So you thought you were just going to stay indoors until Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out in December? Well, sorry bucko, but there are plenty of other movies to watch before then. Looking through the list, I’m not sure which one I’m most excited about. There are the obvious (Spectre, The Hunger Games) and the not-so-obvious (The Good Dinosaur, Victor Frankenstein). Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’m picking Victor Frankenstein to be next month’s biggest surprise.
Of course, that’s coming from someone who thoroughly enjoyed Crimson Peak, which has done so-so at the box office. How many times can we reboot the Frankenstein story? The answer to the that is, “As many times as we want.” And you won’t find any complaints from me, because the unlikely pairing of James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe seems like it’s going to work much better than it has any right to. I can’t wait to see the monster revealed.
I’d also urge you to give The Good Dinosaur a chance. We got the opportunity to check out extended footage at D23 this year, and it looked like one of Pixar’s best films yet; it also looked like one of Pixar’s saddest yet, too.
Spectre, Nov. 6
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.
The Peanuts Movie, Nov. 6
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2, Nov. 20
After being symbolized as the “Mockingjay”, Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.
The Night Before, Nov. 20
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
The Good Dinosaur, Nov. 25
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Victor Frankenstein, Nov. 25
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.