ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Ah, Thanksgiving, a time for turkey (or, tofurkey, of course), togetherness and hardcore family time. Sitting around the dinner table with your loved ones is one way to connect, but there is nothing like a good movie to bring people together and here are Movie Pilot's top picks to see in theaters this holiday season.

November 3

1. 'Thor: Ragnarok'

There is nothing like a full-blown Marvel romp to get everyone in high spirits, and early reviews suggest that Thor: Ragnarok is more fun than its titular character can shake a hammer at.

Vividly injected with Taika Waititi's infectious sense of humor and catapulting viewers on a truly transcendent journey through space in full IMAX glory, this is a movie that all the family is sure to enjoy.

November 10

2. 'Murder On The Orient Express'

Who wants to debate with grandpa about how the original was better? Well, Murder on the Orient Express is the movie for you! Based on the 1934 novel by legendary crime writer Agatha Christie, this 2017 remake features a stellar cast crammed with the likes of Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh and Daisy Ridley.

With such acting pedigrees on board and sumptuous period styling, Murder on the Orient Express is sure to deliver a movie full of twists and turns, even if you do already know the answer to the whodunnit.

3. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

[Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
[Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

A movie about the rape and violent murder of a teenage girl might not seem like prime Thanksgiving material, but this wildly acclaimed Martin McDonagh dark comedy is centered around an impassioned quest for justice that gives it real heart.

Taking its title from the three billboards the victim's mother rented to highlight police shortcomings in her daughter's case, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a wildly original movie that viewers won't forget in a hurry.

November 17

4. 'Justice League'

Not letting Marvel's Thor offering steal all of the thunder this Thanksgiving, DC has pulled out the big guns and thrown together an ensemble movie with a more expansive portfolio of superheroes than we've ever seen on the big screen before.

The hype behind this movie that draws the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash and Aquaman together is enormous and the 17th of November is the date to see if Justice League has the strength to live up to it.

5. 'Wonder'

[Credit: Lionsgate]
[Credit: Lionsgate]

Following a fifth grade kid who has facial differences entering a mainstream middle school for the first time, Wonder is a truly uplifting Thanksgiving movie that has huge potential to warm the hearts of the whole family.

With a masterful performance from the supremely talented Jacob Tremblay (Room) as the spirited August Pullman, this Stephen Chbosky directed movie explores themes of compassion and acceptance in a deeply moving way.

Thanksgiving - November 23

6. 'Coco'

Produced by Pixar and released by Disney — both studios who know how to bring the warm fuzzies in a big way on Thanksgiving — Coco promises to be a visually stunning piece of magical storytelling for the holiday season.

Following a young boy named Miguel who is drawn by his passion for a musician named Ernesto de la Cruz to fight his family's generations-long ban on all things musical, Coco takes us on a deep dive into the land of the dead and shows the value of pursuing what you love.

7. 'Darkest Hour'

Starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, this tense World War II drama tracks the turbulent beginnings of conflict with Nazi Germany and shows Churchill battling to retain his principals while his own party plots against him.

Offering a more adult alternative to Disney's Coco, it's a real gamble to release this tense drama on the traditionally family friendly Thanksgiving, but here's hoping it pays off.

Which movie are you and your family going to go and see this Thanksgiving?


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