This month’s edition of ‘In Theatres’ features November’s best new releases including a great mix of fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, and animated films. As usual I have featured the films that I am the most eager to go and see this month, as well as a bunch of extras if my picks aren’t your style.
1) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – In Theatres Friday November 18
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally here, which means the entire Harry Potter fandom can rejoice as a new film allows us to jump back into the wizarding world. This film is the first of the Harry Potter prequel series and is inspired by the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. Eddie Redmayne takes on the lead role of magizoologist New Scamander, while the story follows his adventures to capture the magical creatures he accidentally lets loose in New York. The entire #Pottermania series has been my way of preparing for this film’s release, so if you haven’t already check out the previous posts linked below.
Previous #Pottermania posts: Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
2) Arrival – In Theatres Friday November 11
Arrival is a sci-fi drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve, known for Prisoners and Sicario, featuring Amy Adams in the lead role of linguist Louise Banks. The story follows the arrival of twelve spacecrafts to Earth and the journey to uncover what exactly they are looking to accomplish. The supporting cast is exceptional as Jeremy Renner potrays theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly, and Forest Whitaker plays US Army Colonel Weber. They are all part of the special team created to decipher what the pods mean and what their carriers want from the human race.
3) The Edge of Seventeen – In Theatres Friday November 18
The Edge of Seventeen is a coming of age film featuring Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role of high school junior Nadine. The story follows Nadine as she comes to terms with her best friend and older brother beginning to date. The addition of Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s history teacher should add great punches of humour as a light way to play off the more dramatic moments of her storyline.
- Doctor Strange (In Theatres – Fri Nov 4): is the next superhero film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) featuring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of Dr. Stephen Strange. The story follows neurosurgeon Dr. Strange after a horrific car accident and his consequential discovery of a hidden magical world that can access alternate dimensions.
- Hacksaw Ridge (In Theatres – Fri Nov 4): is a war film featuring Andrew Garfield in the lead role based on the life of combat medic Desmond Doss. He was a religious man who was the only conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honour for his actions in World War II.
- Trolls (In Theatres – Fri Nov 4): is an animated musical film produced by Dreamworks based on the dolls of the same name. The storyline follows best friends Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) who are on a journey to save their village from dangerous creatures.
- Bleed For This (In Theatres – Fri Nov 18): is a boxing film featuring Miles Teller in the lead role based on former World Champion boxer Ginny Pazienza. The story follows Pazienza’s career and his journey back to the top after he is severely injured in an accident and refuses to quit.
- Allied (In Theatres – Wed Nov 23): is a romantic thriller film set during the 1940s featuring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in the lead roles. The story follows two assassins who meet during their secret mission to kill a German official. After the war ends their love story continues, but Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) is accused of being a German spy. Therefore, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) sets out on a dangerous quest to prove her innocence.
- Moana (In Theatres – Wed Nov 23): is Disney’s latest animated film featuring Auli’l Cravalho in the role of Polynesian Princess Moana. She teams up with her hero, demigod Maui (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson), and the two set off on an important journey to a mysterious island.
- Manchester by the Sea (In Theatres – Fri Nov 25): is a drama film featuring Casey Affleck in the lead role of Lee Chandler who becomes the legal guardian of his nephew when his brother is killed unexpectedly. The story follows Lee as he moves back to his hometown, learns how to be a guardian, and comes to terms with seeing his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) on a daily basis again.
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