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|Written by April Yorke|
|Sunday, 30 November 2008 19:00|
What's all this? Check out the November Movie Guide for full details.
See: Nobel Son
Director Randy Miller and co-writer Jody Savin delivered a legitimate indie hit with this summer’s Bottle Shock, and re-teaming with the glorious Alan Rickman can only work in their favour. Besides, Shawn Hatosy has earned a career booster by now, hasn’t he?
Save: Frost/Nixon and Cadillac Records
Frost/Nixon’s early buzz seems to be petering off into an early dismissal, but Frank Langella’s still an Oscar favourite in the role that’s already netted him a Tony. And who doesn’t want to see Mos Def as Chuck Berry?
Skip: Punisher: War Zone
How many more times are they going to make Punisher movies before they realize that it's not happening? Let it go, people. Not every comic book is going to make a successful transition to film.
Sure, it’s bound to be talky, and the subject matter is icky, but avoiding anything with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams doesn’t seem like a very good idea, does it? Didn’t think so.
Save: The Reader
You might think that anything with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes necessitates a trip to the cinema by the same reasoning. You’d be wrong. Producer extraordinaire Scott Rudin has abandoned ship, Harvey Weinstein is determined to put it out this year even if it’s half edited and scoreless, and it’s directed by Stephen Daldry, the man behind the deadly dull The Hours.
What is this movie about? Why does it exist? Sometimes questions have no answers.
See: The Wrestler
Don’t kid yourself: you are going to see The Wrestler. No movie this season has better buzz (particularly for Mickey Rourke), and it would be nice to see Darren Aronofsky pull himself out of the hole he dug with The Fountain.
Save: The Brothers Bloom
The Brothers Bloom boasts a sparkling cast (Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, and Rinko Kikuchi), but it’s really the anticipation of seeing what writer-director Rian Johnson can do after his indie success Brick that will draw audiences in.
Skip: Yes Man
Sure, it looks like Jim Carrey is finally ready to return to comedy that works, but do you really want to test that theory on a story that looks like a reheated version of Liar, Liar?
See: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
David Fincher is nothing if not a thrilling visual director, and this adaptation of a Fitzgerald short story looks stunning in the trailer. Re-teaming with Brad Pitt and mixing in Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton for good measure? How could you not be excited to see this movie?
Save: Revolutionary Road
It’s only in limited release on Christmas Day, so you’re going to have to save it until it goes wide anyway. Might as well take in the no-doubt brilliant, but depressing, action in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Skip: Marley & Me
A family learns important life lessons from their dog? Just read the book if you need canine life lessons that badly.