Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 30 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet. For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org. Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014…
The Boxtrolls—From the children’s book, “Here Be Monsters!” comes an animated film about boxtrolls, who love and live in boxes beneath the streets of an English town. When a human (voice of Hempstead Wright) suddenly finds himself there, he finds a different world, indeed, and he is befriended by the boxtrolls. Enter a girl (Elle Fanning) who doesn’t quite know what is going on. Voices include Sir Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris and Toni Collette. “The Boxtrolls” is rated PG. Rating of 2 for fans of this genre.
The Equalizer—The late Edward Woodward starring in an action television series about a man dealing his own justice. In this film adaptation, Denzel Washington plays the character Robert McCall, but this time he works in a store and begins his career by rescuing a yong prostitute, Chloe Grace Moritz. No fancy cars here. Russian mobsters are the enemy. “The Equalizer” is rated R. Rating of 2 for Denzel Washington fans.
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby (opening in select cities)—Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are married and the marriage is slowly becoming unglued. The story is told from each side, his and hers. Watch for a future film called “Him/Her” which is over 200 minutes long and is about the making of this movie. “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby” is rated PG 13. No rating.
Two Night Stand (opening in select cities)—Another of those famous New York City snow storms and Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton are out on a one-night date. Guess what, it is extended because of the weather. Can this be good or bad? “Two Night Stand” is rated PG 13. No rating.
The Two Faces of January (opening in select cities)—Patricia Highsmith wrote a book set in Greece 1962, and now it is on the screen starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. They are from America on a vacation and meet Oscar Isaac, a tour guide. But is he? Hmm. “The Two Faces Of January” is rated PG 13. No rating.
Jimi: All Is By My Side (opening in select cities)—This is written and directed by John Ridley and is the story of the late Jimi Hendrix. Andre Benjamin stars as Hendrix and transforms himself into the late star. Also in the cast are Hayley Atwell and Imogen Poots. “Jimi: All Is by My Side” is rated R. No rating.
OCTOBER 03, 2014…
Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in this book adaptation about solving a murder.
The Good Lie has Reese Withersppon helping Sudanese refugees come to the U.S.
Annabelle is a doll who comes from “The Conjuring” film series. Stars Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard.
Left Behind is a remake of the book that began the saga of what to do when people—in a Biblical sense—start disappearing around you. Stars Nicholas Cage as an airline pilot.