– Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the fifth Paranormal Activity movie, but I feel like them not including the number is not a good sign. Also through research found out that there is an “unofficial” Japanese Paranormal Activity that is probably better than any of the recent ones. This one takes place in Southern California in 2012, and is focused more on the Latino market. After a woman dies in the apartment below them, party goers break into her apartment and discover that she’s been practicing black magic. When the main character gets a mysterious bite on his arm, it starts to change him and his family tries to save him before it’s too late.
– Stars Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Gabrielle Walsh. Directed by Christopher B. Landon. Rated R.
Note: All movies this week come out on Wednesday for the holiday instead of the usual Friday.
– This one is a little strange because the title makes it misleading. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty in this version is about a Walter Mitty that day dreams all the time and works in the negative assets department of Life magazine. For their final issue, the magazine wants a particular photo as the cover but when it goes missing, Walter goes in search of the photo and changes his life. HOWEVER, this is the second movie based off of the short story of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and has the same title. The original movie is from 1947 and stars a very good Danny Kaye. However, this movie, the 1947 one, and the short story couldn’t be more different other than it’s about a daydreaming Walter Mitty. I don’t know if they have the sound effect that triggers Walter’s dreams, and if they don’t that means that the 1947 one is more accurate. But the sad part is that a remake has been in development for a while, and because of all the rights transfers, the original movie wasn’t available to own until just this month.
– Stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn. Directed by Ben Stiller. Rated PG.
– The new Disney movie based on the true story of Walt Disney’s struggles to get permission from P. L. Travers in order to make the Mary Poppins movie. Of course, this is only based on the story with I’m sure a few changes from actual history. However, I will say that Tom Hanks makes a very good Walt Disney.
– Stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Rachel Griffiths, and Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Rated PG-13.
– The second movie in the one book trilogy. They were just saved by giant eagles and now they are back on their way to defeat Smaug the Dragon. Along the way, they run into various dangers including giant spiders. Watch what version of this you go to, as there will be even more theaters with the 48 frames per second version of this movie.
– Stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated PG-13.
– Russell Baze (Christian Bale) works a dead-end job and tries to survive as best he can. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns from the Iraq war, but then soon gets caught up with a criminal organization and disappears. Russell decides to track down his brother and get justice once the police do nothing. Strangely this is the only release this week in what is supposed to be the Christmas movie season.
– Stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Shepard. Directed by Scott Cooper. Rated R.
Note: Because of Thanksgiving, everything is being released on a Wednesday.
– By the creators of Wreck-It Ralph and Tangled, the composers of Avenue Q and Book of Mormon: The Musical, and based on the story of the Snow Queen is the new movie Frozen from Disney. The marketing for the movie I think has been all wrong as you would never know it’s a full-blown musical but it is. Plus I admire Disney for using a voice cast that are actually not the usual A-listers others try to promote.
– Stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Rated PG.
– The new Hunger Games movie, where Katniss returns and is making a victor’s tour. However, President Snow isn’t happy with her or her image and wants to take her down before rebellion can set in. Even going so far as changing the rules of the Hunger Games to do so.
– Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Rated PG-13.
– The cast of the 1999 film of The Best Man reunites for a reunion of all of them for the holidays.
– Stars Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Regina Hall. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Rated R.
– The world has changed since Thor united with the Avengers and saved New York City. A new threat looms with the Dark Elves that were banished long ago have a chance to get loose. Thor must team up with Loki and others in order to have Asgard and the rest of the universe from the dark forces.
– Stars Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, and Rene Russo. Directed by Alan Taylor. Rated PG-13.
– The long awaited by fans (and Cori) of the book series by Orson Scott Card is the film Ender’s Game. In the future, an alien race has attacked earth and the military sees training young children in battle as the best way to defeat the enemy before they attack again. Ender has great potential and is sent to train in order to defeat the aliens.
– Stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford. Directed by Gavin Hood. Rated PG-13.