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The Best Man Holiday

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall
15 November
The Best Man Holiday


Best Man Movie #2, and this one is a sequel to the 1999 hit by Malcolm D. Lee. Apparently, someone decided that we need to revisit this collection of upwardly mobile African Americans to see how much their lives have changed in 14 years. Granted, a decade and a half ago Tyler Perry was still barnstorming his plays around the US, but ever since the Christian-themed phenom hit the big screen, the underserved black audience has become a powerful demo. We assume this film will be a hit, both because of and in spite of Medea and her man-drag dynamics.


 

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Nebraska

Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk
15 November
Nebraska

After walking away with an Oscar for his work on the brilliant The Descendants, Alexander Payne is back with a stark, simple story about an old man (Cannes sensation Bruce Dern) and his son (Will Forte) traveling back to the title state to collect on some prize money. As with all road movies, they meet a few fascinating “characters” along the way. The cast is filled out with Stacey Keach, Bob Odenkirk and Rance Howard, among others. As a filmmaker, few can match Payne. From Election to About Schmidt to Sideways, he’s sensational. Here’s hoping this is another winner.


 

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Dear Mr. Watterson

Director: Joel Allen Schroeder
Cast: Seth Green, Berkeley Breathed, Stephan Pastis
15 November
Dear Mr. Watterson

Calvin and Hobbs, along with Peanuts and Bloom County, remains one of the seminal comic strip series of all time. It’s imaginative boy’s adventure tale approach, filled with wonder and a talking stuffed tiger, became a Bible for many in Generations X. So when Bill Watterson decided to end its run in 1995, fans were floored, and ever since then, they have wondered why. Now comes this documentary from C&H devotee Joel Allen Schroeder which tries to track down the reclusive writer. Complete with talking head appreciations, this is like Salinger...only a lot less self-righteous.


 

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland
22 November
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Craving more Katniss? Well, here she is, ready to lead the rebellion against her future shock society and end the lethal kid killing spectator sport once and for all. Of course, that’s jumping ahead a bit, but as anyone whose read the books know, this is the moment when our heroine learns about the President’s evil plan, the ‘existence’ of District 13, and the growing uprising. Yes, there’s still the puppy love possibilities with Peeta and the introduction of characters with names like Plutarch Heavensbee and Finnick Odair. Hopefully, new series director Francis Lawrence doesn’t screw this up. This could be epic.


 

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Delivery Man

Director: Ken Scott
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
22 November
Delivery Man

Talk about typecasting. Vince Vaughn in a man who discovers that he is the father of over 533 children. Why? Because, when he was younger, he made a deposit at his local bank…the sperm bank. Based on a hilarious Canadian film entitled Starbuck, that film’s co-writer and director, Ken Scott, is handling this oddball remake, and he’s cast perpetual slacker Vaughn as his reluctant da-da. There’s also a subplot involving a petition to reveal the donor’s name as well as a girlfriend who can’t decide if our hero would make a good father. If she only knew, right?


 

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Philomena

Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Charlie Murphy
22 November
Philomena

Who knew Steve Coogan was a screenwriter? The famous British comedian, well known by his clueless alter ego, chat show champ Alan Partridge, crafted many of his timeless TV outings, but aside from something called The Patrol Officer, this is only his third feature film script (he co-wrote with Jeff Pope) and somehow, it landed Dame Judi Dench. The story revolves around a former government official who helps an older woman find the son she gave up for adoption 50 years before. While the set-up sounds overly sentimental, the trailer emphasizes both the true story basis for the narrative as well as that typical British pluck.


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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