Movie Night: Must-Sees for October and November

As fall finally begins to set in, it might seem like the lack of warm-weather activities will leave you stuck in the dorm with nothing to do but homework (bleh!). But fear not- movie theaters everywhere are sure to keep your social schedule packed with this season’s latest flicks.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (In theaters now): This sequel to the 80s classic is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a well-made drama. Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gecko, the “greed is good” Wall Street player, and Shia Labeouf steps in as his latest protégé. Douglas and Labeouf showcase their talent in challenging, in-depth roles. Personally, I think Carey Mulligan, who plays Gecko’s daughter, lacks the luster it takes to play her character, but that might just be because she’s dating Labeouf while I’m stuck in my apartment studying for my International Law class.

The Social Network (In theaters now): We may not be proud of it, but it’s true. We’re all on Facebook 24/7- in class, at home, most likely even in our sleep.  “The Social Network” is the story of how the phenomenon started, and its evolution from a simple idea of an Ivy League undergrad to a cultural sensation that affected millions of lives. With a cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland, Zombieland), Brenda Song (of the Disney Channel’s The Suite Like of Zach and Cody) and even Justin Timberlake, this film is sure to be an interesting look at how one website can change the world.

Paranormal Activity 2 (October 22nd): I’ll be honest- I’m not a huge fan of scary movies. During what seems to be even the tamest of horror flicks, I end up under a blanket clinging to a pillow, praying for the movie to end and the lights to come back on.  However, for those of you who love a good scare, check out Paranormal Activity 2. While the basic premise of the movie seems to be fairly similar to its predecessor’s, rumors of how intense the film is are already started to circulate around the thriller-genre obsessed. Plus, with the slew of bad horror films that come out around Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 seems to be the most viable and legitimate option for those looking for something other than fake blood and guts. And even if you’re not into scary movies, this flick will be sure to give you an excuse to cuddle up next to your date.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 19th) All I can say is buy your tickets early, girls. Sure, there will be plenty of fans dressed up as their favorite character, waiting outside to grab their midnight showing tickets as per usual. But this is the first part of the last Harry Potter movie, which means it’s sure to impress with dramatic scenes and action packed sequences. And with Universal Studios opening up The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, don’t underestimate the numbers of new fans who will be excited to see their first Potter film in theaters. This is sure to be a huge blockbuster hit, so don’t miss out on what could be history.


By Kristy Shoulis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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