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Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
8 November
Thor: The Dark World


Frankly, we are still suffering from post-Avengers malaise. After you’ve seen these superheroes band together to save the world, do we really want to go back and revisit their individual angst and adventures? Well, Iron Man 3 suggested the answer is “Yes,” and by the looks of this latest installment in the hammer wielding God’s travails, we could be two for two. Yes, Loki is back (apparently, this villain is the most popular Marvel character right now), as is Oscar winner Natalie Portman, so we’re apparently going to tie up some loose ends while dealing with a new form of baddie. And you thought superheroes were just for the Summer.


 

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The Book Thief

Director: Brian Percival
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer
8 November
The Book Thief


If it’s November (or, sometimes, December), it’s time for another drama, based on a beloved bestseller, dealing with World War II and the Holocaust. For those who haven’t read Markus Zusack’s novel, it apparently centers on a little girl living with some foster parents who end up hiding a Jewish refugee in their home. From there… well, you know the drill. Indeed, there have been so many movies made of this storyline, about the Nazis and the “Final Solution” that we really don’t need another. Some argue that this particular plot is different. We’ll reserve judgment until the Oscars are over.


 

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How I Live Now

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor
8 November
How I Live Now


Okay, now this is just odd. Based on a young adult novel about a young girl who must survive World War III (yes, you read that right), we have The Host‘s Saoirse Ronan as a New York teenager sent to live with her UK family. Then a nuke destroys London and our heroine is separated from her newfound male cousin boyfriend. And then it gets weird. It’s hard to believe that someone decided to greenlight this “life during future wartime” narrative, but apparently, the book it is based on was very well received. Just remember, it was Stephenie Meyer who hampered Ms. Ronan last time around.


 

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Best Man Down

Director: Ted Koland
Cast: Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin, Shelley Long, Frances O’Connor
8 November
Best Man Down


One of two films this Fall dealing with weddings and the guy behind the groom. In this case, we have the sudden death of a best man (Tyler Labine) and his buddy’s (Justin Long) desire to celebrate his life. When he and his bride (Jess Weixler) skip their honeymoon to arrange the funeral, they discover there was more to this fun loving, over the top character than they could possibly imagine. Turns out, there’s a connection to a teenager (Addison Timlin) that no one knew about. The trailer seems to give the entire film away. It this case, it might not matter.


 

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The Starving Games

Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cast: Brant Daugherty, Maiara Walsh, Nick Gomez, Cody Christian
8 November
The Starving Games


Oh boy…we’re LAUGHING NOW! Yes, this is another in an increasingly long and wholly unnecessary line of subpar spoofs from those (well paid) ministers of mediocre mirth, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Responsible for the repugnant ...Movie franchise (Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie), this one year too late take on The Hunger Games already feels like a failure…and we haven’t even seen it yet. Remember, this won’t be a direct rip, but merely a clothesline for dozens of other lame lampoon targets (wait, is that Nick Fury on the poster? How timely!). Their next target? The Fast and Furious films. Oh brother.

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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