Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images
In The Box (2009), the year is 1976. Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur (James Marsden), is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son... until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face (Frank Langella) appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don't realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate. Watch the trailer.
Rated: R for language, some drug content and brief nudity
The Men Who Stare at Goats is about reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit. A legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy's thoughts and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. The program's founder, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), has gone missing and Cassady's mission is to find him. Bob impulsively decides to accompany him on the search. When the pair tracks him to a training camp run by renegade psychic Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), the reporter is trapped in the middle of a grudge match between the forces of Django's New Earth Army and Hooper's personal militia of super soldiers. Bob will have to outwit an enemy he never thought possible. Watch the trailer. Enter SideReel's prize pack giveaway!
Rated: PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality
The Fourth Kind is a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where--mysteriously since the 1960s--a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. Also starring: Elias Koteas and Will Patton. Watch the trailer.
Rated: PG for scary sequences and images
A Christmas Carol (2009) is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. Mr. Scrooge is a financier/money-changer who has devoted his life to the accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season. But an encounter with the ghostly figure of Jacob Marley (Gary Oldman) sets the stage for a mysterious and magical encounter with three phantasmic beings to help him realize the true magic of Christmas itself. Presented in Disney Digital 3D. Also voiced by: Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, and Robin Wright Penn. Watch the trailer.
Rated: R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo'nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination. Watch the trailer.