Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Movies to See and Skip

This past month was filled with spooky stories (mostly sequels or re-makes), and indie darlings.  Most of the films released throughout the month of October were a build up Halloween, even the animated features.

There was Paranormal Activity 4, Silent Hill 2, and Sinister, these were the films that tried to get you to jump.  Then there two animated feature Hotel Transylvania, and Frankenweenie.  Frankenweenie received the best reviews, but did lousy at the box office, and Hotel Transylvania received middling reviews but was one of the biggest successes at the box office.  While Paranormal Activity had a solid opening, it was way down from the previous installments, and failed to hold a steady box office proving the franchise is weakening.  Most folks would rather stay in and watch their favorite old Halloween films than the ones coming out at the movies.

People wanted drama in the month of October.  The main star, of October, was the Ben Affleck directed Argo, which got amazing reviews (it was a great film), and has already made 60 million making it the Best Picture front runner at the moment.  Taken 2 has performed solidly at the box office, but was trashed by critics, I am intrigued to see if they turn this into a trilogy.

Then there the the bombs on all accounts, Here Comes the Boom, Alex Cross, and Chasing Mavericks.  These films did incredibly poorly, and received terrible reviews.  Like within our government its time for Hollywood to assess the structure of their film releases and the movies they are making.  Here's to hoping November is a bit more exciting.

November 2nd
Wreck-It Ralph

Look for Flight and Wreck-It Ralph to improve last week's box office numbers by a lot.  Wreck-IT Ralph will do well because it will appeal to kids of all ages, and looks just plain fun.  The film is also getting great reviews.  Denzel fans will show up for this one; he has a great box office track record, combine that with Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) directing and you have a hit.  Both are must see movies of the month.

November 9th
Skyfall (November 8th)

Another weekend filled with must see movies.  Skyfall looks fantastic, and its already killing it over seas at the box office.  Combine that with it being the 50th anniversary of the films, and you have a surefire hit on your hands.  I have seen Lincoln already, and boy is it great.  No film maker has tackled Lincoln, and Spielberg was the man for the job!

November 16th 
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (15th)
Anna Karenina 

Thank God the Twilight Saga is ending, that's all I have to say about that!  Anna Karenina looks beautiful, and Keira Knightly has grown into a very talented actress.  Twilight will dominate at the box office for the rest of November.

November 23rd
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi
Rise of the Guardians
Rust and Bone

Thanksgiving weekend has a lot of interesting options, Life of Pi is being hailed as "the next Avatar" in television spots, but I do not think audience are going to show up like they did for Avatar.  The film looks solid though.  Silver Linings Playbook will have the Juno effect, solid cast solid word of mouth, and it will do well at the box office.  Hitchcock and Rust and Bone both look fantastic but they will do solid business in their limited release.  Rise of the Guardians looks weird and I am not sure the marketing is working well at the moment, so it could be a lower box office draw.

November 30th
Killing them Softly

Brad Pitt playing a bad-ass never looked so good, this film has a great cast and solid reviews, and looks bloody (literally) brilliant.  I am there!

Must See-Flight, Wreck-It Ralph, Lincoln, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, Hitchcock, Life of Pi, Killing Them Softly
Skip-Twilight (come on folks)

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