Date Night At The Movies: November Edition

When it comes to dating, there is nothing more classic than the good ole movie date.  Whether you’ve been together for a month, or a decade, going to the movies is always a fun option.  And I know not everyone out there is a movie geek like myself, with all the time in the world to keep up with what’s around the corner; so I’m going to do you a solid and give you a cheat sheet every month.  Let’s kick it off with big bad November, shall we?

The Doozy

What’s it called? Dallas Buyers Club

When’s it out? November 1st

Who’s in it? Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner

What’s the big deal?  After contracting the HIV virus, a freakishly skinny (I hear close to 45 lbs down) Matthew McConaughey travels to Mexico to buy black market HIV antiviral drugs to peddle across the US.  It might make you feel some feelings, but the story sounds worth it and there will be some powerhouse performances, you mark my words.  Don’t let this one fly under the radar. Plus, you get a cross dressing Jared Leto out of the deal, so why not?


The Sweetheart

What’s it called? About Time

When’s it out? November 8th

Who’s in it? Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and a hopefully clothed Bill Nighy

What’s the big deal? Don’t roll your eyes and tell me this is just another rom-com.  There’s always a place for a good rom-com, and About Time does come from the makers of Love Actually (which we all love, right?).  A story about two people falling in love is complicated by the fact that the guy (who also used to be a Weasley brother for you HP nerds) discovers that he can travel back in time, reliving moments and re-doing events in his life.  It looks like a mix of sweet, cheesy, adorable and quirky; plus, it has a secondary father-son story line that I think will make that lower lip tremble a bit.  Simply, guys…your girl will give you brownie points for suggesting this one.


The Huh, Never Heard of It

What’s it called? Charlie Countryman

When’s it out? November 15th

Who’s in it? Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen

What’s the big deal?  Now, I know you’ve probably never heard of this movie…but hear me out.  It’s a story about a guy that falls for a girl who’s already taken…by a dangerously brutal mob boss.  It’s the style of the movie that’s going to pull you in.    While I can’t give you a laundry list of what the writer and director have done before, it’s easy to see that this time around, they’ve conjured up an intensely unsettling, dark and unforgiving ride.  If edge of your seat type deals are your thing, then you should give Charlie a whirl.  Keep an eye out for some other A-list talent along for the ride, you can thank me later.


The Popular Kids

What’s it called? Thor: The Dark World

When’s it out? November 8th

Who’s in it? Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and anyone else that rules

What’s the big deal?  Um.  Don’t ask me stupid questions.  Okay, no but seriously…it’s Thor.  You liked the first one, you loved the Avengers and the Thor sequel looks even bigger and badder.  Even Loki is back, which should make for an interesting couple hours and lead us all to hope for a Loki/Thor buddy-cop sitcom coming to ABC next year.  This movie will have all the FX, spectacle, comic book and fantasy elements you can handle.  Besides, I think we can all agree that Chris Hemsworth is probably not a mere mortal, but a  legitimate gift from the heavens.


What’s it called? Enders Game

Who’s in it? Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley…we’re going to be here all day if I keep going…

What’s the big deal? There’s some controversy over this one.  The movie is based on the book of the same name, from an author who’s been quite outspoken about his beliefs and subsequent homophobia.  Word on the street is that the movie has distanced itself as far from the homophobic themes as possible. Aside from that, the movie looks like an absolute sensory assault.  The future of Earth is hanging in the balance and the military recruits young soldiers to fight the epic intergalactic battles that will determine our fate.  Read that again and tell me you’re not already on-board.    Beyond that, whether he’s Han Solo or Indiana Jones, it doesn’t matter…Harrison Ford is suiting up in this flick and looks damn good for his age.  So, respect your elders and check it out.


What’s it called? The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Who’s in it? Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and SO many new additions!

What’s the big deal?  If you’re like me, you’re counting down the days until you’re reunited with baddest chick around, Katniss “the Girl on Fire” Everdeen!  In the sequel, Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the games has sparked a revolution within the Districts of Panem that’s starting to catch on.  The Capitol has to find a new way to deal with the threat and anyone associated with it.  There’s so many familiar faces joining the Hunger Games ranks that this installment will keep you on your toes.  And don’t worry guys and dolls, Lenny Kravitz IS back as super stylist, Cinna.  Can I just get some Katniss  arrows, weird Capital fake eyelashes, awkward haircut Haymitch and young adults fighting for their lives…in MY life? I’m ready.

Now get out there.  And totally use this as an excuse to eat an entire bag of popcorn.

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