This Weeks New Movies - 12/31/2013 - 12/31/2013

Below are's listings of upcoming films being released from 12/31/2013 - 12/31/2013! Click on a title or poster for more information, tweets, tickets, cast information and more...

12/31) 22 Bullets

After a long, brutal and successful career in the Marseille mafia, Charly Mattei (Jean Reno) has turned a new leaf and gone straight. For three years, he has lived a quiet life devoted to his wife and two young children. Then one winter morning, he is left for dead with 22 bullets in his body. Somehow he survives... and seeks out the only man who would dare to try to kill him. (more...)
12/31) Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY A Film By Ramona S. Diaz This film transcends generations.  On one hand, this is a documentary for the post-YouTube, post-American Idol generation.  It is an aspirational, rags-to-riches story set against the backdrop of some of the most anthemic songs of recent rock n' roll history.  This generation may not necessarily know the provenance of the songs, but they know they've heard it somewhere before - at a ball game, as a soundtrack to a movie, TV show (including the last episode of the Sopranos) or a commercial, on their parents' Ipod. On the other hand, it is for their elders - their mothers and fathers and aunts and uncles - whose memories dance with images of Camaros, platform shoes, and Miami Vice. THE STORY How it started: halfway around the world Journey, the iconic, quintessentially American rock band who recorded 8 platinum-certified albums during their heyday between 1978-1986, has chosen a lead singer in a manner befitting this internet age: they found him through YouTube. Filipino Arnel Pineda had been singing Journey songs for many years with his cover band Zoo in clubs all over Manila, his hometown, and posting their performances on YouTube.  Arnel grew up in poverty; his mother died when he was 12 years old and he ended up on the streets. "I would hang out with my friends and they would make me sing in exchange for food.  I'd tag along just so I could eat.  Then we would go to the park and I'd sleep there with other homeless kids."  He worked at the pier in Manila Bay gathering scrap metal, bottles, and newspapers for eight pesos (20 cents) a day.  At night, he would roam the bars in bohemian Manila, singing here and there, meeting other urban nomads with whom he would, over the years, form - and dissolve - bands.  In 1991, he relocated to Hong Kong where he would live and perform for fifteen years.  He lost his voice twice in the intervening years: once in 1995 due to drugs and alcohol and again in 2005 due to exhaustion and TMJ dysfunction.  He decided to move back to Manila in 2006. By then he "had a little dream to make it big in the Philippines, just alone in the Philippines.  Suddenly, I got this call from Neal Schon…and here I am." Neal Schon, Journey's legendary guitarist, was half a world away in Northern California.  He was frustrated about not having found a lead singer.  Since the band's most famous and distinctive frontman Steve Perry-whose power ballads catapulted the band to super stardom, filling stadiums all over the country - exited the band in the 90's, it had been a revolving door for Journey vocalists.   "I was pretty much aware of everybody out there.  There're plenty of guys that you could use to get through a tour.  I was looking for something a little more special than that."   Schon decided to trawl the Internet for singers and there, after days of looking and almost giving up, he discovered Arnel covering Journey songs with his band in Manila. "After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, 'he can't be that good.' I tried to get a hold of him and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an impostor."   After literally singing for his US visa and a couple of live auditions and recording sessions later, Arnel was offered the gig as Journey's frontman. MEDIA ATTENTION & FAN ADULATION As the mainstream took notice, Journey found itself in a media moment. They were on television for the first time since 1981; GQ did a spread; People Magazine photographed them as they rehearsed.  Even Rolling Stones "who's never cared for Journey in our entire career," quips bass guitarist Ross Valory, came calling. Will this be the "resurgence of Journey," as keyboardist and songwriter Jonathan Cain claims?  "He's completely rejuvenated the band…he's got so much energy, he's really got the performer blood in him.  The guy's the future of our franchise."  By all indications, the fans have remained loyal and new ones have been found: it just might be the beginning of their second act.  When Revelation, their 2-disc CD and DVD set was released on June 4, 2008 it was a New York Times critics' choice, selling 45,000 albums in its first three days on sale, despite being offered exclusively though Walmart stores, enough units for it to debut at number five on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. (The album was eventually nominated for Classic Rock Magazine's Album of the Year and certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.) QUESTIONS & DOUBTS PERSIST And what do the considerable number of hardcore Journey fans worldwide - many of whom still long for Steve Perry - think of this new hire? The blogs are abuzz and there is, as Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal puts it, "an undercurrent of racism among some Journey fans."  "It's both a blessing and a curse" says Arnel, "because up there on the stage I'll be facing a lot of hard core Journey fans who will be comparing me to "the voice," Steve Perry. Not only am I not Perry, I'm not even white.  But it's okay, it's okay, I'll take that hit head on." And what of Arnel Pineda himself?  In this age of globalization, how will a non-white foreigner fronting a classic American band change the very nature of the group and possibly expand its fan base?   How will he successfully sell songs about being "born and raised in South Detroit"?  On the eve of the tour, Arnel teeters between being overwhelmed - "Until now, I can't believe I'm rock and rolling with these legends" - and, like the seasoned professional that he is, being realistic.  "It's a job that I have to do well.  But everything that has a beginning has an end.  When all this craziness is over, I'll just go back to the basics."  And, more urgently, will his voice hold? "I sure hope so," he reassures himself. On a more personal end, how long will this dream last and can he live up to expectations?  Right now, he is like a kid in a candy store living out his dream, but he is also weathered and homesick with no real family around him, and even he is not sure how long this will last.  Given the fickle nature of fate, will he able to remain the tremendous source of pride for his country, not to mention his deceased mother and three kids, who are the inspiration behind his hard work?   Or will his superstar status fizzle before it even sizzles?  As the band tries to navigate the difficult task of preserving a legacy and moving on with their new "Thrilla of Manila"at the same time, can they turn this media moment into something more than just a footnote in their thirty-year career? Will Arnel return home with Journey, to the place where it all started, a global superstar?  And just how will his journey affect him and the band?  Only time will tell. (more...)
12/31) Dead Man's Burden

The year is 1870, and a fragmented America still strains to pick up the pieces from a savage Civil War. Martha (exciting newcomer CLARE BOWEN) and her husband Heck (David Call, Tiny Furniture) are living on a homestead that Martha's father purchased on the rural New Mexico frontier, and struggle to make ends meet. When a mining company expresses interest in buying their land, Martha and Heck see their ticket to a better life. Their hopeful plans are soon complicated when Martha's oldest brother Wade (Barlow Jacobs, Shotgun Stories)-whom she had thought killed during the war -returns to the family homestead after learning of their father's death. A defector to the Union Army, Wade soon discovers that Martha is hiding secrets of her own. As the two siblings become reacquainted, torn between a desire to reconcile with the only family they have left and their clashing convictions, tension and suspicion continue to mount. Filmed on location in the rugged high desert of northern New Mexico, Dead Man's Burden, shot in the style of a classic western, marks Jared Moshe's directorial debut. (more...)
12/31) To The Wonder

TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms. Written and directed by Terrence Malick. (more...)
12/31) The Hunt

Lucas is a nursery school teacher in a small Danish town who is wrongly accused of sexual abuse by a child. The film documents how he is ostracised by the community as a result. At the end he is acquitted by the courts and largely forgiven by the town, though this is not shared by all. (more...)
12/31) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

In the remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film, Walter Mitty, a daydreaming comic book writer with an overprotective mother, likes to imagine himself as a hero experiencing great adventures. His dream becomes true when he accidentally meets a mysterious woman who hands him a little black book. According to her it contains the locations of the Dutch crown jewels hidden since World War II. Soon Mitty finds himself in the middle of a confusing conspiracy and has to admit that being a hero in real life isn't that easy. (more...)

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