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7 Films to Watch This Month – November 2014

Interstellar – 7th November

Christopher Nolan’s latest, Interstellar is my most anticipated film of the year, and for good reason. Featuring a stellar (pun fully intended) cast with the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Nolan-regular Michael Caine, and accompanied by a Hans Zimmer score, Interstellar will look beautiful, sound incredible and, if Nolan’s films are anything to go by, will hopefully be overwhelmingly entertaining.

The Skeleton Twins – 7th November

The Skeleton Twins follows twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader respectively) trying to mend their near non-existent relationship. The film has picked up great reviews thus far, destroying all fears of another forgettable, wishy-washy coming-of-age tale. It looks to be an emotional roller coaster with great central performances and plenty of heart.

The Imitation Game – 14th November

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, a man tasked with breaking a seemingly-unbreakable Nazi code. It received great reviews, where Cumberbatch’s performance has been hailed as one of the best of the year. Looking to be heavy on the sentimentality and focusing on raw emotion, The Imitation Game will break hearts and captivate audiences.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – 20th November

The YA series that redefined (or rather, began a rise to) its genre continues with an adaptation to its final and polarising Mockingjay. This installment is certainly the most difficult to capture on film; it’s a drastic shift in tone and mood from its predecessors, so it will certainly be interesting to see how audiences react; especially with the controversy surrounding the splitting of the third book into two separate films. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has a myriad of accomplished actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Donald Sutherland, Woodie Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci and Josh Hutcherson, to name a few. A film with so many fantastic actors and such a wide fanbase will surely dominate the box office this month.

What We Do In The Shadows – 21st November

What We Do In The Shadows is a New Zealand comedy that follows three vampire flatmates in a hilarious documentary style way. It’s picked up great reviews from New Zealand where it was released much earlier; calling the flick hilarious, crazy, and very inventive. While horror-comedies aren’t exactly new, WWDITS looks to be the funniest of the lot. The fact that it stars both Jermaine Clement and Rhys Darby of ‘Flight of the Conchords’ fame is certainly promising and backs this notion up. If you’re still not convinced, check out the first 6 minutes of the film here.

Horrible Bosses 2 – 28th November

While the first installment was nothing to write home about, Horrible Bosses 2 has managed to inexplicably pick up two new A-listers in Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz to join the original gang of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis (as well as Jennifer Anniston and Kevin Spacey). Both the cast and the trailer point to a rarity of the second installment being better than the first; if Horrible Bosses 2 can meet expectations, then the flick will be great fun to watch.

Paddington – 28th November

Paddington looks to be a decent, harmless family-film, heavy on the nostalgia. Paddington tells the tale of a bear that visits and traverses London from its more wild habitat, bringing both stress and joy to a family in need of it. It features a great British cast, with the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and the underrated Ben Whishaw helming the role of Paddington himself. While perhaps entertaining only for a certain, younger target audience, Paddington may just be one of they year’s best non-(fully)animated family films.

7 Films to Watch This Month – October 2014

Gone Girl – 3rd October

David Fincher’s (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, Se7en) latest film has been picking up predictably great reviews. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl tells the story of a missing wife in a devilishly twisted way.

The Maze Runner – 10th October

Another book adaptation that looks great this month is The Maze Runner – a YA film that doesn’t conform to its genre’s rules, and so doesn’t trip up like Divergent did. The Maze Runner features an array of up-and-coming actors who will be interesting to see on the big screen.

Fury – 22nd October

Sigh…I guess this is certainly a movie to look out for this month, even if it looks incredibly dull for me. Nevertheless Fury has a strong cast (Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, er, Shia LaBeouf) and looks like potential Oscars material (though a very unlikely bet at that). Fury tells the story of an American tank battalion that lurches forwards into Nazi territory.

The Babadook – 24th October

Judging from reviews, The Babadook looks to be the best horror movie of the year. The film takes a simple concept of a familiar childhood story and twists it into a terrifying tale that is sure to frighten its target audience.

Serena – 24th October

Another film that looks for all intents and purposes like it’s made purely for the Oscars season is Serena, a film that looks to contain plenty of drama. Its two main cast members are Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, a pair that is equally likely to excite as it is to grow old.

Horns – 29th October

Starring Daniel Radcliffe in an against-type role, Horns is the dark tale of a guy sprouting horns out of his head following the death of his girlfriend, of which he has been accused of murder. With mixed reviews, Horns may not be for everyone, but it looks to be an enjoyable film that’s as gruesome as it is fun to watch.

Nightcrawler – 31st October

My most anticipated movie of October arrives on the final day; saving the best to last, then. The film focuses on Jake Gyllenhaal, playing a disturbing, ambitious, sociopathic night crime journalist, Lou Bloom. With very positive reviews and a ton of praise heaped on Gyllenhaal, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be excited for Nightcrawler.