The 2013 Film Release Calendar: November

The Film Release Calendar is something I do each year to preview the upcoming year’s slate of films. It started as both a way for me to start paying attention to what was coming out (since I was really slacking around the time I started the blog) and to be able to see how well I know myself and how much I know exactly what I’m gonna think about a movie before I even see it.

What I do is, I go through the list of films scheduled to come out in a given year (using my go-to article, Wikipedia’s year in film article), month by month. I write down what they’re about, who’s in them, and generally what my thoughts are on what I see. And then I guess what I think I’m gonna rate it when I see it. Because at this point — I’ve seen so many movies — I know what a movie is gonna be. I’m running about a 70% correct percentage on guessing stuff in January. Plus, that aside, it also gives me a chance to see what movies, come the end of the year, surpassed (or fell way below) my expectations (or everyone’s). So it’s not all just a chance for me to talk about how awesome I am (since, believe me… I’m gonna do that anyway).

Today, we’re looking at all the films that are currently scheduled to come out in November:


Mr. Peabody and Sherman

That’s what this is?

A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.

It’s DreamWorks.

Honestly, why bother reading any more? I already know what I’m giving it.

3 stars, probable 2.5.

Ender’s Game

Pretty much everyone I know has read this book.

I haven’t.

That’s not to say I won’t. I just haven’t. So I go into this with zero expectations.

70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

I was told what the plot of this is, and it sounded interesting, but I’ve long since forgotten it.

Mostly all I know is — Gavin Hood is directing, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, and Viola Davis are starring. And since people generally regard it as a good book — 3.5 stars. I don’t know what I’m getting. It might be 4. Might also be 3. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. That’s the best I have, with so little information.

One Direction Concert Movie 3D

I only do this as a warning. This will not be mentioned by me again in these articles.

Thor: The Dark World

The first Thor was a 3.5 star movie the first time, and a 3 star movie after that.

I’m gonna dispense with the bullshit and just say 3 stars up front. I’m getting real tired of Marvel and their stuff, and it’s starting to get boring and monotonous. The same shit over and over again.

Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith who threatens to plunge the universe back into darkness after the events of The Avengers.

Whatever. Everyone is back, and they added some people.

I assume it’ll be watchable and enjoyable, but I’m almost certain I won’t give a shit about it. I didn’t give a shit about the first one.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Oh, something tells me this won’t be as enjoyable as the first one.

The continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen, which take place in a futuristic dystopian world, as she prepares for the Quarter Quell.

Basically, what I’m told about this is — now an uprising starts to happen, and there’s some political shit going on, and then somehow Katniss ends up again having to do a Hunger Games, because she volunteers or something like that. Whatever the deal is. It seems like Battle Royale II, essentially.

Someone told me the beats of the final two books — they seem not as interesting. They’re more political, and apparently Katniss turns into a whiny bitch by the third one — whatever.

The first movie was a solid 4 stars for me, and I really enjoyed how they did it. This one — I expect 3.5 stars. I don’t think they’ll drop to 3 that quickly. I hope it maintains interest as the first one did, but I don’t know if it will. So, we’ll see.


A mountain climber and a young girl named Anna journey through snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.

Honestly — it’s Disney. And snow, and the ability to animate all of that — I’m sold.

5 stars.

Fuck it, let’s go for it. I’m sure it might only be 4 or 4.5, but I want to get some 5 star guesses in there, and Disney is on such a roll lately — I’ll go with it. I hope this is darker and more serious than their usual stuff. Not too dark. Not like, Black Cauldron dark, but just enough so it feels like a legitimate movie and not Disney. Not that Disney isn’t legitimate. I just — imagine sitting down to watch this, expecting something like Tangled, and then you got a straight adventure movie, and by the 40 minute mark you forgot this was Disney and was even animated and were just watching the story. That’s my hope for this. I’d love if they could do that.

Of course — not gonna happen. But still, one dreams.

I’m sticking with 5 stars, even though I full expect either 4 or 4.5 here.

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Tomorrow we round out the calendar (of stuff that’s already settled into dates) with December.

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