The movie season may have been rather sluggish these past months after the massive decline of blockbusters making their way to theaters. However, the 2016 movie year is not over yet as a fair chunk of great movies are about to be released in the next two months or so. Since there are so many films to look forward to, let's look at some of the most exciting releases of November.
7. Edge Of Seventeen
- Release Date: November 18
- Director: Kelly Fremon
- Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto
Starting off our list is a drama film/comedy that's really gone under the radar but the movie actually looks really funny and interesting. The movie follows a girl named Nadine who feels like an outcast in society and doesn't have any friends or much hope in general. Things seem to get even worse for her when her best friend begins to date her brother and she feels lonelier than ever.
This movie sparked my attention all the way back when I viewed the first official red band trailer back in July. Edge of Seventeen seems like a really fun and entertaining film that will have lots of laughs and relatable moments to our high school lives while also diving into some deep themes.
The movie seems like it has an original voice while giving off some familiar vibes, mainly from John Hughes — so it looks like we don't have to wait until Spider-Man: Homecoming to get some John Hughes goodness after all! Hailee Steinfeld has always done a great job and I'm anticipating seeing the chemistry between her and what appears to be her teacher that she has a close bond with, played by the magnificent Woody Harrelson.
- Release Date: November 23
- Director: John Musker & Ron Clements
- Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clemente
Moana is the next big animated film from Disney, who has really caught up to Pixar with their recent entries like Frozen and Zootopia — both critical and box office successes. Moana is about a teenage girl who has to go out on a dangerous mission in order to save her mission. She won't be able to do it without the help of her new friend, Maui, who was once a demigod and has many powers such as shape-shifting. Together, they go an exciting adventure with many challenges on their way to defeat.
This Disney animated feature has really interested me because it seems like a fun and entertaining ride. Moana and Maui seem like they will have a really funny relationship and the two characters could really play well off each other. 2016 included many mediocre sequels and reboots and had a lack of original content, so Moana will be a breath of fresh air after the unoriginal summer movies.
5. Army of One
- Release Date: November 4
- Director: Larry Charles
- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, Rainn Wilson, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Paul Scheer
Army of One is based off a true story and comes out next weekend. The movie stars a goofy Nicolas Cage, which actually looks quite funny. Cage's character, Gary Faulkner, is an unemployed handyman that begins to receive multiple visions from God telling him to capture Osama bin Laden. Gary travels to Pakistan to try and complete the mission he is destined to finish. He makes friends and enemies along the way in this epic and hilarious journey that I am very excited to see play out on screen.
There are many reasons why I am looking forward to this movie. First of all, Gary Faulkner could become a really great role for Nicolas Cage and could really slap him back onto the radar once again beyond memes on iFunny. This movie looks like it is going to be a hilarious adventure as the audience gets to witness Nicolas Cage acting like a complete buffoon. Also, as controversial as it may turn out to be, the movie taking stabs as ISIS is probably going to be the best part of the movie. All in all, I'm curious whether or not this movie will live up to its expectations or if it falls short.
- Release Date: November 11
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whittaker
Arrival is an upcoming science fiction and mystery film that has really caught the attention of many movie fans. The movie is about a professor named Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams, who puts together a team after multiple unidentified extraterrestrial ships begin to arrive on Earth. This team attempts to unravel the mystery by trying to communicate with the aliens in a dangerous, life-risking mission that could either save the world or end mankind entirely.
Like the other entries on this list so far, this movie will be a breath of fresh air. While animated movies have definitely been getting more creative these past couple of years, the same thing cannot be said for the sci-fi genre. Studios don't want to take the risk and invest a whole lot of money into an original blockbuster movie because there's a bigger chance that it doesn't perform well compared to a franchise movie like Marvel, for instance. If Arrival does well with the critics and more importantly at the box office, we could see more big-budget original movies come into play more often.
3. Hacksaw Ridge
- Release Date: November 4
- Director: Mel Gibson
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths
Army of One isn't the only movie based off a true story about a hero coming out in November. Hacksaw Ridge is about an army medic named Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who enters World War II with a mentality that killing is morally wrong but still thinks fighting the war is necessary. Without holding a gun in his hand, Doss manages to save over 75 American men and becomes a war hero.
This movie hasn't gained a lot of recognition but it really deserves to be talked about. Hacksaw Ridge looks like an epic war film that could potentially become an instant classic. Andrew Garfield would have been working on The Amazing Spider-Man 3 but obviously, Sony Pictures worked out a deal with Marvel Studios to return the rights of our favorite web-slinger back home and into the MCU, thus ending Andrew Garfield's career in Spider-Man.
However, given the direction of those mediocre films and how great this movie looks, I personally think things worked out for the better for him. The action looks impeccable and overall, the movie seems very intense and emotionally driven and I am very excited to see it.
2. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
- Release Date: November 18
- Director: David Yates
- Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller
The Harry Potter franchise is continuing with a new series of films set in the 1920s focusing around a wizard named Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, who is very intrigued by magical beasts and has found and documents many exotic and unusual magical creatures. However, when traveling through the Muggle city of New York, some of the magical beasts escape from his magical briefcase and now, the Wizarding and Muggle world are put in serious danger.
I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise and while I'm not totally on board with five Fantastic Beasts movies, I am really looking forward to seeing this first installment. I am relieved they spun-off the Harry Potter storyline rather than trying to continue that story. This movie feels very original and could be the start of a new set of beloved characters.
Eddie Redmayne looks like he could hold this franchise up while the rest of the cast look very appealing as well. On top of all of this, I am looking forward to discovering the different types of beasts we are set to see in this movie. Not only do I hope we see new magical creatures but some old-time favorites from the original Harry Potter movies. Overall, I am super stoked to go and check this movie out!
1. Doctor Strange
- Release Date: November 4
- Director: Scott Derrickson
- Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkleson
Doctor Strange is the 14th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it introduces one of Marvel's most majestic characters: Doctor Strange. In this solo-movie, we follow Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is an arrogant neurosurgeon that doesn't care much about anyone else but himself. His whole world turns upside down when he gets into a car accident that breaks his hands and as a result costs him his career. Strange goes on a mission for healing and hope and ends up finding much more than he anticipated — a journey into becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange!
I am really looking forward to every single movie on this list, especially Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, Doctor Strange does reign supreme on this list as it sits at the top spot. A lot of people in the UK were already able to see this movie and the general consensus is very positive. In fact, Doctor Strange has the highest Rotten Tomatoes rating than any other superhero movie before it as it sits in the high 90s! I was able to view a 15-minute preview in IMAX 3-D a few weeks ago and I was blown away at how trippy this movie was. I cannot wait to see the weirdness of Doctor Strange play out on the big screen as everything about this movie seems to be pretty great!
Which movie are you anticipating the most this November?
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