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The reel deal [Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)]

November 6, 2013


November and December are great months for movie lovers. Blockbusters are hitting the big screen and there's early chatter about the Oscars. Having trouble deciding which movies to see? Edge staffers previewed a handful of films that are sure to attract local students at the box office.

"Thor: The Dark World," By Mehreen Imam, North Cross School In theaters: Nov. 8

Marvel's all mighty Thor is back on the big screen with his big sequel, "Thor: The Dark World." This movie takes place after the films "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers." In this movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is trying to save the Nine Realms from a mysterious enemy. To destroy this strange race led by Malekith, Thor has to work together with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who the audience last saw being taken away to prison. Will Thor be able to save his world as well as the others? Can Thor and Loki work together after everything they have been through? Find out when you go to the movies.

"Catching Fire," By Elena Hernandez, Cave Spring High School In theaters: Nov. 22

"Catching Fire" is the sequel to "The Hunger Games," both of which are based on the book series by Suzanne Collins. At the end of "The Hunger Games" audiences were left with a suspenseful cliffhanger that upset devoted readers of the novels. Now, Katniss and Peeta are thrown back into the arena to fight for their lives in the third Quarter Quell. The duo faces the challenges of surviving in a new arena. However, the circumstances are now different for the main characters. Much to the dismay of President Snow, a rebellion is spreading faster than fire. What consequences have Katniss' actions from the previous game caused for her loved ones? Will the odds be in her favor? See "Catching Fire" in theaters to find out.

"Frozen," By Roshni Lalchandani, Cave Spring High School

In theaters: Nov. 27

Just in time for the holidays, Walt Disney Pictures presents its latest animated movie, "Frozen." The film is one of the most highly anticipated of the year, especially since the first trailer was released alongside the blockbuster "Despicable Me 2." "Frozen," loosely based on the fairy tale "The Snow Queen," tells the story of Princesses Anna and Elsa. The latter possesses the power to create snow and ice. This blessing, or curse, gets her into some trouble in which she envelops on a journey with the help of her frosty friends to save her kingdom of Arendelle. Actors Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff lend their voices to the principle characters. Don't miss out on this exciting and wintery new film.

"The Hobbit," By Hannah Vandegrift, home school In theaters: Dec. 13

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most well-known children's' classics, next to "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Peter Pan." In 2012, the first part of an ongoing trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was released. This year, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" is the highly anticipated sequel from director Peter Jackson. The movie features impressive CGI-generated scenery, truly bringing the wonder and beauty of Middle Earth to life, and a unique cast of characters, a few of which reprise their roles from the previous "Lord of the Rings" movies. "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" will be an adventure for the Christmas season. Plus, who doesn't love a dragon?

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," By Cassandra Kuhn, Lord Botetourt High School

In theaters: Dec. 20

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his San Diego new team are back in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." In this sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," the San Diego news team heads to the Big Apple for a 24 hour news channel job. Alongside Ron are his co-workers anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), anchor Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports reporter Champ Kind (David Koechner). The much anticipated movie trailer for Anchorman 2 can be viewed on the movie's website at

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