Holiday movie season means more than just the usual run of feel-good, family oriented films. In November, we also get our first look at the crop of flicks who are holding out hopes of being considered for Academy Award nominations. This year looks to be no different as Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and “The Sessions” are all starting to generate significant Oscar buzz.
Fans of the James Bond series and the “Twilight Saga” can also rejoice as the 23rd Bond flick “Skyfall” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2” hit this month as well. Take a look at some of the big releases coming this month.
November 2: The holidays have always featured a number of animated movies for the kids and this year, “Wreck-It Ralph” is kicking off the post-Halloween rush of animated flicks. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, “Wreck-It Ralph” tells the story Ralph, the villain of a popular video game. Determined to prove he isn’t a villain, Ralph escapes his video game world and sets out on an adventure to prove that isn’t such a bad dude and that he too, can be a hero. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence. There’s plenty of fun stuff for the kids to do at the official “Wreck-It Ralph” website.
“Flight” is the first live-action movie from director Robert Zemeckis since “Castaway” in 2000. Since Tom Hanks got stranded on that island, Zemeckis has been busy mastering the art of 3D animation. Now with Denzel Washington in the lead role, “Flight” tells the story of an airline pilot who finds himself under investigation after he was drunk at the wheel during the crash of a commercial airliner. Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence. Check out the official “Flight” website for more information.
November 9: Daniel Craig returns as Agent 007, James Bond in “Skyfall”, the 23rd film featuring the British MI6 super spy. After a long delay during MGM’s money troubles, Craig and Bond return with Sam Mendes in the director’s chair. This time around, Bond’s loyalty to M (Dame Judi Dench) is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. “Skyfall”, which stars Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench is already getting some surprising Oscar buzz and is being touted as one of the best Bond films to date. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. Check out the official “Skyfall” website for some slick stuff, including trailers and downloads.
Speaking of Oscar buzz, “The Sessions”, especially stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt is getting plenty of it. The film, directed by Ben Lewin, is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet (Hawkes) paralyzed from the neck down due to polio who hires a sex surrogate (Hunt) so that he can lose his virginity while he can still enjoy it. Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue. For more information, check out the official “The Sessions” site.
November 16: Abraham Lincoln has been a popular guy this year. Following the attempt to turn him into a vampire hunting super hero in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, Steven Spielberg now tries to just give us the facts about our 16th President of the United States in “Lincoln”. Daniel Day Lewis wears the hat and beard this time around and there are plenty of stars to fill in the gaps as his supporting cast of historical figures. “Lincoln” co-stars Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones and Jackie Earle Haley. Rated PG-13 for an intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language. For more info, including the “60 Minutes” interviews with Spielberg and Day Lewis, check out the official “Lincoln” website.
“Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2” will no doubt score a huge box office opening but don’t expect any Oscar buzz with this one. In the final chapter of the “Twilight” saga, Bella is beginning to enjoy her newly discovered a vampire life and abilities. Unfortunately, Irina has misidentified Renesmee as an immortal child, believing she is a child who has been turned into a vampire. The Volturi have outlawed immortal children because they tend to be uncontrollable. Irina and the Volturi plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world for one final battle.
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The final film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel, Rami Malek, Angela Sarafyan, Marlane Barnes, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Noel Fisher, Guri Weinberg, Lee Pace, Toni Trucks, Bill Tangradi, Erik Odom, Valorie Curry, Joe Anderson, Olga Fonda, Janelle Froehlich, Masami Kosaka, Sebastiao Lemos, Amadou Ly, Ty Olsson, Wendell Pierce and Carolina Virguez. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity. Twi-Hard fans can check out the official “Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2” website for the latest info leading up the final release.
November 21: Thanksgiving weekend will offer plenty of choices for moviegoing audiences. “Life of Pi” has had quite the journey to the big screen and is already being called one the best movies of the year. Based on the novel by Yann Martel and directed by Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” is the story of a 16-year-old boy who is the lone survivor of a sinking freighter, who finds himself on a lifeboat with an orangutan, hyena, a wounded zebra, and a Bengal tiger. Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril. Head over to the official “Life of Pi” website to learn more about the cast of this highly anticipated movie.
As the remake of the month, “Red Dawn” is another film that was shelved (for a couple of years) during MGM’s money problems. The remake of the 1984 flick has an army from North Korean (taking the place of the original film’s Russians), landing in a small town with the goal of taking over America. They are met with substantial resistance by a band of high schoolers. It sounds pretty silly when you think about it. The original starred Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Powers Boothe. The new flick features Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language. To check out trailers and photos from the action remake, check out the official “Red Dawn” Facebook page.
For years, the world has waited for the real story of Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman to join forces to save the world from the Nightmare King. Okay, maybe not but it’s happening anyway in “Rise of the Guardians”. The Dreamworks Animation film features the voices of Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. Rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. If you’re looking for fun activities for the kids as the holidays roll around, check out the official “Rise of the Guardians” site.
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