The month of November is usually a time reserved for spending time with friends and family while enjoying home-cooked meals and watching football. But this month, there is an assortment of movies coming to theaters. Here are just a few:
“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”- 11/4 (Comedy)
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are back for a third installment of their series, only this time, it will include 3D special effects like so many recent movies. The film continues six years after “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” With the time lapse, the friends become separated, with entirely different sets of friends, until Kumar unexpectedly arrives at Harold’s doorstep. Needless to say, a prized Christmas tree ends up being burned to ashes leaving the duo to search New York City for a replacement in time for Christmas, all the while stumbling into countless obstacles.
“Immortals”- 11/11 (Fantasy-Drama)
A film steeped in the myths and tradition of Greek mythology, “Immortals” promises to bring the heat with adventure, action and special effects reminiscent of “300” and “Clash of the Titans.” The film focuses on a peasant turned Greek warrior named Theseus (Henry Cavill) who is forced to confront the Titan Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), a creature hell-bent on destroying humanity and controlling the world. Theseus is accompanied by the priestess Phaedra (Frieda Pinto), so “Immortals” not only features spectacular effects, but also an all-star cast of actors, making the film a likely blockbuster profit-wise. Many consider this film the breakout role for Cavill since the actor is also to set to star in the new Superman film, “Man of Steel.”
“Melancholia”- 11/11 (Drama/Sci-Fi)
“Melancholia” is a film that explores a somewhat volatile relationship between two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and an impending wedding with a twist: a giant, planet-sized asteroid has come from behind the Sun in a straight path toward Earth. The sheer idea of the film is an extremely unique one and is sure to attract the attention of critics and audiences alike. Another interesting aspect of the film is the way the idea was conceived. The director, Lars Von Trier, actually struggles with his own depression, so during one of his therapy sessions, the idea of characters struggling with depression under high-pressure situations was born. The film is being talked about as an early contender for Oscar nominations not only for the story and special effects, but also because of a reportedly stellar performance by Kirsten Dunst, making “Melancholia” one to watch out for.
“Hugo Cabret 3-D”- 11/23 (Adventure)
All-star director Martin Scorcese is back with the highly anticipated “Hugo Cabret,” featuring actors such as Sasha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloë Grace Moretz. The overall plot has been guarded, but the story features an orphan named Hugo living inside the walls of a Paris train station who soon finds himself on an adventure of epic proportions. Not only is the film based on the popular book, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” but it is also Scorcese’s first film shot entirely in 3-D, and it is a rare dip into the family genre for Scorcese, so both audiences and critics are excited to see what this combination of elements brings to the big screen.
– Anthony Garcia, Staff Writer