Movies Coming November 2014

Worst Friends

Release Date: November 4, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Level 33
Director: Ralph Arend
Screenwriter: Ralph Arend
Starring: Richard Tanne, Noah Barrow, Kristen Connolly, Cody Horn, Geoffrey Arend, Kathryn Erbe
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: When self involved prankster, Jake (Richard Tanne), gets hit by a car, the only person around to take care of him is his childhood friend Sam (Noah Barrow). With the help of pretty, no-nonsense physical therapist, Lilly (Cody Horn), Sam agrees to help Jake recover. But when Sam’s high school crush, Zoe (Kristen Connolly), moves back to town, it’s every man for himself and Sam is left asking, “with friends like this, who needs enemies?!”

Interstellar

Release Date: November 5, 2014 (IMAX; wide: Nov. 7)
Studio: Paramount PicturesDirector: Christopher NolanScreenwriter: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher NolanStarring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Bill Irwin, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace, David GyasiGenre: Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: “Interstellar” chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

National Gallery

Release Date: November 5, 2014 (NY)
Studio: Zipporah Films
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Not Available
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip; he attends administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public. But most of all, we experience the joy of spending time with the aforementioned masters as well as Vermeer and Caravaggio, Titian and Velázquez, Pissarro and Rubens, and listen to the connoisseurs who discourse upon the aesthetic, historical, religious and psychological underpinnings of these masterpieces.

21 Years: Richard Linklater

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood
Screenwriter: Michael Dunaway, Tara Wood
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: It’s been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking “Slacker” to his innovative “Boyhood,” Linklater has reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences. For a man who became famous for celebrating the cool and casual, Linklater emerges as a surprisingly strategic and visionary director who has already established a legacy and perfected a style that can’t be denied.

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Phase 4 Films
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Screenwriter: Phil Johnston
Starring: Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clarke Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Candice Bergen, Robin Williams
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Actress

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Cinema Guild
Director: Robert Green
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Brandy Burre
Genre: Documentary
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York City to make a home with her boyfriend and their two kids in Beacon, NY. When Brandy decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s thoughtfully created crumbles around her. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, “Actress” is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and a textured sensory exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in the complex story about starring in the movie of one’s own life.Plot Summary: Starring Brandy Burre (“The Wire”) in an acclaimed performance in which she stars in the movie of her own life. Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s “The Wire” when she gave up her career to start a family. She leaves New

The Better Angels

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Amplify
Director: AJ Edwards
Screenwriter: AJ Edwards
Starring: Wes Bentley, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “The Better Angels” tells the untold story of the youth of America’s greatest hero. It chronicles the hardships that shaped him, including abandonment by his father in the harsh winter wilderness, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality, putting him on the path to becoming one of the most influential Presidents in United States history, Abraham Lincoln

Big Hero 6

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Daniel Henney
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
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Plot Summary: From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Elsa and Fred

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Millennium Entertaiment
Director: Michael Radford
Screenwriter: Michael Radford, Anna Pavignano
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Shirley MacLaine, Macia Gay Harden, Chris Noth
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: “Elsa and Fred” is the story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. After losing his wife, Fred (Christopher Plumer) feels disturbed, confused and alone, so his daughter (Marcia Gay Harden) helps move him into a small apartment where he meets Elsa (Shirley Maclaine). From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into Fred’s life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live–be it more or less–is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases.

Jessabelle

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Kevin Greutert
Screenwriter: Robert Ben Garant
Starring: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, Amber Stevens
Genre: Horror
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Plot Summary: From the mastermind producer of “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” comes the ghostly tale of “Jessabelle.” Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of “Sleeping Beauty”) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter

Release Date: November 7, 2014
Studio: Red Bull Media House
Director: Dana Brown
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Travis Pastrana, Robbie Maddison, Carlin Dunne, Ashely Fiolek, Doug Henry, Roland Sands, James Stewart
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: When “On Any Sunday” premiered in 1971, it wasn’t just any movie. Directed by Bruce Brown – who also helmed surfing classic “The Endless Summer” – this insider look at motorcycle racing reached a wide audience that was fascinated by the heartfelt stories of the men behind the bikes.

Open Windows

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Cinedigm
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (“The ABCs of Death,” “Extraterrestrial,” “V/H/S Viral”) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller “Open Windows.” Nick (Elijah Wood, “Maniac,” “The Lord of the Rings”) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, “Would You Rather,” “The Girlfriend Experience”). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell, “Wild Bill,” “Pusher”) makes an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing and no one are as they seem.

The Theory of Everything

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Focus Features
Director: James Marsh
Screenwriter: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Plot Summary: Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student> Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”).

The Way He Looks

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Strand Releasing
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Screenwriter: Daniel Ribeiro
Starring: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, Daniel Ribeiro’s coming of age tale, “The Way He Looks,” is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who’s fed up with his overprotective mother> and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana, grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo.

West

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Main Street Films
Director: Christian Schwochow
Screenwriter: Heide Schwochow
Starring: Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “West” is a story based in East Germany before the Fall of the Berlin wall in the Summer, late 70’s. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij’s apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin Wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij’s mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Director: Sion Sono
Screenwriter: Sion Sono
Starring: Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
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Plot Summary: There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The F*ck Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The F*ck Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death…on 35mm!

A Most Violent Year

Release Date: November 12, 2014 (limited)
Studio: A24
Director: J.C. Chandor
Screenwriter: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks
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Plot Summary: Set during the winter of 1981 — statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City’s history — “A Most Violent Year” is a drama following the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

Always Woodstock

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Rita Merson
Screenwriter: Rita Merson
Starring: Allison Miller, James Wolk, Katey Sagal, Rumer Willis, Jason Ritter, Brittany Snow, Anna Anissimova, Ryan Guzman
Genre: Drama, Musical
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Plot Summary: Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label’s most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it’s time for a change. Selling off her engagement ring, Catherine moves back to her family home in Woodstock, to get back to what she has always wanted to do: write music. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them. Little by little, Catherine starts to find herself, and write music, with the help of local legend, Lee Ann (Katey Sagal). As she and Noah start to fall in love, Catherine realizes that becoming successful means becoming your true self first.

Beyond the Lights

Release Date: November 14, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Screenwriter: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Richard Colson Baker aka MGK, Danny Glover
Genre: Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Beyond the Lights” is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be

Dumb and Dumber To

Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Screenwriter: Sean Anders, John Morris, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: “Dumb and Dumber To.” The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

Foxcatcher

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Bennett Miller
Screenwriter: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: Based on true events, “Foxcatcher” tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).

The Homesman

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Screenwriter: Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, Meryl Streep
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

Miss Meadows

Studio: eOne Films
Director: Karen Leigh Hopkins
Screenwriter: Karen Leigh Hopkins
Starring: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: “Miss Meadows” is a school teacher with impeccable manners and grace. However, underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides a ruthless gun-toting vigilante who takes it upon herself to right the wrongs in the world by whatever means necessary. For Miss Meadows, bad behavior is simply unforgivable.

Point and Shoot

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Orchard
Director: Marshall Curry
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Matthew VanDyke
Genre: Documentary
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Plot Summary: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, “Point and Shoot” chronicles the journey of Matthew VanDyke, a timid 27-year-old who leaves his home in Baltimore and sets off on a self-described “crash course in manhood” through the Middle East. The film begins in 2007, when VanDyke, armed with a video camera, embarks on a 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East. While traveling, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution breaks out in Libya, Matt joins his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Rosewater

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Open Road Films
Director: Jon Stewart
Screenwriter: Jon Stewart
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Haluk Bilginer, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Claire Foy
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: “Rosewater” is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.

Wolves

Release Date: November 14, 2014 (limited)
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Director: David Hayter
Screenwriter: David Hayter
Starring: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, Jason Momoa, Merritt Patterson, Benedict Carver
Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him – Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenwriter: Danny Strong, Peter Craig
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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Plot Summary: The worldwide phenomenon of “The Hunger Games” continues to set the world on fire with “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

The Imitation Game

Release Date: November 21, 2014 (limited)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Morten Tyldum
Screenwriter: Graham Moore
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Plot Summary: In “The Imitation Game,” Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

The Mule

Release Date: November 21, 2014
Studio: XLrator Media

Director: Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson
Screenwriter: Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Starring: Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Georgina Haig, Geoff Morrell, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
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Plot Summary: It’s 1983. A naive man with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach is detained by Australian Federal Police. Alone and afraid, ‘the Mule’ makes a desperate choice; to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally. And by doing so becomes a ‘human time-bomb’; dragging cops, criminals and concerned family into his impossible escapade. Inspired by true events, “The Mule” is directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony, with a darkly comic screenplay by Sampson, Leigh Whannell (“Saw,” “Insidious”), and Jaime Browne. The film stars Hugo Weaving alongside Sampson and Whannell with an ensemble cast including Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble.

Reach Me

Studio: Millennium Entertaiment
Director: John Herzfeld
Screenwriter: John Herzfeld
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Kyra Sedgwick, Nelly, Cary Elwes, Thomas Jane, Terry Crews, Danny Aiello, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Cohan, Ryan Kwanten, Tom Sizemore
Genre: Drama
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Plot Summary: A motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Release Date: November 26, 2014 (limited)
Studio: RADiUS-TWC
Director: Andrea di Stefano
Screenwriter: Andrea di Stefano
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Brady Corbett, Claudia Traisac
Genre: Biography, Drama
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Plot Summary: For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line when he’s pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.

Horrible Bosses 2

Release Date: November 26, 2014
Studio: New Line Cinema (Warner Bros.)
Director: Sean Anders
Screenwriter: Sean Anders, John Morris, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz
Genre: Comedy
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Plot Summary: Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.

The Penguins of Madagascar

Release Date: November 26, 2014 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Studio: 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation
Director: Simon Smith, Eric Darnell
Screenwriter: Michael Colton, John Aboud
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare, John Malkovich
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Plot Summary: Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

The Babadook

Release Date: November 28, 2014 (limited)
Studio: IFC Midnight
Director: Jennifer Kent
Screenwriter: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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Plot Summary: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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  1. designer says:

    Just watched “Big Hero 6” this weekend, thanks PhilaNews for great job at movie updates every month, can’t wait to see what else is new & interesting coming up. Big Hero 6 was a really fun trailer to watch and the animation was very colorful and fun. Movie has a really good sense of humor. Its good for family get together with kids. I don’t have kids so I watched it by my self and really enjoyed it.

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