Films to watch out for in November

As October draws to a close, November draws near and brings with it a good amount of movies to watch out for.

“Thor: The Dark World” (November 8)
Minus the first “Iron Man,” the first “Thor” movie was my favorite of the Marvel movies. The colorful world of Asgard dazzled with visual spectacle.

This time around, a new group of foes, the Dark Elves, are led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor of Dr. Who) who seeks the Aether to become all-powerful. Adding an intriguing dynamic to the movie, Thor must team up with his brother and Avengers villain Loki, played by tumblr-favorite Tom Hiddleston.

“Nebraska” (November 15)
Sure to create buzz during awards season is “Nebraska”, directed by Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “The Descendants”). Shot in black-and-white, the film is the tale of old man Woody Grant and his son, David, as they travel across country to claim prize money that Woody is convinced he’s won.

The trailer for the movie registered a tad underwhelming with me, but with the talented Payne at the helm coupled with the fact that Bruce Dern, who plays Woody, received Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, this is not to get lost in the buzz of the upcoming awards season.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (November 22)
Although no one on this planet needs to be reminded that there is a new “Hunger Games” movie coming out soon, this series of films can at least pretend to warrant the hype, unlike “Twilight” series.

Despite some minor problems with the original, like a shaky cam that was too spastic, the film was solid, anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen. Adding to the already talented cast is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who joins for the sequel.