1. Interstellar

November 7

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In a season packed with ensemble narratives, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar looks to run the table in every category: performances, story, direction, music, cinematography, originality, artistic integrity, etc.  Many wondered what post-Batman Nolan would look like, and it appears we do now.   After implementing IMAX on his last three films: The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises, Nolan’s ambitions with the camera hit a new tier when he elected to install one in the nose of a Learjet. Plot details are few and far between, other than the fact that it follows the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne and that it stars Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, “True Detective”) as an engineer who would give up seeing his children again to travel through a wormhole which would subsequently save humanity.  In addition to Oscar-winner McConaughey, Nolan rounded up a supremely gifted cast: Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, and Ellen Burstyn.  Like The Hobbit, these two blockbusters put the story as a cornerstone instead of a name or a big budget-which help, but aren’t the foundation for a memorable film.

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