This Weekend in Cinema – 11/15/13 – Going to Nebraska

Posted: November 15, 2013 in This Weekend in Cinema
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The Blockbuster Report

Once again, there is only one wide release this weekend: The Best Man Holiday. There is very little reason to see this film with the current slate of films currently in theaters. If you haven’t seen GravityCaptain Phillips, 12 Years A Slave (which has graduated to wide release), Ender’s Game, or Thor: The Dark World, go for one of those, as there is really nothing special about The Best Man Holiday. 

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in Nebraska

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in Nebraska

In limited release however, we have some potential gems. First of all, there is Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. Basically, a man from Missouri convinces his son to drive him to Nebraska to collect some prize money that he’s convinced is coming to him. Of course, problems arise, as you can see by watching the trailer below. Nebraska was directed by Alexander Payne, who recently brought us the Oscar-nominated The Descendants. It stands as my film to see this weekend, if it is available where you are. 

Also out this weekend in limited release: Dear Mr. Watterson, a new documentary about the impact of “Calvin and Hobbes,” Sunlight Jr, starring Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts, and a new foreign take on Faust.  

Where Do They Come From?

The Best Man Holiday is a sequel to the 1999 film The Best Man

Original: 43

Adaptation: 30

Sequel/Prequel: 17

Remake: 2

Re-release: 3

Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)

Only a month and a half left of 2013, which means the awards season will be upon us soon. I’ve put asterisks on films that are highly likely to get a bunch of nominations, including Best Picture. 

1) 12 Years a Slave*

2) Gravity*

3) Before Midnight

4) Captain Phillips*

5) Fruitvale Station

6) Blue Jasmine

7) Mud 

8) The Spectacular Now

9) Rush

10) Dallas Buyers Club


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