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Best Movies in Theaters in November 2018 – Top Movie Releases This Month
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the month when blockbuster holiday movies and Oscar contenders collide. Do you like to take yourself too seriously and lecture people on the pitfalls of British period pieces? We got you. Prefer to just see the Harry Potter universe continue to expand? We got that, too. No matter what you’re looking for, November probably has it in store for you. We chose the best dozen that you should keep an eye out for during Thanksgiving season.
Nobody’s Fool (November 2)
Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, and Whoopi Goldberg all unite in Tyler Perry’s newest film. Haddish plays the sister of a successful business woman who is about to become the first black woman VP of her company. But from the trailer, it looks like Haddish throws quite a wrench in that plan after being released from jail.
A Private War (November 2)
If you’d told me that the sex-fiend from Fifty Shades, the woman from Gone Girl, and the guy that plays alongside Meryl Streep in at least three movies were going to star in a war thriller, I’d probably say pass, but you know what? A Private War looks pretty interesting. Playing a journalist compelled to go to war torn locations, Rosamund Pike turns out what looks to be a strong performance, even with an eye patch.
Boy Erased (November 2)
Boy Erased has been on awards radars for months. It stars Lucas Hedges, whose job is practically getting cast in Oscar-nominated films, and Nicole Kidman in an elaborate wig. Based on the book of the same name, the film dives into the complicated and painful past of gay conversion therapy and a family tested by faith and humanity.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (November 9)
The latest installment in the Millennium series, Claire Foy steps into the role of Lisbeth Salander, super hacker and abuse survivor. In the midst of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, she finds herself in an actual web of criminals and equally savvy spies. In short, if you liked the Dragon Tattoo installment or Kicked the Hornet’s Nest chapter, this film is in your zone.
Overlord (November 9)
Jovan Adepo made his big splash playing Denzel’s son in Fences, but now, two years later, he’s made the switch any young actor might make: starring in a supernatural World War II film about sci-fi looking monsters. Hey, it has the backing of J.J. Abrams, so let’s run with it.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)
Who can blame Hollywood and J.K. Rowling for managing to keep the Harry Potter train running for over two decades? In the universe’s newest installment, Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander to take on Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald before he enlists wizards to rule over all of us muggles out here in the world just trying to get to work without any magic.
Widows (November 16)
With another tour de force performance under her belt, Viola Davis leads a strong cast (alongside Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki) as a widow who gathers the women like her in her life to pick up the work that their criminal husbands left behind. Expect intense pantsuits, guns, and also at least one tight shot where Davis gives a knowing, yet ominous, monologue.
Robin Hood (November 21)
It’s a tale as old as time (OK, wrong movie), but it’s been a few years since we had a new take. In this one, Robin Hood is played by Taron Egerton, a war-stricken badass who is in need of a little extra training. That’s where Jamie Foxx steps as Little John. The film looks dark and full of impressive archery, so we’re in.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (November 21)
Wreck It Ralph was good, and I’ll stand behind that all day. The John C. Reilly-led cartoon is coming back for its sequel after a six-year hiatus, and you know what? In these dark times of film and storytelling, we need more Wreck It Ralph-type movies. If you’re looking for something around Thanksgiving to put pep in your step, try Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Creed II (November 21)
You just can’t go wrong with Rocky. In Creed II, Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis, facing his family’s painful past. Taking on Ivan Drago’s son, Adonis is tasked with avenging the death of his father, Apollo, back in Rocky IV. Expect some serious inner-contemplation and a sick physique from Jordan.
Green Book (November 21)
At first glance Green Book looks a lot like that annual movie that exists to remind you that if we all work together, we can be better people, no matter what we look like. It will make you feel good, OK? It’s based on a true story, and there’s a decent chance that it will be in the Oscar race as well.
If Beale Street Could Talk (November 30)
Coming in just under the wire for November is If Beale Street Could Talk. The Barry Jenkins film starring Regina King follows a woman who tries to prove her husband’s innocence in 1970s Harlem. King is getting rave reviews for her performance, and Barry Jenkins is the kind of filmmaker you can almost always rely on.