MikeyB's Monthly Movie Roundup: November / December (2016)

 It's been quite a while since my last "Monthly Movie Roundup" in which I let you know my thoughts on all the new releases from the past month that I saw in theaters. October was pretty much covered by my Horror Movie Marathon and VIFF Coverage so now that all the holidays are over I thought it was best to go back and cover all the films we missed in November and December. So without further delay lets dive right in!

Released Nov 4 2016
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

 This latest entry into the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" turned out to be one of the best films in the series. Cumberbatch is pitch perfect and the world it introduces is new and fascinating.

Released Nov 11 2016
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

 Denis Villeneuve has slowly emerged as one of my favorite directors and Arrival only cements that. This is the kind of smart, slow burn, Sci-Fi movie that rarely gets made these days and it is also one of my favorite films I saw last year.

Released November 18 2016
Director: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell

 I previously gave this fantastic movie a full review right here. Needless to say its the best film set in the "Potterverse".

Released Nov 18 2016
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

 I've got mixed emotions about Manchester by the Sea. On one hand it is slow, sometimes boring and its reveal for Affleck's character comes too soon in the film for me. On the other hand it is heartbreaking, often funny, is incredibly honest in all its portrayals, and features one of the best leading performances of the year. 

Released Nov 23 2016
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox

 Just as outrageous and over the top as its predecessor but with the same undercurrent of actual heart. This is one of the few sequels I find better then the one before. 

Released Dec 16 2016
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

 Here is the thing, Rogue One is a hell of a lot of fun. The final act is seriously some of the best "Star Wars" action ever filmed. The problem is that the trailers promised a completely different movie then what was delivered. They were dark and ominous and full of dread. The finished product is all over the place tonally and shows some serious signs of studio meddling and reshoots. Really hope we get a directors cut when this is finally released on home formats.

 Well that wraps up my roundup of the past two months. Did you see anything I didn't? Conflicting opinion? Please feel free to let me know and as always thanks for reading and I'll see you next time!