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Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut are getting the whole gang back together in The Best Man Holiday, and Thor: The Dark World and About Time are continuing their run in theaters during this quiet week of pre-Thanksgiving cinema. These are the movies to check out -- will you be grabbing your popcorn and seeing one of them this weekend?
'The Best Man Holiday' (Nov. 15)
Universal PicturesShort Story: In this sequel to the 1999 flick The Best Man, Malcolm D. Lee's The Best Man Holiday once again follows author Harper Stewart (Taye Diggs), who catches up with estranged friend Lance (Morris Chestnut) 14 years after Lance's wedding. Soon, the two men are reunited with their whole group of college friends, reigniting old flames and revisiting past rivalries. Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "The returning ensemble cast remains eminently watchable here... but the cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing." -- Variety
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%
Good for Kids? The holiday season is a time for wholesome family films, but The Best Man Holiday isn't one of them. Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity, we'd encourage parents to hold off on a trip to the movie theater this weekend.
'Thor: The Dark World' (Nov. 8)
Walt Disney StudiosShort Story: As if saving all of New York City with The Avengers weren't enough, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is faced with yet another monumental task. When met with his most formidable enemy yet, Thor embarks on a dangerous, deeply personal mission that reunites him with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and burdens him with saving Earth. Also starring Tom Hiddleston, who returns as Thor's power-hungry brother, Loki. Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "Is Thor getting dumber, or am I?... With the release of The Dark World, the second film in the series about the hammer-wielding Norse god -- or the third if you count The Avengers -- I’m left with way more questions than I can answer." -- The Washington Post
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%
Good for Kids? For parents of little ones, be warned: Although Thor: The Dark World is only rated PG-13, Common Sense Media does say the film includes "intense battle scenes" featuring plenty of violence.
Click here for the full Common Sense review.
'About Time' (Nov. 8)
Universal PicturesShort Story: When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that all the men in his family -- including himself -- can time-travel, he uses his newfound power with the hopes of getting a girlfriend. The romantic endeavor is easier said than done, but meeting bookworm Mary (Rachel McAdams) changes everything for him. Click here for the official movie site!
What They're Saying: "This is a film that blends genre pleasures with efficient, thematically resonant storytelling and moreover gives its audience a call to action." -- NPR
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%
Good for Kids? Although it has an R-rating for language and some sexual content, About Time isn't the most inappropriate movie out there. With parental accompaniment, teenagers should be able to enjoy the film.
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