Movies Opening in New Haven – Weekend of November 6th, 2014

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Interstellar: Christopher Nolan space epic starring Matthew McConaughey as a man on a quest to save the human race.  Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Matt Damon co-star.  Once upon a time this would have been one of my most anticipated films of the year – but The Dark Knight Rises (and to a lesser extent, The Dark Knight) soured me a bit on the director.

Critics are enamored with the visuals but it appears to suffer from serious story, pacing and character issues.  I’ve heard it compared to Peter Jackson’s King Kong, which does not sound like a compliment.  Anyway, I guess it’s worth seeing on IMAX to savor the expensiveness of it all.

Trailer: Youtube  Rotten Tomatoes: 73%  Metacritic: 73

Personal interest factor: 7

Big Hero 6: Disney animated film very, very loosely based on a Marvel comic book series.  Reviewed by our own Mr. Webb here.

Trailer: YouTube  Rotten Tomatoes: 91%  Metacritic: 75

Personal interest factor: 3

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running The Warriors (1979) Friday and Saturday evening and To Have and Have Not (1944) Saturday and Sunday morning.

The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale is screening Redes (1936) and El Automóvil Gris/The Grey Automobile (1919) as part of their “Vida y Drama de Mexico Film Series” on Friday evening.

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  1. Interstellar is impressive on a technical basis, and provides lots of food for thought, but is kind of a mess plot-wise and, for a movie so steeped in science, kind of dopey sometimes. I’ll have a full review in a few days.

  2. I had to chuckle when even before its wide release last week, Interstellar had an insanely high iMDB rating of over 9 from plenty of votes – it’s as if Nolan fanboys designated it a modern classic even before seeing it! btw the last six Nolan films are currently rated on iMDB in the top 55 films of all time!

    I’ve only seen three of Nolan’s films (The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception) but while I’ve respected the skill and professionalism with which they were made, they left me cold and not films I really want to see again. Come to think of it, I can barely remember anything about The Prestige.

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