Flashforward: November’s Most Anticipated Films

October Flashforward Films:

Most Anticipated: Gone Girl (Rotten Tomatoes: 88%), Fury (78%), The Judge (47%), Dear White People (90%).

Least Anticipated: John Wick (85%).

The box office crushed it in October. Gone Girl is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year (I have plans to see it for a third time this weekend). Even John Wick, my Least Anticipated film of October was awesome. I saw Keanu Reeves’ newest action flick after Thy Critic Man suggested it and I was not disappointed. Sadly, Flashback/Backslide’s October Flashforward left out two of the year’s best and most unusual films by omitting Whiplash and Birdman. I haven’t seen J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in Whiplash and it’s killing me. The list of movies I need to see is growing to outrageous lengths. What’s scary is that this month’s movies may be even better than the last.

NOVEMBER’S MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS:

1. Foxcatcher

Release Date: November 14, 2014

Director: Bennett Miller (CapoteMoneyball)

Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

With themes similar to October’s Whiplash and equally entrancing performances by its leads, Foxcatcher tells the disturbing tale of the Schultz brothers and John du Pont. Tatum and Ruffalo flex their dramatic muscles as the award-winning wrestling brothers playing opposite Carell as their millionaire coach and supporter. Director Bennett Miller, known for his outstanding biographical dramas, won the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 for his depiction of the chaotic relationship between these three men.

2. Interstellar

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn

There’s a good chance someone involved in this movie is on your “must-see” list. That list of people you love so much that you will see any movie just because they signed on to the project. Between Nolan, McConaughey and the rest of the cast, Interstellar packs quite the personnel punch (for the record Jessica Chastain is closer to being on my personal must-see list than anyone else on the cast. Nolan is an obvious inclusion for me). If you don’t know what Nolan’s newest film is about I suggest the review below:

“In a world where Gotham’s greatest hero fakes his own death in a nuclear explosion so he can drink wine with a bumbling fashion assistant, a former AIDS patient teams up with a recovering tuberculosis patient to chase down Osama Bin Laden in his final hiding spot….Space. Matthew McConaughey is… SPACE BATMAN. RRRRRRRAAAAAWWWWRWRRRMRMRMMRMRMMMMM

3. Nightcrawler

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Director: Dan Gilroy

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton

When I first found out what Nightcrawler was about I was crushed. After a childhood of playing X-Men videogames as the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler and later watching a series of mediocre X-Men movies followed by a pair of enjoyable reboots, I dreamed that the time was ripe for the solo debut of everyone’s favorite teleporter. But sadly Jake Gyllenhaal is not donning Jennifer-Lawrence-style make-up in this newest movie but instead stars as a renegade, freelance journalist who throws himself directly into the stories he covers. Technically this was released last month but I have received official permission from the Flashback/Backslide headquarters permitting the film’s inclusion in this month’s list.

4. The Babadook

Release Date: November 28, 2014

Director: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear

Just when I’d given up on this year’s crop of horror films, Australia comes to the rescue with The Babadook. For a full review head over to ThyCriticMan.com. I don’t expect I’ll be reviewing this movie as I can’t even watch horror movie trailers without having nightmares. In case you were wondering I am a 25 year old man with a great big bushy beard. But after my older brother forced me to watch Child’s Play (and its sequels) as a kid (“It’s called Child’s Play! You’ll love it!” False. I did not love it) and the Sixth Sense on my 10th birthday, I am completely unable to watch horror movies. I tried to break this spell by watching The Messengers in broad daylight by myself (so no one could hear my squeaks). It didn’t work. I had nightmares for weeks.

5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Director: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

No introduction needed here. The Hunger Games franchise picks up steam as the post-apocalyptic struggle pours out of the Arena and into the Districts themselves. It is interesting to watch this franchise grow as its main stars continue to develop their craft. Oh, and Katniss has exploding arrows now.

Obligatory self-promotion:

Part 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Part 2. The Girl on Fire vs the Boy Who Lived.

6. The Imitation Game

Release date: November 28, 2014

Director: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear

Cumberbatch and Knightley star in the cinematic offspring of A Beautiful Mind and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (in which Cumberbatch was also featured), with a touch of V for Vendetta and J. Edgar style secrecy added for good measure.

7. Rosewater

Release date: November 14, 2014

Director: Jon Stewart (yes, that Jon Stewart)

Starring: Gael García Bernal

The directorial debut of The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart depicts the true story of Maziar Bahari’s imprisonment in Iran for alleged espionage. Bahari’s sentencing was partially related to an interview with Stewart which was used as evidence for Bahari’s supposed guilt. In order to direct this film, Stewart took a highly publicized leave of absence from The Daily Show, leaving John Oliver at the helm in the summer of 2013.



HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Big Hero 6

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Dumb and Dumber To

Release Date: November 7, 2014

NOTE: Unlike Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, this sequel brings together the original movie’s Farrelly Brothers and the duo of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

The Theory of Everything

Release Date: November 7, 2014

Horrible Bosses 2

Release Date: November 26, 2014


LEAST ANTICIPATED FILMS:

V/H/S: Viral

Release Date: November 21, 2014

This trailer looks ridiculous in the worst possible way. Like the 2012 edition of the V/H/S franchise, V/H/S: Viral is a Simpsons Treehouse of Horror-esque anthology of shorts. In an effort to wrap as many horror tropes and cliches as possible into a found-footage package, the film’s plot apparently includes (according to good old Wikipedia): “the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power; a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world; teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual; and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer.” I don’t bemoan the steady stream of low-quality horror movies. The movie landscape is better off with a strong flow horror movies adding flavor to the box-office. But every mediocre film that floats into theaters makes me miss the high-end horrors even more. Luckily, The Babadook should fill in nicely as the next well-crafted horror flick.


 

2014 Overall List:

Most Anticipated Film of 2014: Foxcatcher (NEW!)

Least Anticipated Film of 2014: Winter’s Tale.

 

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13 thoughts on “Flashforward: November’s Most Anticipated Films

  1. Some solid picks on here. I watched The Babadook yesterday and it was excellent! Hopefully going for Interstellar tomorrow or Saturday, that is my most anticipated movie of 2014. I hope it lives up to it. Loved the Space Batman bit hahahahaha.

    So many good flicks to pick from!

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    • I’m working on a review for John Wick now. I can’t tell if I love it because it is great or if I love it because I think it should be terrible but it isn’t (i.e. Is it great because it’s great or is it great because it surpassed my low expectations?). I’m going to try to watch The Babadook. The smarter the horror movie the more I can stand being terrified. I watched The Purge: Anarchy but that didn’t feel like a horror movie at all. Now that I mention it, I thought The Purge: Anarchy was great because it surpassed my (very, very) low expectations.

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    • Movies are really picking up! There were a few months where I admit my “most anticipated” looked really bad. I still can’t get over putting “I, Frankenstein” on my most anticipated list. Sigh. But there are a bunch of good movies coming out soon. I think I am really excited for Foxcatcher because I wrestled for a long time and it feels like it’s been a while since a good wrestling movie debuted. Also I can’t wait to see those stars in dramatic roles with that director, (who used Jonah Hill, an actor typically associated with comedy, to great effect in Moneyball). I can’t wait to see what Carrell does in that movie.

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