Weekend’s New Movies: Thor Rules The Big Screen

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This week the big screen is ruled by the Thor: The Dark World. The sequel is the first step in the build up to the Avengers 2, as Marvel is also set to release a new Captain America early next year. The Thor sequel sees him team up with his usually evil adoptive brother Loki to face a enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand. Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. For the rest of this weeks movies see the list below:

Opening This Week – November 8

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Certificate PG-13 112 min   –   Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Metascore: 54/100 (38 reviews)
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Director:

Alan Taylor

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THE BUZZ: I feel like Thor is the best Marvel achievement to date in that it (a) celebrated its underdog status; (b) found a smart balance between its humor and emotion; and (c) featured the delicious Idris Elba. And I mean Loki is one of the best big-screen villains in popcorn-movie history. So knowing that the sequel reunites the original cast (including Tom Hiddleston), introduces Christopher Eccleston as Malekith the Accursed (a dark-elf overlord that has an entwined history with Loki), and places Alan Taylor from “Game of Thrones” in the director’s chair, it has all the makings of the first winning Marvel sequel (no apologies to Iron Man 2).

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The Book Thief (2013)

Certificate PG-13 131 min   –   Drama | War

Metascore: 61/100 (12 reviews)
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Director:

Brian Percival

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THE BUZZ: Sophie Nélisse, who made her debut in art-house hit Monsieur Lazhar, will expand her fanbase as the star of this how-exactly-do-you-approach-it adaptation of the young-adult novel that features Death as its narrator. “Downton Abbey” Emmy-winner Brian Percival takes his second turn in the movie-director chair.

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The Armstrong Lie (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 122 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 65/100 (21 reviews)
A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong’s improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace.
Director:

Alex Gibney

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THE BUZZ: Note to self: Never try to dupe an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker as he’s making a project about me.

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How I Live Now (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 101 min   –   Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Metascore: 58/100 (22 reviews)
An American girl sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives finds herself fighting for her survival as the UK turns into a violent military state.
Director:

Kevin Macdonald

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THE BUZZ: Kevin Macdonald hitches himself to the world of YA lit with this adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s popular novel, which has some inescapable similarities to the saga of one Katniss Everdeen.

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The Starving Games (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 83 min   –   Comedy

 
In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.
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THE BUZZ: In the movie world, you know you’ve created a cultural phenomenon when theEpic Movie guys target you, and we’re sure Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s spoofs look nice on any studio’s balance report at the end of the year. And in this case, we can totally see Jennifer Lawrence watching this and laughing along while pounding beers.

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Go for Sisters (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate Unrated 123 min   –   Crime | Drama | Thriller

Metascore: 57/100 (13 reviews)
Upon her release from jail, Fontayne enlists the help of Bernice – her estranged old friend and current parole officer – and a disgraced cop to search for his son, who went missing on the Mexican border.
Director:

John Sayles

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THE BUZZ: John Sayles returns to the Mexico/U.S. border for his 18th film. Ever busy, Sayles’s profile still diminished over the last decade — hard to believe that Sunshine State was a over a decade ago — but with Edward James Olmos supporting two criminally underused actresses in LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross, this film could find a unique audience over time.

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Best Man Down (2012) – [Limited]

Certificate PG-13 89 min   –   Comedy | Drama

 
A newlywed couple cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony.
Director:

Ted Koland

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THE BUZZ: For people who have lived long enough to see their old friends take dark turns in their lives thanks to alcohol/drug use, Ted Koland’s picture might seem like one to skip over, but a fair share of reviews assert that he handles the balance of comedy and drama with an assured hand for a first-time writer/director, and the story provides Justin Long with a rare chance to actually act.

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