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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 7. What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, November 7. What Will You See?

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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 7. (Synopses provided by distributor unless noted otherwise.)

9 Full Moons
Director: Tomer Almagor
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Bret Roberts, Harry Dean Stanton, Donal Logue, Brian McGuire, Foster Timms, James Duval, Dale Dickey, Pamela Adlon
Synopsis: “Popular wisdom tells us that love heals all wounds. Frankie (Amy Seimetz) is an emotional train wreck, careening around the East Los Angeles music scene drinking and meeting strangers. Lev (Bret Roberts) is a taciturn and tormented soul. He drives a limo and wants to work in the music business. They begin a relationship after they connect with each other one night at a party. This dark romance explores what love is like for two quiet people who may be damaged beyond repair. Lev gets to explore his musical dreams working for star Charlie King Nash (Donal Logue) and learn about the practical realities that restrain talent to make artistic dreams so complicated and frustrating. Together Frankie and Lev explore the challenges of a serious relationship, trying to determine if it’s something either of them can handle. This moody piece goes beyond romantic movie clichés to explore the intricate interactions of two lovers who don’t fit into any neat categorizations.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

21 Years: Richard Linklater
Director: Michael Dunaway & Tara Wood
Synopsis: “It’s been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. From the groundbreaking ‘Slacker’ to his innovative ‘Boyhood,’ Linklater has just reached the 21-year mark and has unapologetically carved his signature into American pop culture. This compelling documentary takes you on a behind the scenes tour into Linklater’s style, skills, and motivation via his friends, actors, and other directors. Get a raw and honest perspective on Richard through candid conversations with Ethan Hawke, Jack Black, Keanu Reeves, Billy Bob Thornton, Matthew McConaughey, Jason Reitman, Julie Delpy and others, and see their stories brought to life through hilarious animated sequences.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Seattle and Toronto)

Director: Robert Greene
Cast: Brandy Burre
Synopsis: “Brandy Burre had a recurring role on the iconic TV drama The Wire when she became pregnant. She gave up her career to raise a family and now leads a picturesque domestic existence in upstate New York. But Brandy breaks things—rules, expectations—and can’t not perform. She craves action. She stages a slow dance in the shower and uses a clothes hanger as a scene partner in her one-woman performance of everyday life. But practising her art manqué through daily gestures, and living life as a creative outlet, aren’t enough anymore. Brandy decides to make a comeback. Balancing the demands of work and home, and playing all the parts—mother, lover, wife, performer—leads to painful choices and realizations. Can she be both supermom and superstar? Selfless and selfish? Actress is a present-tense melodrama that re-frames the complex-yet-familiar question: Can women have it all?” [Hot Docs]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

The Better Angels
Director: A.J. Edwards
Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley
Synopsis: “Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (12 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities throughout the end of 2014)

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain
Director: Ravi Kumar
Cast: Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee
Synopsis: “Set in December 1984, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is based on true events when a devastating pesticide leak in Madhya Pradesh, central India, killed thousands of people. Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards. Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on November 14th)

Big Hero 6
Director: Don Hall & Chris Williams
Cast: Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Maya Rudolph, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, Scott Adsit, Charlie Adler, Marcella Lentz-Pope, Mike Powers
Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Elsa & Fred
Director: Michael Radford
Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Chris Noth, Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula, James Brolin, Jared Gilman, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Erika Alexander, Lisa Sheridan
Synopsis: “Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred is a bit younger than Elsa and has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live -­ be it more or less -­ is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

Director: Alfredo de Villa
Cast: John Leguizamo, Radha Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne, Ally Sheedy
Synopsis: “Jesse Sanchez (John Leguizamo) is the “fugly” ghetto nerd from the Bronx in the 1970’s, growing up in the shadow of his older, better-looking brother. Jesse heads off to college where he takes advantage of the incredible ratio of 6 girls to every guy. It is there that this boy undergoes a transformation. It’s where he meets Lara (Radha Mitchell) and learns to take command of the stage. As a college grad back in New York, during a spur of the moment local comedy night performance infused with his own style of in your face bits on sex, Jesse is discovered by agent Stoddard (Ally Sheedy) who says she has found the next Latino sensation. Moments later he meets Zowie (Rosie Perez), a sexy Nuyorican poetess and passionate lover in search of a man who will take her to the top of the industry. Later, with a rising film and television career, Jesse has newfound fame, money, and a strong social media following. He experiences a life-changing moment that allows him to reflect upon his career and the true love of his life. Back on stage, Jesse finds himself in competition with his ex’s new beau Jeffery (Griffin Dunne). Then, director Alfredo de Villa’s hilarious anti-romantic comedy takes a shocking turn.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Giovanni’s Island
Director: Mizuho Nishikubo
Cast: Masachika Ichimura, Yukie Nakama
Synopsis: “In the aftermath of World War II, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast… and on this forgotten border in a remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries, Japan and the Soviet Union, timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. This hand-drawn animated feature is based on true events.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, Timothee Chalamet, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi
Synopsis: “With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (21 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Wide

Director: Kevin Greutert
Cast: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Chris Ellis, Larisa Oleynik, Ana de la Reguera
Synopsis: “A young woman recuperating at her father’s run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.”
Theatrical Release: Limited

The Lookalike
Director: Richard Gray
Cast: Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell, Gillian Jacobs, Scottie Thompson, Gina Gershon, John Corbett, Luis Guzmán, Steven Bauer
Synopsis: “William Spinks has a curious obsession with Sadie Hill and uses gangster friends Bobby and Frank to get to her. But when Sadie’s death jeopardizes their profitable arrangement, Bobby and Frank set out to find a replacement, a lookalike to fool Spinks. The wildly amusing and cunning search propels an ex-basketball champion, a gossip writer, a coke addict, and a deaf beauty into an unlikely romance and a desperate quest to seal the deal.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and New Orleans

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Cast: Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, Pierce Gagnon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joel McHale, Candice Bergen, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt
Synopsis: “Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parent’s house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise to save Christmas.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including Los Angeles, Boulder, Columbus, Portland and Memphis; opens in New York on November 14th)

Mr. Pip
Director: Andrew Adamson
Cast: Hugh Laurie, Kerry Fox, Xzannjah Matsi, Eka Darville, Florence Korokoro
Synopsis: “As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. In 1991, a war over a copper mine in the South Pacific tore the island of Bougainville apart. The reclusive “Popeye” offers the children in fourteen-year-old Matilda’s tiny village an escape with Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. But on an island at war, fiction can have dangerous consequences.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Limited

National Gallery
Director: Frederick Wiseman
Synopsis: “The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions.” [Director’s Fortnight]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (14 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York

On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter
Director: Dana Brown
Synopsis: “When ‘On Any Sunday’ premiered in 1971, it wasn’t just any movie. Directed by Bruce Brown – who also helmed surfing classic ‘The Endless Summer’ – this insider look at motorcycle racing reached a wide audience that was fascinated by the heartfelt stories of the men behind the bikes, earning an Academy Award-nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Four decades later, ‘On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter’ shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever. Dana Brown, directs this modern take on the original, capturing what it means to ride in the United States and abroad.”
Theatrical Release: Wide

Open Windows
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Iván González, Jaime Olías, Rachel Arieff, Jake Klamburg
Synopsis: “Jill, the most exciting actress of the moment, refuses to have dinner with Nick, a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest organized by the distributor of her latest film. In return, a guy named Chord, posing as Jill’s campaign manager, help Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. Nick starts a game in which he realizes that is only a puppet into the manic plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Phoenix and Seattle)

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Director: William Gazecki
Synopsis: “The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, an iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century. Before Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West, Sophie Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other. Using all of ‘The Last of the Red Hot Mamas’ 400-plus recently rediscovered personal scrapbooks, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven-year journey retracing Tucker’s sixty-year career in show business.”
Theatrical Release: Florida

Sex Ed
Director: Isaac Feder
Cast: Haley Joel Osment, Lorenza Izzo, Glen Powell, Matt Walsh, Retta, Abby Elliott, Castille Landon, Lamorne Morris
Synopsis: “Eddie (Haley Joel Osment) lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school, where he quickly finds that his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t exactly equipped to teach them – he’s a virgin. And he’s falling in love with Pilar (Lorenza Izzo), the older sister of one of his students. But Eddie goes off lesson plan and, in doing so, incurs the wrath of the local Reverend (Chris Williams). Ultimately, Eddie learns that fighting for what’s right is the best way to go all the way.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC

The Theory of Everything
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, Harry Lloyd, David Thewlis, Charlotte Hope, Adam Godley, Lesley Manville, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney
Synopsis: “The story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (20 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide throughout November)

Viva la liberta
Director: Roberto Andò
Cast: Toni Servillo, Valerio Mastrandrea, Anna Bonaiuto, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Michela Cescon, Eric Trung Nguyen
Synopsis: “Facing disagreement from all sides, the secretary of Italy’s leading opposition party, Enrico Oliveri (Toni Servillo), is having a nervous breakdown. Instead of confronting his problems, he runs away and hides in Paris. There he stays at the home of an old flame whom he knew in Cannes when he was young, who is now married and has a little girl. To cover Oliveri’s absence, his assistant finds his twin brother Giovanni Ernani (Toni Servillo), who has spent most of his life in a psychiatric clinic, and replaces him in Oliveri’s post. And so a crazy but nice man ends up negotiating with powerful people from around the world,. He wins over the press in no time and even gets the party climbing in the polls, thanks to his flair and his joie de vivre.”
Theatrical Release: New York

The Way He Looks
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Selma Egrei, Tess Amorim, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa, Tomochika
Synopsis: “Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, DC (expands to various cities throughout November)

Wayward: The Prodigal Son
Director: Rob Diamond
Cast: Rob Diamond, Landon Henneman, Pam Eichner, Crystal Udy, Blake Webb
Synopsis: “Prone to wander, Tyler McMillan lives in the shadow of his over-achieving brother. Asking for an early inheritance, Tyler gets it all and just about loses everything, including his own life. The dying wish of Tyler’s father is that he will return home safely.  Can a child stray so far a father’s love can’t save him?”

Theatrical Release: Wide

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
Director: Sian Sono
Cast: Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Fumi Nikaidô, Gen Hoshino
Synopsis: “There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fuck Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The Fuck Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death…on 35mm!”
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (8 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Austin (expands to various cities throughout the end of 2014)

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