After a month of Vin Diesel kicking alien butt and Insidious scaring us to death, we still have Thor, Katniss, and Bilbo Baggins to round out the rest of the year in movies.
Thor: The Dark World – November 8
After the huge success of The Avengers, Thor is back in his second standalone film titled Thor: The Dark World which opens on November 8. Set one year after The Avengers, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has to save the Nine Realms when a primeval race led by supervillain Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) wants to plunge the universe into darkness. Thor is left with no other choice but to recruit his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) for help.
The Book Thief – November 15
The New York Times Best Seller novel, The Book Thief, is being adapted into a feature film which is due out on November 15. Set in Nazi Germany, we follow a young girl (Sophie Nelisse) and her foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) who are hiding a Jewish fist-fighter (Ben Schnetzer) in their home during World War II.
The Wolf of Wall Street – November 15 (although reports are saying this movie may be pushed till’ at least Christmas)
Director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio are joining forces for the fifth time with their new film, The Wolf of Wall Street. This possible Oscar contender has DiCaprio playing a New York stockbroker refusing to be involved in a security fraud which would involve both Wall Street and the mob.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – November 22
Celebrate your Thanksgiving weekend in a crowded movie theater filled with teenage girls watching the sequel to one of 2012’s biggest hits. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) returning home after winning the 74th Hunger Games. Besides a rebellion brewing up due to Katniss and Peeta’s dual win, the Capitol sets forward with the 75th Hunger Games with the “tributes” being picked from the existing Hunger Games winners. Thus, Katniss and Peeta are in the arena again, this time surrounded by experienced killers.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – December 13
Right before the end of the year (that was quick), Bilbo Baggins returns to theaters in the heavily anticipated sequel to one of 2012’s best, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Following the events of An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) continue their journey with thirteen dwarves to reclaim the dwarf kingdom of Erebor from Smaug the dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Of course, there are many more films coming to theaters between now and Christmas, so keep an eye on your local theater listings (or Twitter where you probably get all your other information) so you don’t miss out on any great films.