Well, it’s time for me to finally tell you guys about films releasing in the month of November. This serves as the second part of my fall movie preview. I did not have time to write about the movies coming out in December, so keep your eyes peeled for another installment sometime in the future. If you did not read my Part 1, check that out before reading this. Alright, let’s start.
Bond is back, and looking as awesome as ever. Daniel Craig has been on a streak with Bond films, with “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” being fantastic action films, let alone James Bond movies. I feel as I can trust Sam Mendes can deliver, and place “SPECTRE” in the higher ranks along with these other films. This film will focus around the character and personality of James Bond. Apart from this, we don’t know much of the plot. This will be a different kind of Bond film, though it will still contain the usual James Bond trademarks, like exotic locations, including exotic locations, a cool car (in this case the new Aston Martin DB10), a cool villain, here played by two-time Academy-Award winning actor Christoph Waltz, gorgeous “Bond girls”, including actresses Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, and spectacular action. Plus, it’s James Bond. How could you not go see it? “SPECTRE” opens on November 6th.
The Peanuts Movie
When you convert classic childhood characters onto the big screen, you always run the risk of the charm and heart of these beloved figures being lost in translation, especially in the case of Charles Schulz’s classic Peanuts characters. However, when I saw the posters and trailers calling the film “The Peanuts Movie by Schulz”, my hope was renewed. While the animation strays from the classic cartoons, they look to keep the same spirit of the cartoons and comics, including a plot about the mysterious Red-Haired Girl. And of course, Snoopy will be continuing his fight against the Red Baron. “The Peanuts Movie” opens November 6th.
Next up is a smaller drama called Room. Little is known of this film the bare plot and characters. Room stars Alison Brie as a woman who is kidnapped by a man known only as “Old Nick” and trapped inside his garden shed known as “Room”. She eventually gives birth to Jack, who has only known the inside of the “Room”. After being trapped in there for several years, they decide to escape. The film has reached critical acclaim after being screened at several film festivals, including Tellrude and TIFF. Boasting the tagline “Love knows no boundaries”, it is sure to be a heartbreaking and chilling yarn. “Room” also stars Joan Allen and William H. Macy and opens on November 6th.
First in our wave of fact-based tales is “Spotlight”, the true story of Boston Globe spotlight reporters who fought to uncover the truth about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The film looks as if it pulls no punches, telling the truth and nothing but the truth. It also looks exciting in the way that last year’s fantastic “The Imitation Game”, not containing any fight or chase sequences, but instead focusing on character and the psychological impact of the situation, not just on the characters, but on the entire world. I am also expecting great performances from the star-studded cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Rachael McAdams, Stanley Tucci, and best of all, Michael Keaton, who has another shot at the gold after his ridiculous snub for “Birdman”. Speaking of the gold, keep an eye out for “Spotlight” at the awards. “Spotlight” opens in select theaters on November 6th, and opens widely on November 20th.
I think we can admit that critics love a few things, moving drama, romance, period pieces. “Brooklyn” will be like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for critics. The film looks like an ultimate, dare I say shameless, piece of Oscar bait. Based on the critically acclaimed novel, “Brooklyn” stars Saorise Ronan as an Irish immigrant is the 1950s who leaves her life and family behind to head to New York City. She eventually falls in love and must choose between her new lover in America and her family in Ireland. This also seems like the sort of film the Academy would eat up, so keep an eye out for “Brooklyn” at the awards. Maybe it seems that I think the movie seems sappy. I do think that to some extent, but it could also very well by a touching love story and a great drama. Brooklyn opens on November 6th.
Dalton Trumbo was one of the most influential screenwriters of early Hollywood, and no one even knew it. He was one of many Hollywood workers who were blacklisted for their controversial political beliefs. Even after he was blacklisted, he still wrote scripts for many films, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus”, and no one even knew it. “Trumbo” stars “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston as the titular character, and focuses around his battles against columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren), and how his work influenced all of Hollywood. At best, “Trumbo” will be an engaging glimpse at the life of a starving artist. At worst, at least the performances will be great. Trumbo opens November 6th.
When the 33 miners were trapped underground in Chile, the whole world was holding their breath in suspense, so it seems only natural that the catastrophe would be adapted into film, and during Oscar season, no less. “The 33” stars Antonio Banderas and Martin Sheen. There’s really not that much to talk about, no doubt you know the story. The best we can hope is that the film captures the intensity of the event. “The 33” opens November 13th.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2
How could you not be excited for the final Hunger Games film? For that matter, how I not be excited for the final Hunger Games film? I enjoyed all three films, especially “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay: Part 1”. But I liked all of them, and even own them on DVD. So I have very high hopes for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2”, and with good reason. The trailers have looked epic in every sense of the word, and just look at that picture! That just about sums it up! If you complained about Part 1 being slow, overstuffed, or action-less, then I have a hunch that Part 2 will be more suited to your tastes. The whole series has led up to this, so relish it, anticipate it, and enjoy it. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2” opens on November 20th.
The Night Before
A holiday-themed stoner comedy from the people behind “Superbad”, “Pineapple Express”, and “This Is The End”? This kind of seems obvious, but it also seems like it might work. “The Night Before” is about three buddies that spend one last Christmas together, and, naturally, they party and get drunk and all the things that can be expected from a stoner buddy comedy. The film stars Seth Rogen (the seeming master of these kind of films), Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an incredibly versatile actor known in both comedy and drama. “The Night Before” may not break any new ground, but it may be a fun watch. “The Night Before” opens on November 20.
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar has already hit it out of the park this year with their masterpiece “Inside Out”, and I honestly can’t see how Pixar can top that film in the same year. However, “The Good Dinosaur” looks as it is to be another hit from the acclaimed animation studio. It answers the question “what if the meteor that killed all the dinosaurs missed The Earth”. The film takes the classic “boy and his pet” story, except, with the usual Pixar twist, the roles are reversed, with the role of the boy being that of a dinosaur, and vice versa. The animation looks stunning, the premise inspired, and it might pack the usual emotional punch in the gut. “The Good Dinosaur” opens on November 20.
The latest attempt at a high-budget film based on an iconic monster, “Victor Frankenstein” stars James McAvoy as the titular mad scientist and Daniel Radcliffe as his assistant Igor, and the monster that Victor creates. Everybody knows the story of Dr. Frankenstein, but this film hopes to put a new twist on the classic story. Of course, there was another recent movie that attempted this, 2014’s “I, Frankenstein” (shudder). I can only hope that this will be an improvement. “Victor Frankenstein” opens on November 25.
The Rocky franchise is beloved by many, anchored by the uplifting story of an underdog riding to the top from the bottom, and the thrill of the sport of boxing that provide many of the exciting moments. Although “Creed” is not technically a new addition to the formally mentioned franchise, it’s a spin-off focusing around Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of the now-dead Apollo, who Rocky fought in the first two films in the series. Adonis wants to be a great fighter without living in his father’s shadow, and to help him get to the top, he enlists the help of the one and only Rocky Balboa, played once more by Sylvester Stallone. The film is both directed and co-written by Bryan Coogler, director of “Fruitvale Station”, so we know he can work with B. Jordon, and, well, we’re all excited to see Sly back in the role that made him a star. “Creed” releases on November 25.
Thanks for reading, guys. I’m currently working on a review at the moment, and am going to a showing of another film this weekend. You can expect to see those reviews coming soon, and maybe a Top Ten pertaining to SPECTRE. Until then, I will see you later.