This series highlights the best movies debuting in theaters this month.
November sees the release of some Oscar buzz movies, big action franchises, holiday comedies, and family animation.
With a few options to filter through I’ve rated the anticipation for several releases. There are also on-the-fence inclusions, as well as big releases I’m going to go ahead and let slip/through the cracks.
Anticipatory films will be accompanied with a nerdy little blurb to justify their inclusion.
If you’re only watching one movie at the theater in November SPECTRE is probably the best choice, for something serious and something fun mixed into one. CREED should be another strong option. Depending on the movie goer, the best pick this month might be the conclusion to THE HUNGER GAMES.
For fans of award worthy cinema, SECRET IN THEIR EYES is probably the best option, with TRUMBO and SPOTLIGHT following close behind.
Daniel Craig returns as his serious and tortured Bond. While I’m more a fan of the fun MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series, the movie going masses are near hysterics, salivating for another Craig 007 brooder. Some of the drama works, but I prefer the danger and wit of Connery’s Bond. That said, there are some impressive additions to the cast, with Christoph Waltz as the big bad baddie, Bautista as the henchman, and Lea Seydoux as the latest Bond Girl.
BY THE SEA
Angelina Jolie directs this European Hitchock-ian thriller. The cinematography is beautiful, feeling like Terrence Mallick by way of Roman Polanski. The trailers don’t give away much. It looks like a fractured couple on vacation, with a lot of mysterious and suggestive camerawork. Brad Pitt stars alongside Jolie in this EYES WIDE SHUT vibing relationship suspenseful film.
SECRET IN THEIR EYES
A remake of a stellar Spanish film, starring Julia Roberts. This dark and brooding tale will disturb and shock the audience. The trailer also highlights some amazing (and subtle) performances from the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman. There isn’t a lot of hype behind this one yet, but based on the story and the excellence shown in the sneak preview, this thriller is highly anticipated.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
Seth Rogen does raunchy comedy again, this time focusing his train of dirty jokes on the Holidays. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie are along for the ride. This looks like it could be a lot of fun. It feels like the good old NATIONAL LAMPOON VACATION films with Chevy Chase.
NOVEMBER 25 / 27
The new chapter in the ROCKY story focuses on the son of Apollo Creed. Michael B Jordan plays the titular character, reuniting with his director from the phenomenal indie gem FRUITVALE STATION. Sylvester Stallone switches into the coach and mentor role in this one, training the young Creed to become a force to reckon with in the ring. The trailers set the stage beautifully. It looks like it could be the best ROCKY since the original.
Bryan Cranston tackles his first starring role since coming off of the triumphant BREAKING BAD. Here he plays a real life screenwriter during the Communist days of Hollywood, where sympathizers got Black Listed. Trumbo, although exiled, is recruited by Kirk Douglas to write SPARTACUS for Stanley Kubrick to direct. Hopefully, this element makes it on screen. The trailer tells us that part of the story will take place in the courtroom as Trumbo provides his infamous testimony against Hollywood. Despite how serious this sounds, expect a few dry laughs from some black comedy.
ON THE FENCE SELECTIONS
NOT INTERESTED / THESE ARE SLIPPING THROUGH
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