Well, we’re here. It’s reached below freezing temps in the Big Apple and no one is happy about it. It’s too early! Come on! Well, anyway, the best cold medicine (see what I did there?!) is undeniably the movies. This weekend is the perfect time to snuggle up in the warm comfy chairs of the movies and get away from it all for a few hours. This list might also come in handy over your Thanksgiving break when you’re looking for something to do! Remember, you can buy half-off movie passes through NYU Ticket Central! Never pay full price!
I haven’t heard this many people talking about a movie in a long time. And from the sounds of it, Interstellar is living up to its hype! Interstellar represents more of the thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually stunning filmmaking moviegoers have come to expect from writer-director Christopher Nolan (The Batman Trilogy). The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. You can’t get much better than that! Here’s how it’s billed: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.
All drama students should see this movie. Both a haunting portrayal of theatre and film, this movie really does have something for every Tisch student. Both Edward Norton and Michael Keaton give incredible come-back performances that the Oscar community is already buzzing about. The film is also shot to look like it is all one take, which is compelling enough, throw in some career-defining performances and a great script, and you’ve got a fantastic night out. Here’s how it’s billed: BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Here’s an odd paring: The guy from the State Farm commercials and the kid from The Spectacular Now. Well however odd it may be, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller are tearing up the screen in Whiplash. One of the most exciting movies to come out this fall, Whiplash is an intense, inspiring, and well-acted sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle. If you can’t get tickets to Interstellar and/or BIRDMAN because everyone in town is trying to, go see Whiplash, you won’t be disappointed. Here’s how it’s billed: Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.
The Skeleton Twins
This is by far the most surprised I have been at the movies this fall. Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig give outstanding performances in The Skeleton Twins. Ty Burrell is equally as excellent, though a more minor character. These three comedic actors do not shy away from their funny side. There are certainly some laughs in this movie, but their performances are by far so much more heartbreaking. I sincerely had no idea these three could be so genuinely serious and dramatic. This is the type of indie movie you’ll want to brag to your friends about, the type of movie probably only you will have seen. But it’s so worth it. Here’s how it’s billed: When estranged twins Maggie and Milo feel they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
The Imitation Game
Opening on November 28th, The Imitation Game features an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, illuminating its fact-based story. With a seemingly promising performance from Kiera Knightly, this is a not to be missed film. Catch it before all your friends do so you can lecture them about how you knew about it first. Here’s how it’s billed: In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.
Movies that didn’t make the cut, but you should totally go see:
- Gone Girl
- Dear White People
- Love is Strange
- Art and Craft
- The Theory of Everything
- 20,000 Days on Earth