From "Shame" director Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" is an adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, a free black man living in the antebellum United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The historical epic, already dubbed the best film of the year by many, also stars Michael K. Williams ("The Road"), Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Quevenzhane Wallis, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and more. If there's any film you'll want to see before award season strikes, it's this one.
Written and directed by J.C. Chandor "(Margin Call"), "All Is Lost" stars Robert Redford on a solo voyage across the Indian Ocean. When his boat collides with a floating shipping container and his radio equipment is destroyed, he must use his mariner knowledge and instinct to fight for survival. Rave reviews have already come in, praising Redford's outstanding performance, one which will certainly nab him a Best Actor nomination.
In Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie," a retelling of Brian de Palma's classic 1976 horror film of the same name, Chloe Grace Moretz plays the titular sheltered and shy teenager with telekinetic powers. After a scarring episode at her prom, Carrie unleashes her anger (and new powers) on her classmates. This re-imagining also stars Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother, Margaret White.
In "Escape Plan" Sylvester Stallone plays Breslin, a structural security engineer who gets wrongfully incarcerated in the world's most secure prison. He must escape with help from his cellmate Rottmayer, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Co-starring Sam Neill, Jim Caviezel, and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, "Escape Plan" is full of tons of muscle and action.
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in Bill Condon's ("Dream Girls") quasi-biopic "The Fifth Estate." The dramatic thriller, which also stars Daniel Bruhl ("Inglorious Basterds") and Laura Linney, follows the controversial man and his divisive, whistleblowing organization.
Also, in limited release this week:
- Daniel Radcliffe portrays Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings," about a 1944 murder that drew together numerous poets of the beat generation. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, and Elizabeth Olsen.
- Bruno Demont's "Camille Claudel 1915" stars Juliette Binoche as the famous french sculptress who was committed to an asylum by her family.
- Abigail Breslin stars in "Haunter" about the ghost of a young girl who reaches out to the living to save someone subject to her own fate.
- Diablo Cody's "Paradise" stars Julianne Hough ("Safe Haven"), Nick Offerman, Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer, and Russell Brand in a story about a young girl who travels to Las Vegas when she questions her faith.