Holiday movie preview: Action and icons in November
05:00 AM, Nov 05, 2013
Screen icons and real-life legends are about to make their annual pilgrimage to the cineplex during the holidays. USA TODAY’S Scott Bowles looks at some of the titles headed to theaters in November (release dates are subject to studio changes).
Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
Director: Gavin Hood
Plot: The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s monster book, Ender’s follows a brilliant young mind recruited by the International Military to fend off a pending alien invasion.
Voices: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Plot: Two turkeys must put aside their differences to travel back in history and remove turkeys from the holiday menu.
Stars: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Plot: A band of 60-somethings gather to throw a wild bachelor party for their last remaining single buddy.
‘About Time’(limited opening)
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Billy Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson
Director: Richard Curtis
Plot: A 21-year-old man who can travel back in time to change his life discovers that landing a steady girlfriend is harder than it looks.
‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Plot: In this true story, a Texas electrician battles the medical establishment and pharmaceutical firms to receive alternative treatments for HIV.
‘Thor: The Dark World’
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Alan Taylor
Plot: The God of Thunder returns to face an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot repel.
‘The Book Thief’
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse
Director: Brian Percival
Plot: A young girl takes solace from the horrors of World War II by stealing books and sharing them with others, while a Jewish refugee is sheltered beneath the stairs.
Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Director: Alexander Payne
Plot: A drunkard father travels to Nebraska from Montana with his estranged son to pick up his sweepstakes winnings.
‘The Best Man Holiday’
Stars: Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Plot: Old college friends learn that old rivalries die hard after a 15-year reunion over the holidays.
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
Director: Ken Scott
Plot: A slacker discovers that he has fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic and must decide whether to come forward in a paternity suit.
Btars: Judi Dench, Mare Winningham, Steve Coogan
Director: Stephen Frears
Plot: A writer (Coogan) follows the story of a woman (Dench) who is searching for the son she was forced to give up years ago.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Francis Lawrence
Plot: Following their victory in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark find themselves targets of the Capitol.
Stars: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Plot: A streetwise teen leaves his single mom in Baltimore to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives.
Voices: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Plot: A rugged mountain man and a fearless optimist team up for an epic journey in Everest-like conditions to free a kingdom trapped in eternal winter.
Stars: James Franco, Jason Statham, Winona Ryder
Director: Gary Fleder
Plot: Sylvester Stallone wrote this story about a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town and meets a meth druglord.
Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Spike Lee
Plot: An advertising executive who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years becomes obsessed with answers and vengeance.
‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ (limited)
Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto
Director: Justin Chadwick
Plot: Elba plays the title character in this biopic of the anti-apartheid activist, from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.