November Movie Previews

The frenzy of November has begun for many of us as we begin the inevitable task of holiday shopping, Black Friday and Cyber Monday preparations and figuring out where we will spend our Thanksgiving. It is also a big month for distributors as they release their top movies, some award contenders, to give us a much needed pause to escape, if not just for a few hours simply to recharge. The following are just a few films for you to choose from this month.

Harriet (PG-13)

November 1 saw the debut of Harriet in theaters, directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn and Janelle Monáe. This historical drama is a must-see. Bring your teens to watch the tale of Harriet Tubman unfold as she escapes slavery and propels herself into one of America’s chief heroes, freeing hundreds of slaves by helping to found the infamous Underground Railroad.

Doctor Sleep (R)

On Nov. 8, Doctor Sleep shines itself into theaters courtesy of director Mike Flanagan, who also writes the screenplay based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Rebecca Ferguson, Ewan McGregor and Carel Struycken star in this psychological horror, which takes place decades later following a now-adult Dan Torrance’s still haunted life. When he meets a young girl with the same powers, he takes action to save her from a deadly cult wanting to target children’s powers to obtain immortality. A great thriller.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (NR)

The eagerly anticipated film about Mister Rogers debuts on Nov. 22, directed by Marielle Heller. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti and Matthew Rhys and is based on the true story of the real life bond of Fred Rogers and Tom Junod, a journalist interviewing Mr. Rogers. Oscar buzz is already stirring with another outstanding performance from Tom Hanks. A must-see movie.

Ford v Ferrari (PG-13)

Racing into theaters on Nov. 15 is Ford v Ferrari. Directed by James Mangold, the film stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon. This action/biographical drama follows American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver, Ken Miles, in their quest to build a racing car with the potential to finally dethrone the reigning Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24-hours race in France. Bale, as always, delivers an outstanding performance.

Knives Out (PG-13)

Finally, on Nov. 27, Knives Out comes to theaters, directed and written by Rian Johnson. The film features an all-star cast of Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans and Daniel Craig. A wealthy patriarch decides to use his 85th birthday in an attempt to reconcile his estranged, dysfunctional family, but his plans go awry as he is found murdered. A seasoned detective will have his work cut out for him as each family member has their own motive and agenda. A funny thriller that, with a cast like this, is a definite must see.

Make sure you check your local listings as November has many more movies coming out such as Charlie’s Angels, The Good Liar and Playing with Fire.

Grab your popcorn, drink and leftover Halloween candy and head to the movies.

Cheryl Wadsworth
Cheryl Wadsworth is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in movie previews.

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