November this year is stacked with highly anticipated movies coming out, and there’s a great mix so there’s something for everyone. I had a hard time just picking five movies to highlight. A ton of potential awards contenders are being released (The Irishman, Ford v Ferarri, Waves, Honey Boy, Knives Out) as well as some fun action and family adventures (Terminator: Dark Fate, Charlie’s Angels, Frozen II). Here are the five movies coming out this month that I’m most excited about.
Harriet (Nov. 1)
Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes slavery and returns to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
Why I’m excited: It’s insane that there hasn’t been a movie about Harriet Tubman until now. Stories like hers need to be broadcast more widely, so I’m excited to learn more about her. Cynthia Erivo is phenomenally talented and it’s evident that she has taken this role seriously and wants to do Harriet justice.
See this if you liked: 12 Years a Slave, Glory, Amistad
Last Christmas (Nov. 8)
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson
An unlucky young woman takes department store during the holidays where she meets a charming mystery man who changes her life.
Why I’m excited: Emilia Clarke spent the last 10 years as Daenerys Targaryan on Game of Thrones, so to make the jump from high fantasy drama to holiday rom com will be quite something. Henry Golding is still riding the high from his breakout performance in last year’s Crazy Rich Asians, so he and Clarke together will be some great fun.
See this if you liked: The Holiday, Four Christmases, Love Actually
Frozen II (Nov. 22)
Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown
After the events of the first movie, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf must journey to discover the origin of Elsa’s magic.
Why I’m excited: The original Frozen took the world by storm when it came out (you’re still probably singing “Let It Go”). It was a unique story with fun characters, and the sequel looks like it’s focused on expanding the world and answering questions leftover from the first movie. I just hope Jonathan Groff gets to sing a full song this time.
See this if you liked: Frozen, Moana, Brave, Tangled
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Nov. 22)
Starring: Tom Hanks
A cynical journalist takes an assignment to profile beloved television host Fred Rogers. As the reporter spends time with Rogers, his perspective and reflections on his own life begin to change.
Why I’m excited: Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. That’s it. What else do you need?
See this if you liked: Sully, Forrest Gump, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Knives Out (Nov. 27)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer
A wealthy crime novelist celebrates his 85th birthday with his dysfunctional family. But the day after the party, the patriarch is found dead. Detectives are called to investigate, and everyone is a suspect.
Why I’m excited: This is by far my most anticipated movie for the rest of the year. Pairing Rian Johnson with this ridiculous cast and a murder mystery is a formula for success. It’s an original story that’s making a lot of waves, which is becoming rare nowadays. The reviews so far are already great, which makes me even more excited. Plus, Chris Evans.
See this if you liked: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Murder on the Orient Express, Clue, Death on the Nile