Its going to be a November to remember! Brace yourself for this moviemania
Doctor Strange (Release Date: November 4)
At this point, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built up so much audience goodwill with its string of hits that adding magic and mysticism to it seems like no big deal as this point. Still, Doctor Strange could set the tone for films to come, as it adds complexity and layers to the franchise as well as a charming new leading man in Benedict Cumberbatch.
Hacksaw Ridge (Release Date: November 4)
Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but the man has a keen eye for visual storytelling. As a director, he scored mountains of awards for Braveheart and the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time with The Passion of the Christ. So Hacksaw Ridge already came pre-loaded with high expectations, as it marks Gibson’s return to the director’s chair for the first time since Apocalypto a decade ago.
Arrival (Release Date: November 11)
Films that chronicle the initial meeting between mankind and extra-terrestrial life often use that scenario to explore all kinds of meaningful themes about what it means to be human, our place in the cosmos and the truth of the human spirit. By all accounts, Arrival looks to keep that tradition intact. Throughout its festival run, the Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) film has become a favorite going into the fall and could earn star Amy Adams her sixth Oscar nomination.
The Edge of Seventeen (Release Date: November 18)
Teen comedy/drama has a long history of box office appeal, dating at least as far back as The Breakfast Club. More recent examples like Juno and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have captured the bittersweet nature of your adolescence to great effect. Now The Edge of Seventeen — the directorial debut for screenwriter Kelly Fremon Craig (Post Grad) aims to cover similar ground.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Release Date: November 18)
Five years ago, fans grieved for the end of the Harry Potter film series, perhaps believing that author J.K. Rowling’s imaginative and magical world would never again hit the big screen. Yet, here we are just weeks away from the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in an ambitious slate of new films to be set within the same world as The Boy Who Lived.
Manchester by the Sea (Release Date: November 18)
Sometimes, a smaller release makes such a consistent impact in the critical community that cinephiles can’t help but anticipate having the chance to see it for themselves. Such is the case with Manchester by the Sea. Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s (You Can Count on Me) latest film — shot and set in the titular Massachusetts town — was among those to make the biggest splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Allied (Release Date: November 23)
Naturally, Allied then is one we’re incredibly curious to check out. The romantic thriller centers on a real-life tale of a pair of assassins (Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard) who fall in love and how their connection is compromised during World War II.
Bad Santa 2 (Release Date: November 23)
Unlikely holiday favorite Bad Santa may have only earned $60 million back in 2003, but that modest box office haul only represents a fraction of the film’s now-ardent fanbase. In the years since its theatrical release, Billy Bob Thornton’s profane, alcoholic con man has become an annual tradition for those in search of a less-than-cheery way to celebrate. Enter Bad Santa 2.
Moana (Release Date: November 23)
Disney is on a roll this year. In addition to mega-hit films like The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory, the company is also determined to keep the second Disney Renaissance (which arguably began with Tangled in 2010) going strong. March brought the universally beloved, $1 billion grosser Zootopia, and now Moana is destined to book-end the year with Walt Disney Animation Studios hits.
Lion (Release Date: November 25)
Garth Davis makes his feature directorial debut with Lion, the story of a young man (Dev Patel) searching for his family after 25 years. Based on Saroo Brierley’s own non-fiction account of his life, the film — which made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September — may be the best chance yet for Patel to prove his mettle as a leading man since Slumdog Millionaire eight years earlier.