Here’s upcoming trailers and our quick thoughts for movies hitting theaters the first couple weeks in November. A few trailers you’ve already probably seen but maybe some that slipped under the radar.
November 06, 2015 Releases:
November 13, 2015 Releases:
November 06, 2015 Releases:
The Peanuts Movie
Summary: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day.
Thoughts: The Peanuts Movie hopefully will be a great movie for Peanuts fans both old and new.
Summary: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Thoughts: I’m unsure as Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) getting type cast to play another baddie. The trailer and plot don’t seem to offer anything particularly new to the franchise.While it’s clear that Daniel Craig has lost some steam playing the iconic James Bond, has the series as well?
Summary: Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.
Thoughts: While Spotlight is approaching a new story, the Oscar season film doesn’t feel particularly engaging. Whether it is due to the trailer or the trailer’s pacing, it seems as though other movies will knock the movie out of the spotlight.
Summary: The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Thoughts: Trumbo tells a different story around the McCarthyism era in a lighter tone as compared to movies such as Good Night, and Good Luck. Taking a different perspective from the film side, Bryan Cranston seems to play an engaging Trumbo navigating the waters while put on the Hollywood blacklist.
Other movies coming out Nov 06, 2015:
- The Outskirts – After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.
- Brooklyn – In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Eilis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.
- Miss You Already – The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
- My Nazi Legacy – (original title: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy) Three men travel together across Europe. For two of them the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their fathers, who were both senior Nazi officers. For the third, the eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed by the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, the present of Europe – and conflicting versions of the truth.
November 13, 2015 Releases:
Summary: In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.
Thoughts: The 33 trailer tells the compelling story of the Chilean miners that will not only touch audiences hearts but celebrate humanity, life, hope, and strength of will.
By the Sea
Summary: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
Thoughts: Other than finding out what has created the chasm between them, By the Sea appears to be over-dramatized. It’s unclear if the film directed and written by Brad Pitt’s on and off screen wife, Angelina Jolie, will resonate with audiences. However, there is no doubt that the couple offer provocative performances.
Summary: When their attempt to rob a casino owned by the feared gangster Pope (Robert De Niro) goes awry and a shootout ensues, Vaughn (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Cox (Dave Bautista) are forced to flee on foot and hijack city Bus 657 and take the passengers hostage.
Thoughts: The trailer feels rather confused. It starts off feeling like an Ocean’s 11 knock off, but then takes a grittier action turn. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Heist will do well at the box office pitted up against Oscar hopefuls. However, for some, Heist could be a nice break from the surge of dramatic movies that will be plentiful this fall and winter.
My All American
Summary: Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.
Thoughts: Sadly, My All American feels on the blander side of sports movies. The story is one we’ve seen a number of times and with a relatively unknown as a lead and Aaron Eckhart as a more notable cast member, My All American probably won’t pull many audience members in.
Other movies coming out November 13, 2015:
- Love the Coopers – When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
- James White – James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.
- Entertainment (limited) – An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement and the possibility of rekindling a relationship with his daughter, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.
- Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words – A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.