Forget summer blockbusters. Holiday season always brings out the best in movies, and November is just the start of it.
We have some familiar faces in new roles (any Ron Weasley fans?), some extra-creepy characters (Winona Ryder, enough said) and the continuation of one of the hottest trilogies.
May the odds be ever in your favor… at the theaters, that is.
For the non-genre, up for anything, moviegoer: “Charlie Countryman”
This trailer asks the eternal question: How often does Shia LaBeouf get beat up? No, but on a serious note, there’s something intriguing about this trailer, yet Variety referred to it as “A profoundly unnecessary movie,” and it’s only at a 33 percent-rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s been described as a romantic comedy, but did the trailer leave you with the rom-com warm and fuzzies? “Gratifyingly eschews strict genre classification” seems more like an accurate description by The Hollywood Reporter. Other than the final line of the trailer where LaBeouf proclaims dying for love would be, “a cool way to go,” it looks less like a love movie and more like a film about survival. But maybe love and survival are one in the same? Judging by the movie’s original title, “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” LaBeouf doesn’t make it in the end.
Release Date: November 15
For the “Team Peeta vs. Team Gale” fangirls: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
I’m not a crazy Hunger Games fan, but the books were pretty legit and the first movie was good. The second book in the series, “Catching Fire,” was my favorite of the trilogy, so I’m hoping the movie won’t disappoint. The story follows Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as she’s thrown back into the Hunger Games for the 75th anniversary, but welcomes some new characters including Plutarch Heavensbee, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. I have to say, the marketing around “Catching Fire” has been on steroids, so even if you’re not a fan you can’t ignore it. There’s a CoverGirl makeup line for the movie release and the cast of the film recently held a Google+ hangout with fans. Oh, and have you heard of “The Starving Games?” You know you’re popular when there’s a parody.
Release Date: November 22
For the “Breaking Bad” withdrawals: “Homefront”
Okay. I’ll give it to James Franco. He’s making an effort to prove he’s no longer a typecast actor with some new movie roles this year, “Homefront” included. He plays a meth-making creep and Jason Statham plays… Jason Statham. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder also add some extra sketchiness to the movie. Not sure if it screams holiday cheer to me, but I have been on a serious “Breaking Bad” kick, so the meth storyline is right up my alley.
Release Date: November 27
So what’s your pick? Tweet @litdarling with the movie you plan on checking out this month.
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