This Weekend in Cinema – 11/27/2014 – Turkey Trot

Posted: November 27, 2014 in This Weekend in Cinema
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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! Second of all, here we go.

The Blockbuster Report

Film releases are staggered this week, with Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 being released yesterday, and The Babadook and The Imitation Game appearing in limited release tomorrow.

As you can expect based on seeing the trailers, Horrible Bosses 2 is just plain horrible. Penguins is ok, nothing too special, but a decent family film. The limited release films are what you really want to see. The Babadook is possibly the best horror film of the year. Its an Aussie film that debuted early in the year in its native land and is finally reaching the U.S. Its scary, and it has a great story. The Imitation Game, led by Benedict Cumberbatch in the leading role, is about Alan Turing, the man who led a rag-tag team of geniuses in decoding the Nazi Enigma codes in World War II. Cumberbatch delivers an amazing performance.

Must See: The Imitation Game

Certainly Worth Your Time: The Babadook

Hmm, OK: Penguins of Madagascar

Stay Away: Horrible Bosses 2

Where do They Come From?

  • Horrible Bosses 2: Sequel
  • Penguins of Madagascar: Prequel/Spin-off of the Madagascar series
  • Mockingjay, Part One: Adaptation of the novel.

Original: 43

Adaptation: 42

Sequel/Prequel: 17

Remake: 1

Re-release: 2


These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely. International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.

DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.

1) Boyhood ( – )
2) Whiplash ( – )
3) Birdman ( – )
4) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
5) Nightcrawler ( – )
6) The Lego Movie ( – )
7) Foxcatcher ( – )
8) Gone Girl ( – )
9) Interstellar (+1)
10) Guardians of the Galaxy ( -1 )

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