The thrill (or disappointment, or indifference, depending on who you are) of a new Saw movie is over. It’s not quite time for the Christmas blockbusters. It’s November, and it’s a great month for new movies.
American Gangster – Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe play up the black and white, criminal and cop thing. The combined star power of the two could mean they stood around and talked golf and it would be a great movie.
Bee Movie – A cleverly titled, highly promoted kids’ movie from Jerry Seinfeld. I’m not the least bit interested.
Martian Child – John Cusack as an adoptive father of a child who thinks he’s from Mars. Seeing as how the trailer made me want to cry (Yes, this trailer. Even though the Grace is Gone trailer also makes me weepy.) , this is going to be a great movie. I have every confidence that Cusack can play a caring, devoted father.
No Country For Old Men – R-rated trailer, creepy looking lead actor, Oscar buzz, and yet I’m not even remotely interested. I seem to be the only one, however.
Fred Claus – Vince Vaughn causing havoc with his brother Santa Claus (played by a not-very-jolly-looking Paul Giamatti). There will be elves and pranks. I’m in.
Lions For Lambs – An all-star cast (Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, more, more) in a movie that I have no idea what it’s about. And with a very cryptic name.
Beowulf – A CGI version of the classic epic tale of a warrior burdened by pride. The CGI animation makes all the characters look like Shrek characters, and the shout at the end of the trailer of “I…am…Beowulf!” is too reminiscent of “This is Sparta!” from 300.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – A really fun looking movie starring Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman owns a toy store much like FAO Schwartz in New York City and is looking for someone to take over the business. Sounds kind of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with a kindly Dustin Hoffman instead of a creepy Gene Wilder or even creepier Johnny Depp.
Enchanted – A Disney fairytale come to life. The princess (Amy Adams) finds herself in New York City, and suddenly not a cartoon. It’s cheesy to say, but it honestly looks like fun for all ages.
I’m Not There – The biopic about legendary musician Bob Dylan stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, and more – as Bob Dylan. That’s right – each actor portrays Dylan at a different stage of his life. Bale even learned how to play guitar for the role. Absolutely a must-see.
Stephen King’s The Mist – Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden. I’m in! Based on the King novel, the movie is about a bunch of people trapped in a convenience store while creatures are invading the dense mist outside. Could be cheesy, but it’s a Stephen King story and a great cast so I’ll definitely be catching it.
Pathology – Milo Ventimiglia stars as a young doctor pulled into an intense competition with his new classmates – how to pull off the perfect murder. As pathology students, they know what coroners will look for in a suspicious death. I’m in it for Peter Petrelli (aka Milo).
Cassandra’s Dream – A very strange looking movie starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. Based on the two leads it should be fantastic, but based on the trailer I don’t know that I’m all that interested.
Thomas Kincade’s Christmas Cottage – I like the guy’s paintings, I guess. The light tricks at his galleries are kind of cool. But does he really need an entire movie? I mean, I liked the happy little trees guy too, but he didn’t need a movie either.
That’s a sampling of November’s movies. Watch out for reviews of the best of them (and the worst of them) on MovieSnobs.
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