Bon Jovi, Flyleaf, Switchfoot lead rock heavy slate of Nov. 10 releases
Lady GaGa joins Wale on his first full-length set
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It’s a small but mighty release week as several platinum acts, led by Bon Jovi, return with new collections. The rush to capitalize on the holiday shopping season is in full effect and won’t slow down until Santa’s sleigh arrives. Time was when the Tuesday before Thanksgiving was the last significant release date, but now expect titles from heavy hitters all the way through Dec. 22, when Mary J. Blige’s “Hip Hop Soul” comes out. In the meantime, here are some of Nov. 10’s top offerings.
Tori Amos, “Midwinter Grace” (Universal Republic): The Cornflake Girl puts her own spin on the holidays on this, her first seasonal CD. Amos takes classics and adds her own interpretation, plus throws in a few originals for good cheer.
Bon Jovi, “The Circle” (Island Def Jam): First single, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” is the type of stadium anthem upon which Bon Jovi has built its 25-plus-year career. There’s more of the same on “The Circle,” plus the accompanying DVD, “When We Were Beautiful,” which looks at the band’s 2007 tour from the stage and behind the scenes.
Dashboard Confessional, “After the Ending” (Interscope): Chris Carrabba-led emo band supreme delivers “After the Ending,” its first album of new material in three years, any way you want it-- The set comes as a 2-CD pack: one disc is the full-band electric version of the songs, while disc two is all acoustic renditions of the same songs.
Flyleaf, “Memento Mori” (A&M/Octone): Female-fronted Texas quintet returns with its second searing collection of hard rock tunes.
Wyclef Jean, “DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean—Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, To the Projects, To the Mansion (Carnival House/Megaforce): On this concept album, Jean takes on the persona of Toussaint St. Jean, who is based on a Haitian revolutionary hero. Are you with me so far? The hip-hop album, delivered as a mixtape of sorts, also features Eve, Timbaland, Maino and Cyndi Lauper.
Switchfoot, “Hello Hurricane” (lowercase people/Atlantic): Switchfoot has a new label—their own-- and a harder sound on its seventh studio album, the first of four new sets recorded at their new home studio.
Wale, “Attention: Deficit” (Allido/Interscope): After a series of well conceived—and received—mix tapes, DC-based rapper releases his first full-length album. And he’s brought plenty of famous friends, including Lady GaGa, Pharrell, Gucci Mane, Bun B and Jazmine Sullivan.
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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