It’s November and that means we got a whole slate of films to look forward too!
2016 is heating up as November looks to be an incredibly strong month for movies. There are a few anticipated blockbusters, films that made a big slash at film festivals, and others that are being seen for the first time, but look promising. Here are seventeen films to look forward to:
Doctor Strange (November 4th)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelson, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Akins
The fourteenth film in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If there is one thing that the MCU usually does best is that they know how to introduce characters that are not publicly familiar, and this does look like another good origin story from the studio. However, the one thing that looks to be film’s strong point is its trippy special effects. This looks like the best looking MCU film so far based off of the footage that has been released and it looks like to be a film that should be seen on the biggest screen possible. The cast itself is filled with talent with Benedict Cumberbatch being perfectly cast and it looks as though he has already embodied the role. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson and he also co-wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill. They are the ones who made the highly impressive horror film Sinister and it will be interesting to see what they bring into their first blockbuster. It already looks like they have brought a character that will be seeing for a long time.
Hacksaw Ridge (November 4th)
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Bracey
I know Mel Gibson might not be the most popular man in the world right now, but there is no denying that the man is a talented filmmaker. This is his first time in ten years that he has directed a film, and it looks as though he hasn’t lost his touch. The film looks to be an emotionally investing war film about a little know hero during World War II. The acting itself from the cast looks superb. Andrew Garfield looks better than ever here as it looks as though he will anchor the film’s emotion and, based off what I have seen, I think he will succeed. The battle scenes look authentically brutal and Gibson does seem to recreate it very well. Even if you feel indifferent about Mel Gibson, this film looks very promising.
Loving (November 4th)
Cast: Joel Edgarton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll
Jeff Nicols has been one of the most exciting directors to watch for the last five years or so, and Loving looks to be his best film yet. It does look to be an emotionally effective and timely film that deals with interracial marriage. Joel Edagrton has already proven his worth in the past and, based off the trailer, this looks to be his best performance yet. Ruth Negga may be a bit unknown to general audiences despite her background work on major films and television shows like 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Warcraft and Agents of SHIELD, but this does look like a star making performance. Plus, it has Michael Shannon, one of the most talented actors of our generation, and he great in pretty much everything he is in. This film looks to be another winner for Nicols.
The Monster (November 11th)
Cast: Zoe Kazan, Ella Ballentine, Scott Speedman
We have received a lot of wonderfully made horror films this year and The Monster looks as though it will continue that trend. The film visually looks great with forest setting (I personally love horror films set in the woods) and rain. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, who is perhaps best known for his 2008 horror film The Strangers. While I wasn’t exactly over the moon about that film, Bertino did create a particularly creepy atmosphere and he seems to have accomplished that again here. Zoe Kazan is always a talented presence in everything she does and she looks strong here. If the atmosphere works and they use the monster wisely, then I think this can be an enjoyably fun creature feature that is reminiscent of past films in the genre.
Billy Lynn’s Long Haftime Walk (November 11th)
Cast: Joel Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hudland, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
Much has been made about the style and technology of Ang Lee’s new drama. It was shot in 4K HD, which is a little odd. Does a film like this really call for it? Maybe for the actual walk (which looks great). However, I am more intrigued with the smaller, quiet scenes since this film does boast a pretty good cast. Kristen Stewart has been on a role lately and it seems the scenes she shares with Joel Alwyn (who looks to be a future talent) do look to be the emotional highlights of the film. Plus, it is great to see Steve Martin back in the movies once again as his presence is always welcomed. And Lee has delivered some pretty great films since the 21st Century, and we will see how this film holds up against the rest.
Elle (November 11th)
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Elfra, Laurent Laffite, Anne Consigny, Alice Isaaz
Isabelle Huppert has become one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of our time, and her headlining this movie should be more than enough to see it. Plus, the film is directed by Paul Verhoeven. He was the director behind such classics such as Robocop, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, and Stormship Troopers. This film does look pretty tense with its subject matter. It has generated a lot of buzz since it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It looks to be a film that everyone should try and seek out.
Arrival (November 11th)
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlarg
Denis Villeneuve has become one of the most exciting directors today with films such as Prisoners and Sicario. It almost seems like he upstages himself with every new film and he seems to have done it again with sci-fi/drama. It has become one of the most talked about films since it premiered and has generate almost unanimously positive reviews. The effects do look great and the film does include a very talented cast with Amy Adams (perhaps one of the top five actresses working today) leading the pack. Are we looking at another sic-fi classic? Based off what I have seen I certainly think so.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (November 18th)
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Zoe Kravitz, Dan Folger
Every Harry Potter fan should be exceptionally giddy knowing that they will see the Potter universe once again. This film is a prequel to the Harry Potter film series, but it already looks as though it will try to stand on its own (so far at least). There could be some nods here and there, but the look,style, and location are all its own. David Yates has proven himself to be worthy director for this film because he himself has directed the last four Harry Potter films. He managed to make those films emotionally engrossing and exciting, and it looks like he will do the same here. The film does look visually great with its various creatures and action set pieces. I think there will also be some small doses of enchanted whimsy to really stir up its fantasy elements and tone. Eddie Redmayne has proven his worth in the past, but I am excited for Katherine Waterston to be headlining a big budget film such as this. I have been championing her for a couple of years now, but I hope that this will give her some more exposure. It has already been announced that there will already be sequels to this film, but I have confidence that this one will be something memorable.
Bleed For This (November 18th)
Cast: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciran Hinds, Amanda Clayton
Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart are both incredibly talent actors. So having them work together could be something special. This film does look it manage to tug on the heart strings while also presenting some excitement with its boxing scenes. This one looks to be good.
Nocturnal Animals (November 18th)
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Armie Hammer, Isla Fisher, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, Andrea Riseborough
Another Amy Adams film that got a lot people during the film festival circuit was this thriller that looks highly suspenseful, stylish, and extremely well acted. The film itself has perhaps one of the best casts of the year with a lot of talented actors and that alone should be more than enough to be excited for the film. The film is directed by Tom Ford and it is his first film since his critically acclaimed A Single Man seven years ago. He gathered a lot of positive reviews for that film and he looks like he delivers again.
The Edge of Seventeen (November 18th)
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson
Another film that generated a lot of buzz at Toronto was this little film that looks to be one of the year’s best. It does look to be a funny, sweet, honest, relatable, and real film about the trials and tribulations of adolescence. It does look like the film does capture it accurately. Hailee Seinfeld looks like she gives a great performance that is humorous and emotional. Ever since I saw the trailer this basically shot up my most anticipated films of the year, and I do have high hopes for it.
Manchester By The Sea (November 18th)
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward
Ever since this film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it has generated nothing extremely positive buzz. Based off what I have seen, it does seem the reactions look justified. The film does look emotionally devastating and the acting does look tremendous. It is great that we are getting another Kenneth Lonergan film once again. He is the director who made the great You Can Count On Me and the extremely overlooked Margaret (it is one of the best films of the decade). Lonergan managed to generate a lot of great moments in those films and I have full confidence that he will do it again.
Bad Santa 2 (November 23rd)
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Kathy Bates, Christine Hendricks
Billy Bob Thornton returns to one of his most iconic roles in the sequel to a very a smart and one of the most popular comedy films of the 2000s. While it will be good to see Thornton and Tony Cox back in their roles, the absences of Bernie Mac and Jon Ritter will be sorely missed. The biggest question mark, however, is that Terry Zwigoff will not be returning, and it will be Mark Waters who is directing. Can Water’s do what Zwigoff did? We shall see…
Rules Don’t Apply (November 23rd)
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Ed Harris, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino
Guys, we are finally getting another Warren Beatty directed film. Not only that, he is also starring in it! How can I not be excited by this!? Beatty hasn’t directed a film since 1998’s Bulworth, and this one was finished awhile ago, but Beatty took a few years to edited it. The reason I do have faith in this film is because Beatty is one of the best film directors and actors of all time. He knows how to make great movies (just look at all the films he has directed and starred in). As said earlier, Beatty does star in the film as Howard Hughes and he does look good at portraying Hughes’ eccentricities. It will just be good to see him on the screen again. What is also exciting is that Alden Ehrenreich stars in the lead. He gave a breakout performance in the Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! from earlier this year and is a proven talent. It will be interesting to see him act against the talented Warren Beatty. The cast itself is filled with a lot of great actors, which should be another reason to be excited. But it is Warren Beatty’s return to the big screen that should be the big draw
Mona (November 23rd)
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Nicole Scherzinger, Jermaine Clement, Temuera Morrison
Directors Ron Clements and John Musker have given us some of the best Disney animated films in history with The Little Mermaid and Aladdin (Even some of their lesser efforts are still enjoyable). That is why everyone should have confidence for this film that looks strong. The animation looks visually striking, especially the water, clothes and tattoos. Dwayne Johnson always brings enjoyable charm and charisma to his roles, and he looks like he will bring a lot of energy to the film. What is also exciting is that some of the music for the film was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is one behind the critically acclaimed and popular Broadway musical Hamilton. So having him on board is a major plus.
Allied (November 23rd)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris
Robert Zemeckis has directed a lot of great films over the course of his career and his newest film Allied looks to be on par with his best work. The premise itself looks to set up a great conflict and the film looks as though there will be a lot quietly tense and suspenseful scenes. Plus, the film does have two of the most incredibly talented actors of our generation, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and they look better than ever here. Just having them together should be more than enough to be excited for the film.
Lion (November 25th)
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
Gareth Davis broke onto the film scene with his critically acclaimed drama Top of The Lake, and now he returns with another drama that has been generating a lot buzz since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The story itself looks to be an emotionally effective one about the bond with family. Dev Patel broke out almost eight years ago with Slumdog Millionaire and I have been waiting for him to give another performance that is equally great as that one. He does seem to deliver here and he does look particularly strong. Plus, he is back up with great talents by Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. I am sure they will add some great moments to the film.