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TMW's Winter 2014 Movie Preview - November

In the second part of our Winter preview, we take a look at the array of movies coming our way this November.*

Editor's Picks:
The Godfather of soul, James Brown, gets the biopic treatment in Get on Up. Chadwick Boseman plays the legend, with The Help director Tate Taylor wielding the megaphone. Stateside reviews suggest this one avoids the usual musical biopic cliches to deliver a suitably soulful tribute to the hardest working man in show business.
Our number one movie of 2010 gets a sequel with Monsters: Dark Continent, though without the creative involvement of Gareth Edwards, who merely acts as executive producer here. This time the action is relocated to the Middle East, where a soldier ventures into the infected zone to retrieve his lost buddy.

Would be blockbusters:
King of the box office Christopher Nolan follows up the much derided The Dark Knight Rises with sci-fi drama Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey leaves his children behind on Earth to travel through a wormhole in space, hoping his quest can save our planet. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and (of course) Michael Caine co-star.
The third installment of the young adult phenomenon, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 gives us the first half of the final novel in Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy. This, along with next year's Part 2, will be the final screen appearance of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Horrible Bosses was a surprise smash hit back in 2011, taking over $200 million on a $35 million budget, so it's no surprise we're getting a sequel. Horrible Bosses 2 features a kidnapping plot, with Chris's Pine and Waltz joining the cast.

World Cinema:
Audiences will finally get to see this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep. The film, running at a lengthy 196 minutes, focuses on a former actor, now running a mountaintop hotel, and his strained relationship with those around him.
German drama Stations of the Cross follows the 14 year old daughter of fundamentalist Catholics as she puts herself through 14 "stations" in an attempt to become a saint. The film adopts the unusual technique of employing only 14 camera setups throughout its running time.

Also Opening:
Idris Elba plays a mysterious stranger who terrorises the family of Taraji P Henson in No Good Deed. This one has had a troubled release history, having been bumped several times from its initial October 2013 release date.
Fans of James Gandalfini can bid the actor farewell when he makes a final appearance in crime thriller The Drop, alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The director of the acclaimed Belgian drama Bullhead, Michael R Roskam, makes his US debut, from a script by Dennis Lehane.
Benedict Cumberbatch's rise continues with The Imitation Game, in which he plays Alan Turing, the maths wizard who cracked the Nazi Enigma code, only to later find himself prosecuted for engaging in homosexual activity. Headhunters' Morten Tyldum directs.
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are twins who get together to reassess their lives after undergoing near death experiences in The Skeleton Twins.
Crash writer/director Paul haggis returns with another story of interconnecting lives in Third Person, set across Paris, New York and Rome. The all star ensemble includes James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger and Adrien Brody.

*Based on UK release dates.