It is Thanksgiving weekend and that means the new movies of the week are coming out on a Wednesday rather than a Friday. It also means it is a very busy and crowded week at the theaters this time around. This is normally the time when Hollywood really starts pushing out the movies that they think will make a splash during awards season, even if they do not exactly capture the hearts and wallets of the movie-going public.
These are the movies hitting theaters November 21, 2012:
The Life of Pi – Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu. A modern fable based on a beloved book that many thought was unfilmable finally makes it to the big screen. Shot in 3D and many critics are comparing it to other movies in the 3D format as one of the best, this story is strange, but heartfelt. A young man ends up on a ship filled with animals and that ship ends up sinking. After climbing into a lifeboat, the young man ends up sharing that lifeboat with a ferocious tiger. Can the young man tame the tiger enough to prevent that animal from eating him while they also find ways to survive in the boat in the high seas? Rated PG.
Rise of the Guardians – Jude Law, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin. Imagine a superhero team made up of Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman. Just think about it. They all can travel impossible distances at superhuman speeds and all of them are attributed amazing powers and abilities in each of their legends. Now, they must team up to protect the children of the world from the evil entity known as Pitch. Pitch plans to take over the world and the Guardians must band together to stop him. A dazzling animated film with thrills and chills and fun for the entire family. Rated PG.
Red Dawn – Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson. The Cold War tale of the 80s is retold in a modern setting. Instead of Russians and Cubans invading a small town in the Western U.S., these are North Korean troops who decide to stage an invasion of the United States. Just like the first movie, the only thing trying to stop them are a rag-tag band of high school students who take the school mascot name of Wolverines and stage a guerilla war against the invaders. Rated PG-13.
The Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro. This movie is already garnering huge Oscar buzz for Cooper and came out in limited release in select cities last week. Now it opens nationwide. Cooper plays a man who has had a complete mental breakdown after finding his wife sleeping with another man. Once he comes out of the hospital, he is in his manic phase, moves back home and decides to do everything he can to become the man he believes his wife wants him to be to win her back. Things are thrown for a loop when he meets an equally damaged young woman who has recently become a widow named Tiffany. At the same time he struggles to connect with his father who has issues of his own. A heartfelt, funny and remarkable film that has critics buzzing. Rated R.