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Chloe Moretz, left, and Julianne Moore star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems' horror thriller “Carrie.”
New Carrie adaptation hits the big screen; Cumberbatch stars in The Fifth Estate. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:

Carrie

Genre: Horror and thriller
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Rated: R

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, “Carrie” is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Escape Plan

Genre: Thriller
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Rated: R

One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.”

Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.

“Escape Plan” is the first pairing of action legends Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in leading roles, and co-stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan.

The Fifth Estate

Genre: Drama and thriller
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney
Director: Bill Condon
Rated: R

Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game.

Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful.

On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society – and what are the costs of exposing them?

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

12 Years a Slave

Genre: Drama
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp
Director: Steve McQueen
Rated: R

“12 Years a Slave” is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

All Is Lost

Genre: Drama
Cast: Robert Redford
Director: J.C. Chandor
Rated: PG-13

Academy Award winner Robert Redford stars in “All Is Lost,” an open-water thriller about one man's battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea.

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest.

Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

Haunter

Genre: Horror
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden and David Hewlett
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Not rated

In this reverse ghost story, teenage Lisa Johnson (Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances but remain trapped in their house, unable to move on.

Over a period of six “days”, Lisa must reach out from beyond the grave to help her present-day, living counterpart, Olivia, avoid the same fate Lisa and her family suffered.

Hellbenders

Genre: Horror and thriller
Cast: Clancy Brown, Dan Fogler, Clifton Collins Jr., Andrew Royo and Samantha Buck
Director: J.T. Petty
Rated: R

There are demons so terrible that no mortal man of God could successfully drive them back to Hell.

The only option is for the exorcist himself to invite possession and then commit suicide, dragging along the demon to damnation – so the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints – or Hellbenders – was formed. A group of elite, highly trained exorcists, they live in a constant state of debauchery so they will be ready to go to Hell at any moment. When an infernal Norse demon called Black Surtr escapes into New York City intent on cracking open the gates of Hell, the Hellbenders must use every ounce of their debauchery to battle the demon and save the planet from eternal damnation.

Kill Your Darlings

Genre: Biography and drama
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: John Krokidas
Rated: R

“Kill Your Darlings” is based on true events and characters.

For dutiful son Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Columbia University is Mecca – a portal to art, intellect, culture, and freedom – everything hometown Patterson, N.J. is not. When Allen is accepted into Columbia, his father Louis (David Cross), a working-class poet, urges him to leave his emotionally ill mother Naomi (Jennifer Jason Leigh) behind and head to New York to go pursue his own creative dreams.

At Columbia, Allen finds stuffy tradition clashing with daringly modern ideas and attitudes – embodied by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), whom he first encounters shouting a scandalous passage from Henry Miller atop a library study table. With his louche charm and androgynous blond beauty, Lucien is an object of fascination for shy, unsophisticated Allen, and soon he is drawn into Lucien’s hard-drinking, reefer-smoking, jazz-clubbing circle of friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster), the dissolute scion of a wealthy family, and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), an older hanger-on who clearly resents Allen’s position as Lucien’s new sidekick. David apparently followed Lucien to New York, and now works as a janitor despite his showy intellectual pretensions.

Lucien uses his moody charisma to pit David against Allen while never quite acknowledging his true feelings for either. As their relationship deepens, Allen and Lucien realize they both share emotionally troubled pasts and a passion for poetry. Eager to shatter literary and social conventions, Lucien is full of grandiose manifestos – but it’s Allen whom he challenges to produce the work that will set the world afire (and David who slavishly writes Lucien’s school papers).

While they’re busy competing for his favor, Lucien finds his interest drawn to Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), who’s older, tougher, and cockier – a working-class ex-football player who shipped out with the merchant marine, cohabits with sexy Edie (Elizabeth Olsen) and – to really up the ante – writes like a wild man.

Jack’s oversize persona could easily crush insecure Allen, but instead he encourages Allen’s poetry writing. Along with toppling tradition, the “Libertine Circle” – Lucien, Allen, Jack, and William, with David Kammerer on the outside looking in – do their best to subvert authority with reckless adventures, enraging college deans and parents alike.

Paradise

Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter
Director: Diablo Cody
Rated: PG-13

Lamb Mannerheim was as close to perfect as a young girl could be, at least in the eyes of her fellow churchgoers in the small town of Blakesley, Montana.

Home-schooled, talented and unusually beautiful, Lamb had a great relationship with life – until a freak accident left her scarred and questioning the very tenets of the religious upbringing she had so completely trusted.

Despite the protests of her straight-laced parents, Lamb decides a bold move is in order. She will test the boundaries of her faith and seek the truth, no matter where that takes her. Packing her suitcase and boarding an airplane for the very first time, she sets out to experience the real world with all of its reputed sin, hardship and degradation. Her destination: Las Vegas, Nevada.
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