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Fall movie preview part II

The cast of “Black Nativity.” (29973)
The cast of “Black Nativity.” Credit: Fox Searchlight

As promised, in this article we’ll look at movies starring or prominently featuring Black performers in front of the camera, as well as those behind the camera for the month of November.

Morgan Freeman (as Archie Clayton), Michael Douglas (as Billy Gherson), Robert De Niro (as Paddy Connors), and Kevin Kline (as Sam Harris) star in CBS Films’ comedy “Last Vegas.” (29977)

The outstanding talents of Morgan Freeman will be coupled with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas in “Last Vegas.”

In this movie, Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his 30-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and will test their friendship in ways they never imagined.

The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands, and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

“Last Vegas” is scheduled to open Nov. 1.

One of Britain’s hottest actors who is taking America by storm will star in “Thor: The Dark World.” Yes, Idris Elba reprises his role as Heimdall and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje stars as Algrim/Kurse.

When Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a quest to protect her at all costs. Thor has also promised to protect the earth, and this intergalactic war, if lost, could spell doom to the entire universe.

Of course his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is up to his devilish tricks, and betrayals, but a new enemy may spell doom to Thor and his hammer. “Thor: The Dark World” is in theaters Nov. 8.

Get ready, get ready, get ready! Do I seem excited? I am. They’re baaack! Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, and Morris Chestnut reprise their roles from the 1999 film “The Best Man” in “The Best Man Holiday.”

Actually the entire gang is back, but when they reunite over the Christmas holidays, after 15 years, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be re-ignited. Oh, my! It’s going to be a hot mess. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The Best Man Holiday” appears in theaters Nov. 15.

Celebrated actress Viola Davis stars as Major Gwen Anderson and British actor Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

The Earth was ravaged twice by the Buggers, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species.

Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise himself as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is scheduled for release Nov. 22.

A Spike Lee film hits theaters in November. “Oldboy” is directed by Lee and stars Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley.

In this flick, an advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

“Oldboy” is the 21st feature film from Spike Lee, but it’s his first remake. Lee takes from South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film which was proven to be an audience favorite. We have high hopes this film version will do the same. “Oldboy” will be released in theaters Nov. 27.

Just in time for the holidays, “Black Nativity” brings you the best of the best on the silver screen. Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore star in Kasi Lemmon’s film.

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated holiday musical drama, “Black Nativity” follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a streetwise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Rev. Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Rev. Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing and family.

If you think November is hot, wait until you catch a glimpse of December.