Weekend At The Movies: 10/15-10/17

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Let’s be honest, there isn’t much coming out this weekend that can even dream of challenging “Thor: The Dark World” top spot at the box office, but incase you have seen the movie already or demi-gods just isn’t your bag, there are a few gems of entertainment opening this weekend. Let’s start with “The Best Man Holiday,” a sequel to “The Best Man” that is 15 years in the making. The movie stars Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs and a slew of other stars reuniting 15 years after a magical and drama filled wedding only to realize that old habits die hard. If  you are looking for something a little heavier,  “Nebraska” may be for you. “Nebraska” features Will Forte as a son trying to repair a relationship with his alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) as they travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million dollar prize. Here is a look at the rest of the offerings this weekend.

Opening This Week – November 15

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Nebraska (2013)

Certificate R 115 min   –   Adventure | Drama

Metascore: 79/100 (18 reviews)
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Director:

Alexander Payne

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THE BUZZ: There’s lots of chatter concerning the box-office risk of releasing a black & white film, even though Oscar winners (The Artist) and indie breakthroughs (Frances Ha) neutralize the matter. We’d rather focus on Alexander Payne’s braver choice to cast Bruce Dern and Will Forte as the father-and-son duo, since Payne had starrier options — such as the chance to reunite with Jack Nicholson. The word from the Cannes Film Festival indicates this is a quiet, elegant triumph.

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The Best Man Holiday (2013)

Certificate R Comedy

Metascore: 58/100 (12 reviews)
When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.
Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

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THE BUZZ: We hear a reunion dinner brought about this sequel to the 1999 hit, and the original cast — most of them swoon-worthy — is being wooed to reprise their roles. We love you, Sanaa Lathan!

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Charlie Countryman (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 108 min   –   Action | Comedy | Romance

Metascore: 31/100 (10 reviews)
While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex.
Director:

Fredrik Bond

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THE BUZZ: Way less newsworthy than the LSD trips Shia LaBeouf took to flesh out this character is the fact that he left this project, was replaced by Zac Efron, and ultimately returned to the leading role. Fredrik Bond wasn’t the original helmer, either; Arthur Newman‘s Dante Ariola once had this lined up as his directorial debut.

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Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) – [Limited]

99 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 54/100 (5 reviews)
A documentary film about the impact of the newspaper comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, created by Bill Watterson.
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THE BUZZCalvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson does not appear in this fan-letter documentary that tells the story of the notoriously reclusive cartoonist’s victories in the once-crowded funny pages, and his influence on millions of loner kids and families alike.

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Faust (2011) – [Limited]

Certificate Not Rated 140 min   –   Drama | Fantasy

Metascore: 69/100 (10 reviews)
A version of the German legend in which a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge.
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THE BUZZ: For a solid background on director Aleksandr Sokurov, the history of his Tetralogy of Power, and how Faust may or may not be a satisfying fourth and final chapter of said tetralogy, head over here.

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12-12-12 (2013) – [Limited]

Certificate R 105 min   –   Documentary

Metascore: 57/100 (4 reviews)
A mix of live performances and behind-the-scenes footage from the televised benefit concert to raise relief funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Director:

Amir Bar-Lev

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THE BUZZ: We don’t think this well-intentioned documentary has much of a theatrical chance, but we also bet it sounds and looks great on the big screen, and that’s pretty much the reason for its release.

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