With awards season just around the corner, there will be tons of fantastic films coming out over the next few months. Here are some that are likely to reel in some nominations.
November 14th – Dumb and Dumber To
This sequel comes 20 years after the first installment, when the dynamic duo of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne (played, once again, by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) go on another wild adventure. The pair was separated during those two decades after a heartbroken Lloyd was sent to an assisted living home, unable to perform everyday tasks. After revealing that Lloyd’s apparent paralysis was just a prank on Harry, the pair set out to find Harry’s daughter – who neither of them even knew existed.
Fans of Jim Carrey and other slapstick comedies are sure to enjoy this film. Carrey, the winner of two Golden Globes and another two nominations, and Daniels, who has four Golden Globe nominations, make a great comedic team. The two are sure to fill theaters with laughter from Harry and Lloyd’s constant shenanigans throughout the film.
This film is “rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language and some drug references” (IMDB).
November 21st – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Beware: there are spoilers for the first two Hunger Games movies ahead!
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, the winner of one Academy Award and two Golden Globes) has fought through two consecutive Hunger Games and her home in District 12 has been blown to smithereens. Now, Katniss, along with her family and fellow victors and rebels, must rise up against the Capitol from District 13 – which was supposedly obliterated before the first Hunger Games.
This is the first part of the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s final novel of the beloved Hunger Games series. Besides fans of the books, other people who might want to check out Mockingjay include: people who enjoy the dystopian genre, action movies, or science-fiction. This film will definitely keep viewers on the edge of their seats and looking forward to Part 2, which comes out on November 20th of next year.
This film is “rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material” (IMDB).
November 26th – Penguins of Madagascar
If you are looking for a fun family film, this movie is definitely for you. The film follows the four penguins from the popular Madagascar movie franchise. It takes the audience from the moment their team is formed to their latest, world-saving spy mission for the investigative group called, “The North Wind.”
The all-star squad of Private, Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico is sure to summon fond childhood memories for high school students who grew up watching these silly penguins on television and at the movies. This film is packed with celebrities, featuring the voice talents of Chris Miller (the Magic Mirror from the Shrek movies) as Kowalski and Benedict Cumberbatch (an Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee) and Ken Jeong (Mr. Chow from the The Hangover movies) as North Wind agents Classified and Short-Fuse. Based on the success of the other movies in the franchise, Penguins will certainly entertain kids and adults of all ages.
This film is “rated PG for mild action and some rude humor” (IMDB).
November 28th – The Imitation Game
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actress), this film takes place during World War II. It is based on the true story of Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), a math expert from England, and the obstacles he has to overcome as he takes on the challenge of cracking the Nazi Enigma Code.
This is a must-see for history buffs. Benedict Cumberbatch fans will also want to take a trip to the theater for this film. Cumberbatch is a multi-talented actor, famous for his work on stage, on television, and on the big screen. He also has a very big and very dedicated fanbase. Having premiered in the United States in August at the Telluride Film Festival, this film has already been met with glowing reviews from critics and audiences, including one from The Daily Mail, calling Cumberbatch’s acting, “…one of the year’s greatest performances.”
This film is “rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking” (IMDB).
December 19th – Annie
Just in time for the holiday season, this heartwarming film stars the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis (she was the youngest to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress at age 9) as Annie, a foster kid who is waiting for her parents to come back for her as they promised when she was an infant. Her life with her foster mother Miss Hannigan (four-time Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz) is anything but perfect, but Annie’s luck is about to turn around thanks to a wealthy New York mayoral candidate named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx, the owner of one Academy Award and one Golden Globe).
Musical enthusiasts and families, alike, will definitely want to check out this remake of the adored classic. It includes many of the songs from the original, along with some new numbers that are sure to be stuck in your head, long after you leave the theater.
This film is “rated PG for some mild language and rude humor” (IMDB).