We have some good news: November is looking like a great month for movie-goers. With Christmas and holidays just around the corner, Hollywood has gifted us with some fantastic blockbusters—whether you're into music, action or comedy, there's something for everyone.
Here are the best movies to catch at the theatre this month—grab an extra large popcorn and a chocolate coated ice cream, sit back and relax.
Start the month off with an everlasting classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Directed by Bryan Singer, the man behind legendary films such as the X-Men series and The Usual Suspectstakes his audience back to the building blocks of the iconic rock band as well as the bumps along the road to success. Join the emotional rollercoaster of their humble beginnings and tragic news of lead singer, Freddie Mercury’s, diagnosis of HIV which later developed to AIDS, leading to his death.
If you love action and adventure movies, then Overlord is a must see. The story is set during the 1944 Normandy landings, where several American soldiers are stuck behind enemy lines after D-Day. The soldiers soon discover that Nazi soldiers aren’t the only obstacles they need to cross to break free and join forces with a French villager to defeat enemies unlike anything the world has seen before.
The Girl In The Spider’s Web
The fourth instalment of the best-selling and award-winning Swedish crime novels Millennium is taking the screen this November. The Girl in the Spider’s Web features an all new cast from David Fincher’sThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and is directed by Fede Alvarez, known for Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe. The story follows computer hacker Lisbeth, played by Claire Foy, on her quest to rescue and seek vengeance for battered women. During her quest, Lisbeth finds herself caught in a spider web of corrupt government systems and secret spies.
Legendary Kiwi actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand stars in Dorthe Scheffmann’s feature debut, Vermilion. It tells the story of Darcy, who is a composer who has the gift of synaesthesia—the ability to see music in colour. She begins to notice the colours changing to an intense red which she later realises is a sign there are big things ahead this summer. Bringing together mothers, daughters, friends and neighbours as they plan for a wedding, Darcy creates the time for music and reflection ahead of a final, big decision. New Zealand only.
They Shall Not Grow Old
Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson presents his newest masterpiece, They Shall Not Grow Old. Jackson takes the audience back to the First World War with original archival footage dating back more than 100 years. Using cutting edge technology, the footage is restored from black and white to high definition quality as if it was filmed yesterday. The collection of raw footage shows a true insight of the everyday lives and stories of the soldiers and the reality of war.
Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams
Coldplay is a staple on any playlist and their new documentary film, Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams should be a staple for your November line-up of movies. The director, Mat Whitecross knew the four members of the band before the came together as Coldplay and documented the incredible 20-year journey from the first rehearsal to performing in Cambden pubs to filling stadiums all around the world. The movie uses extensive never-seen-before footage taken during their incredible Head Full Of Dreams Tour, which played to more than five million people around the world.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
It has been more than seven years since the release of the last Harry Potter film and we can’t to let go. Thankfully, the director of four of the Harry Potter series and J.K Rowling herself are back with the second part of the Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald. Starting from where they left off in the previous film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Gellert Grindelwald manages to escape custody and has secret plans to take over the muggles. In order to stop Grindelwald, Dumbledore seeks help from his former student, Newt Scamader. But little does Newt know what he is getting himself into as Dumbledore keeps Grindelwald’s agenda hidden.
The Old Man & The Gun
Based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker, otherwise known as Woody Tucker, The Old Man & The Gun tells the story of the man who has managed to escape prison 18 times. This film is focused on Woody’s escape from San Quentin at the age of 70, and stars two-time Academy Award winner, Robert Redford and Interstellar’s Casey Affleck.
Writer Sean Anders of We’re The Millers is coming in hot this November with his new film, Instant Family. This new comedy film has a stellar cast, including Ted’s Mark Wahlberg and Neighbours’ Rose Byrne. These two household names play married couple Pete and Ellie, who decide to start an instant family, quite literally. The couple adopt three children and need to learn the ropes of parenthood in the hopes of forming a loving family.
Pokémon The Movie: The Power Of Us
The yellow and loveable Pikachu returns to the big screen this month in Pokemon’s 21's tinstalment. The Power Of Us takes place at the wind festival located at Fura City where Ash and Pikachu coincidentally meet Risa, Callahan, Toren and Harriet who all have polarising personalities and backgrounds. We all know that good old saying “opposites attract” and the new Pokémon film showcases just that.
The end of November means the beginning of the festive season—perfect timing for the release of The Grinch. This is the third adaptation of the infamous 1957 Dr. Seuss story How The Grinch Stole Christmas and is set to be the best yet. Yarrow Cheney, the production designer of Despicable Me and The Lorax is one of the directors for this 3D animation so you know it’s going to be good. Join The Grinch and his loyal canine friend Max as they plot and scheme to steal Christmas in order to silence their neighbours who celebrate the festive season with glee.
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