Pick of the Litter – November 2015

BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Spectre

Spectre

(MGM/Columbia) Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci. With the success of Skyfall, setting the new franchise box office record, James Bond is back and stronger than ever. Here he discovers that a sinister criminal organization has ties to his own past as his search for answers leads to places that he doesn’t want to go while MI6 is undergoing tribulations of its own. Bond films are always greeting with heavy anticipation with the fans; this one has a higher bar than usual to live up to but has most of the behind-the-camera team returning to give it the opportunity to break some records of its own. November 6

INDEPENDENT PICKS

What Our Fathers Did A Nazi Legacy

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

(Oscilloscope Laboratories) Niklas Frank, Philippe Sands, Horst von Wachter. The children of Nazi Germany were not all Hitler Youth; some were the sons (and daughters) of men who committed terrible atrocities against humanity, or men who did nothing while those atrocities were committed. Some of these children, now old men and women, have never come to terms with the actions of their fathers, while others have become embittered. Still others have learned to accept what their fathers have done and have moved on. This moving documentary looks at the effects of these men on their children which reverberate in their lives and those around them even to this day. November 6

Shelter

Shelter

(Screen Media) Jennifer Connolly, Anthony Mackie, Amy Hargreaves, Bruce Altman. Two homeless people in New York City find each other and find love in the most extraordinary of circumstances. This, actor Paul Bettany’s first film as writer and director, couples powerful performances from Connolly and Mackie and a timeless story of the power of human will in the face of adversity to make a movie that may well be one of the most powerful films to hit theaters this month. November 13

Kilo Two Bravo

Kilo Two Bravo

(Honora) David Elliot, Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle, Benjamin O’Mahony. A British army squad, fighting in Afghanistan finds themselves literally caught in a minefield. With one of their number already down, they are trapped in a dried riverbed with no way out other than through courage and sacrifice of the sort most people will never have to face. This taut war suspense thriller was nominated for a BAFTA and is based on an incredible true story. November 13

Spotlight

Spotlight

(Open Road) Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber. A team of investigative reporters for the Boston Globe that called themselves Spotlight became aware of a story involving Catholic priests molesting young boys and then being quietly moved from parish to parish without the knowledge of the parishioners who would entrust the care of their sons to these pedophiles. The ore they dug, to the shock of the reporters – many of them Catholic themselves – the greater the dimension of the story grew. This festival favorite which is now getting some Oscar buzz is based on the true story that shook the Roman Catholic church to its very core. November 20

Stink!

Stink!

(Area23a) Jon J. Whelan, Leonard Lance, Cal Dooley. It all began with a Christmas present; a pair of child’s pajamas with a strange odor when they were taken out of the package. A single dad decides to look into this; calls the manufacturer and is shocked to discover that some of the chemicals that go into the pajamas are “proprietary.” This takes him on a crusade to take on the trillion dollar chemical industry and find out what precisely we are putting on our bodies – and in them. November 27

 

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