At Eternals, Gucci House, king richard And the rest of the best new movies for November 2021, limited screenings and repertoire screenings around Dallas.
It finally looks like we’ll have a normal vacation period again.
Basically all the local theaters have reopened (except the Magnolia, which is a bummer), which means when you’re fed up with your family this Thanksgiving, you can entertain them all with something.
Children will gravitate towards Clifford Where Encanto, while adults will probably want to see something more adult like Belfast Where Gucci House.
Plus, awards season – which is still far too long this year – is heating up, with well-rated films like go! Go on and Humans finally arrive. And if you are a fan of David Lynch, its terrifying Twin peaks to follow Fire walk with me will be showing at the Texas Theater with three of the cast members, which is pretty rad.
There will also be Alamo Drafthouse screenings of the Christmas favorite, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – a perfect choice right now as stores offer festive decor manner too early and we are entering these cold days.
Best wide-spread bets.
Director: Chloe Zhao.
Writers: Chloé Zhao, Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo.
To throw: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani.
Open: Friday November 5.
Either way, it’s the lowest-rated MCU movie on Rotten Tomatoes. (I guess these critics forgot how much Thor: The Dark World sucked.) But I’m still excited for it, because it’s from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao, and (at least some) scenes appear to be shot in real locations, instead of a warehouse in Atlanta. Moreover, it is from afar wonderthe most diverse distribution. Whether that will be enough to make a compelling film remains to be seen.
Director: Kenneth Branagh.
Writer: Kenneth Branagh.
To throw: Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench.
Open: Friday November 12.
My most anticipated film of the rest of the year. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, this is a semi-autobiographical story by Kenneth Branagh (who is best known for his adaptations of Shakespeare, but who did some bad work to big budget over the past decade). Having just visited this beautiful city, I am even more eager to see this coming of age story against the backdrop of the Northern Ireland unrest.
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Vert.
Writer: Zach Baylin.
To throw: Will Smith, Demi Singleton, Saniyya Sidney, Jon Bernthal.
Open: Friday 19 November.
Will Smith is coming for this Oscar. Why you’d do a biopic about the father of Venus and Serena Williams as opposed to two of the greatest athletes of all time is anyone’s guess. But it looks like a big, crowd-pleasing sports drama, and it feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had one.
(This movie will also be available for a month on HBO Max starting Friday, November 19).
Director: Ridley Scott.
Writers: Becky Johnston, Roberto Bentivegna.
To throw: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino.
Open: Wednesday November 24.
Mama Mia! Expect plenty of questionable Italian accents in this lavish true detective story about the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) and the fallout of a fashion empire. This cast is absolutely stacked and includes Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Jack Huston. It’s the Thanksgiving movie for adults and I’m here for it.
Best limited release bets.
Go on! Go on.
Director: Mike Mills.
Writer: Mike Mills.
To throw: Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffman, Woody Norman, Scoot McNairy.
Not everyone likes the artistic autobiographical portraits of Mike Mills, but Beginners (2011) and Women of the 20th Century (2016) are two of my favorite movies of all time. His films are big, open, and full of great music. I expect more of the same here, with Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) taking his nephew (newcomer Woody Norman) on a road trip, teaching him about life.
Director: Stephen Karam.
Writer: Stephen Karam.
To throw: Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell.
Tony’s winning piece gets a smoother A24 fit. The Blake family reunites for Thanksgiving, but grievances inside and strange events outside threaten to tear them apart.
(This movie will also be available on Showtime starting Wednesday, November 24.)
The Remembrance Part II.
Director: Joanna Hogg.
Writer: Joanna Hogg.
To throw: Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Richard Ayoade, Charlie Heaton.
Following the devastating coming-of-age drama of 2019, most of the original cast are back, with Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) now a filmmaker, but still having bad luck with romantic relationships. Expect darker shit that’s beautifully performed and impeccably crafted.
Director: Pablo Larraín.
Writer: Steven Chevalier.
To throw: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins.
If you’ve somehow missed the countless other movies where Kristen Stewart has proven to be more than “the daughter of dusk, it will be impossible to deny that when she wins the Oscar next year for this film. Playing Princess Diana on a particularly tumultuous vacation with the Royal Family, there has been nothing but praise for the project, which also includes a score by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
Best directory selection bets.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Director: David Lynch.
Writers: David Lynch, Robert Engels.
To throw: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, David Bowie, Chris Isaak.
Will play: Texas Theater.
Display: Saturday 6 November.
David Lynch’s feature film sequel to his flagship TV series baffled both fans and newbies alike in the ’90s. (Star Kyle MacLachlan is known to have not been featured for much of the film. ) But he’s since found a sizable fan base. Everyone agrees that Sheryl Lee gives an all-time performance as doomed teenager Laura Palmer, and she will be on hand after this remastered screening for a Q&A, with co-stars Sherilyn Fenn and Harry Goaz .
National Lampoon Christmas Vacation.
Director: Jérémie S. Chechik.
Writer: John Hughes.
To throw: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Will play: Alamo Drafthouse (various locations).
Display: Saturday, November 20; Sunday November 21; Monday 22 November.
Probably my favorite modern Christmas movie, it captures both the joy and the frustration of being together with family over the holidays. It’s hilarious and, in its own way, a little heartwarming. I can probably cite all of that. That’s the number of times I’ve seen it.