Jean TellerWhile not quite as quiet as October was, November promises to be easy on my pocketbook when it comes to movies. I see five or six that might draw me away from my books. So without further ado, here we go. Again, I’m listing a number that sound interesting; well, interesting for some people, anyway.

The Box : Starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella, The Box looks more than a little creepy. And what is with all the scary movies these days? Anyway, this one has Diaz and Marsden as an unhappy couple who are faced with a dilemma: open the box and gain a million bucks while killing someone they don’t know. What to do? Rated PG-13, The Box opens November 6.

The Box stars Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol: In the animated style of Polar Express and Beowulf (and adapted for the screen and directed by Robert Zemeckis), this retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic features the voice talents of Jim Carrey (as just about everyone), Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright Penn. Rated PG, Disney’s A Christmas Carol opens November 6. 

Disney's A Christmas Carol stars the voice talents of Jim Carrey, among others.

The Fourth Kind: While I love supernatural tales, I may have to wait for The Fourth Kind to come out on DVD. That way I can stop it if I get too scared; I don’t particularly like screaming or jumping out of my seat when I’m in a crowded movie theater. This supposedly-based-on-a-true-story movie stars Milla Jovovich as a psychologist in Nome, Alaska, who treats traumatized patients only to discover they’ve all had close encounters of the fourth kind (abduction). Rated PG-13, The Fourth Kind opens November 6.

jean teller
11/5/2009 12:12:12 PM

Cindy, if you go to see The Box, let us know what you think, pretty please?! I like the three main actors - just not sure I can handle a scary movie. Have I mentioned that I'm a wimp when it comes to scary?! :) I haven't seen much Twilight Zone (either incarnation), again with the wimpiness. Dave, I agree. Not much at the theaters in recent memory. I used to go to three or four movies a weekend; nowadays it's maybe two a month. I think (although I can't be certain) that I'm becoming more discerning with my choices. Of course, it could simply be that Hollywood is producing more crap. LOL I enjoyed Defying Gravity too. Too bad ABC yanked it. I remember reading something that indicated the network would air the remaining episodes, but I'm not holding my breath. That one may be one I buy on DVD - just to see what's behind the door! Love FlashForward. I'm behind a couple of eps tho - Thursday nights are tough for me - seven hours of TV on one night! And I enjoy Stargate Universe too - not sure how they're going to sustain it for a long run tho. I may have to do another TV post soon! Vicki, I'm with you on both The Road and Precious. I sometimes wish my nieces and nephews were closer so I have an excuse to go to the movies aimed at the younger set. Although with Planet 51, I'll go to the theater no matter what! :)

10/31/2009 10:54:28 PM

Jean, The Road looks to be a good one-but I saw a preview of Precious and it just looks too hard to watch in a movie theater. The kids movies looks good too -can't wait till the grandson gets big enough to take him. vickie

nebraska dave
10/29/2009 9:12:00 PM

Jean, I don't know. None of those really sound all that thrilling to me. I think I'll just stay home this month and watch syfy on TV. What ever happened to the days when in the movies good guys were the cops and bad guys were the crooks. I found a couple new shows on the ABC network of all places. I hardly ever watch the ABC network. They have a show called Defying Gravity that's about a mission to Mars or so it starts out but becomes something quite different. Then there's FlashForward where all the people in the world blacked out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds at the same time. During this time they all had a glimpse of what they would be doing exactly six months into the future. And then of course there's the new Stargate Universe. Their always right on the edge of death type experiences. How long the directors can keep that up I don't know but so far I like it. Thank you so much for the reviews. Keep up the good work.

cindy murphy
10/29/2009 7:01:31 PM

Oh! Oh, oh, oh! I can't wait to see The Box. I remember watching a Twilight Zone episode called "Button, Button" (not the old black and white Twilight Zone, but when in came back on television, in the 80's, I think). I'm not sure if "The Box" is based on this episode, or on the short story that "Button, Button" was based on. I read once that the author of "Button, Button" hated the way the Twilight Zone episode was resolved; his ending was much different. It'll be interesting to see which ending The Box follows, or if it's completely different all together. And shhhh...I'm not telling how either "Button, Button" versions end.

jean teller
10/29/2009 4:50:53 PM

KC, I may add a number of these to my Netflix Q too. Not sure I'll be able to handle Precious, tho it does sound interesting. And Men Who Stare at Goats may be too over-the-top even for me. :) Pirate Radio, tho, is definitely on my to-see list.

kc compton_2
10/29/2009 4:44:12 PM

Oh, and "Pirate Radio." That looks like a lot of fun.

kc compton_2
10/29/2009 4:37:10 PM

An amazingly few of those are calling my name--really surprising to any who know what a movie hound I am. The only one that might actually draw me to a theater is "Precious." Although "Men Who Stare at Goats" also looks fun. Most of these will wait for Netflix, or nothing at all. Looking forward to hearing your review. :=] --KC

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