November is set to be a big month at the box office, with the highly anticipated release of both franchise flicks like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Oscar contenders like Foxcatcher. Here are 10 films to catch in theaters this month.
1. Interstellar, November 5
Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated space adventure follows a team of travelers who go through a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and go on an interstellar voyage. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, a NASA pilot who leaves young daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and Earth behind to look for a habitable new planet for the human race. The film features Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, as well. The movie first opens in IMAX and then expands nationwide on November 7.
2. Big Hero 6, November 7
Disney’s upcoming animated flick, described as an “action-packed comedy-adventure,” follows genius robotics prodigy Hiro Harnada (Ryan Potter), his closest companion, Baymax (30 Rock’s Scott Adsit), and his group of friends — Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) — as they pull together to form a band of unlikely “high-tech heroes” in an effort to save their city after “a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot.” The movie is based on Marvel’s comic miniseries of the same name and is Disney’s first film featuring characters from the Marvel universe. The flick also features the voices of Maya Rudolph as Hiro’s Aunt Cass, Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei, and James Cromwell as world-renowned roboticist Professor Robert Callaghan.
3. The Theory of Everything, November 7
Inspired by the memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen, the film follows the story of Jane and Stephen Hawking as they try to sustain their marriage among the latter’s debilitating health diagnosis and simultaneous growing success in physics. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane, the literature student he falls in love with while studying at Cambridge during the 1960s. Redmayne’s performance is getting rave reviews and spurring potential Oscar discussion, and the movie is considered to be an awards season contender.
4. Beyond the Lights, November 14
Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Noni Jean, a hot new artist who wins a Billboard award before even releasing a full album. She’s on the brink of superstardom, but the pressure of her rising fame soon becomes too much and nearly drives her to take her own life. She is saved by a young police officer (Nate Parker) and quickly falls in love with him. They must fight to maintain their relationship among the protests of all those around them who believe they should each be focusing on their careers.
5. Dumb and Dumber To, November 14
Directed by the original writers and filmmakers Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, the long-awaited sequel to the original 1994 buddy comedy features Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne. The movie takes place 20 years after their last adventure. The dim-witted best friends once again head out in search of one of their long-lost children. The film also stars Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Paul Blackthorne, Rob Riggle, and Rachel Melvin.
6. Foxcatcher, November 14
The upcoming drama is based on the true story of John du Pont (Steve Carell), an eccentric millionaire with a passion for amateur sports who develops a training center, aiming to help prepare wrestlers for the U.S. Olympics Team. But trouble comes about when du Pont’s friend Dave Shultz (Mark Ruffalo) and his younger brother, Mark (Channing Tatum), decide to join the center in an effort to train for another Olympic bid. As he works with them, du Pont’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and the relationship between all three men takes a dark and violent turn, eventually resulting in murder. Both Carell and Tatum are already spurring Oscar buzz for their performances in the film, which will only open in limited release.
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, November 20
The first installment in the finale of this YA franchise shows Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen. In the film, Katniss is still dealing with the emotional aftermath of two rounds in the violent Games and the loss of her home, District 12. Panem is becoming increasingly ravaged in the war between the rebels and the Capitol, with several of the districts caught in the crossfire. Meanwhile, Katniss, residing in the previously hidden District 13, agrees to become the Mockingjay only if certain conditions are met — the most important of which is to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as soon as possible.
8. The Imitation Game, November 21
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this movie about British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, who worked to help decode German messages during World War II and was eventually chemically castrated for being gay despite being a great war hero. The World War II-era biopic The Imitation Game won the Toronto Film Festival’s top prize, as well as the People’s Choice Award. It has since spurred all kinds of Oscar buzz, both for Cumberbatch and for the film overall. The movie will hit theaters on November 21.
9. Horrible Bosses 2, November 25
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are back as Nick, Dale, and Kurt. After trying to kill their bosses in a complicated scheme that spiraled out of control in the last film, the three men are now trying to start their own business. But after a shady investor tricks them and ends up taking over their venture, the trio desperately tries to regain control of the company by coming up with another harebrained plan. The friends decide to save their business by kidnapping the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and holding him for ransom. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx also co-star in the film.
10. Penguins of Madagascar, November 25
The upcoming 3-D animated comedy takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. The spinoff follows the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private after they are brought into the services of the North Wind, an elite undercover interspecies task force that is dedicated to helping animals who can’t help themselves. The penguins must work with the North Wind led by Classified to prevent Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the world. Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Malkovich voice the lead characters.
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