As we enter November, Northern America’s movie market is getting busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas movies. Recently the booking site Fandango revealed a batch of new film stills, covering superhero, science fiction, military, animation, action, horror and many other genres.
The list includes award season dramas ‘The Fabelmans’, ‘Women Talking’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Strange World’, ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’, and the much-anticipated sci-fi blockbusters ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’, and the much-anticipated sci-fi blockbuster ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’, etc. Which of these 20 movies are you most looking forward to?
November 4 ‘Armageddon Time’ (on-demand screening on October 28)
Directed by James Gray
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert De Niro and other group of stars
Plot: A very personal film that demonstrates the power of family and a generation’s quest for the American Dream.
November 11 ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever’
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Starring: Letitia Michelle Wright, Tenoch Huerta, Angela Bassett and more
Plot: After the unfortunate death of King T’Challa, the “Black Panther”, Shuri, Okoye, M’Baku and others fight to protect Wakanda.
As the Wakandans strive to embrace their new chapter, they must unite with the help of Nakia and Everett K. Ross to forge a new path for the Kingdom of Wakanda and meet the threat of Prince Namor and the Undersea Kingdom.
Nov. 11 ‘The Fabelmans’ (wide release Nov. 23)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring: Plus Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen
Plot: Spielberg’s semi-autobiography, the film focuses on the hero’s formative years and his relationship with his parents.
Nov. 18 ‘She Said’
Directed by Maria Schrader
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan
Plot: The film tells the true story of two female New York Times reporters, Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who uncovered the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
Nov. 18 ‘The Inspection’
Directed by Elegance Bratton
Starring: Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine
Plot: The story of the U.S. military during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era, a rule enacted by then-President William Jefferson Clinton in 1993 to circumvent discussion of homosexuality in the military and to prevent gay people from being open about their identities. The rule was enacted by then-President William Jefferson Clinton in 1993 to avoid discussion of homosexuality in the military and not to allow homosexuals to identify themselves openly.
Nov. 18 ‘The Menu’
Directed by Mark Mylod
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult
Plot: A young couple goes to a fancy restaurant on a remote island, where the chef prepares a lavish menu with some shocking “surprises”.
Nov. 23 ‘Bones & All’
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet
Plot: The story of Maren Yearly, a heroine who sets out on a journey across the country to find the father she has never met and to figure out why she has the urge to kill and eat the people who love her.
Faced with a world where cannibals, potential enemies and possible love exist just like her, she realizes that she is not only searching for her father, but also for the true meaning of self.
Nov. 23 ‘Devotion’
Directed by J.D. Dillard
Starring: Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell
Plot: Tells the true story of the battlefield during the Korean War: U.S. Navy pilot Tom Hudner rescues Jesse Brown, the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Navy, at Lake Changjin.
Nov. 23 ‘Nanny’
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu
Starring: Anna Diop
Plot: Aisha, an immigrant nanny struggling to make ends meet in New York, is forced to confront a hidden truth while caring for the children of an Upper East Side family, a truth that threatens to shatter her unstable American dream.
Nov. 23 ‘Strange World’
Directed by Don Hall, Qui Nguyen
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
Plot: The story follows the Clade family, a legendary explorer clan, deep into an unknown land with treacherous terrain and fantastical creatures, but the differences between the family gradually threaten the expedition.
Nov. 25 ‘The Son’
Directed by Florian Zeller
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zen McGrath, Laura Dern
Plot: ‘The Father’ spin-off, focusing on teenage depression, follows Peter (Jackman) as he leads a busy life with his new partner Emma (Kirby) and newborn child, when his ex-wife Kate (Dern) shows up with their adolescent, troubled and angry son Nicholas. When ex-wife Kate (Dern) shows up with their adolescent, troubled and angry son Nicholas, everything becomes chaotic.
Peter strives to be a better father, helping his son with intimate, spontaneous moments of domestic bliss, but Nicholas’s state sets the family on a dangerous path, and they must do everything they can to maintain the bonds that unite them.
Dec. 2 ‘Spoiler Alert’
Directed by Michael Showalter
Starring: Jim Parsons, Ben Aldridge
Plot: Ausiello’s boyfriend, Kit Cowan, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and eventually dies. The descriptions of the two men’s lives in the last 11 months are interwoven with moments of their previous encounters and their 14 years together.
After overcoming many obstacles to find true love, they have to face the biggest challenge of their lives together.
Dec. 2 ‘Violent Night’
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Starring: David Harbour, John Leguizamo
Plot: A group of mercenaries attack a wealthy family’s estate and Santa must step up to save them (and Christmas).
Dec. 2 ‘Women Talking’
Directed by Sarah Polley
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy
Plot: The story of a remote religious colony where hundreds of women have been sexually assaulted for years, and some women learn that they were drugged and attacked by men from their own community. To protect themselves and their daughters from further harm, they decide to take steps.
Dec. 9 ‘Empire of Light’
Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring Olivia Colman, Colin Firth
Plot: A love story set on the south coast of England in the 1980s, revolving around a beautiful old cinema.
Dec. 9 ‘The Whale’
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Ty Simpkins, Sadie Sink
Plot: In a dilapidated apartment in rural Idaho, Charlie, who weighs six hundred pounds, lives in seclusion and avoids the world, stubborn and determined to eat himself to death.
As Charlie gets closer to his inevitable fate, his friends Liz (a cynical atheist nurse) and Thomas (a young and promising Mormon missionary) both try to find in Charlie the will to be saved, both physically and spiritually.
However, only Ellie, Charlie’s estranged daughter, can show him a future beyond his current state of despair. Although Ellie is sarcastic, hateful and full of thorns, Charlie can find in her one last chance for redemption, and perhaps even a glimmer of hope.
Dec. 16 ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Directed by James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana
Plot: The story focuses on the Sully family, Jake and Neytiri, now parents, whose idyllic life is disrupted by the RDA’s mining operations on Pandora, forcing the family to relocate to a reef complex considered a haven for a family known as the Metkayina.
No longer living in their familiar rainforest environment, the Sully family has become fish out of water. Faced with an unknown future, what measures will the parents take to protect their family?
December 21 “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”
Directed by Kasi Lemmons
Starring: Naomi Ackie, Moses Ingram, Stanley Tucci
Plot: The film tells the story of Whitney Houston’s legendary rise to stardom, showing the important moments of glory, joy and heartbreak in her life.
In 1983, at the age of 20, Whitney replaced her mother on stage, and her voice and singing skills were so beautiful that she was discovered by a legendary record producer and started to enter the singing world.
On the road of pursuing her musical dreams, Whitney sticks to her true nature without fear of question, singing the songs she wants to sing and letting herself resonate with her musical soul.
On the tenth anniversary of Whitney’s death, the film will present an unprecedented look at the inspiring, glittering journey of the most awarded female singer of all time.
December 21 ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’
Directed by Joel Crawford
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Chris Miller, Florence Pugh, Salma Hayek
Plot: After 11 years, the cocky and adorable Cat Warrior is back! This time he will set out to find the “last wish”, the new journey will experience what strange story?
Dec. 23 ‘Babylon’
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Starring: Brad Pitt, Diego Calva, Margot Robbie, Tobey Maguire
Plot: The film focuses on Hollywood in the 1920s, a period of transition from silent to talkies.
Tobey Maguire plays comedian Charlie Chaplin, the actor Margot Robbie called Hollywood’s first sex goddess. Brad Pitt plays a fictional character: a silent film actor (based on John Gilbert, one of the highest paid male stars of his day) who, with the release of ‘The Jazz Singer,’ is unable to adapt to the shift in the movie industry. Li Jun Li will play Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star.
Dec. 25 ‘A Man Called Otto’ (spot screening)
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring: Tom Hanks
Plot: After the death of his beloved wife, an old man named Otto grows short-tempered and criticizes his neighbors who do not follow his rules every day.
However, as a lively young family moves in next door, his life begins to turn upside down. What will life have in store for Otto as he regains the warmth and kindness within him?