By Gabrielle Bondi, The Young Folks
November is a great movie month. It’s almost like prep for the onslaught of films to expect in December. November is full of major awards contenders (hyped indies and big budgets) and blockbusters. It also rings the end of the Twilight saga (at least until they reboot it). Either way, there’s a wealth of choices for this month. You have no excuse to not visit the theater each week, especially on Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 2nd
Flight – Watch the trailer – The first wave of reviews about Flight were mixed. Many didn’t care about the movie. But as time went on, I noticed more positive reviews, most of them raving about Denzel Washington’s performance. He’s one of my favorite actors, so he’s my main motivation for seeing the movie. (Wide)
The Man with the Iron Fists – Watch the trailer – This movie looks pretty awesome! With a screenplay from Eli Roth and RZA and directed by RZA, it looks like they’re going with a Tarantino-esque vibe. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu star in this action movie. (Wide)
Wreck-It Ralph – Read our review + our Comic Con report – Disney’s latest animated film is undoubtedly a hit. We hosted a screening for it in Miami last month, and our writers and readers who attended absolutely loved it. Outside of that, I haven’t heard one bad thing about this movie, so I’m pretty amped to see it myself. (Wide; 3D)
A Late Quartet – Watch the trailer – Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener star in this film about a musical quartet. Watch the trailer to learn more about it. The stars are the main attraction for me. (Limited)
Friday, November 9th
Skyfall – Watch the trailer – I am SO excited for the new James Bond movie! Even though I wasn’t crazy about Quantum of Solace, I loved Casino Royale and think Daniel Craig is one of the most captivating Bonds ever. The trailer for Skyfall looks fantastic. It has a supporting cast full of actors I love: Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw. Plus, Adele sings the Skyfall theme! (Wide; IMAX)
Lincoln – Watch the trailer – I went into Lincoln last week with moderate-low expectations and was surprised by how much I loved it. (It’s way better than War Horse). Though it has some rocky moments, this is my favorite Spielberg film since Saving Private Ryan. It’s a terrific script from Tony Kushner, and Daniel Day-Lewis delivers an unforgettable performance as my favorite President of the United States. (Limited; Wide on Nov. 16th)
Friday, November 16th
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Watch the trailer – Some will be crying, others rejoicing the end of the Twilight movies. I’m sort of in the middle. I’m a Twilight fan, but I’m definitely ready to say goodbye. After all the drama (both on-screen and off-screen), I’m sure many fans are too. So it will be no surprise how massive this movie will play at the box office. Early buzz says it’s the best of the series. With Bill Condon at the helm, I expected that. He’s the best director the franchise had and did a great job with Breaking Dawn Part 1. (You can’t fault him on the source material.) Can’t wait to see him this saga with a bang. (Wide)
Anna Karenina – Watch the trailer – Another movie I’m excited to see! I like mostly all of Joe Wright’s movies, and Anna Karenina looks exquisite. The trailer sort of blew my eyeballs away with its prettiness. It got mixed to fairly positive reviews. I’m waiting to judge it on my own when I screen it in a few days. (Limited)
Wednesday, November 21st aka Thanksgiving movies galore!
Life of Pi – Watch the trailer – Ang Lee’s latest film is getting a ton of great buzz! It has a stunning trailer, and I love Ang Lee’s work (outside of that Hulk movie). It’s a great idea to release it now. I’m pretty sure this is going to be the movie my family and I see on Turkey Day. (Wide)
Red Dawn – Watch the trailer – This movie has been in post-production or shelved for years. It’s finally coming out during a week where a ton of other movies are coming out. It’s likely to be buried amongst them. Red Dawn stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson before they made it big with Thor and The Hunger Games. I haven’t heard much, besides this being a remake. The trailer looks like it could an entertaining action movie though. (Wide)
Rise of the Guardians – Watch the trailer – I first saw the trailer at Comic Con and thought it looked awesome. I’m not crazy about animated movies about Christmas, but this one looks like it has a badass edge to it. The buzz so far has been slightly underwhelming, saying it’s more style than substance, which can be great for young children, not for anyone older. (Wide; 3D)
Silver Linings Playbook – Read our review – Lots of Oscar talk is buzzing around David O. Russell’s new film starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. One of our writers, Allyson, gave it a very positive review. Personally, I read the script earlier this year and loved the story. I love the actors, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this movie. (Wide)
Friday, November 23rd
Hitchcock – Watch the trailer – I wasn’t sure aboutHitchcock until the trailer premiered last month. Anthony Hopkins seems to embody the legendary director to a T. Hitchcock follows the story on how the director gotPsycho made. Hopkins plays opposite Helen Mirren. The film looks much lighter and more comedic than I anticipated, a welcomed surprise. (Limited)
The Central Park Five – Read our review – I saw this movie last month at the Chicago International Film Festival. It’s one of the few documentaries I’ve seen this year, but it’s one of my favorites. It tells the story of the five young men wrongfully accused of the attack on the Central Park jogger. It also analyzes the racism and politics of the time. It’s a very interesting and sad film. I recommend it to everyone seeking the truth about this ordeal. (Limited)
Rust and Bone – Watch the trailer – Marion Cotillard has received much acclaim for her performance in Rust and Bone. I’ve been looking forward to this film since it premiered at Cannes back in May. I love Marion; she’s currently one of my favorite actresses. So I’ll pretty much see anything she’s in, but Rust and Bone does look very good. (Limited)
Friday, November 30th
Killing Them Softly – Read our review – This movie also premiered at Cannes this year. Brad Pitt stars as assassin in this violent movie. Killing Them Softly has received generally good reviews. Our contributor, Shane, quite liked the film. I think fans of Brad will enjoy seeing him tackle on a different type of role. (Wide)
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This article was first published in The Young Folks.
Gabrielle is 23 years old and lives in the beautiful city of Chicago. She enjoys every aspect of the arts, included but not limited to, music, film, literature and drawing. Gaby is very open-minded and adventurous. She likes making outrageous plans and scheming their execution. She usually goes to the movies 2-3 times a week. Yes, she’s that obsessed. She’s also an avid book reader and lover of YA. Finally, Gaby is a Twitter addict and constantly checking it throughout the day, even when she’s not supposed to… Follow her@GabrielleAdelle on Twitter.
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