is apparent that being around her is dangerous however, he ignores the thought. Ethan begins to get in over his head.
The long awaited conclusion to the Twilight saga has finally arrived with the final installment of Breaking Dawn Part 2. Who else is not jumping in their seat from sheer anticipation? Real life couple Kristen Stewart and Rob PattinsonÂ reuniteÂ on the big screen as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. In the first part of the last installment, our favorite vampire and human couple tied the knot. Low and behold somehow Bella became pregnant and in order to save both her life and their babyâ€™s life, Edward turned her into a vampire. Now, officially a Cullen and a vampire, Bella will stand by Edward through thick and thin to protect her new family and new husband. The Volturi, the official authority of vampires, has learned of the birth of a half human half-vampire child and fears for the safety of vampires as a whole. They seek out to destroy the child, but the Cullens stand together and will fight before they let that happen. In the epic conclusion of the Twilight series, the Cullens will rally troops to go head to head against the Volturi to protect all that they love. Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz return as the Cullens. You wonâ€™t want to miss thisas, it already hit theaters November 16th.
In the upcoming film Smashed, married couple Kate and Charlie are exactly that â€” smashed all the time. The epitome of their whole relationship revolves around their love for drinking. Though, all of that changes when Kate played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead starts attending AA meetings in order to get sober with her job as a schoolteacher on the line.Â With his drinking partner now turning over a new leaf, Charlie who is played by Aaron Paul is left drinking by himself. If Kate thought giving up drinking was going to be easy, she has another thing coming as she is now faced with a plethora of new problems. Without alcohol to suppress her issues, her problems with her mother start to arise and the entire nature of her relationship with Charlie is questioned. This flick comes out October 12 and you definitely donâ€™t want to miss it. Just remember not to be smashed while watching it.
Love is in the air this fall as Leighton Meester graces the big screen. In the new film The Oranges, Meester plays a 24-year old college student who is coming home for the first time in five years for Thanksgiving. Her family is thrown when her mother catches her sneaking off to be with none other than sexy Mr. Walling (House starÂ Hugh Laurie) who happens to be Meesterâ€™s parentsâ€™ best friend! The two start a relationship that throws both families for a loop in this comedic drama. Watch as both families struggle to deal with mixed feelings and awkward scenarios that they never thought they would find themselves dealing with when this movie hits the theaters on October 5.