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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 21. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 21. What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 21. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

All Relative
Director: J.C. Khoury
Cast: Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton, Al Thompson, David Aaron Baker, Liz Fye, Audrey Jessup, Sarah Steele, Erin Wilhelmi, Rob Yang
Synopsis: “When Harry (Jonathan Sadowski), a graduate student in New York City, meets Grace (Sara Paxton), he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive divorcée (Connie Nielsen), 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 in this wildly engaging mix of comedy and drama.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

Bad Hair
Director: Mariana Rondón
Cast: Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Samuel Lange Zambrano, Nelly Ramos
Synopsis: “Bad Hair chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior, living in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair. For his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane straight to resemble one of his pop star idols. His mother, unemployed and frazzled from the pressures of raising two children in an unforgiving city, has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Grandma is more accepting, teaching Junior to dance to one of her favorite ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes.” [Film Forum]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York 

The Circle
Director: Stefan Haupt
Cast: Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman, Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker, Antoine Monot Jr.
Synopsis: “Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine ‘Der Kreis’ (’The Circle’) was the only gay organisation to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war years into an internationally renowned underground club. Legendary masked balls at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich provided 800 visitors from all over Europe with a secret and safe space to act out their ‘otherness’ in a self-determined way. It is there that timid teacher Ernst Ostertag falls in love with drag star Röbi Rapp. Ernst searches for a way to fight for his gayness to be accepted as normal outside the boundaries of ‘The Circle’ network without losing his employment as a teacher. Röbi champions the joint fruition of their love. Following a murder in the gay community, violent repression against gay people also endangers ‘The Circle’ network.” [Berlinale] 
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 18th)

Extraterrestrial
Director: The Vicious Brothers
Cast: Brittany Allen, Gil Bellows, Jesse Moss, Melanie Papalia, Michael Ironside, Freddie Stroma, Emily Perkins, Sean Rogerson, Anja Savcic
Synopsis: “Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma, the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

Food Chains
Director: Sanjay Rawal
Synopsis: “There is more interest than ever in food nowadays, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers who form the foundation of our fresh food industry are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States. Food Chains reveals the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. Supermarkets earn $4 trillion globally and have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past three decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work in subhuman conditions. Yet supermarkets take no responsibility for this.” [Berlinale]
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, Phoenix and Washington, DC)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali
Synopsis: “Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (16 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Columbus, Tulsa, San Francisco and Seattle)

Happy Valley
Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Synopsis: “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?” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (15 grades)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and elsewhere throughout the end of 2014)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Robert Knepper, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe, Evan Ross, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elden Henson, Stef Dawson, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Wes Chatham, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Patina Miller, Michael Garza, Erika Bierman, Kirk Crenshaw, Natalie Dormer
Synopsis: “When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (11 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Late Phases
Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Cast: Tina Louise, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Karen Lynn Gorney, Tom Noonan, Lance Guest, Larry Fessenden, Nick Damici, Rutanya Alda, Caitlin O’Heaney, Dana Ashbrook
Synopsis: “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

Little White Lie
Director: Lacey Schwartz
Synopsis: “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.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on November 28th; opens in San Francisco and Washington, DC on December 5th)

Monk with a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland
Director: Tina Mascara & Guido Santi
Synopsis: “Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas’ life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history, to attain such a highly regarded position.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 12th)

The Mule
Director: Tony Mahony & Angus Sampson
Cast: Hugo Weaving, John Noble, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst
Synopsis: “In 1983, a naive man is detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach. Caught, ‘The Mule’ makes a desperate choice…to defy his bodily functions and withhold the evidence…literally.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

PULP: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets
Director: Florian Habicht
Cast: Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Nick Banks, Mark Webber, Richard Hawley
Synopsis: “Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, DC)

Reach Me
Director: John Herzfeld
Cast: Danny Aiello, Tom Berenger, Lauren Cohan, Kevin Connolly, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes, Kelsey Grammer, Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Henstridge, Thomas Jane, Ryan Kwanten, Nelly, David O’Hara, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, Sylvester Stallone, Danny Trejo
Synopsis: “The story of a group of diverse strangers whose lives cross and collide as a result of a self-published motivational book by a reclusive author in hiding. When the book’s positive message goes viral, a tabloid journalist, his powerful editor, an arsonist ex-con, a gunfighter cop, an alcoholic priest and a dimwitted gangster all plow into each other and irrevocably impact each other’s lives. “
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami and Phoenix

Shadows from My Past
Director: Curt & Gita Kaufman
Synopsis: “In 1940, Gita Weinrauch Kaufman escaped from Austria with her immediate family the day they were to be deported to Dachau Concentration Camp. More than 50 years later, she returned to Vienna with her husband and co-director, Curt Kaufman, to ask the question: Is present-day Austria truly different from the country from which she fled?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Sleepwalker
Director: Mona Fastvold
Cast: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Stephanie Ellis
Synopsis: “A young couple, Kaia and Andrew, are renovating Kaia´s secluded family estate. Their lives are violently interrupted when unexpected guests arrive. The Sleepwalker chronicles the unraveling of the lives of four disparate characters as it transcends genre conventions and narrative contrivance to reveal something much more disturbing.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

V/H/S Viral
Director: Todd Lincoln , Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Synopsis: “V/H/S: Viral’s segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York, Albuquerque, Columbus and Tuscon (expands to Atlanta, Anchorage, Dallas, Portland and Seattle)

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