Movie Weekend Preview: November 8-10

New Releases

Thor: The Dark World

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The pre-Avengers movies were pretty good. Thor was one of my favorites. The Avengers upped the ante. The question then became if the next movies would live up to the same standard. Iron Man 3 definitely did. Thor: The Dark World looks like it will live up those expectations, even pass them with flying colors. The idea of Thor and Loki fighting on the same side is awesome enough, especially when they’re fighting a villain played by Christopher Eccleston, who is one of the most underrated actors of our day, how can you not be excited?

The Book Thief

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In Nazi Germany, the people not only lost their freedom, they lost their culture. That aspect is explored in this story about a girl who grabbed every book she could find in a time when the Nazis were burning them by the pile. The story also follows her adoptive parents, who are hiding Jews in their home. The film has a heavy-hitting cast and is based on a best-selling novel. That in conjunction with the deep elements it explores will make it a must-see.

Best Man Down

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Best Man Down is a story about newlyweds who have to cancel their honeymoon when the over-the-top, cut-up best man dies after the ceremony. It leads them across the country to find one of the only contacts in his cellphone, who turns out to be a girl, who then wants to come back with them to the funeral. It looks like it will be a heart-warming story of marriage and friendship. It’s not the best on the list, but looks like a good one.

How I Live Now

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Saoirse Ronan got her breakthrough film playing the lead (or leads) in The Host. She’s also been the subject of nerd conversations everywhere since she admitted to going in for an audition for Star Wars Episode VII. She’s a popular girl. This movie, however, is a bit different from The Host and Star Wars Episode VII. Daisy (Ronan’s character) is an American who goes to the U.K., meets a boy, falls in love, and then the U.K. turns into a violent military state, and it becomes a fight for survival. The movie looks excellent, but includes in the rating advisory “some sexuality.” Given that it’s an R-rated film, I say wait until it comes out and watch it with ClearPlay.

Still in Theaters

Ender’s Game

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Based on the insanely-popular novel, Ender’s Game follows the story of a boy who is a brilliant protégé, being trained by the military to help them win a war against alien invaders. Some fans of the book think it will be brilliant, others think it will be terrible. With a cast that includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Abigail Breslin, I have high hopes. I’ll be there on opening weekend.

Last Vegas

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I’m not usually into comedies that much, but this one looks like it’ll be fun. A gang of friends reunites after 50 years and goes to Las Vegas. Given their age, it’s the perfect opportunity for some great belly laughs. I laughed out loud watching the trailer, and I don’t normally do that. The gang consists of some of the best and most eccentric actors in the business, with Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Kline. The only downside is that because it’s Vegas, there will probably be some risqué material that comes with it. Hopefully it will be minimal, and we can enjoy a fun trip. Sometimes fun is a good break from earth-shattering drama and heroic, life-threatening ventures.

Free Birds

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As one who never outgrew his love for animation, I’m really looking forward to this one. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson star in this film about turkeys who aim to get their brothers and sisters off of dining room tables. There are plenty of funny moments in the trailer, including a reference to Angry Birds (my personal favorite). It looks like there will be plenty of action, as well as a possible love interest, making it a family for everyone, young or old.

About Time

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This story, about an awkward boy who finds out the men in his family can time travel, may turn out to be good. I tend to like Rachel McAdams (except when she’s in The Notebook . . . ick), and this looks like it’ll be a good love story. However, it’s obvious from the trailer that sex will be a focal point, even featuring one of his “do-overs” at their first night together. It’s the passé attitude towards pre-marital sex that has plagued generation after generation, and when it’s an R-rated film, the barriers are few and far between.

The One to See:

Thor: The Dark World

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As a comic book nerd, I have to go with this one. Seeing Thor and Loki fighting side-by-side (even if we all know he’s going to betray Thor at the end) is just too cool to overlook. The action sequences look amazing, and there’s talk that the other three warriors, Sif in particular, will have a bigger role in this movie. Think Asguardian Avengers. Not that it will be a copycat of Avengers by any means, but the nature of the superhero team will be an element in here. It’s going to be epic.

Honorable Mention:

The Book Thief

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this one too. If I wasn’t a comic book nerd, this would be my choice. The deep and compelling elements of the story along with Geoffrey Rush playing someone other than a pirate will be interesting to say the least.

Logan Judy
Logan Judy is a Christian blogger and science fiction author with a Batman complex. At Cross Culture, Logan writes about film, comics, cultural analysis, and whatever else strikes his fancy. In addition to his work at Cross Culture, Logan also blogs and podcasts at A Clear Lens. You can find him tweeting about Batman, apologetics, and why llamas will one day rule the world, @loganrjudy.
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