By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 2, 2012 at 11:51AM
"Ex-Girlfriends" (November 27)
Like Jay McInerney's famed '80s novel about 20-somethings living in New York, "Bright Lights, Big City," "Ex-Girlfriends" plumbs the often-comic fallout of young urban romance in various states of disintegration. Having bumped into his former-girlfriend Laura (Kristen Connolly) at a party, Graham (Alexander Poe) struggles to win her back even as he discovers her involvement with the same man his friend Kate (Jennifer Carpenter) -- another ex -- is pursuing.
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"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (November 20) Criticwire Page
With his latest crowd-pleasing comedy, Edward Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of his breakout hit, "The Brothers McMullen," reuniting with that film's co-stars Connie Britton and Michael McGlone. In "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," Burns weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics.
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"The Hopeful" (November 13)
Hailed by ESPN's Dan Dakich as "one of the greatest sports documentaries I've ever seen," "The Hopeful" follows the two-year journey of Cody Keith, a young man from North Carolina whose dream is to become a division I college quarterback. After switching high schools his junior year, Cody and his affluent parents find themselves at the center of a heated debate on the ethics of transferring schools for athletic purposes. The family unwillingly becomes a target of intense media scrutiny that soon spirals out of control.
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"Lay the Favorite" (November 2) Criticwire Page
Boasting an A-list director in Stephen Frears and an impressive cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon and Joshua Jackson, "Lay the Favorite" is among the more higher-profile features to hit VOD this month. Based on the Beth Raymer gambling memoir, and adapted by D.V. DeVincentis (”High Fidelity,” “Grosse Pointe Blank”), the story follows a cocktail waitress (Hall) who embeds herself with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage. Willis plays a sports gambler who falls for her, while Zeta-Jones plays his jealous wife.
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