Movies in Theaters This Friday, November 21, 2014: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, V/H/S: Viral, and More
November continues to show us some of the most anticipated movies of the year. We’ve already seen movies like Interstellar and Big Hero 6 but today is a whole different beast.
That beast is Francis Lawrence’s hotly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The third film total in the franchise, this one tells part one of the conclusion. It brings back Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen – a heroine that is now on-the-run from the sadistic Capitol. I, like millions of others, plan to see this one this coming weekend.
It’ll be hard to contend with the big blockbuster-like Hunger Games film. However, movies like V/H/S: Viral, Happy Valley, and The Mule will definitely try.
V/H/S: Viral is the third iteration of the found footage horror franchise. I’ve seen the first two and, while I don’t consider myself to be a huge horror fan, I’ve enjoyed them. We’ll see how Viral does.
Happy Valley is the documentary about the scandal that rocked Penn State University a few years ago. I’m more interested in the subject matter than the actual film but it could turn out to be interesting.
The Mule, another limited release, is about a first time drug mule that gets in some trouble. This might sound like a hardcore crime drama; however, the film (which stars Hugo Weaving) looks a little bit lighter than that.
The rest of the releases are A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, All Relative, Extraterrestrial, Hard Sun, Little White Lie, and Reach Me.
Have a great weekend!
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.
A love story between two tortured souls In the Iranian Ghost town called BAD CITY… a place that reeks of death and loneliness where a lonesome vampire is preying on the towns most depraved denizens.
When Harry, a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace, he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcee, Harry successfully courts Grace. But when he’s introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point.
A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.
The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school’s storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also its students’ achievements in the classroom. And Paterno took on mythic national stature as “Saint Joe.” But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky’s abuse an “open secret” in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky’s victims? Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky’s arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much more complicated and tragic tale.
After the death of her parents, a young woman assumes primary guardianship of her special needs brother. But as she attempts to balance her new life with her brother and her own blossoming romance, it becomes painfully clear that life will only make room for one.
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family’s explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.
At age of 18, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey doesn’t openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family. When her biological father dies shortly before Lacey’s 30th birthday, the family secret can stay hidden no longer. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.
A first time drug mule is caught by law enforcement.
A motivational book written by a mysterious man quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist, his editor, a former inmate, a hip-hop mogul, an actor and an undercover cop to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.
Follows fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.
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