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2014 winter-spring movie preview: An overview of films opening through late April

January 10, 2014|By Times Staff Writers
  • M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, right) is a concierge caught up in an art-theft case in “Grand Budapest Hotel.”
M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes, right) is a concierge caught up in an art-theft… (Martin Scali / Fox Searchlight )

The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change.

Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F." had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. —

Jan. 17

Back in the Day

An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame. With Michael Rosenbaum, Morena Baccarin and Nick Swardson. Written and directed by Rosenbaum. Screen Media Films

Big Bad Wolves

A string of brutal murders puts three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim, out for revenge; a vigilante detective operating outside the law; and the main suspect, a religious studies teacher arrested and released because of a police blunder. With Guy Adler, Lior Ashkenazi and Dvir Benedek. Written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Magnet Releasing


A 50th-anniversary restoration of the Godard classic about a disintegrating marriage and a problematic film adaptation of "The Odyssey" in Italy. With Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli and Jack Palance. Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. In French, English, German and Italian, with English subtitles. Rialto Pictures

FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2014

Devil's Due

After a mysterious lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy that begins to betray sinister origins. With Allison Miller and Zach Gilford. Written by Lindsay Devlin. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. 20th Century Fox


A New York City mechanic is knocked out during his birthday dinner and wakes up locked inside a walk-in freezer, forcing him to survive a deadly case of mistaken identity involving the Russian mob and a wounded cop. With Dylan McDermott, Yuliya Snigir and Peter Facinelli. Written by Tom Doganoglu and Shane Weisfeld. Directed by Mikael Salomon. Anchor Bay Films


After coming out of the closet, an unassuming teen suddenly finds himself pursued by three high school clique queens searching for a gay best friend. With Sasha Pieterse, Evanna Lynch and Natasha Lyonne. Written by George Northy. Directed by Darren Stein. Vertical Entertainment

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

A young CIA analyst uncovers an international terrorist plot to collapse the U.S. economy and heads into the field to prevent it from happening. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley. Written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp. Directed by Branagh. Paramount Pictures

Jamesy Boy

A teenage criminal goes from running with a street gang to maximum-security prison, where he befriends a convicted murderer who helps him turn his life around. With James Woods, Mary-Louise Parker and Ving Rhames. Written by Lane Shadgett and Trevor White. Directed by White. Phase 4 Films / XLrator Media

The Nut Job

In this animated film, a mischievous squirrel sets out to rob the town's biggest nut shop to feed himself and his pals for the winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Written by Lorne Cameron and Peter Lepeniotis. Directed by Lepeniotis. In 3-D. Open Road Films

Reasonable Doubt

After fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, an up-and-coming district attorney manipulates the case to acquit the accused criminal who was blamed for the crime — only to realize his actions have freed a vicious killer. With Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Gloria Reuben. Written by Peter A. Dowling. Directed by Peter P. Croudins. Lionsgate

Ride Along

To prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend's brother, a hot-headed Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. Written by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. Universal Pictures

The Rocket

When his family is evicted, a 10-year-old Laotian boy believed to be a bearer of bad luck befriends a spirited orphan and her eccentric uncle while leading everyone in search of a new home. With Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam and Bunsri Yindi. Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt. In Lao with English subtitles. Kino Lorber

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

An introverted optometrist with a suppressed gay past begins to question his marriage when his wife wants to have another baby, while his sister has reservations about her own impending nuptials. With Richie Jen, Mavis Fan and Kimi Hsia. Written and directed by Arvin Chen. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Film Movement

FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2014

Jan. 24

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