November 21, 2013

5 Films You Have Got To See Between Now and 2014

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The year may be close to ending, but that doesn’t mean that you’re only left with the cheesy family-fun Christmas films that come out every year. Here are 5 films you just can’t miss!



The Book Thief

Release Date: November 15

Genre: Drama (Book Adaption)

Name-Drop: Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush

Why Should I See It?

Set in World War II Germany, the story is not only told through the perspective of Germans away from the battlefield, but through the eyes of a child, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nelisse). She’s an orphaned child who goes to live with a foster family. As the title suggests, little Liesel is a book thief, and in WWII Germany, you can just imagine what this act means. The novel lends itself well to the film medium, and it will be satisfying to see it portrayed on screen. With matters of the power of words, childhood, family, and friendship discussed, I expect this film to be a real conversation starter. (Side Note: Criers bring your Kleenex!)

“She would remind him how the sun felt on his skin and what the air felt like to breathe, and that reminded her that she was still alive.” – Liesel Meminger


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


Release Date: November 22

Genre: Action/Sci-Fi

Name-Drop: Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the already immensely talented cast

Why Should I See It?

If you’re a fan of the books and enjoyed The Hunger Games, you probably already have your tickets already! The stakes get higher for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), as she *mild spoiler!* heads back into The Hunger Games and rebellion looms in Panem. It’s said that Catching Fire surpasses the first film in quality, and that is no easy feat! The first film was one of the best adaptions of a novel that I have ever seen.

The film has also had a marketing campaign that has been scarily authentic to the story (This is a good thing! Wait, is it?). Head out to stores and you can buy items emblazoned with the Mockingjay, and even Capitol-worthy make up. Online, you’ll find a Capitol-couture fashion blog, as well as a Capitol twitter that tweets like we’re actual citizens of Panem- And with certain elements of the story connecting with our reality… maybe we are?

“Remember who the real enemy is.” – Haymitch Abernathy


Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Release Date: Only November 23 and 25

Genre: Sci-Fi

Name-Drop: John Hurt, David Tennant, and Billie Piper team up with current cast members Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman

Why Should I See It?

Okay, okay, so this isn’t technically a movie. It’s an extended TV episode- But a momentous one! It’s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and to celebrate, it’s hitting big screens around the world for only two days! With guaranteed appearances by the Sycorax and of course, the Daleks, it is promised to be wild adventure.

Possible unannounced cameos by other former Doctor Who cast members are what really get my inner fan girl going. Although we get to say hello again to familiar faces, of course, we’ll also have to say goodbye all over again. That, along with the fact that this is Matt Smith’s penultimate appearance as the Doctor is enough to break our Whovian hearts all over again. This is an excellent chance for you to start watching Doctor Who, if you haven’t already. So when your Whovian friends say Allons-y, say Geronimo!

“Great men are forged in fire. ‘Tis the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.” – The War Doctor


Release Date: November 27

Genre: Musical/Adventure/Comedy

Name-Drop: Kristen Bell is joined by an all-star cast of Broadway talent: Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana

Why Should I See It?

Why, because it’s currently being billed as “The Greatest Disney Animated Event Since The Lion King,” that’s why! This is not a simple statement to make. Good thing critics largely agree with Disney! It is currently sitting at 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes (It was 100% the day before this post went up). The music was penned by Robert and Kristen-Anderson Lopez; Robert having written songs for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. Also, who knew Kristen Bell could sing? According to previews, she seems to earn her place amongst the voices of other singing Disney princesses.

Anna (Kristen Bell) goes on a search for her sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), who hides an icy secret and places the entire kingdom under an eternal winter. The themes of self-discovery and self-acceptance are two very important messages for people of any age. You can listen to the film’s epic song, “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel, now right here! And if that isn’t enough to convince you… listen to it again! (Did I mention it’s a musical?)

“That’s no blizzard- That’s my sister!” – Anna

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13

Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

Who matters? Benedict Cumberbatch debuts as a dragon, and Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom and LOST’s Evangeline Lilly get expanded roles as elves in this journey

Why Should I See It?

This film is bound to have the same level of action, adventure, and comedic antics as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which was the first in the series. The troop of dwarves and Bilbo Baggins will be meeting elves, men, and finally meeting their largest foe, Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch). It will be interesting to see the elves’ part in this story because they did not have as large of a role in this part of the book as appears in the trailers. But if it means more Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and the debut of Evangeline Lilly? No complaints here! It will also be interesting to see Gandalf’s solo-adventures in connection with the side-plot introduced in the first Hobbit film.

“We have been blind. In our blindness, our enemy has returned.” – Gandalf


So what upcoming films have got you geeking out most? Let me know down below and we can geek out together!


Featured Images belong to 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate Films, Walt Disney, and Warner Bros. Pictures (respectively)

About the Author

Dulce Rosales
Dulce Rosales
Traversing the galaxy as a fourth-year business student at SFU, Dulce always takes a moment to stop and smell the metaphorical roses (Not real ones as she has a slight pollen allergy). She is a passionate fan of being a passionate fan of things. Feel free to geek out with her any time online and off!

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