Sure, we all enjoy going to the movies, but when you add up the ticket prices and snacks, not to mention the time to drive to the theater and the hassle of parking, your “fun” night out could take quite a toll on your nerves and your wallet. Fortunately, November offers some great stay-at-home options.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Stars: Kerry Bishe, Connie Britton, Edward Burns, Heather Burns
Rating: PG-13 for language and some sexual and drug references
Release: November 5
Doing quadruple duty as producer, writer, director and actor, Edward Burns presents a holiday tale about an Irish family reuniting with their long estranged father of 20 years. Christmas is a complicated holiday for many families, often filled with laughs and tears. This comedy / drama deals with the adult children of the aforementioned estranged father and how they learn to cope with his absence and maybe even find a way to forgive him.
Duck Dynasty: I’m Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas
Stars: The Robertson Family
Release: November 5
The strange fascination with the camouflaged bearded duck whistle makers of Louisiana continues with a holiday-themed episode from the A&E television series “Duck Dynasty.”
This family loves Christmas. Miss Kay over-decorates the house while working in the kitchen to prepare the ultimate “Pirducken” (chicken, duck and turkey inside a pig). Phil prunes the Christmas tree with a chainsaw and Willie is elected to play Santa with Uncle Si by his side as an elf. Although unusual, this family is centered on biblical values and has proven to be quite successful beyond duck calling.
Man of Steel
Stars: Russel Crowe, Michael Shannon, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence, action and destruction and for some language
Release: November 12
Though more serious than it needs to be, the origin movie of Superman, Man of Steel, is a far cry from the 2006 Superman Returns. The movie stays faithful to the source material and many families appreciate how Clark Kent is willing to sacrifice himself for the good of humanity. Though rated PG-13, the movie is pretty mild and suitable for most family members.
Voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michele Rodriguez, Samuel L. Jackson
Rating: PG for some mild action
Release: November 12
From DreamWorks, the makers of the Madagascar and the Kung Fu Panda series, came a surprise summer hit featuring a snail, of all things. Due to a freak accident, an ordinary garden snail named Turbo obtains the power of super-speed, which fuels him up with a desire to win the Indy 500. However, as you expect, this also causes Turbo to become self-important and ultimately he learns that no one achieves success without the help of others.
Voices: Cedric the Entertainer, John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Dane Cook, John Cryer
Release: November 19
Disney goes from the world of cars on the ground to new heights in the air in the simply titled, Planes. This animated comedy adventure is about Dusty, a crop duster who had dreams of being something greater. He wants to race and he wants to race fast. Two things get in his way: his lack of speed and his fear of heights. With the help of his friends, Dusty is ready to soar.
Stars: Aston Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Mathew Modine
Rating: PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language
Release: November 26
Jobs is a great movie about renowned innovator and co-founder of Apple Inc.: Steve Jobs. Portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, Jobs was both a genius and one of the most important entrepreneurs of our time. He was able to see the same world we all live in differently. Jobs’ story is a fascinating one, and Kutcher does some of his best acting here. One of the most revealing parts of this film comes about two thirds of the way through, when Jobs finally realizes that he has great success, but no friends.