Movies in Theaters This Friday, November 22, 2013: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Frozen, and More
It’s finally here folks! A year a half ago, people lined up and packed theaters to see The Hunger Games. Then we all waited anxiously, or rather impatiently, for the sequel to come out. Starting technically last night, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuted in pretty much every single theater in the United States.
Catching Fire is based on the second book of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’ book trilogy. It’ll switch directors with Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) taking over the directing reins, but Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson return with Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) joining the cast. As arguably the best of the three books, you wouldn’t be wrong to have high hopes for the film. However, with high hopes come high expectations and high expectations sometimes come disappointment.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
The other wide releases are Delivery Man and The Christmas Candle. Delivery Man is Ken Scott’s comedy remake of his own movie (titled Starbuck), and it stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), and Chris Pratt (NBC’s Parks and Recreation). The original was pretty funny (check out my review from earlier this year here), so maybe there’s hope? The Christmas Candle, on the other hand, is the holiday flick starring Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans) and Samantha Barks (Disney’s Groove High).
Since going against Catching Fire is a tough task, a few movies are using this weekend as a soft opening with their wider release coming on Thanksgiving. Not a bad move.
These movies include Frozen – Disney’s newest animated movie voice starring Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) – and Philomena – a British drama starring Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Steve Coogan (The Trip). If you miss them right away, look back on November 27th.
The rest of the limited releases are Bettie Page Reveals All, Contracted, and Weekend of a Champion.
Enjoy the weekend and let us know which movie is the best in the comments below!
From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, a timeless holiday film for the entire family.
Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.
When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
Starring Hans Matheson (Clash of the Titans, Sherlock Holmes), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Lesley Manville (Disney’s A Christmas Carol), and Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit Trilogy, Doctor Who). Also starring John Hannah (The Mummy, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Barbara Flynn (Miss Potter) with James Cosmo (Game of Thrones, Braveheart). And introducing singing phenomenon, Susan Boyle, in her feature film debut.
An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Through narrating her own life story, Bettie Page recounts how her unabashed sexual expression and sexually provocative fetish poses set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution and ushered in a modern era in fashion and pop culture. As a woman in an era when women were second-class citizens, Bettie Page was continually knocked down throughout her life. But, by her strength of character, she always picked herself back up to become the world’s greatest pinup model and international sex icon.
Make way for the most photographed pinup, nude, and fetish model of the 20th century: Bettie Page. Her exuberant sensuality fired men’s deepest desires while singeing camera lenses. The attitude Bettie dished out in her fetish photos was so incendiary that she was targeted by a 1955 Senate investigative committee as a source of teenage-induced depravity. How would that committee feel if they knew her body of photos would be credited with helping to inspire the Sexual and Feminist Revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s? From countless magazine covers, to religious crusading, to incarceration for mental illness, this is the enthralling true tale of Eisenhower Presidential Era model, Bettie Page. It transcends the wildest of fictionalized notions. Her life experiences ranged from idyllic legends to nightmarish realities. All the while, Bettie hid her private life from fans — until Bettie Page Reveals All.
Bettie Page’s previously unknown personal life is as dramatic as her modeling career is iconic. Bettie Page Reveals All compellingly captures the story of an aspiring teacher turned model who unintentionally affected contemporary pop culture. That surprise role ultimately evolved into Bettie being viewed as our greatest and most controversial model. As the first and only authorized Bettie Page film biography, the “Queen of Curves” emerges from 40 years of enigmatic seclusion to tell her story in her own words.
Moviegoers will be immersed in Bettie’s modeling path by exploring a montage of iconic and rare photographs and film loops, including unseen images from private collections. With commentary from people who knew her, photographed her, and made love to her, Bettie Page Reveals All is steeped in mirth, mayhem and mystery. The smoldering siren, who fans perceive as making sex fun in an era of sexual repression, finally steps forth with secrets she’s kept buried for decades. Bettie Page, the icon, launches thousands of imitators worldwide. More popular today than Marilyn Monroe, she is regularly discovered by young men and women who thrive on the art of tease amid our hyper-sexualized society. Featuring: Hugh Hefner, Rev. Robert Schuller, Olivia, Bunny Yeager, and the “Tease from Tennessee” herself: Bettie Page.
A young girl has a one-night stand with a random stranger and contracts, what she thinks is, a sexually-transmitted disease – but is actually something much worse.
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
In 1971, Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers.
Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script, they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective.
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