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Screen Rant's 2014 Fall Movie Preview

November

Bottom Line: The second half of blockbuster movie season 2014 begins in November - but there are plenty of smaller genre films in the mix as well.

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Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 voice cast & character images

Nov. 7th

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."

OUR TAKE: Disney Animation (not to be confused with Pixar) has been churning out some good flicks, and while the marketing for this film curiously doesn't stress it, Big Hero 6 hails from camp Marvel. We'll be checking this one out if only to get a beat on what "Disneyfied" Marvel truly looks like.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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Interstellar

Interstellar Trailer 2

Nov. 7th

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

OUR TAKE: A Chris Nolan sci-fi film starring Matthew McConaughey at the height of his career? Yeah. We'll be there.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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Jessabelle

Jessabelle movie trailer (2014)

Nov. 7th

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

OUR TAKE: The trailer looks like a mix of so many other horror movies - and we're not sure our horror interest will extend beyond the Halloween holiday (at least not for this film).

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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Open Windows

Open WIndows Movie Preview

Nov. 7th

An actress named Jill (Sasha Grey) refuses to have dinner with Nick (Elijah Wood), a fan who won a date with her in an Internet contest. In return, a guy named Chord (Neil Maskell), posing as Jill's campaign manager, helps Nick to follow in the footsteps of the actress from his own computer. But Nick soon realizes that he is only a puppet into the manic plans devised by Chord, to hunt down the star.

OUR TAKE: On the surface this looks like a B-movie thriller with the hook of starring a former porn star (Grey). However, a look beneath the surface reveals that it is also the latest work by director Nacho Vigalondo, who impressed many with his stripped-down time travel movie, Timecrimes. That's certainly a boost.

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Rosewater

Rosewater movie directed by Jon Stewart (2014)

Nov. 7th

A journalist (Gael García Bernal) is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.

OUR TAKE: This Daily Show star Jon Stewart's first foray into directing - and it proves that not everything is a joke to the comedian behind the news desk.

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything Movie Preview

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife (Felicity Jones).

OUR TAKE: The world knows Stephen Hawking - but not like this. Redmayne (Les Mis) and Jones (Like Crazy) are solid talents to lead this biopic drama.

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The Best of Me

The Best of Me Movie Preview

Oct. 17th

A pair of former high school sweethearts (Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden) reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

OUR TAKE: A pair of semi-famous actors in a sappy romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. There's always a crowd for that. (Just not us.)

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Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Light Movie Preview

Nov. 14th

A talented young musician (Nate Parker) on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.

OUR TAKE: This one is a curious animal, with a cast that places the likes of Minnie Driver and Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw alongside Danny Glover. However, it does look closer to director Gina Prince-Bythewood's breakout film, Love & Basketball, which will lure a certain audience in.

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber 2 Trailer

Nov. 14th

20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey)  head out in search of one of their long-lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.

OUR TAKE: The first trailer brought accusations that the filmmaking team had lost a step - but we're hoping that green-band restrictions are simply hiding the true depraved fun of this long-awaited sequel.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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Foxcatcher

Channing Tatum in new Foxcatcher poster

Nov. 14th

Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.

OUR TAKE: Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) is known for turning the most unlikely of stories into compelling character drama films. With an intense performance from Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, an oddball dramatic turn from Steve Carell as du Pont, and Mark Ruffalo as Schultz' brother, there are definite hints of dark-horse greatness in this film.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Nov. 21st

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

OUR TAKE: Have you watched the series so far? It got exponentially better when director Francis Lawrence (Constantine) took over the sequel - and he's back for this two-part final chapter. With the cast now well into their characters, and a bigger budget for a good director to play with, we expect a great start to the end of The Hunger Games.

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The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

Nov. 21st

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

OUR TAKE: Math code doesn't usually entice viewers into theater seats - but Cumberbatch does have a growing circle of fans. This may only add to his prestige - if it can rise above the level of a B-movie biopic.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2 Trailer

Nov. 26th

Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.

OUR TAKE: In our humble opinion, Horrible Bosses was one of the better new comedies of the last few years, and it sounds like the sequel has found a way to revisit the property without going all Hangover 2 on us. Could be fun.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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The Penguins of Madagascar

The Peguins of Madagascar First Trailer

Nov. 26th

Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it.

OUR TAKE: The Madagascar franchise needs no marketing help by now. Its fanbase is practically guaranteed.

(WATCH THE TRAILER)

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