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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 14. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 14. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 14. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

Always Woodstock
Director: Rita Merson
Cast: Allison Miller, James Wolk, Katey Sagal, Rumer Willis, Jason Ritter, Anna Anissimova, Brittany Snow, Ryan Guzman
Synopsis: “Aspiring singer, Catherine Brown (Allison Miller), finds herself living a life she never imagined. Stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label, Catherine spends her days as the wrangler for the label’s most difficult star (Brittany Snow). But when Catherine is unceremoniously fired, and then comes home to find her long time fiancé (Jason Ritter) in the arms of another woman, she decides that it’s time for a change. Selling off her engagement ring, Catherine moves back to her family home in Woodstock, to get back to what she has always wanted to do: write music. One night at a local bar, Catherine stumbles into handsome town doctor Noah (James Wolk), and cannot deny the moment of magic between them. Little by little, Catherine starts to find herself, and write music, with the help of local legend, Lee Ann (Katey Sagal). As she and Noah start to fall in love, Catherine realizes that becoming successful means becoming your true self first.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Bad Turn Worse
Director: Simon Hawkins & Zeke Hawkins
Cast: Mark Pellegrino, Jon Gries, Jeremy Allen White, William Devane, Logan Huffman, Mackenzie Davis
Synopsis: “Three teenage friends get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate. They hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them steals from the wrong man.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

Beside Still Waters
Director: Chris Lowell
Cast: Ryan Eggold, Beck Bennett, Will Brill, Brett Dalton, Erin Darke, Jessy Hodges, Britt Lower, Reid Scott
Synopsis: “Mourning the sudden death of his parents, Daniel invites his childhood friends up to their lake house in an attempt to relive the glory days of their youth — whether they like it or not. Things take a turn for the worse when it becomes clear that none of his friends share his nostalgia for the good old days — and his ex-girlfriend shows up with a new fiancé. But as the night progresses, secrets are confessed, romances are rekindled, and a particularly epic game of Whiskey Slaps is played.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Beyond the Lights
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker, Danny Glover
Synopsis: “Noni is the music world’s latest superstar, but the pressures of fame have her on edge — until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician. Can Kaz’s love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and become the artist she was meant to be?” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Wide

Brahmin Bulls
Director: Mahesh Pailoor
Cast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Bartha, Cassidy Freeman, Monica Raymund, Michael Lerner, George Newbern
Synopsis: “For Sid Sharma, life has not quite worked out the way he planned. A thirty-something disillusioned architect struggling to save his failing marriage, Sid stumbles through his days on a self-destructive path while holding his wife’s beloved cat hostage. Meanwhile Ashok, Sid’s estranged and widowed father living in Boston, decides to make a last-minute trip to LA for an academic conference. When Ashok arrives at Sid’s doorstep unannounced, the two men begin a journey to mend their strained relationship until Sid discovers the true purpose behind his father’s visit – a woman with whom he had an affair years ago.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on November 21st)

Butter on the Latch
Director: Josephine Decker
Cast: Isolde Chae-Lawrence, Sarah Small, Charlie Hewson, Stephan Goldbach
Synopsis: “Sarah and Isolde share an interest in the traditional music and dance of the Balkans, but it turns out that shared interests don’t always unite them. Their trip, initially a fun bonding experience, takes a southward turn when Sarah becomes interested in handsome fellow camper Steph. A seemingly innocent romantic overture touches off an abrupt shift in the dynamic between the two girlfriends, steering a previously ecstatic camp outing down a psychological rabbit hole.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

Calloused Hands
Director: Jesse Quinones
Cast: Andre Royo, Daisy Haggard, Luca Oriel, Hans Howes
Synopsis: “Twelve-year-old Josh is a mixed race boy and a promising baseball player. He is neglected by his mother and abused by her boyfriend but manages to forge his own path in life when his long-lost grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2
Director: Johnnie To
Cast: Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung, Yuanyuan Gao , Vic Chou, Lam Suet
Synopsis: “After losing his girl in a love triangle, Shen Ran falls in love with another woman, only to find himself still attached to his old flame. Meanwhile, his new love also finds herself torn between him and another young man.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Limited

Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty
Director: Angus Macqueen & Guillermo Galdos
Synopsis: “To some, he is a revolutionary hero and a latter-day Robin Hood, the powerful peasant who looks after his people. To others, he is Public Enemy No.1, the first since Al Capone. He has been on the run for over a decade from the US and Mexican governments. In the middle over 80,000 Mexicans have been murdered. The film takes us into a world few outsiders have ever been, knocking on the door of the most wanted man in the world.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Dumb and Dumber To
Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, Laurie Holden, Steve Tom, Rob Riggle, Don Lake, Patricia French
Synopsis: “20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Foxcatcher
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Michael Hall, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave
Synopsis: “When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave. Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to ‘coach’ a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (42 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities across the country throughout mid-January 2015)

The Homesman
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Grace Gummer, Meryl Streep, Miranda Otto, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, Grace Gummer, Sonja Richter, David Dencik
Synopsis: “Mary Bee Cuddy, 31, lives a solitary existence in a God-fearing mid-western town. She is designated by members of her church to take back East three women who have lost their minds. On the way from Nebraska to Iowa, where those women will at last find refuge, Mary Bee saves the life of Briggs, a claim-jumper and outlaw. He agrees to help in her mission through snowstorms and perilous encounters with settlers, Indians and the harshness of the Frontier territory.” [Cannes Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (24 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Matthew 18
Director: Roy Belfrey
Cast: Faizon Love, Luenell, Jennifer Jayleen Martinez
Synopsis: “Michelle Jamieson a beautiful 18 year old who is self willed possesses a strong desire to go away to college for her pre-med education. Her parents, with their strong spiritual and traditional beliefs, not wanting her to go relent and allow her. Excited, Michelle takes flight to Minnesota to attend the U of M. Once there she is to be looked after by her aunt Jessie. She is allowed to stay in a large residence that has been kept in her family for generations. While there she encounters a strange woman standing in her doorway, shaken Michelle suspects the super is trying to frighten her. Michelle with her determined mind decides to investigate this occurrence. In doing so she discovers her family’s dark past and is forced to deal with the deadly consequences.”Theatrical Release: Atlanta, Detroit, Maryland, Minneapolis, Virginia and Washington DC

Miss Meadows
Director: Karen Leigh Hopkins
Cast: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey, Stephen Bishop, Mary Kay Place, Kate Linder, James Landry Hébert, Saidah Arrika Ekulona
Synopsis: “Prim schoolteacher Miss Meadows (Katie Holmes) is not entirely what she appears. Well-mannered, sweet, and caring, yes, but underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides the soul of a vigilante, taking it upon herself to right the wrongs in this cruel world by whatever means necessary. Things get complicated, however, when Miss Meadows gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff (James Badge Dale) and her steadfast moral compass is thrown off, begging the question: ‘Who is the real Miss Meadows and what is she hiding?'” [Tribeca Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Occupy the Farm
Director: Todd Darling
Synopsis: “A feature documentary about the massive direct action organized by local urban farmers to protect the last piece of prime farmland in California’s East Bay from being sold and developed. The film follows the story of the courageous farmers as they battled the land’s owner, the University of California at Berkeley, to ensure the protection of the land forever. Through these events, issues ranging from food independence, to urban development, to civil disobedience are brought to the forefront.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Washington, DC)

Penance
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Kyoko Koizumi, Eiko Koike, Ando Sakura, Yu Aoi, Chizuru Ikewaki
Synopsis: “Fifteen years ago, tragedy struck a small town when a young elementary school girl Emili (Hazuki Kimura) was abducted and killed by a stranger. Four girls who had been playing with Emili at the time were the first to discover her body. The abductor is never found and the crime goes unsolved. Crazed with grief, Emili’s mother Asako (Kyoko Koizumi) condemns the four girls, none of whom can remember the abductor’s face. She tells them, ‘Do whatever you have to find the killer. Otherwise, you can pay a penance that I approve.’ Deeply affected by Asako’s condemnation, the four girls become adults burdened with the curse of ‘penance,’ which eventually triggers a chain of tragic events.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The Playback Singer
Director: Suju Vijayan
Cast: Ross Partridge, Piyush Mishra, Navi Rawat, Joe Towne, Betsy Beutler
Synopsis: “An aimless, would-be, jungle-gym architect finds his existence disrupted – and his marriage upended – when his prickly, Indian, B-movie playback singer father-in-law comes to visit and overstays his welcome. Heard but rarely seen on screen, Ashok, who hasn’t seen his daughter in 16 years, wants to stay with the couple as he embarks on a singing tour of the United States. When it turns out the tour is a scam and that as an investor he has lost his money, Ashok, embarrassed by the event, is convinced to stay while his daughter, Priya, tries to recoup his investment and her relationship with her father. Ashok and Ray initially spend their days picking on each other, but eventually they bond over beers and their shared laid back attitude towards life. However, when Priya finds out she’s pregnant and Ray has a less than ideal reaction, Ashok realizes he needs to help Ray reflect on his life and turn things around so he can be the good father and husband Ashok never was.”Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Rosewater
Director: Jon Stewart
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jason Jones, Haluk Bilginer, Nasser Faris, Andrew Gower, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas
Synopsis: “‘Rosewater’ follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as ‘Rosewater,’ who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (16 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Saving Christmas
Director: Darren Doane
Cast: Kirk Cameron
Synopsis: “Every year at Christmas time it seems the baby in the manger takes more and more of a backseat to retail sales, Santa Claus, and political correctness. With ‘merry Christmas’ being replaced by ‘seasons greetings’ and court-ordered removal of public nativity scenes, the fruit of Mary’s womb is falling on hard times.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Starry Eyes
Director: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Marc Senter, Maria Olsen, Lou Dezseran
Synopsis: “Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and all together terrifying.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Director: Josephine Decker
Cast: Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman, Matt Orme
Synopsis: “A farm in rural Kentucky. Father Jeremiah and daughter Sarah squabble together like young puppies. Over crisp, verdant images of nature, of animals, streams and puddles, a mysterious, sensual female voice tells of her lover, who may be a person or may be the whole world. Enter Akin, there to help out for the summer. He’s left his wife and child at home – and taken off his wedding ring as a precaution. Soon the three of them are circling each other, watching, feeling watched and knowing that their watching is not going unwatched. Within this atmosphere, a charged romance develops between Sarah and Akin that carries both an erotic tension and vague feeling of menace. When Akin’s wife Drew comes for a visit, the situation explodes, harmless fantasies giving way to a violent nightmare.” [Berlin International Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The Toy Soldiers
Director: Erik Peter Carlson
Cast: Najarra Townsend, Constance Brenneman, Chandler Rylko, Jeanette May Steiner, Samuel Nolan, Nick Frangione, Amelia Haberman, Matt Harrelson, Megan Hensley, Andre Myers, Kevin Pinassi, Izzy Pollak, Thatcher Robinson, Marco Tazioli, Danno White
Synopsis: “On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds tranquility with the bottle. The abuse of her ex-husband still haunts the children; a nineteen year old drug addict, and his younger brother, a bullied closet homosexual.There’s the story of the dog; a teen who offers sexual favors to gain acceptance, the challenged classmate who would do anything for her love, and the redhead beauty, haunted by a secret, tragic past. These lives and others will change forever on this final evening before their hangout, The Toy Soldiers Roller Rink, closes its doors for the final time.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Detroit and San Francisco)

Wolves
Director: David Hayter
Cast: Jason Momoa, Lucas Till, John Pyper-Ferguson
Synopsis: “Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild.  Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is.  In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him — Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”.  And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.”
Theatrical Release: Various AMC Theatres

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