Movies of the Week: Doctor Strange, Loving and Hacksaw Ridge

Yes you read the header of this post correct! I believe that this will be the first time, I will cover three films in one weekend on this blog and I will provide reviews on all of them! Buckle up everyone because this November is going to be packed with some of my most anticipated films of the year, not to mention potential contenders for next year’s Oscars are going to be out in full force and the start of November begins with a BANG!

Esteemed-yet-arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange suffers a calamity of a personal nature and travels to the ends of the Earth to remedy his pain but the world of science cannot help him. At his lowest point, he opens himself to the mystic arts to awaken his true potential and he becomes pivotal to defending the world as he knows it from a maniacal necromancer. Doctor Strange finally arrives in theaters this weekend!

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writer: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt.

Expectations: This installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is visually delirious and features a star-studded cast! I have high expectations.

My second featured film for this week is a historically groundbreaking tale that has forever altered the landscape of American society. Many years ago, it was considered unconstitutional and perhaps immoral for people of different races to cohabitate as man and wife and yet Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter joined together in the bonds of matrimony and when word spread about their marriage, society was quick to dub their action as a scandal yet they did nothing wrong. Loving is a true story about two people who changed the world by simply falling in love in the face of societal adversity.

Director: Jeff Nichols

Writer: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Martin Csokas, Michael Shannon and Chris Green.

Expectations: This movie has the makings of a genuine Oscar contender if the story is captured as tenderly as the trailer suggests.

The third and final featured film of this week is a work from Mel Gibson and follows the story of a man who became a legend during World War II without firing a single shot. Hacksaw Ridge is essentially the story of Desmond Doss, a young man who enlisted in the army to serve his country but what sets Doss apart from other soldiers is that he refused to arm himself; he joined the army to save lives and went into warzones without a weapon, earning the sneers and disrespect of his fellow soldiers but earned their respect by sheer courage, determination and the drive to save lives.

Director: Mel Gibson

Writers: Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Matt Nable and Richard Roxburgh.

Expectations: I’m hearing whispers that this could be a major player during awards season and Mel Gibson aims to deliver a powerful film. I don’t want to be disappointed.

 

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