This Week in Movies - 11/12/14

In which our movie guru tells you what he really feels about what’s coming to the silver screen. Check in every Wednesday for the weekend’s releases, or grab a copy of our print edition to see the whole month.



Release date: November 14
Director: Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner

Attempts to recreate the magic of the 1994 Farrelly Brothers hit Dumb and Dumber have been, at best, as funny as a murder scene. The 1995 Dumb and Dumber animated series continued the misadventures of dimwits Harry and Lloyd, who were joined by a purple beaver named Kitty, for only 13 episodes, while the star-less 2003 prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd was described by Chicago Tribune critic Mark Caro as, “So excruciatingly awful, the word ‘dumb’ could sue for slander.” This sequel reunites Carrey and Daniels with their iconic characters and sends them in search of Harry’s long-lost daughter.



Release date: November 14
Directors: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver, Nate Parker, Danny Glover

Written and directed by filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), this movie premiered to positive reviews at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean, an up-and-coming pop star who wins her first major award before releasing an album. Poised to become an international sensation, the demands of fame nearly drive Noni to suicide, but she is rescued by a young police officer named Kaz (Parker). As the romance between Noni and Kaz begins to heat up, she is pressured by her manager (Driver) to dump the relationship and focus on her career, while he risks a future in politics to be by her side.





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David Onda is Fly Magazine's movie guy. He is an entertainment writer for a national outlet. He's attended and covered the Academy Awards on several (well, 3) occasions for a national outlet. He once made Quentin Tarantino laugh. He has shared an elevator with Bruce Willis, sat in John Waters' living room and has flown in the same airplane as Joan Rivers.

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  1. David Onda’s movie reviews used to be a favorite of mine in Fly Magazine. They were always a “wee bit bitey.” The last issues his reviews have been like Cream of Wheat. Did he have an accident with brain injury? I am bummed!

    • Hi David! Thanks for your comment, and I appreciate your support of the movies section. You’re right. November’s previews were a less “bit bitey” than most months, but longtime readers know that this is typical of November and December, when studios push their best films. It’s always easier to snark on obviously bad films (just wait until January), but hard to get away with when talking about seven highly-anticipated holiday films. Rest assured, the accident only damaged the portion of my brain that controls short-term memory. In conclusion, thank you for your response to my Craigslist ad. The entertainment center is in near-new condition with just a few scratches. I’m asking for $25, but would consider other offers or trades. Thanks again. — D.O.

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