Movie Weekend Preview: Nov. 22-24

New Releases

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Catching Fire

The Hunger Games was one of the few films that matched the book in its quality.  Catching Fire looks like it will be equally good, if not more so.  The 75th Hunger Games is announced to be taking tributes from the pool of existing victors.  It’s really more than that, though.  There’s a lot of political unrest, and Katniss has become a symbol of hope and rebellion.  President Snow is determined to put her down, so she has to figure out a way to survive.  What clips have been released show superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in top form.  This is also my favorite of the three books and has some very intriguing characters.  It’s going to be epic.  Read my review of the book here.

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Delivery Man

It’s easy for comedies to become rusty and stale, with a handful of plots circulated with only subtle changes in location and character names.  In a desire to make things fresh, filmmakers have been thinking outside of the box looking for new plots, and thus Deliver Man was born.  Vince Vaughn stars as an irresponsible delivery guy who was once an anonymous sperm donor, and through a mix-up, became the biological father of 533 children.  That in and of itself makes it sound like a pretty terrible movie, but from the trailer, it looks more like a movie about a man finally trying to correct his foolish mistakes.  He tries to take an interest in the kids that he can, and tries to learn a few things about being a father.  Obviously being a father to all 533 kids would be impossible, but I expect we’ll see Vaughn’s character growing up and fostering a relationship with these kids.  I’m still a bit cautious, but it looks like it could be good.

Still in Theaters:

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Charlie Countryman

I really like Shia LaBeouf, but it’s a no-brainer for me on this one.  Skip it.  Even the trailer seems like it’s trying to do too many things at once.  A dead guy on a plane, the kid next to him meets his daughter, his daughter has a crazy ex-husband that likes to kill people, and he falls in love with her, and yeah.  Too many things.  The trailer also gives the impression that the movie is going to use as many excuses as it can for nudity and sex, and the rating advisory includes “language throughout.”  Translation: 50+ f-bombs and naked girls.  That’s what this movie offers.  Don’t give it a second thought.

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The Best Man Holiday

After watching the trailer, I have no idea what this movie is about.  Seriously.  Not a clue.  I know there’s way too many actors, and way too many sexual connotations in a two and a half minute trailer.  If they can’t even go to the trouble to find an actual plot as an excuse for it, why would I bother seeing it?

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Nebraska

Apparently filmed in black-and-white, this film tells the story about an old man who makes a trip across the country to claim a million-dollar prize that his son insists is a scam.  There’s all kinds of drama surrounding it, including his cranky wife and the town that talks of ole’ Woody being a millionaire.  It’s rated R just for language, and looks unbearably boring.  Don’t waste your time.

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Thor: The Dark World

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 One to See:

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Catching Fire

Unlike the last abysmal teen fad in Twilight, this one has quality to it, and is working towards some powerful messages, even though some of those won’t be apparent until Mockingjay comes out.  Go see it, it’ll be worth it.

 

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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