What's New in Theaters: November 1, 2013


(L-R) Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas. (Photos by Pacific Coast News | Getty Images)
Ender's Game
Directed by Gavin Hood
Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Moises Arias

Based on the sci-fi bestseller by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is the story of a child genius chosen to save mankind from an alien invasion. Butterfield impresses as the prodigy, Ender, capturing the youngster's intensity and innocence. The film manages to squeeze in many of the novel's main ideas and themes, but its fast pace loses a lot of the emotion. Nevertheless, it's a dazzling spectacle with a real story behind it.
See it? Yes.
Full Review


Last Vegas
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara

Don't expect much in the way of story here as Last Vegas is an obvious excuse to get the four iconic lead actors in the same room together. It should be fun though. Aimed at older audiences, it's a chance for De Niro, Freeman and crew to show off their comedic chops and stick it to the young guys.
See it? Sure.


Free Birds
Directed by Jimmy Hayward
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, George Takei

Hampered by terrible reviews, Free Birds is the story of two turkeys who time travel in order to change the course of Thanksgiving history. Animated movies aimed at younger audiences are almost always well-received so the bad reviews don't bode well, despite the attractive cast.
See it? No.


Dallas Buyers Club [Limited]
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn

Led by a career performance by McConaughey and transformative one by Leto, Dallas Buyers Club is the character-based film to see this month. Based on a true story, McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, a homophobic cowboy shocked to learn he's contracted the AIDS virus in 1985 Dallas. With 30 days to live, he evades FDA red tape by smuggling alternative medicine in from Mexico. When he discovers how well it works, he sells it in the form of medicine to other patients. 
See it? Yes.
Full Review
Our interview with Jared Leto


About Time [Limited]
Directed by Richard Curtis
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

A quirky romantic comedy about a man whose family is gifted with the ability to time travel. He uses it to get a girlfriend but problems persist. Directed by Love Actually filmmaker Richard Curtis, About Time is a harmless date night movie, but it does star Gleeson, an exciting up and coming Irish actor. 
See it? No.


Diana [Limited]
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James

Based on Kate Snell's book, Diana: Her Last Love, this film is a look at the last years of Princess Diana's life while turning them into soap opera level drama. Critically panned, the movie should be compelling enough for royal family fans, but the rest of us may be bored stiff. Naomi Watts doesn't have many clunkers in her resume, but this is one of them.
See it? No.
Full Review
Our interview with Oliver Hirschbiegel


Big Sur [Limited]
Directed by Michael Polish
Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell

Yet another beat generation-era adaptation (On the Road, Kill Your Darlings), Big Sur tells the story of Jack Kerouac's trips to poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Big Sur cabin. Michael Polish, who made Twin Falls Idaho once upon a time, directs and the trailer shows off his talent for capturing the beauty of nature. Expect long-winded inspirational monologues and heartbreak, but trust in the talent of Polish.
See it? Yes.


Mr. Nobody [Limited]
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Made five years ago, Mr. Nobody finally sees the light of day. It boasts one the year's more intriguing trailers and another strange performance by Jared Leto, who wears every kind of makeup known to man. It's existential concept is ambitious as a 118-year-old man recounts the many stories of his life. We are left to decide which are true.
See it? Sure.



The Broken Circle Breakdown [Limited]
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

From Belgian director Van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a dreamy portrait of two people falling in love at first sight, having a daughter, and then being tested when she falls ill. This is the type of career-making movie foreign filmmakers get noticed for in the States. It will be Belgium's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
See it? Yes.


Man of Tai Chi [Limited]
Directed by Keanu Reeves
Starring: Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu Reeves, Iko Uwais

Man of Tai Chi marks the directorial debut of Reeves, an intriguing project centered in the world of underground martial arts. The production design and fight choreography are on point even if the story leaves something to be desired. We may be looking at a new fight star in Hu Chen.
See it? Sure.


After Tiller [Limited]
Directed by Martha Shane, Lana Wilson

After the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are still a handful of doctors around the country who perform third-trimester abortions for women. This controversial documentary follows those doctors, who all knew Tiller well, as they fight to keep their services available, and confront the harassment that plagues their personal lives.
See it? Yes.

Senior Editor at Zimbio. I'll take Johnny Clay, the Rev. Harry Powell, and Annie Savoy. You can have the rest.
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