Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to November

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One”

Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson
What: Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
When: November 21st
Why: I wasn’t a big fan of the last two books in the “Hunger Games” series, but after exceeding my expectations with “Catching Fire,” I’m cautiously optimistic that director Francis Lawrence will be able to work his magic again on the two-part adaptation of “Mockingjay.” Much different from the first two films in that it doesn’t feature an actual Hunger Games, Lawrence has the unenviable task of not only bringing that same excitement to the screen, but doing so with the death of co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman looming overhead. But while everyone is undoubtedly excited to see their favorite characters return to kick some Capitol butt, it’s the newer faces (especially Natalie Dormer as Cressida) that fans should be looking forward to the most.

“Horrible Bosses 2”

Who: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz
What: After they’re screwed over by a slick investor, Dale, Kurt and Nick plan a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
When: November 26th
Why: When it was announced that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with a sequel to “Horrible Bosses,” it sounded like a pretty awful idea, especially due to the nature of the original premise. After all, there’s no way these guys were going to try to kill their bosses again, because one of them is already dead and another is in prison. It’s also likely the reason that Seth Gordon decided not to return, so credit to co-writer/director Sean Anders for not only having the balls to take over the reins, but for coming up with an idea that actually makes sense. For the record, I still think it’s a bad idea, but with all the original cast members returning and newcomers like Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz added to the roster of villains, it could actually be a lot of fun.

“The Imitation Game”

Who: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong
What: English mathematician and logician Alan Turing helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
When: November 28th
Why: The last thing we need is another WWII movie, but at least “The Imitation Game” offers a look at a different side of the war and how one man helped change the course of history. Though Turing’s personal life is just as ripe for drama as his professional achievements, it’s important that director Morten Tyldum (making his English-language debut) doesn’t allow himself to get too distracted by the tabloid-like subplot regarding his subject’s sexuality. Thankfully, he’s surrounded himself with some excellent talent, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, both of whom will undoubtedly be among the pack in their respective categories come awards time. I’ll see just about anything starring these two actors, even a movie written by a guy whose only credit is an episode of the “10 Things I Hate About You” TV series.

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