The November releases start out with a bang with the much anticipated James Bond film, Spectre. Daniel Craig returns as 007 battling the nefarious entities of the terrorist organization, led by Franz Oberhauser or Earnst Stavro Blofeld (Christophe Waltz). Reviews have been mostly upbeat and SPECTRE raked in 300 million dollars on its opening weekend, worldwide.
The Peanuts return to the big screen for the first time in thirty-five years in The Peanuts Movie. Created by Charles Schultz (who sadly passed away in 2000) and brought to the big screen by his own two sons, Bryan and Craig who keep to its creator’s vision of what the Peanuts are all about; innocence and a care free, wholesome family atmosphere. The film is doing terrific business and is receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews by critics and audiences, alike.
The 33 is the true story of thirty three miners trapped below in an old copper mine in Chile for 69 days. The film features Antonio Banderas in the lead with James Brolin, Rodrigo Santoro, Julliet Binochem Jacob Vargas and Lou Diamond Phillips rounding out the cast. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie headline the cast for By The Sea, an artsy drama about a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. This film was also written and directed by Angelina Jolie, is set in the 1970’s and seems to be a homage to the adult dramas of the same time period. Shot on a budget of Ten million dollars, don’t look for any Mr. and Mrs. Smith type action.
Love The Coopers seems to be the first of the holiday themed films released for the 2015 season. It has an all star cast that features Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Ed Helms, Jon Tenney and Alan Arkin. This one actually looks interesting. My All-American is the latest true life sports drama with Aaron Eckhart, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger and Finn Wittrock as Freddie Steinmart, the University of Texas football player who overcame tremendous odds to compete for a position on the team. My All-American will have to share the the field and the box-office with Carter High, another football film and stars Charles S. Dutton, Vivica A. Fox, Pooch Hall.
Man Up is the latest romantic comedy about mistaken identities with Simon Pegg, Lake Bell and Olivia Williams. Later this month will see the release to the much anticipated final chapter of The Hunger Games saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2. Legend features Tom Hardy portraying BOTH of the Kray brothers, some of the most notorious gangsters in 50’s and 60’s London. Legend was written and directed by Brian Helgeland who has written some great films like, LA Confidential, Mystic River, Man On Fire, Blood Work and A Knight’s Tale.
As if we needed one, the stoner comedy, The Night Before creeps into theaters with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie and Seth Rogan as three friends on a wild night on the town. The Secret In Their Eyes looks to be a possible Oscar contender and features Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor as a trio of investigators who are thrust into a horrific investigation when one of the daughters of the agents is brutally murdered. This one looks intense. Carol tells the story of a store clerk who falls for a much older, married man. This one also has Oscar contention for its leads that feature Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sara Paulson and Kyle Chandler.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything and hopefully we will include, CREED in that list. Creed is the latest boxing film spinoff from the Rocky franchise and features Michael B. Jordan as the title character along with Sylvester Stallone as Rocky who is training Apollo Creed’s wayward son into the ring. The Good Dinosaur is the latest family fare from Disney’s Pixar looks to be perfect viewing for the long weekend.
Victor Frankenstein is the latest incarnation of the classic tale directed by Paul McGuigan and written by Max Landis. The film stars James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott and looks to be an amusing mix of science fiction, horror and comedy rolled up into one film. The Danish Girl is already getting some Oscar talk and it won’t be out until the end of November. The film stars Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne and tells the true story of the famed artists, the Wegeners. They were a husband and wife team who try to navigate their way through life when one of them becomes a transgender.
There you have it. The good, the bad, and the others for your month of November. Hopefully there is a little of something for everyone. Check back for more new, views and reviews from the Movie Slackers.