For, Nov. 7, 2014

In a week with no less than 10 movies opening, the big dogs are two sci-fi yarns, one of them animated. But it's also interesting to see no less than three faith films, two of them set during Christmas.

"Interstellar" (PG-13) is Christopher Nolan's nearly three-hour sci-fi thriller about an endangered Earth and a last-ditch effort by scientists and astronauts to save humanity. Stars include Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.

"Big Hero 6" (PG). Disney's latest animated feature is this offbeat superhero comedy set in a futuristic metropolis called San Fransokyo (San Franciso/Tokyo) where a young robotics prodigy and his creation join a group of crime-fighter wannabes.  

"The Last Straw" (PG) stars character actor Corbin Bernsen (TV's "L.A. Law," "Psych") in what is billed as a true story about a family with bickering children at Christmas that takes a challenge: for each act of kindness performed a single piece of straw can be put in a manger.

"Wayward: The Prodigal Son" (PG-13). The title tells all for this faith film about a pampered rich kid that heads down a bad road and the father who's trying to help, despite discovering he has cancer.

"The Christmas Dragon" (not rated) is a children's film that appears to be a sort of live-action mash-up of "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Lord of the Rings" set against Christmas in a mystical medieval world.

"Laggies" (R). Keira Knightley is a 28-year-old slacker who has yet to grow up in this romantic comedy, although her circle of friends is starting to settle down and her boyfriend has proposed. In crisis she goes into hiding for a week with a teenage girl and her middle-aged single dad (Sam Rockwell).

"On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter" (PG). Sequel to Bruce Brown's 1971 documentary "On Any Sunday," this time focusing on motorcycle racing as an international sport. Directed by Brown's son, Dana.

"Whiplash" (R). A drumming student (Miles Teller) enrolls in a music conservatory and finds himself under the thumb of an exacting (abusive?) music conductor (J.K. Simmons). Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"Citizenfour" (not rated). Documentary about Edward Snowden (interviewed on camera), who became a whistleblower by leaking classified documents that revealed illegal surveillance activities by the NSA. Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

"Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago" (not rated) is a documentary chronicling the pilgrimages of several people of various ages as they undertake a grueling trek across northwestern Spain, each with only a backpack and the boots on their feet. Exclusively at the Tower Theatre.