8 of the best movie releases for November 2014
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With the holiday season fast approaching, movie-goers are being offered a plethora of silver screen options to while away an afternoon at the mall. Here, Buro 24/7 runs down the best in show:
Interstellar – November 14
The blurb: "With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; travelling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars."
- What you need to know: Batman director Christopher Nolan guides a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain in this epic science fiction adventure, causing much hyped anticipation, a series of trailers and 2015 Oscar buzz already.
Dumb and Dumber To – November 14
The blurb: "20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney."
What you need to know: Dumb and Dumber To is all about two lovable however intellectually challenged best friends reunited, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, who first appeared on screens in 1994 as Harry and Lloyd where they went on road trip across the USA in a van that looked like a giant dog – for their grooming business, Mutt Cutts.
Miss Meadows – November 14
The blurb: "Miss Meadows is a school teacher that arrives in a new town every year. She may have impeccable manners and grace but she is not entirely what she appears to be. Underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides a gun-toting vigilante. Her mission is to right the wrongs in this cruel world."
What you need to know: Katie Holmes turns into a badass, of sorts, in this action thriller directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who incidentally, also directed the tear-jerker Stepmom. She transforms into the role of tough-teacher vigilante who gets the bad guys by night... It's refreshing.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I – November 21
The blurb: "Katniss Everdeen is in District 13, after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage."
What you need to know: It's soundtrack has been curated by Lorde, Jennifer Lawrence is back in business following a turbulent summer... And most importantly, The Hunger Games have exploded into disarray. Find out what happens next for the Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The Theory of Everything – November 7
The blurb: "The extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21-years-of-age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time."
What you need to know: A story of togetherness and defying impossible odds, all the while breaking new ground in medicine and science. This film starring Eddie Redmayne in the lead role, plus Felicity Jones, Emily Watson and David Thewlis is one to watch.
Foxcatcher – November 14
The blurb: "Based on shocking true events, this film is a psychological thriller which tells the fascinating story of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz and their tragic relationship with a multi-millionaire benefactor, John du Pont."
What you need to know: Steve Carell as you have never seen him before, playing a serious role in which he shines. Film buffs have been excited to see this for months, and we can see why. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum are also outstanding, directed by Bennett Miller.
Horrible Bosses 2 – November 26
The blurb: "Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day return for more employee revenge in this follow-up to 2011 comedy. Once again Seth Gordon directs from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein."
What you need to know: Jennifer Aniston relives her shockingly crude role (for her, anyway) in this funny move on from the film's first escapade and lesson in how (not to) kill your boss. Kevin Spacey is also back as the brilliantly devious Dave Harken. Directed by Sean Anders.
The Penguins of Madagascar – November 26
The blurb: "Super spy teams aren't born... They're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organisation, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified."
What you need to know: A bundle of fun as the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays 'Classified', naturally) and Ken Jeong depict a group of animated feathered friends who should really be in the Arctic, but need to save Earth.