10 Movies Now Playing

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

The next time you get the urge to visit the local multiplex, be sure to peruse this list of 10 movies now playing. Many of these selections are currently burning up the box office, while others will require a trip to a theatre that specializes in indie and art house films. But whether you’re surrounded by highbrow cinephiles or text-obsessed teens, you’re bound to be entertained by these good movies.

If you’re unable to see these films when they’re in theaters, you can always rent them from Netflix. They have over 100,000 movies to choose from, and their library of titles is growing every day. And there are never any late fees, meaning you can keep the films for as long as you want without getting obnoxious calls or having the amount removed from your credit card (I’m talking to you, Blockbuster). To become a member of Netflix, just click on the provided link.

Easy A – Emma Stone has received rave reviews for her performance as Olive Penderghast, a high school student who lies about losing her virginity over the weekend and soon finds herself labeled a total slut by the school’s Christian element. Deciding to run with it, she begins a prostitution-without-the-sex business where she claims to sleep with specific guys (to boost their rep) in return for cash or gift cards. Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci are a scream as Olive’s supportive parents, and the rest of the supporting cast is rounded out by Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Hayden Church, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, and Malcolm McDowell.

The Town – Ben Affleck never went to film school, be he’s still drawing rave reviews for his turn as both actor and director in this tense crime movie about Doug MacRay (Affleck), a Boston thief who strikes up a relationship with a former hostage (Rebecca Hall) and tries to go straight. But his old pals from the neighborhood (including Jeremy Renner) aren’t quite so willing to give up a life of crime, and so Doug finds himself pulled back in for one final job. Jon Hamm co-stars as the FBI agent who’s hot on the trail of Doug and company.

Catfish – While some have questioned its authenticity as a pure documentary, Catfish remains an entertaining look at a New Yorker (Nev Schulman) who begins an online relationship with a talented musician named Megan. But as they get better acquainted via computer and telephone, he begins to find holes in her stories, eventually culminating in an impromptu trip to her Michigan home. Catfish is well worth your time, especially if you’ve ever struck up a relationship with someone online and wondered if they were being entirely honest. Just keep in mind that it’s not a thriller like the promotional campaign would have you believe.

Buried – A bold, inventive premise that focuses on a truck driver (Ryan Reynolds) buried alive in the desert of Iraq with nothing more than a Zippo, knife, and cell phone. As his oxygen slowly runs out, he receives a call from his kidnappers demanding $5 million. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, the film is set entirely inside the dimly-lit coffin, providing Reynolds with ample opportunity to show off his acting chops. While it’s primarily labeled as a thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock, Buried is far more terrifying than any film starring a machete-wielding madman.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga‘Hoole – While the title is certainly a mouthful, this computer-animated film adapted from the works of Kathryn Lasky is filled with romance, intrigue, and plenty of intense battle sequences featuring owls wearing armored masks. Zack Snyder directs the impressive visuals, and the assembled cast of voice actors includes Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Emily Barclay, Anthony LaPaglia, and Sam Neill.

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Inception – Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) wrote, directed, and produced this mind-bending tale of a high-tech thief (Leonardo DiCaprio) who makes a living stealing secrets from the dreams of others. But when he’s hired to insert a thought into the mind of a client’s competitor, he’ll be forced to take on his toughest mission yet. Breathtaking visuals and explosive action abound in the dream realms, and anyone who enjoyed the Matrix trilogy should get a kick out of the trippy implications of reality manipulation. The film also boasts an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, and Ken Watanabe. Another monster hit from Nolan.

The Expendables – A veritable Who’s Who of action movie heroes, The Expendables includes Sylvester Stallone (who also directed), Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke. Throw in cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger–plus eye candy courtesy of Gisele Itie and Charisma Carpenter–and you’ve got an action-packed tale about a team of mercenaries who defy the odds to liberate an island nation from the sinister machinations of a white guy in a suit (Eric Roberts). If you’re a fan of big guns, wait until you get a load of the automatic shotgun wielded by Hale Caesar (Crews). While Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, and Kurt Russell turned down the opportunity to appear in the film, there’s been talk that the sequel may include such muscled-up luminaries as Vin Diesel, Carl Weathers, Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Speakman, and even Chuck “Master of the Cosmos” Norris.

The Social Network – Based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, the film details the creation of Facebook via a less-than-flattering portrayal of founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). Cocaine is snorted, girls are seduced, and lawsuits are filed. Justin Timberlake is a standout as Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and other notables include Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara, Brenda Song, and Armie Hammer. An entertaining, if factually inaccurate, look at the birth of the world’s most popular social networking site. Directed by David Fincher and co-produced by Kevin Spacey.

The Other Guys – When New York’s top cops (Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) die in the line of duty–after inexplicably jumping off a 20-story building–the role of “city hero” is wide open. Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) wants to fill that void, as his promising career has been derailed ever since mistakenly shooting Derek Jeter and costing the city a World Series win. But it won’t be easy, as Terry’s partner is Detective Allen Gamble (Will Farrell), a mild-mannered forensic accountant who’s more interested in pursuing permit violations and discharging his gun in the workplace. In a summer short on laughs, this buddy-cop spoof stands head and shoulders above the competition thanks to director Adam McKay and the supporting cast of Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, and Steve Coogan.

Get Low – Robert Duvall stars as Felix Bush, an old hermit who’s inspired decades of rumors about murder and devil worship among local residents. Imagine their surprise when he shows up in town one day and arranges for a “living funeral” (meaning that Felix will be present while still breathing). He wants everyone to come and tell the stories they’ve heard about him over the years, and Felix also has a few tales of his own to spin about his seclusion in the woods. Bill Murray is the owner of the funeral home, Lucas Black is his assistant, and Sissy Spacek is the widow who shares a mysterious past with Felix. Based on true events that occurred in 1938 Tennessee, Get Low is a quirky indie filled with wit, wisdom, and fine performances from an immensely likable cast.

I hope this list of 10 movies now playing in theatres will give you a better idea of what‘s currently available to fans of cinema. But even if you can’t afford an evening out at the movies, you can always subscribe to Netflix and check out their massive selection of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. We do get a commission if you join, but it doesn’t cost you a penny and all profits go right back into our site.

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9 Responses to “10 Movies Now Playing”

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October 19, 2010

ashley

I highly recommend going to see Buried, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it! Ryan Reynolds is amazing, I’ve never felt so connected to a character before. http://www.facebook.com/experienceburied

November 19, 2010

Jenette

Is there any dancing movies out now? if so what r they called

November 20, 2010

Shane

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a film now playing in limited release. It mixes jazz performances with tap dancing.

There should also be plenty of singing and dancing in the upcoming Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher (opens November 24th).

February 20, 2011

lutzen

My favourite movie is inception and the other guys was very funny to watch.

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