November is the big month for Oscar hopefuls, so grab your Kleenex and your thinking cap and head to the theater. Here’s what looks promising next month:
Well, it’s not all terminal illness and child molestation. Start the month off with a little, or a lot, of laughter. Here Robert Downey Jr. stars as a businessman trying to get back to Los Angeles for the birth of his child. The Hangover’s Zach Galafianakis plays the kook who agrees to give him a ride. Think Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Already garnering Oscar buzz, Danny Boyle’s latest offering is the story of real life mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) desperate attempt to save himself from a fall into a deep mountain crevasse. During his time trapped he reflects on his life and the people in it.
Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell lend their voices to this season’s most anticipated animated film. Ferrell voices Megamind, the most brilliant super-villain to never prevail. Cute.
Sean Penn and Naomi Watts star in the suspense drama about the ‘real life’ events surrounding the politically motivated leak of the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Rachel McAdams stars as a frazzled morning show producer trying to maintain control over her diva host (Diane Keaton) and her co-host, a former network news anchor who feels he is slumming (Harrison Ford). If you liked As Good as It Gets and Something’s Gotta Give, you’ll love this next one.
Here Chris Pine and Denzel Washington star in this umpteenth incarnation of the runaway train movie. Hey, there may not be a plot, but at least the talent is easy on the eyes.
Here Eric Balfour and David Zayas star in this umpteenth incarnation of the alien invasion movie. Hey, there may not be a plot, but at least the talent is easy on the eyes.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1)
It’s the ultimate showdown (part 1) between our young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). It’s really going to leave you wanting more.
The Next Three Days
Russell Crowe finally seems to be back on track. Here he stars as a loving husband who attempts to break his wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of a maximum security prison after she is convicted of murder. This one is going to be good.
Say what you want about Cher, but the woman is 64 and looks better than she did when she was 40. Here she stars as a burlesque club diva who stumbles upon a hidden talent (Christina Aguilera). Think Showgirls, only good.
Love and Other Drugs
Smooth talking pharmaceutical rep Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) meets his match in the commitment-phobic free spirit Maggie (Anne Hathaway). It’s a romantic comedy with some meat on the bone.
Yes, they remade it. I don’t want to talk about it.
The King’s Speech
This may be Colin Firth’s year (finally). Here he stars as Queen Elizabeth’s father, George VI, in this remarkable true story of his unusual friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).