Greetings movie lovers!
Here we are in November. The horrorfest of October has been left behind and the holiday movie season is nearly upon us. It is this time of year that the studios really beginning prepping their big guns for the run at the Oscars. And we, as a movie going public, are he beneficiaries of the solid lineup of releases.
so what does November have in store for us, let’s take a peek…
Synopsis: Peter Highman is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is only days away. As he hurries to catch a flight home to Los Angeles from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane and placed on a no-fly list…while Peter’s luggage, wallet and ID take off without him. With no alternatives in sight, Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan and his canine traveling companion on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.
MovieDruid’s Comments: It’s hard to argue with a comedy directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” & “Old School”). But when you add “Hangover” alum Zach Galifianakis (“Youth in Revolt” & “Up In The Air”) and the inimitable Robert Downey, Jr. (“Chaplin” & “Only You”) to the mix there is little doubt left that this will be a quality film. Comedy may not be my genre of choice, but a quality film is a quality film.
Synopsis: “Megamind” is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him. Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called “Titan,” who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it’s much more fun to be a villain than a good guy. Except Titan doesn’t just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it. Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once? Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?
MovieDruid’s Comments: Dreamworks has a knack for making great animated films. They are always creative and demonstrate a unique and slightly skewed look on the world. I like that. And here, once again, they seem to take told territory and offer up a slightly skewed look at it that gives it a fresh feel. The story, despite being rooted in rather typical superhero territory, looks to both spoof and respect the genre. Add to the always exceptional animation work the voices of Will Ferrell (“Stranger Than Fiction” & “Elf”), Tina Fey (“TV’s “30 Rock” & “Date Night”), Jonah Hill (“Superbad” & “Funny People”), and Brad Pitt (“Fight Club” & “12 Monkeys”) and you have the makings for a truly enjoyable family film.
“For Colored Girls” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week
Synopsis: “For Colored Girls” weaves together the stories of nine different women – Jo, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding. Each will speak her truth as never before. And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors.
MovirDruid’s Comments: One can hardly ignore Tyler Perry (“I Can Do Bad All By Myself” & “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”). He raged onto the scene and has directed films that have been very successful. Most of his work has not been my cup of tea, mainly because much of it centers around the comedy of his character Medea who I just haven;t been able to get into. However, bringing an award-winning play with the dramatic magnitude of this one to the screen is a feat worthy of his talent. The real problem with a film like this is finding enough talent to fill the large ensemble, nine roles is a tall order. But the casting here is incredibly well done with Janet Jackson (“Poetic Justice” & “Why Did I Get Married?”), Thandie Newton (“Crash” & “The Chronicles of Riddick”), Kimberly Elise (“John Q.” & “The Great Debaters”), Phylicia Rashad (“Just Wright” & TV’s “The Cosby Show”), Kerry Washington (“Ray” & “The Last King of Scotland”), Loretta Devine (“I Am Sam” & TV’s “Boston Public”), Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls” & “The Princess & The Frog”), Tessa Thompson (“When A Stranger Calls” & TV’s “Veronica Mars”), and Whoopi Goldberg (“Sister Act” & “Ghost”). With that much talent this is going to be a film of unprecedented power.