Look Out For… November

As the days get shorter, so too does the interval between now and Oscar night (that’s a bit of a tenuous link, but let’s go with it)

This month there are several continuations of different franchises. Hoping to score the awards-love that its prior film controversially missed out on, is the latest in the Rocky series: Creed II. Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy, taking over from Rooney Mara) returns in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a “soft-reboot” – because apparently that’s a thing now. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second of apparently five (five!) films is out, because the Rowling willed it so. Or, if you want something to get you in the Christmas spirit, there’s a new version of The Grinch for your viewing pleasure. But of course, there’s plenty more to look out for this November.

Wildlife – 9th November

Marking Paul Dano’s directorial debut is Wildlife, with a script that he co-wrote with Zoe Kazan (star of one The Big Sick, amongst others).

Having recently moved to the suburbs of Great Falls, Montana, the Brinsons – mother, father, and son – seem like the perfect family. But over the course of one week in their lives, we see the relationship between husband and wife (Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan) slowly disintegrate.

Dano has said previously that, upon reading the Richard Ford novel from which the movie is adapted, he could immediately envisage this as a movie. And, by all accounts, his instincts were correct: his direction has been singled out for high praise, along with Mulligan’s and newcomer Ed Oxenbould’s (playing her son) performances. If you want a family in crisis to prepare you for the holidays, look no further.


Widows – 16th November

Following his Oscar-winning success with the heart-wrenching 12 Years a Slave back in 2013, Steve McQueen emphasises his versatility once again, with a project far different from his previous films.

After a heist goes terribly wrong, four robbers are killed before they can complete the job. Therefore, it’s up to their widows (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) to finish what they started – even if it means facing a truly terrifying mobster (Brian Tyree Henry).

The fact that this is based on an ITV crime drama from the ‘80s might make you think Midsomer Murders meets The Golden Girls, however the trailer will convince you this is anything but. With a stellar cast and a script co-written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, this promises to be edge-of-your-seat goodness.


Suspiria – 16th November

Although Halloween has been and gone, Luca Guadagnino (of Call Me By Your Name fame) brings us a horror – a remake of the cult classic.

In 1977, Susie (Dakota Johnson) is settling into her new home: a dance school in West Berlin, where she is taught by the mysterious Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). However, when she learns that a student recently disappeared after saying that the school is led by a coven of witches, she can’t help but wonder whether there was some truth to her words…

This seems to be the kind of film that you’ll either love or hate; if you do fancy a supernatural psychological thriller, then this is the one for you.


Ralph Breaks the Internet – 30th November

In stark contrast is the latest picture from the Mouse House, a sequel to the 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph.

When Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) – a character in the arcade game “Sugar Rush” – finds out that her machine has been turned off, it’s up to her and Ralph (John C. Reilly) to bring it back to life. But to do so, they will have to venture into the world wide web.

Let’s be honest: this is likely not going to be as good as the first one – it appears to be cramming in too many wink-wink nudge-nudge cameos from Disney’s extensive roster. But, I kind of don’t care? I mean, I hope it’s not The Emoji Movie-bad, but sometimes you need a couple of hours of animated comfort to get you through the day.

Sarah Quraishi

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