previews... - October 24, 2018

Best Movies of November 2018: previews the top 20...
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Best Movies of November 2018: previews the top 20... previews 20 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in November...


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

(In Cinemas November 16th)


After Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off, took over $800 million in box office receipts, a sequel was swiftly ordered and it arrives next month. 

At the end of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, we watched as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by Magical Congress of the United States of America, with the help of Newt Scamander.

But, in the sequel, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set now about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead...

Jude Law joins the cast for the sequel and will play Albus Dumbledore when is just beginning his career at Hogwarts, serving as the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor, with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler all returning to star. Johnny Depp will play Grindelwald. 

The sequel will be written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, who was behind the camera on four of the eight Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. 




(In Cinemas November 6th)


After charting the depths that humanity to sink to with the harrowing 12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen is back with something a little more fun. 

Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell star in Widows, which is based on Lynda LaPlante’s bestselling novel. 

The story follows four armed robbers, who are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job...

McQueen directs from a script he has co-written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn. 



Creed II

(In Cinemas November 30th)


After surpassing all expectations with Creed, we get another helping of the Rocky spin-off in November. 

Stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson all return for the sequel, while Dolph Lungren will reprise his role as Ivan Drago from Rocky IV.

The movie will see Lungren's Drago mentoring his son in a fight with Jordan's Adonis Creed, once again trained by Rocky Balboa. Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu plays Drago's son Viktor.

Steven Caple Jr, director of hit indie drama The Land, will take charge of the sequel, working to a script also written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker. 



The Girl In The Spider's Web

(In Cinemas November 21st)


Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander gets another chance on the big screen, this time with The Crown's Claire Foy leading the way. 

The Girl In The Spider's Web isn't actually part of Larsson's original trilogy and was written by David Lagercrantz after the author's death with continuity to both the crime writer’s style and his characters in mind. 

Now the series has been rebooted with Foy and Fede Alvarez, direct of Don't Breathe, in the director's chair. He works from a script from Peaky Blinders' creator Steven Knight. 

The Girl In The Spider's Web follows Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist on a dark new adventure as the pair find themselves caught in a web of spies, cyber-criminals and corrupt government officials. 

Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang, LaKeith Stanfield, Cameron Britton and Stephen Merchant co-star alongside Foy.



Juliet, Naked

(In Cinemas November 2nd)


Chris O'Dowd, Ethan Hawke and Rose Byrne come together for this adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestselling novel. 

It follows Byrne's Annie, the long-suffering girlfriend of O'Dowd's Duncan, who is obsessed with mysterious rockstar Tucker Crowe. 

Crowe, who is played by Hawke, has just released Juliet, Naked, his first new release in over two decades, an acoustic version of his classic album Juliet. 

Annoyed by Duncan, Annie posts a passionate article criticising it and receives an email response from Tucker Crowe himself. The two then strike up an unlikely friendship, which changes all their lives. 

Jesse Peretz, best known for directing Girls and The Mindy Project, takes charge. 




(In Cinemas November 16th)


Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton lead the way in this bloody new take on Dario Argento's classic horror. 

Johnson stars as Susie Bannion, a talented young ballet dancer who travels to Germany to perfect ballet dancing at a famous ballet school in Berlin under the tuition of Swinton's Madame Blanc.

While attending, students begin to disappear and she soon finds out that the school has a dark history involving witchcraft...

Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Jessica Harper, star of the original movie, feature alongside Johnson and Swinton.

Call Me By Your Name and A Bigger Splash director Luca Guadagnino is in charge of this one, while the movie also features a score from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.



Back To Berlin

(In Cinemas November 23rd)


Jason Isaacs narrates this touching documentary. 

It follows 11 motorcyclists as they travel across nine countries and they undertake a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Olympiastadion, site of the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics, for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil since World War II. 

As they go, they retrace the heroic journeys of the original 1930’s Maccabiah riders and discover how they or their families survived or perished in the Holocaust.


Back To Berlin Trailer_JI from Catherine Lurie-Alt on Vimeo.


The Nutcracker

(In Cinemas November 2nd)


Disney bring the classic story of The Nutcracker to life in this lavish new live-action adaptation. 

The movie stars Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall, Misty Copeland, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren, with newcomer Mackenzie Foy in the lead role. 

The story is a live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

We follow Clara, a young girl who is desperate to get her hand on a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. When she discovers the key's location, it promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.

It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world. 

Lasse Hallström, director of The Cider House Rules and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, is in the director's chair.



Assassination Nation

(In Cinemas November 23rd)


A violent black comedy with an all-star cast and a big concept arrives next month in the shape of Assassination Nation. 

Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Anika Noni Rose, Colman Domingo, Maude Apatow, Bill Skarsgård, Joel McHale and Bella Thorne all star, working for The Wizard Of Lies director Sam Levinson. 

We find ourselves in the town of Salem and a malicious data hack has just put the private messages, texts and videos of everyone in town out there for everybody to see. 

Soon, things turn violent, very violent indeed...




(In Cinemas November 7th)


This bloody gorefest stars Jovan Adepo, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbæk, Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Wyatt Russell and Bokeem Woodbine.

The movie is set on the eve of D-day and follows a group of US paratroopers who are dropped behind enemy lines to infiltrate a small village.

Unfortunately, they realize the Nazis are experimenting with supernatural forces to fight them, forces that are turning soldiers into the walking dead...

JJ Abrams produces with Son Of A Gun director Julius Avery taking charge. 




(In Cinemas November 2nd)


Mike Leigh takes on one of British's history darkest days in this elegant new drama. 

David Bamber, Rory Kinnear, Nico Mirallegro, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Tim McInnerny and Philip Jackson come together to star.

The film tells the story behind the Peterloo massacre of 1819 in which 60,000 people from Manchester and surrounding towns gathered in St Peter’s Fields to demand Parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights.

While the meeting was initially peaceful, an attempt to arrest a leader of the meeting riled the crowd and the armed government militias panicked and charged upon the crowd, killing and injuring many protestors. 

Leigh, who was last on screen directing 2014's Mr. Turner, writes and directs. 




(In Cinemas November 16th)


Keanu Reeves stars in this strange drama, which takes him to the frozen wastelands of Russia. 

In this icy drama, Reeves plays Lucas Hill, an American diamond merchant who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin.

As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive and passionate relationship with a Russian cafe owner, a relationship that makes him question his life. But can he escape the diamond trade?

Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Molly Ringwald and Wagner Moura, working for Frank & Lola director Matthew Ross.



The Grinch 

(In Cinemas November 9th)


This new adaptation of Dr Seuss's classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, features Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title role

The movie has been produced by Illumination, the production company responsible for the Despicable Me franchise and The Secret Life Of Pets. 

The Grinch tells the story of the Grinch, who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of the neighbouring village of Whoville with the help of his trusty dog Max. To help the residents stop this, they end up recruiting Santa Claus...

Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney have directed the new adaptation, which also features a score from Danny Elfman. 



Robin Hood 

(In Cinemas November 21st)


The original action gets another reboot next month with Taron Egerton and Jamie Fox leading the way. 

Egerton plays Robin Hood, with The Knick's Eve Hewson as Maid Marion, Foxx as Little John and Jamie Dornan playing Will Scarlett. 

Ben Mendelsohn, star of Bloodline and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, faces off against them as the Sheriff of Nottingham. 

Otto Bathurst, best known for his work directing Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror, the character back to his roots and discovers how he became an iconic outlaw in the shadow of a corrupt empire. 

Paul Anderson, Tim Minchin, Josh Herdman and Björn Bengtsson co-star. 





(In Cinemas November 23rd)


Tupaq Felber directs this low-key British drama, which follows four friends who decide to shake off a devastating loss by renting a boat and cruising the canals of southern England.

Jon Foster, Robyn Isaac, Simon Meacock and Jamie Zubairi star.



Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2  

(In Cinemas November 30th)


Six years on from the beloved original, a sequel to hit animation Wreck-It Ralph finally arrives.

This time we follow John C. Reilly’s loveable brute Ralph as he heads into the internet when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade as he must find a replacement part to fix his friend Sugar Rush.

Along the way, Ralph and Sarah Silverman's Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, including the trendy algorithm Yesss and the Disney Princesses.

As well as Reilly and Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Moore, Kelly MacDonald, Jane Lynch and Taraji P. Henson are also on voice duty, with Rich Moore and Phil Johnston directing.




(In Cinemas November 9th)


Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Carrie Coon, Dennis Quaid, James Franco and newcomer Myles Truitt star in this sci-fi knockabout.

In the movie, we follow Reynor's Jimmy, recently released from prison and his adopted teenage brother, who are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection...



Nobody's Fool

(In Cinemas November 23rd)


Tyler Perry directs Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and Whoopi Goldberg in this slapstick comedy. 

Haddish plays Tanya, a young woman who is released from prison and reunites with her sister Danica, only to learn she's in an online relationship with a mysterious man who is almost certainly catfishing her...




(In Cinemas November 9th)


Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with this tense drama and has recruited Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to help him out. 

The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Richard Ford, which was first published in 1990. 

Set in 1960, we watch on as a boy witnesses his parents' marriage fall apart after the three of them move to Montana and his mother falls in love with another man. 




(In Cinemas November 30th)


Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz lead the way in this fiery drama. 

Set in North London, the movie follows Weisz's Ronit, a woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. 

Then, when she reunites with the same friend, the passion quickly returns...

Sebastián Lelio, director of A Fantastic Woman, is in charge.


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