Movies in Theaters This Wednesday, November 21, 2012: Life of Pi, Red Dawn, Rise of Guardians, and More
Somewhat like Christmas, Hollywood uses Thanksgiving as a time to release a bunch of movies. Therefore, film weekend starts early, too! Starting November 21, three new movies hit wide release, and three more notable limited releases land on Black Friday.
Starting with the wide releases, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi adaptation promises to be the best visual experience since Avatar. Fans of the novel (of the same name) haven’t been able to cool the hype, and I’m pretty excited to catch up with it. Also releasing is Dan Bradley’s Red Dawn remake starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, and Josh Hutcherson (among others). Lastly, the more family friendly Rise of the Guardians premieres in 3D/2D (like Life of Pi).
As for the limited releases, The Central Park Five, a documentary about a grueling case of injustice in New York during the late ’80s, lands alongside Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock biopic. Hitchcock explores Alfred Hitchcock’s life during the making of Psycho and how it changed his relationship with his wife Alma. Lastly, Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone follows up his 2009 hit A Prophet as it finally lands in the U.S. after a fruitful run overseas.
David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook also opens wider starting Wednesday.
Check out the trailers below and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor — a fearsome Bengal tiger.
In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.
Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the Immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
The Central Park Five
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in their convictions being overturned.
Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Lurking behind Alfred Hitchcock, cinema’s “master of suspense” — the extraordinary film icon known for orchestrating some of the most intense experiences of menace and intrigue audiences have ever seen, was a hidden side: his creatively explosive romance with his steadfast wife and filmmaking collaborator, Alma Reville.
Now, for the first time, Sacha Gervasi’s HITCHCOCK lays bare their captivating and complex love story. It does so through the sly, shadowy lens of their most daring filmmaking adventure: the making of the spine-tingling 1960 thriller, PSYCHO, which would become the director’s most controversial and legendary film. When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production was over, nothing about movies would ever be the same – but few realized that it took two to pull it off.
ALI (Matthias Schoenaerts) finds himself with a five-year-old child on his hands. SAM (Armand Verdure) is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister ANNA (Corinne Masiero) in Antibes, in the south of France. There things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage, she takes the child under her wing and the weather is glorious.
Ali, a man of formidable size and strength, gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub. He comes to the aid of STEPHANIE (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway.
Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together.
When Ali sees her next, Stephanie is confined to a wheel chair : she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions.
Ali’s direct, unpitying physicality becomes Stephanie’s lifeline, but Ali too is transformed by Stephanie’s tough resilience.And Stephanie comes alive again. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities-but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms.