Since Halloween has passed, it’s about that time to prepare for Christmas. Too soon? Not in movie land. We have a few seasonal options among the November movies. But there is also a handful of highly anticipated blockbusters to choose from. A month that goes from Whoville to Hogwarts to Sherwood Forest sounds like a good one. Here’s our November movie preview.
November 2nd– Bohemian Rhapsody, Nobody’s Fool, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The studio really missed an opportunity to name the Queen biopic, “Silhouetteo of a Man.” As it is, Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of Queen and legendary front man Freddie Mercury during their rise to stardom. It all culminates with their performance at Live Aid in 1985, a concert widely considered to be one of their best. Rami Malek stars as Mercury.
Tyler Perry’s latest comedy, Nobody’s Fool has Tiffany Haddish playing a woman recently released from prison. When she goes to live with her sister, played by Tika Sumpter, she learns that the sister is being Catfished by a man she met online. Whoopi Goldberg also stars as the mother of the sisters.
Disney is in the Christmas mood with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. A girl from Earth gets transported to the Four Realms mentioned in the title. It is a retelling of the various versions of “The Nutcracker” over the years, but the visuals look a bit like it’s a Christmas Alice in Wonderland.
November 9th– Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, Overlord
The Grinch is back with a new version for the kids of 2018. I’m guessing he’s still “a foul one” and “a mean one” with the “tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile.” Illumination Entertainment, known for Minions and a number of other talking creature cartoons takes on the Christmas icon with Benedict Cumberbatch providing his voice.
The longest title of the month award goes to The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story. We return to the character of Lisbeth Salander for the first time on film since 2011. Now Claire Foy is playing the lead, taking on a much different character than her award-winning performance on The Crown. A mystery with corruption, cyber-criminals and lots of R-rated twists and turns, it’s based on the fourth novel in the “Millennium” book series about Salander.
Taking place during World War II, Overlord is a new sci-fi/ horror film from producer JJ Abrams. A group of American soldiers are tasked with destroying a Nazi radio tower the day before D-Day. When their plane crashes, they have to defend themselves against their enemies, but also killer mutants created by the Nazis.
November 16th– Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family, Widows
The next movie just needs one name mentioned to have fans excited. Albus Dumbledore. The sequel to the 2016 Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this one has been given the clunky title of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Sure Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his creatures are back, but this film brings the historic wizarding conflict of Dumbledore (Jude Law) vs. Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) to the forefront. Also the trailer reveals Voldemort’s snake, Nagini was once a woman! Get ready for plenty of Potter Easter eggs.
Instant Family stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as a childless couple considering taking in foster children. When they inquire about a teenage girl, they learn her two younger siblings “come with her.” So just like that, they’re parents of three. As expected, the couple has some growing pains and comedy ensues. Like Wahlberg repeatedly (accidentally) hitting the boy in the face when they play various sports for example.
There’s quite the writing duo behind the scenes of the crime drama, Widows. 12 Years a Slave writer/ director Steve McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn bring the story to the big screen. Originally an 80s British TV show, the film has a group of widows trying to finish the heist their husbands died attempting. The title characters are played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo.
November 21st– Creed II, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Robin Hood
“If he dies, he dies.” Those were the words of Ivan Drago in Rock IV after beating down Apollo Creed. Well (33-year-old spoiler alert) Creed did, in fact, die. Now their sons are squaring off in Creed II. After the Rocky spin-off, Creed, did so well in 2015, expectations are high for this one. Fans of the franchise will also be excited to see the dynamic between Rocky and Ivan Drago with Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren reprising their roles. Michael B. Jordan plays the lead, Adonis Creed.
Wreck-It Ralph came out all the way back in 2012. But now we have a sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Ralph and his pal Vanellope go on a mission to find a replacement steering wheel for a game at the arcade but find themselves encountering the almighty Internet.
We know Taron Egerton has no problem fighting evildoers because of his tenure in Kingsman. But can he steal from the rich to give to the poor? We’ll see in this latest gritty iteration of Robin Hood. Jamie Fox co-stars as John with Jamie Dornan portraying Will Scarlet. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham? Well that’s frequent villain portrayer, Ben Mendelsohn.
November 30– The Possession of Hannah Grace
Billed as a movie that deals with the aftermath of an exorcism, The Possession of Hannah Grace has a cop (Shay Mitchell) encountering the evil possessor still living in the corpse of the woman who was exorcised at the city morgue.
November movies definitely deliver. Even if you’re not ready for Christmas, there’s plenty of other options out there. I keep forgetting about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But that has to be my pick for the month. It looks epic. My second choice is difficult to pick. From The Grinch to Creed II and Robin Hood, it’s going to be a good month.