So yeah, I kinda missed the October film preview which was a shame but I was determined to get back on track and do one for the remaining two months of 2016 (where did the year go?), with Oscar contender season in full swing now, the big hitters are on the way as is possibly the potentially biggest film of the year revenue wise in Rogue One. The weather’s starting to get frightful but the films are so delightful…. wait that’s a jingle more for December right? Well anyway, here are some prominent November films to come! (Going with US release dates by default)
Hacksaw Ridge – released on the 3rd of November
Directed by Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn.
Biographical war drama based on the real life and real life story of pacifist/non-conscientious objector, army medic Desmond T Doss who served in the US military during WWII an his exploits, having refused to use weapons at all during his time on duty, eventually saving the lives of dozens of his comrades and receiving the medal of honour from president Harry S Truman.
Doctor Strange – release on the 4th of November (US release date, already out in a number of countries)
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg.
Doctor Strange, an origin film on Steven Strange and how he becomes the sorcerer supreme, being a former world renown surgeon who loses his ability to work after a car accident and goes on a journey of self discovery in the intent of finding a cure and a new way of life, in south east Asia, he comes across a new dimension of possibilities and realms.
Arrival – released on the 11th of November
Directed by Denis Villenueve
Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O’Brien.
Sci-fi drama depicting the scenario and outcome of people making, well attempting to make contact with alien species who inexplicably arrive on Earth in several mysterious spacecraft and as everyone seeks answers, a linguist, mathematician and US army colonel are brought on board to try and decipher the aliens intentions and make contact with them before potential war breaks out over the aliens presence.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – released on the 18th of November
Directed by David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel, Jon Voight, Katherine Waterstone, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller.
Harry Potter spin off set in 1920s New York in the same Wizarding world, the story follows magician Newt Scamander who sets about on a mission to find and capture magical beasts that are out loose in the city causing chaos, while darker forces are out at play.
Nocturnal Animals – released on the 18th of November
Directed by Tom Ford
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gylenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laure Linney.
Nocturnal Animals is a psychological thriller following Susan Morrow, an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex husbands’ novel, which she perceives as a veiled threat to her.
Manchester by the Sea – released on the 18th of November
Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Matthew Broderick.
Drama following Lee Chandler, now taking care of his deceased brothers child while dealing with his ex wife and th community he lives in.
Moana – released on the 23rd of November
Directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker
Starring: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Sherzinger, Alan Tudyk.
Animated film set on the island of Polynesia, we see the life of perky navigator Moana who teams up with the God Maui and sets about on a journey to discover a mysterious fabled island.