The countdown to Thanksgiving and the holiday season is on. Time to share some entertainment with family and friends throughout a November stuffed with eclectic offerings in theaters and on home video (NOTE: all release dates are subject to change).
On the first, home video releases will include Gleason, the inspiring documentary about New Orleans Saints player who chronicles his battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
The Star Trek film series celebrates their 50th anniversary in the franchise with Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the modern film series, which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho and the recently deceased Anton Yelchin all return in their famous roles as Capt. James T. Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, Bones, Sulu, and Chekov with Pegg also co-writing the screenplay.
The comedy Bad Moms stars Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell while the cat comedy Nine Lives stars Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken.
The Netflix streaming service will release several Thomas & Friends releases including Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines.
Marvel Studios will introduce Doctor Strange in theaters on the fourth. Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) plays Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon discovers a new world after a career-ending hand injury. Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Benjamin Bratt co-star.
Other film releases on the fourth will include the military drama Hacksaw Ridge that follows real events in World War II following Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who still achieved the Medal of Honor even while he was a conscientious objector. Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, and Vince Vaughn co-star while Mel Gibson directs.
The animated comedy Trolls will showcase super star voice talent as little creatures battling against the antagonistic Bergens. Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, James Corden, Russell Brand, John Cleese, Christine Baranski, and Gwen Stefani star.
Based on the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling on Loving vs. Virginia, this drama stars Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Ruth Negga (TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as the couple who battled their imprisonment for interracial marriage in Loving (limited release).
Marvel’s Daredevil: The Complete First Season will release on the eighth and features 13 episodes.
The sci-fi thriller The Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist hired to translate alien communications to prevent a possible global war. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg (Doctor Strange) co-star.
Ang Lee directs the military drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, adapted from the Ben Fountain novel, where audiences get an intimate look at an Iraq War veteran’s memories as he’s honored during a football halftime show. Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Tim Blake Nelson star.
This family drama comedy Almost Christmas centers on a gathering soon after their matriarch has passed away. Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Kimberly Elise, and Jessie T. Usher star.
Naomi Watts stars in the PG-13 thriller Shut In as a woman living in remote New England during a severe winter storm who must save a young boy, played by Jacob Termblay (Room).
Warner Brothers will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the live-action & animated basketball movie Space Jam with special release in theaters on November 13 and 16.
November 15 will be a big home video day for all ages with the successful animated sequel Finding Dory plus the 3D collector’s versions of The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On the 18th, The Harry Potter universe expands with the adaptation Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them where author J.K. Rowling provides the screenplay and produces. Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Dan Fogler, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, and Zoe Kravitz star in this spinoff set in 1926 New York.
Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in the drama Manchester By The Sea where an uncle cares for his nephew after a death in the family. Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me) writes and directs.
The Netflix video streaming service will feature several World War II releases on the 18th including The Battle of Midway and Undercover: how to Operate Behind Enemy Lines.
The coming-of-age comedy Edge of Seventeen will release on the 21st and stars Hailee Steinfield (True Grit) as a high school student with a best friend who starts dating her older brother.
On the 22nd, home video releases will include the western Hell or High Water starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster as brothers who concoct a desperate plan to save the family ranch. Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) also stars.
The boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Robert DeNiro, Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran and Usher Raymond as Sugar Ray Leonard as well as the action-filled sequel Mechanic: Resurrection starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yoeh, and Tommy Lee Jones.
Disney’s latest animated feature Moana will flow into theaters on the 23rd. Set in the Pacific Islands, Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho stars in Disney’s latest animated feature with music from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Mark Mancina. Moana and Maui must travel to a special island to save a civilization.
Warren Beatty returns to the silver screen to write, direct and star in Rules Don’t Apply, a love story involving an eccentric billionaire and an actress and her driver. Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Haley Bennett, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Annette Bening and Candice Bergen star.
Other theatrical releases will include Bad Santa 2 starring Billy Bob Thorton and the dramatic novel adaptation Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams.
On November 25, fans of the Gilmore Girls television series will get the Netflix exclusive A Year in the Life – four new one-and-a-half hour episodes starring Lauren Graham (TV’s Parenthood) and Alex Bledel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) centering on mother Lorelai and daughter Rory living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Melissa McCarthy (TV’s Mike & Molly, Ghostbusters) also returns in one of the episodes all named after the four seasons.
On the 29th, Pete’s Dragon blends special effects with live action as character in a small town discover a mysterious boy, well played by the young Oakes Fegley, and his friend in the forest Based on Disney’s original 1977 film, this adventure drama stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), and Karl Urban (Star Trek).
Netflix will release the coming of age comedy Silver Skies starring George Hamilton and Howard Hesseman (TV’s WKRP in Cincinnati).
Adapted from the classic book by Roald Dahl, the family fantasy film The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) stars Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton and comedian Bill Hader with a screenplay written by Melissa Mathison (E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial). Steven Spielberg directs.
Finally, on the 30th Netflix will make Disney’s recent hit The Jungle Book and the western Traded, starring Trace Adkins and Kris Kristofferson, available for their viewers.