– 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.
– A ruthless and greedy lawyer known as The Counselor gets in over his head when he gets involved with drug trafficking (supposedly just once). From there you see his life spiral out of control and effect those around him as he’s pulled deeper and deeper into trouble.
– Stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and John Leguizamo. Directed by Ridley Scott. Rated R.
– Carrie is a remake/adaptation of the 1976 film and 1974 novel, supposedly this time closer to the novel. A girl with a super religious mother develops telekinetic powers and uses them to get revenge on those that bullied her. Starts out nice enough but then starts to kill the whole town.
– Stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Rated R.
– Captain Phillips is the latest “Based on a True Story”, so again take that with a grain of salt, but at least this one appears like it could be. It’s is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates. The film is based on the biography that he wrote. At least we know that he survives in the end.
– Stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, and Barkhad Abdi. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Rated PG-13.
– A rouge satellite destroys many of the space stations and vehicles in orbit around the Earth, and it’s up to two astronauts to try to figure out a way back to earth without dying. Features Sandra Bullock mostly alone.
– Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Rated PG-13.