November 2014 Primer: The Books, Movies, Music & Games Coming Your Way This Month

Above: The movies, music, books and games coming your way this November

The days are getting shorter, the weather is starting to turn – good thing there are a number of worthwhile indoor options for entertainment in November.

Here’s our look at what’s coming your way this month.

Calling All Console Soldiers

Call of Duty is one of the most popular franchises of all-time and this month, the latest installment of the first-person shooter hits consoles. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops on November 3 on both XBox and PlayStation system. Whether you like blasting your way through the story or going head-to-head againsts friends and strangers alike online, chances are you’re going to get wrapped up in the next entry into the COD library.

Binge Watching Alert: The Sopranos

The Blu-Ray version of HBO’s critically acclaimed series hits stores on Tuesday, November 4, giving you all six seasons of life with Tony, Carmela, Christopher, Junior and the rest of the New Jersey mob. The Sopranos remains one of the most beloved and praised programs to ever grace television screens and is a must-add to any DVD collection. How you choose to consume all 86 episodes (plus bonus material) is up to you.

Interstellar Arrives in Theatres November 6

Christopher Nolan heads to outer space in his first directorial effort since wrapping up The Dark Knight Trilogy. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Interstellar focuses on a team of astronauts that travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet. Joining Nolan’s latest effort in theatres this week are Disney’s Big Hero 6 and the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Call of Duty not your video game cup of tea? Option 2 this month is the latest addition to the Assassin’s Creed family, Assassin’s Creed Unity, which hits all major platforms on November 11. Set in Paris during the French Revolution, Assassin’s Creed Unity introduces cooperative multiplayer capabilities for the first time in the series’ history.

Steve Carell Gets Serious in Foxcatcher

Don’t be surprised if Carell earns an Oscar nom for his portrayal of paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire coach John du Pont in this month’s Foxcatcher. Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball), the film traces the real life story of Olympic wrestlers Mark and David Schultz and their relationship with du Pont. Miller received the Best Director Award at Cannes and the film has be praised by critics. Foxcatcher gets a limited release on November 14.

Looking for Something to Read?

Michael Connelly and James Patterson both return with two of their recurring characters this month, as the former brings Detective Harry Bosch back in The Burning Room, while the latter adds Hope to Die to the Alex Cross collection. Stephen King fans can pick up the prolific horror master’s latest, Revival, while basketball heads can dive into long-time Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim’s Bleeding Orange.

Diverse Concert Line-up for November

Usher brings his high energy stage show to Toronto and Vancouver at the beginning and end of the month, respectively, while Motley Crue regroups yet again for “one last hurrah.” Additionally, Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman are going across the country and singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is touring in support of her latest, Shine On.

Grand Theft Auto V

Continuing in the “new offers from established titles” gaming trend this month, Grand Theft Auto V arrives for PlayStation 4 and XBox One midway through the month, once again offering gamers a chance to cause mischief and mayhem. Grab a car, pick your favourite radio station and get on your way – just know that your actions might bring unwanted attention from the police.

Katniss is Back!

Arguably the most anticipated film of the year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I arrives in theatres on November 21. Picking up where Catching Fire left off, this third installment in The Hunger Games series finds Katniss in District 13 as the reluctant symbol of rebellion and hope for the people of Panem. If massive blockbusters starring the always excellent Jennifer Lawrence aren’t of interest, check out Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He should find himself opposite Carell in the Oscar race.

More Horrible Bosses

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are back for another comedy caper centered around their miserable employers. The first one had its moments – most notably Day singing “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings and Jennifer Aniston as his sex-hungry boss – and after raking in more than $200 million worldwide, a follow-up was inevitable. Joining the group this time around is Chris Pine, who seems to be popping up in just about everything these days, and Christoph Waltz.

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