Opening this Weekend: November 21st

November is peak movie time, really: we find ourselves in the center of award season build up, and for the most part the films are truly breathtaking – there’s always one that holds you and just won’t let go. I remember seeing Her about this time last year, and so my expectations are naturally high – don’t let me down, Interstellar

So, whether you choose to checkout that indie movie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater. 

–Lottie Abrahams

November 21st 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson

Synopsis:  The rebellion in Panem is growing stronger, and following the events from the previous Hunger Games instalment, Katniss has been taken to safety to lead the rebellion from below. However, Peeta still remains a captive of President Snow, and ultimately becomes a useful pawn of the Capitol. Katniss must choose between the fate of her people and the one she loves. 

Two Cents: I’m still mad that they split it into two films, but of course I’m going to pay (twice) to see this film.  

The Imitation Game

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong

Synopsis:  Based on the true story of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game explores one man’s journey to fight for his country and his freedom, even when the two collide. Turing was recruited by British Intelligence to crack the world’s toughest code – Enigma – used by the Germans during the World War. Under constant scrutiny, Turing develops the world’s first computer, capable of decrypting code in a matter of minutes. However, he is forced to question his whole life when rumours concerning his sexuality arise, and threaten to compromise not only his work but his freedom.

Two Cents: Cumberbatch is simply breathtaking, and even manages to make Keira Knightley smile.  

Director: J.C. Khoury
Stars: Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton

Synopsis:  Harry, a self-professed playboy, has had young and old alike. However, he runs into a big problem when he meets Grace, who might just be the one to break his one-night streak. As true love nears, he realises that he slept with her married mother a number of months ago, culminating in one, very clichéd, weekend when he ‘meets’ her parents. 

Two Cents: This honestly looks so stupid the words I’m currently using might be a waste.  

Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh

Synopsis:  A small town seems to be unaware that a beautiful yet strange vampire stalks their streets at night, provoking the interest of a number of gentlemen. 

Two Cents: The trailer is breathtakingly beautiful, and I am openly calling it that Ana Lily Amirpour is one to watch.  

Director: John Herzfield
Stars: Nelly, Sylvester Stallone, Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore, Kelsey Grammar, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes

Synopsis:  A self-help book touches the lives of a huge variety of people in desperate situations, but there is just one problem – no-one knows where or who the author is. In a bid to track him down and thank him, people collide and find the true meaning of courage. 

Two Cents: The premise is quite dorky but the acting looks rather fantastic (yes, even from you, Stallone)

Director: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Bigalondo,
Stars: Emilia Ares Zoryan, Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Calvin Reeder

Synopsis:  I think this film is about a group of teenagers who watch a collection of video tapes that recorded bizarre ghostly activity and attacks of a gang. I think the ghosts/people are now after them. I think.

Two Cents: I watched the trailer four times and still couldn’t figure out what the plot was. Generic sequel to generic unoriginal horror film.

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