Well, things are certainly heating up at the box office this month. Barely off the high of “A Star is Born” and “Venom” (which I have to say, I really enjoyed, so the critics need to lighten up), we enter November where things open with “Bohemian Rhapsody” – the story of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen.
This highly anticipated film, featuring music from one of the most popular bands in history, will no doubt be a smash hit when it arrives.
Tiffany Haddish continues her reign with Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool,” and if the trailers are anything to go by, magical, mystical flicks like “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be solid winners.
There are thrillers, spillers and chillers such as “Robin Hood” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” along with a selection of previous smash hits that are returning to the cinema for a limited run.
My big concern? The latest iteration of “The Grinch.” Why mess with perfection? The Chuck Jones classic is so marvelous that I cringe, like the Grinch, when anyone tries to redo it. Time will tell if my Spidey senses are tingling for good reason or not.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Mercury defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn, Mercury, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Mercury manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, he leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Wild child Tanya looks to her buttoned-up, by-the-book sister Danica to help her get back on her feet. As these polar opposites collide, Tanya soon discovers that Danica’s picture-perfect life and boyfriend may not be what they seem.
‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’
Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.
The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all.
On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realize that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.
‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander encounter a web of spies, cybercriminals and government corruption.
During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing.
‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.
Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Tensions soon rise when they take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent who has ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Balboa and Creed must confront their shared legacy and question what’s worth fighting for while discovering that nothing’s more important than family.
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
Ralph and Vanellope embark on an adventure inside the internet to find a spare part to fix a video game.
The lone surviving thief of a violent armored car robbery is sprung from a high security facility and administered an experimental drug.
Struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams, 40-year-old Maya gets a chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts and that it’s never too late for a second act.
‘Deadpool 2 (King James Version)’
Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable – a genetically enhanced soldier from the future – Deadpool realizes that he will need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry.