Cinema Releases: November 2013

Released November 1st:





Drinking Buddies (15) Running time: 90 minutes

Director: Joe Swanberg, Writer: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West

Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.



Released November 7th:




Gravity (12A) Running time: 90 minutes

Director: Alfonso Cuaron,  Writers: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron

Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Eric Michels

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.


Released November 15th:




The Counsellor (18) Running time: 117 minutes

Director: Ridley Scott,  Writer: Cormac McCarthy

Cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Natalie Dormer, John Leguizamo

It is the story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancee Laura, that he becomes involved in a drug-smuggling venture that quickly takes him way out of his depth. His contacts in this are the mysterious and probably corrupt Reiner and the seductive Malkina, so exotic her pets of choice are two cheetahs. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent and more sexually disturbing than the Counselor has ever imagined.



Don Jon (18) Running time: 90 minutes

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Writer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old-fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old-fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old-fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.



In Fear (15) Running time: 85 minutes

Director: Jeremy Lovering, Writer: Jeremy Lovering

Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech

IN FEAR is a tense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night.

Home invasion but in a car.  In real-time.  Tom and Lucy are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears – fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, fear of themselves.  Then the shocking realization they’ve let the evil in.  And it’s sitting in the back of their car.




Utopia (18) Running time: 72 minutes

Director: Daniel William Bones, Writers: Daniel William Bones, Bjorn Alexander Brem

Cast: Fie Baro, Unni Bendigsten, Geir Bratland

“UTOPIA – One day your darkest fears come to life. But how can you escape your own mind? The concept of UTOPIA is inspired by Bjørn Alexander Brem’s life and nightmares – the combination of being a lawyer in daytime and GOTHMINISTER at night drives him eventually insane – it becomes impossible for him to separate reality from imagination. The other GOTHMINISTER members Chris Dead (drummer), Icarus (guitars) and Turbo Natas (guitars) also take part in this nightmarish world filled with undead walkers, witches, werewolves and monsters.”



Released November 21st:



The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A) Running time: 146 minutes

Director: Francis Lawrence, Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt, Suzanne Collins

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Lenny Kravitz

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   Winning means that they must turn around and leave their familyand close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts.  Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

Released November 22nd:



Blue is the Warmest Colour (18) Running time: 179 minutes

Director: Abdellatiff Kechiche, Writer: Julie Maroh, Abdellatiff Kechiche

Cast: Lea Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche

A 15-year-old girl finds her naïve perceptions of human sexuality challenged upon meeting a blue-haired girl who encourages her to assert her individuality in director Abdel Kechiche’s deeply perceptive drama. The recipient of the prestigious Palme d’ Or at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, Blue Is the Warmest Color stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.






The Family (15) Running time: 111 minutes

Director: Luc Besson,  Writers: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo

Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones, John D’Leo, Ricardo Cordero, Jon Freda, Dominic Chianese.

The darkly comedic action film The Family is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way.





Parkland (15) Running time: 93 minutes

Director: Peter Landesman,  Writer: Peter Landesman

Cast: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Jackie Earle Haley, James Badge Dale, Paul Giamatti

Recounting the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, Parkland weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.



Released November 29th:





Carrie (15) Running time: 100 minutes

Director: Kimberly Peirce, Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephen King

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.





Saving Mr Banks (PG) Running time: 125 minutes

Director: John Lee Hancock,  Writers: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise – one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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