Movies coming up in November
Some fantastic offerings will be aiming to arrow you into their movie web next month. Here’s what’s out at Peterborough’s Showcase Cinema De Lux and Spalding’s South Holland Centre through November . . .
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
Released: November 16
This sequel to JK Rowling’s spin-off prequel should build on the solid foundations laid by Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne’s self-proclaimed ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander in the original film two years ago.
Johnny Depp’s – who was controversially cast despite his much-publicised alleged abusive behaviour to his ex-wife Amber Heard – powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald gets more screen time this time round after escaping custody since being captured at the end of the first film.
He sets about gathering followers to help raise wizards and witches to rule over non-magical beings – but Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore has other ideas and enlists Scamander as he attempts to thwart Grindelwald’s menacing plans.
Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant) and Ezra Miller (Justice League) also return in front of the camera for Harry Potter directing veteran David Yates.
Released: November 21
This latest attempt to make one of Britain’s favourite legends into a viable movie franchise lies at the bow of Kingsman star Taron Egerton. He plays lead Robin of Loxley, a war-hardened Crusader who teams up with Jamie Foxx’s Moorish Commander Little John to mount an audacious revolt against Ben Mendelsohn’s corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham. Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan co-stars as Will Scarlet alongside Eve Hewson’s (Bridge of Spies) Maid Marian. It definitely has a few nods to Kevin Costner’s Prince of Thieves combined with a more contemporary vibe – so it will be intriguing to see if Robin’s arrow shoots true this time.
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB
Released: November 21
British star Claire Foy (recently seen in First Man and TV series The Crown) is the new Lisbeth Salander in this latest instalment in the Dragon Tattoo series – helmed by highly-respected director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe). Computer hacker Salander – still recovering from severe sexual and emotional abuse – and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason, who recently starred as Bjorn Borg in Borg McEnroe) find themselves caught in a web of spies, cyber criminals and corrupt government officials, in this ‘soft’ reboot sequel to David Fincher’s 2011 English-speaking original based on David Lagercrantz’s acclaimed novels.
THE NUTCRACKER & THE FOUR REALMS
Released: November 2
When Mackenzie Foy’s (Interstellar) Clara receives a coveted key that unlocks a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother – she promptly gets transported into a strange and mysteriously magical parallel world after the key disappears. In there she discovers three realms, but she must enter the ominous Fourth Realm – home to Helen Mirren’s tyrant Mother Ginger – to retrieve the key and bring harmony to this eclectically-unstable world. Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman co-star.
Released: November 9
The latest Dr Seuss character to get the animated treatment is the bitter, ill-tempered and reclusive humanoid – voiced by British stalwart Benedict Cumberbatch. When the residents of Whoville plan to make their annual Christmas holiday event three times bigger than before, The Grinch hatches a scheme with his trusted canine Max to ruin the festive season. Rashida Jones (TV series Parks and Recreation) and the legendary Angela Lansbury add their voice talents to comedic proceedings.
Released: November 6
Acclaimed 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen helms this crime-thriller set in contemporary Chicago. Amidst a time of turmoil, four women (Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) – with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities – conspire to forge a future on their terms by taking fate into their own hands. Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya join an all-star cast.
Released: November 7
This hardcore horror – which is getting impressive early reviews – sees American paratroopers caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German radio transmitter near Normandy, on the eve of World War II’s D-Day. But after reaching their target, the troopers not only have to tackle opposing soldiers, but also horrifyingly violent creatures – made after a gruesome secret Nazi experiment – in this JJ Abrams-produced (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) movie.
THE MAJOR FILMS RELEASED AT SPALDING’S SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE THROUGH NOVEMBER...
JOHNNY ENGLISH: STRIKES AGAIN (PG), FROM NOV 2
THE WIFE (15), FROM NOV 6
A STAR IS BORN (15), FROM NOV 9
FIRST MAN (12A), FROM NOV 10
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A), FROM NOV 25