Movie preview: What to see in November
Dalton LaFerney / Senior Staff Writer
November has slated weeks of good movies, following an average October. Films this month show potential to be some of the top of the year.
The fun begins Wednesday with a strong first wave of movies, led by the long-anticipated “Interstellar,” the space movie starring Matthew McConaughey as Cooper and Anne Hathaway as Brand. The Christopher Nolan movie is said by many to be under wraps, with much of the plot left out of advertisements and promotions. But the reviews so far have been mostly positive. It’s a fast developing movie, drawing from imagination on outward space expansion and travel. Time on Earth is about to end, and Cooper is the triumphant leader.
The movie starring Steve Carell will release Nov. 14, and is based on the thrilling true story of a John du Pont. Carell plays the sad, fascinating du Pont, a role that is unusual for Carell. Opposite Carell is Channing Tatum, who plays a wrestler for the team sponsored by Carell’s character. Expect the two to show out. Tatum gives a worthy performance as a wrestler longing to make a name. Carell’s role is said to be chilling at some points during the film.
“Rosewater” is the story of a journalist taken and interrogated in Iran. The film, out Nov. 13, is anticipated to be one of the best this year and is directed by Jon Stewart. The insightful and provoking film is based on the recent true story of Maziar Bahari, a Canadian reporter for “Newsweek” who persevered through more than 100 days of Iranian torture.
Tommy Lee Jones directs and plays the role of George Briggs in “The Homesman,” out Nov. 14. Jones is paired with Hilary Swank, who plays Mary Cuddy. It is not the average western, as Lee and Swank are a gritty pair in a chilling story of determination. They move three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa, fending off Native Americans and twisted crooks. It’s a gripping film, demanding attention throughout as Swank defies sadistic odds.
The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch gives a powerful performance as Alan Turing, an English genius, in “The Imitation Game,” a biographical WWII drama with a limited release on Nov. 28. In it, Cumberbatch’s role leads a stressful effort to crack a German military code. Cumberbatch is expected to play a character like his in “Sherlock.” He is surrounded with a great cast in the push to win the war. Keira Knightley displays her beautiful face, but doesn’t overshadow her intellectual role; it’s one of many outstanding Knightley performances.
Cameras turn back to Penn State University on Friday, Nov. 21 for the documentary recounting the 2011 child sex abuse scandal. The acclaimed film investigates the impact of the trying ordeal, captured by international media. Coach Joe Paterno’s reputation was destroyed for his involvement, as Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. The college was a haven for the community, but the Sandusky tragedy scared the Penn State family. The documentary reveals additional information the media didn’t cover before.
It isn’t the only horror thriller of the month, but “The Babadook,” has the makings of a truly horrifying 93 minutes when it comes out Nov. 28. There is a monster haunting Samuel, played by Noah Wiseman, son of Essie Davis’ character. The film appears to be a dark and involved affair, but at the end of the day, it’s a modern horror movie. Don’t expect too much from it.
“Horrible Bosses 2” on Nov. 28 brings back Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day in the same roles as the first movie. Joining them are the great Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. The guys get into some more boss trouble, seeking help again from Jamie Foxx’s hilarious role — one of many returning from the first film. “Dumb and Dumber To” hops back onto the screen Friday with the goofy and beloved Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning 20 years later for a hilarious new adventure. Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen is back in District 13 for the newest installment of “The Hunger Games.” In “Mockingjay,” which is due out Nov. 21, Katniss is fighting against the Panem government.
From left to right: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hensworth answer questions during The Hunger Games’ mall tour in Los Angeles.
Featured Image: From left to right: Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman at the Horrible Bosses premiere in 2011. Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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