MoviefiedNYC’s Opening in November

Spike Lee’s Old Boy

November is chock full of family, friends, holiday plans, and movies to see. While you’re deciding on which recipe you will use for the stuffing or if three pumpkin pies are enough, take a break and head to the movie theaters which are overstuffed (pun intended) with amazing autumn fare–About Time, Last Vegas, Free Birds, The Book Thief, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen, Mr. Nobody, Black Nativity, Nebraska, and Old Boy, are just a few that have caught my eye. You certainly don’t want to cram all these in right before awards season begins. So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

–  Myrna E. Duarte

November 1

Ender’s Game – MoviefiedNYC’s Ender’s Game – To Boycott or Not? By George Bell
Ender’s Game, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 sci-fi novel, is written & directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins) stars Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, a young commander in training at Battle School. The complete cast includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Moises Arias from Kings of Summer.

Free Birds (3D) 

Free Birds
Every year, the President of the United States pardons a single turkey from being eaten for Thanksgiving. That turkey goes on to live a life of luxury. Owen Wilson voices a pardoned turkey who has his lux life interrupted when he’s recruited by another high strung turkey (Woody Harrelson) to go back in time and stop their kind from being on the menu at the very first Thanksgiving. It looks like some good holiday fun.
Last Vegas

Last Vegas
The senior citizen party movie Last Vegas stars Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro living it up in Sin City. The film follows these four friends getting together as Douglas aims to marry a woman half his age (SHOCKING!). I can only imagine that the film will not be without its charm with these four heavy hitters at bat.
About Time (Limited)  MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated 
About Time
Written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually and writer of the Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor ), About Time is his new romantic-time-travel-comedy starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams (in another time travel movie) as his love interest, plus the ever charming Bill Nighy as his father. There’s some wonderful dialogue in this heartfelt story of a young man who tries to change his past to have a better futureGo see it.
Dallas Buyers Club
This has got to be his Oscar year! With roles in films like Magic Mike, Mud, Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperyboy and the upcoming Wolf of Wall Street, Matthew McConaughey is having an amazing rebirth of his career with a variety of roles, that are making him a renaissance man. In the Dallas Buyers Club he plays real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Shunned by many of his old friends, he takes the fight against the virus into his own hands as he tries to track down alternative treatments from all over the world in a “buyers’ club” with other renegades and outcasts just him.

Diana (Limited)

Diana
This Diana (Naomi Watts) biopic looks a little formulaic and melodramatic, but when it comes to the royal family, people just eat this kind of story up. The script from Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine) is said to focus on Diana’s secret two-year love affair in the mid-1990s with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn that wasn’t revealed until 2008. 
I’m waiting for Lifetime.

Man of Tai Chi (Limited)

Man of Tai Chi
Man of Tai Chi is the directorial debut of star Keanu Reeves, who  also plays the villain in this fight intensive thriller with some incredible choreography coming from Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon). 
Mr. Nobody (Limited)

Mr. Nobody
Jaco Van Dormael‘s sci-fi drama Mr. Nobody, premiered four years ago at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. While the film has premiered overseas it is only just now getting a release in the United States (a shelf sitter). Jared Leto stars in the film as a 118-year old man in the year 2092, who finds himself the last mortal among the human race which has become immortal. On his deathbed, the man decides to look at three possible paths his life may have taken. 

November 8 
The Book Thief

The Book Thief, based on Markus Zusak’s bestelling novel of the same name, is set in the heart of Nazi Germany, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her foster father (Geoffrey Rush), she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her family’s basement. 

Thor: The Dark World (3D)

Thor: The Dark World

The God of Thunder is back! And so are all of his Asgardian friends in the Alan Taylor-directed sequel. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, along with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Tom Hiddleston as Loki (YAY) and Jaimie Alexander as Sif. In this Marvel adventure Loki and Thor must team up to take on the Dark Elves.

Alex Gibney’s (We Steal Secrets) new doc The Armstrong Lie, tells the brutally honest and intimate story of cyclist Lance Armstrong and his years of lying about doping. Gibney began making this doc to tell the story of Lance’s return to the Tour de France, but as the story about his doping evolved, the doc evolved into a story about his lies. 
Ass Backwards (Limited)
Ass Backwards
Ass Backwards is a silly comedy is giving us a taste of the wacky duo (writers and stars Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael) Kate and Chloe (“Chloe and Kate. I’m Chloe. She’s Kate”). This Sundance selected comedy is high energy, and very goofy, there are also great cameos from Vincent D’Onofrio and Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk. 

How I Live Now (Limited)

How I Live Now adapted from Meg Rosoff’s novel, starring Saoirse Ronan (The Host and Byzantium). It begins like any other romantic drama, with a girl falls for a handsome guy (George MacKay), but then things take a big twist half way through. A nuclear device is detonated, it’s WWIII, and they’re on the run for their lives while trying to get home from the English countryside. 


November 15 
The Best Man Holiday
College friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

Charlie Countryman (Limited)

Charlie Countryman
Shia LaBeouf is back in music video director Fredrik Bond’s first film, Sundance indie, Charlie Countryman, This the story of a young guy (LaBeouf) who finds himself in love with a European woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who has a dangerous suitor (Mads Mikkelsen) from her past not willing to let her go. It’s a love story with style, action and a great soundtrack.

Nebraska (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated
Moviefied Review by John David West

Nebraska
Premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the newest film from director Alexander Payne (About Schmidt and The Descendants) is coming to theaters this month, in all its black and white glory. Nebraska takes us on quirky road trip that son (Will Forte) must take with his grumpy old father (Bruce Dern) as they embark on a trip to claim a sweepstakes prize that the patriarch thinks he’s won. This definitely appears to have the charm and drama between laughter we’ve come to expect from Payne.


November 22

Delivery Man 

Delivery Man
This American remake of the French Canadian film Starbuck features Vince Vaughn as the likeable underachiever David Wozniak, whose life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. He tries to find solace in anonymously helping his kids as a sort of guardian angel.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (IMAX) 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
75th Annual Hunger Games puts previous victors back in the arena. There is clearly a bigger budget on display this time around with more of the Capitol to see, some impressive effects shots, a very menacing Donald Sutherland, and just a tease of the action that kicks off the new games themselves.
Philomena (Limited)

Philomena

British filmmaker Stephen Frears is getting rave reviews saying that Philomena is his best work since The Queen. The film stars 78-year-old Oscar winning actress Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, a woman searching for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Steve Coogan stars as a “world-weary journalist” assigned to her story that joins in the search.

November 27 (Wednesday – Thanksgiving)
Black Nativity

Black Nativity
Black Nativity is the big screen adaptation of Langston Hughes’ 1961 Broadway musical with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, will sing on the big screen in the musical adaptation with Jennifer Hudson. The story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his single mother to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he’s never met. Through his grandfather’s Christmas Eve sermon and a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story, he learns about the importance of faith and family. I’ve got to be honest here, I can’t wait to hear Samuel L. Jackson sing! 
Frozen (3D)
Frozen
Kristen Bell seems to be a great new animated leading lady, and Josh Gad will be cracking people up as that little snowman. However, if the quest is to bring summer back, what’s going to happen to him when all the snow goes away? 
Homefront
Director Gary Fleder’s new crime thriller Homefront, puts Jason Statham against James Franco. As a retired DEA agent, Statham finds himself confronting a crime ring led by Franco when their children get into a schoolyard confrontation. When Franco aims to gets some dirt on the new small town resident, he learns he’s an undercover cop and assumes he’s there to bust him. Oh, and look at white trash Kate Bosworth!

Oldboy MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated
Fans of Chan-wook Park‘s revenge film Oldboy have been eager to see what director Spike Lee does with his take on the original manga property. Josh Brolin leads the film as a kidnapped advertising executive held captive for 20 years. What follows is a grizzly quest for revenge to find out who kidnapped him and why. This is going to be one intense thriller.
Out of the Furnace
In director Scott Cooper’s gritty drama Out of the Furnace. Christian Bale stars in the film as Russell, working a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and caring for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and disappears. Since the cops can’t get the job done, Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice.
November 29 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Limited) 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, stars Idris Elba(Pacific Rim and Luther) as the iconic South African humanitarian/liberator Nelson Mandela. In addition to Elba, the cast includes Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela. But if the trailers don’t lie, I think it’s Idris who may at least get a nomination out of this. 

The Punk Singer (Limited)

The Punk Singer

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s. 
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