Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A November to Remember

While I was running over my tentative movie-watching schedule for the 23rd annual Philadelphia Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow night with two high profiles films, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's powerhouse Oscar-contender, Birdman, and newcomer Theordore Melfi's St. Vincent, I began to think about the huge slate of titles coming to theatres this November. Whether you're in the mood for highly-touted festival darlings with Academy Awards aspirations or new installments to blockbuster franchises, November is sure to offer a little something for everybody.

On November 7th the wait is finally over for Christopher Nolan's long-awaited epic sci-fi drama, Interstellar. With a slow but steady stream of new footage constantly being released in all of its many theatrical trailers, moviegoers are beginning to formulate what the film's about and it could be downright spectacular.

Then, just one week later in a limited capacity, Bennett Miller's gripping dark drama, Foxcatcher, will finally arrive in theatres. As someone who's been waiting desperately for the film ever since it dropped out of last year's awards season contention, I couldn't be more excited. Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo all appear to give knockout performances as a mentally ill multi-millionaire and the pair of Olympic-wrestling siblings he paid to train at his Foxcatcher Farms facility. We've officially been given our first in-depth look at Foxcatcher with the release of its newest trailer (below), and it looks to have all the makings of a major Oscar-contender.

There are plenty of other festival-circuit films coming to the big screen this November that could make a splash at the Academy Awards. First up is Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game, a Centerpiece selection at this month's Philadelphia Film Festival which comes out in limited release on November 21st. The World War II drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch won the highly-regarded Audience Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Almost all of the recent winners have gone on to have successful awards season runs.

Two other Oscar-hopefuls include Jon Stewart's Rosewater (11/14 limited), which tells the story of a journalist who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for over 100 days, and the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything (11/7 limited). Both have played marginally well on the festival circuit and have moderate to outside chances at receiving some recognition from the Academy.

And finally, if the Oscar talk is not really your "thing", there are plenty of blockbuster options coming to theatres this November as well. First up is the long-awaited sequel Dumb and Dumber To (11/14 nationwide). While I've openly denounced the idea of a follow-up feature, especially after 20 years since its initial debut, there's still no doubt that I'll venture to the movies to catch what happens next with Harry and Lloyd.

With a brand new official trailer for the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 (11/26 nationwide) that's featured above, fans of the off and running franchise can look forward to its trio of imbeciles getting caught up in all crazy kinds of shenanigans once again. The last, but not least, title finding the big screen in November is the action blockbuster, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (11/21 nationwide). Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss in the first of two parts for the franchise's final story.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy this November. Make sure you take advantage of the fantastic slate of features and savor the movie-theatre experience on a big screen ... the way movies were meant to be watched.

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