November Movies: Stories, Sequels, and Christopher Nolan

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Although summer largely proved to be a disappointment for moviegoers, the changing of seasons has re-instilled an enthusiasm in what might lie ahead. Gone Girl, Fury, St. Vincent, and most recently Nightcrawler have all received positive reactions from both critics and fans alike. Even Keanu Reeves has revitalized his career with a simplistic, but entertaining revenge-fueled role in John Wick.

As we now are quickly approaching the holiday season, November has several movies that look poised to add to those listed above. Here are six films in particular that might pique your interest.

The True Story’s

Foxcatcher – 11/13

Steve Carell looks absolutely terrifying.

“Foxcatcher” tells the true story of “eccentric” multimillionaire John du Pont’s affection for amateur wrestling, and his relationship with Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave (Mark Ruffalo) Schultz. I mistakenly punched du Pont’s name into Google and discovered his fate, but I’m still excited to watch what looks to be a pretty dark drama.

Bennett Miller, who successfully brought Michael Lewis’ book “Moneyball” to the big screen, directs this one.

Rosewater – 11/6

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut is based upon The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” By Maziar Bahari. The Comedy Central funnyman certainly has an eye for great stories and I’m eager to see how he captured Bahari’s incredible journey.

The Imitation Game – 11/27

This movie details another thoroughly interesting story that has had quite the journey to finally hitting theaters. In 2012, Warner Bros. purchased the screenplay for an undisclosed sum (reportedly seven figures) with the intention of having Leonardo DiCaprio star as Alan Turing. However, after DiCaprio failed to officially sign on, the script went back to Graham Moore, who wrote the original script. Two years later in February 2014, The Weinstein Company paid a record $7 million for the rights to the script, and here we are.

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Turing, who led a team of British intelligence officers in breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. The film also follows Turing’s life before and after the war.

Joining Cumberbatch is Keira Knightley, perennial movie-villain Mark Strong, Charles Dance, who played Tywin Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Matthew Goode, who has been a welcome addition to televisions most underrated show The Good Wife. Although this film has seemingly failed to generate a lot of buzz, I’m excited to see Cumberbatch turn in yet another fine performance within a fascinating storyline.

 

 

The Sequel and The Threequel

Horrible Bosses 2 – 11/25

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return for more illegal tomfoolery. Judging by the previews it appears they’ve swapped a murder plot for a kidnapping one. Although it appears lacking in the creativity department, I’m not complaining.

22 Jump Street was an enjoyable sequel, and it also completely acknowledged the fact that it essentially replicated the plot of its predecessor. I’m getting a very similar vibe here.

Jaime Foxx is back, as is Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey. Chris Pine and Quentin Tarantino-favorite Christoph Waltz are newcomers. With all of the other dramas on this list, and the apparent lack of appealing comedies in the near future, Horrible Bosses 2 will likely prove a box office hit on Thanksgiving weekend.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I – 11/20

What better way to gear up for the holiday of thanks than watch a movie predicated upon full-scale class rebellion!

All of the main players (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland) return for the third installment. Despite his passing, Philip Seymour Hoffman will also return as Plutarch Heavensbee. The notable addition to the cast is Julianne Moore, who will play the cold and calculating leader of the rebellion, President Coin.

As a reader of the series, I’m very curious as to how these last two films wrap up the final book. I still remain skeptical that the decision to make four movies out of three books is entirely profit-based, but there’s no denying that the first two movies stayed true to the book, and were entertaining.

I’m also curious from a content standpoint. Although the first two books weren’t exactly “light” reading (especially since the entire plot centered around kids killing each other for the amusement of others), the final book is quite a bit darker.

 

The Christopher Nolan Movie

Interstellar – 11/6

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

Director Christopher Nolan’s track record speaks for itself. Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, and the Batman Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) all are memorable movies. When Nolan assumes directorial control of a project, I assume that it will be a good one.

This movie looks no different, as this time Nolan tries his hand at space. The cast looks great, with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway filling lead roles, and Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and Michael Caine in supporting turns. Mackenzie Foy also looks set to play McConaughey’s daughter in the movie, which I’m eager to see. After watching the True Detective star play really well alongside two kids (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) in Mud, I’m sure he’ll do the same here.

 

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