WHAT TO WATCH: NOVEMBER EDITION!
It's officially that time of the year aka one of my most favorite times -- not solely because Christmas is nearing (although that is one reason it's my favorite time of course) but because it's that time of the year when movie studios like to put on many, many free screenings for guild members to attend in hopes that their films will get nominations and hopefully some wins. It's award season consideration time y'all! (Cue Happy Dance!)
I absolutely love going to screenings and hearing talkbacks and Q&As with some actors from the film and the filmmakers! I absolutely love being around like-minded film lovers! I absolutely love this time of the year! :)
Along with all of the screenings, this month is stacked and features a good mix of genres! We have a couple of superhero sequels (from Marvel and DC)! We also have a two time Oscar winner gracing the screen again, and a few indies (independent films), including a film from an award winning female director for Netflix that will be screened same-day in theaters and through their streaming service!
I have my usual "maybe" list and my "if it's your jam" list too! So let's dive right into it! Here's my watchlist (what to see in the theater) for November:
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Roman J. Israel, Esq.
- Justice League
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
THOR: RAGNAROK (Action / Adventure / Comedy)
"Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization."*
Marvel is back with its third movie of the year, and the third Thor installment, with Thor: Ragnarok! I have to admit, the Thor movies are my least favorite of the Marvel film franchise. Don't get me wrong, I like the character, but his movies just aren't my favorite. However, this new installment seems like it's going to be a lot of fun to watch! It's supposedly filled with a bunch of humor, which sounds great!!
We see new additions to the franchise with Tessa Thompson joining the series (who I'm personally a fan of) as Valkyrie, and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett stars alongside Chris Hemsworth as the antagonist Hela!
Mark Ruffalo appears as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki, and Idris Elba is back as Heimdall! Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Ragnarok drops into theaters this weekend, on November 3rd!
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (Crime / Drama)
Roman J. Israel, Esq. "follows a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action."* Two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is back in theaters with this crime drama!
I remember watching this trailer for the first time and seeing Mr. Washington looking quite different! Ha! The hair, the weight -- all of it -- so good! The character seems to be well crafted by Nightcrawler writer/director Dan Gilroy! All of that along with when that beat dropped by Kendrick Lamar -- I knew this was one I had to see! Also, as mentioned in my post about Marshall from last month, I love a good legal drama! :)
Mr. Washington is coming off of his hit film, Fences, from last year -- which got him his first ever SAG Award (yes, you read that correctly -- his first SAG Award)! He's also won two Oscars (for Glory and Training Day) as well! I loved his departure (with Fences) away from his usual "bad ass" character movies (which I also love seeing him as though! Man on Fire is one of my faves of all time)! But he's so extremely talented (which we all know) and I love seeing him get the chance to stretch his chops, like he was able to in Fences. I hope this film (and the character itself) is done well enough to garner Mr. Washington's presence within it!
Also starring Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo, see Roman J. Israel, Esq. when it rolls into theaters on November 22nd!
Mudbound sure seems like it might be an Oscar contender and already has incredible reviews. It's based on a book of the same name by Hillary Jordan, and the story follows "two men as they return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war."*
Director Dee Rees stepped on to the scene with her critically acclaimed film Pariah back in 2011. She most recently wrote and directed the HBO movie Bessie in 2015, starring Queen Latifah (she won a SAG Award for the role). From Jordan Hoffman with The Guardian: "Rees threads the needle of an extraordinary drama, rising with the hardships of the period. Mixing poetic voiceover and gorgeous cinematography, time and again the frame fills with extraordinary observations and grace notes."
The film was shot back in my homestate of Louisiana -- and stars Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige!
Mudbound comes to us distributed by Netflix! I'm adding it to this list because it will hit theaters the same day it premieres on Netflix! I also wanted to mention another viewing option besides watching it at home. I love going to the movies, and one of the reasons I write these "what to watch in so-and-so month" is because I want to encourage y'all to go out and watch more films! :)
Make sure to watch Mudbound, either on Netflix or in the theater, when it premieres on November 17th!
JUSTICE LEAGUE (Fantasy / Action / Adventure)
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and recruits a team, to face an even greater enemy."*
Director Zack Snyder is back with this newest DC installment. In this new DC film, we see Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Superman all come together for this adventure! Okay, I gotta mention how it's very well known that this production has already had its fair share of issues. Reshoot after reshoot after reshoot -- so there has already been a lot of chatter about this film already (a little good, but mostly not so good). Some believe it won't come together properly, especially those critics who didn't like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which premiered last year.
I have to admit, I wasn't too impressed with the first few trailers, but I'm willing to give it a shot. (And let me be really honest, I'm really just here for Wonder Woman!! Read my Wonder Woman post from June here!) :)
After a recent showing in China, the film started garnering a lot of good buzz! I hope it ended up coming together nicely and that it turns out to be a good film!
Check out Justice League, in theaters on November 17th!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Crime / Drama / Dark Comedy)
"In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit."*
Coming off of a recent win (the coveted audience award) at the Toronto Film Festival, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has a really great cast and a solid premise! The initial vibe of this film might seem like a little departure from some films I mention on here that are worth seeing in the theater. I do believe some films are better viewed at home. Of course big, blockbuster films are great on the big screen and in the theater! But some films, however, are better (I have to admit) when watched on a smaller screen (via iTunes or what not).
This film, however, has been getting rave reviews. I'm adding this one to my watchlist because of the performance from Frances McDormand. She kills it in the trailer and I feel like her performance in the film, the whole cast (including Sam Rockwell who supposedly nails it) and this film as a whole is worth catching in the theater (if you can)!
Directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is in theaters on November 10th!
Some Maaaybe Movies I Might See:
- Lady Bird (Drama / Comedy) -- starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Lucas Hedges, from writer/director Greta Gerwig (directorial debut) -- in theaters on November 3rd!
- Wonder (Family / Drama-Comedy) -- starring Jacob Tremblay (Room), Owen Wilson, and Julia Roberts (based on the bestselling novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio) -- in theaters on November 17th.
- Coco (Animated / Adventure) -- starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt (from Pixar/Disney) -- in theaters on November 22nd.
- Murder on the Orient Express (Drama / Mystery) -- starring Kenneth Branagh (who also is the director), Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Leslie Odom Jr. -- (from the bestselling novel by Agatha Christie) -- in theaters on November 10th.
Bonus + If It's Your Jam!
Here are some movies hitting theaters this month that are comedies and that are geared more toward the holidays! I might actually end up catching atleast one of these sometime! We'll see, but here's a small list of some that might fancy your interest:
- The Star: November 17th (and stars my girl Gina Rodriguez and Steven Yeun!)
- Daddy's Home 2: November 10th
- A Bad Moms Christmas: November 17th
There it is folks! November is jam packed and I hope this list helps you to get out there and enjoy the movies! I hope I'm able to attend some extra screenings this month! I'll report back, via Instagram, if so! :)
Happy weekend! :)
[*All movie quote descriptions taken from IMDb; all movie posters belong to their respective owners.]