October was a rough one. After September 2017 — bolstered in large part by IT — set a new box office record, last month saw the industry take a significant nosedive, to its lowest total in a decade. Partly, the disappointing performance of Blade Runner 2049 is to blame, as is the disastrous earnings of high-profile releases like Michael Fassbender thriller The Snowman and George Clooney’s latest directorial effort Suburbicon. The month’s only real success stories seem to be playing into the unmitigated triumph of horror cinema this year. Both Happy Death Day and Jigsaw turned tidy profits in their opening weekends, with the former already having earned nearly $50 million as of this writing based on a reported $4.8 million production budget.
But enough looking back. Let’s focus on the month ahead. November is universally when the fall movie season starts to unleash its biggest tentpoles, leading into both awards season and the holidays. After all, families need something to see after they finish their Thanksgiving dinners, right? This November has no shortage of big releases heading to a theater near you, with superhero epics and broad comedies leading the way. So, before you make your shopping plans for the holidays, here are the films you’ll need to make room for in your busy schedule.
In other words, here are 10 films to check out in November 2017:
A Bad Moms Christmas (Release Date: November 1)
It’s fair to say that no one expected Bad Moms to be quite the monster hit that it was last summer. Based on a $20 million budget, the film — written and directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore — went on to earn $183 million worldwide and effectively placed stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn at the head of a very bankable franchise.
In A Bad Moms Christmas, the titular trio reclaim the holiday season as only they can. Following the success ofR-rated, female-led ensemble comedy Girls Trip earlier this year, the chance that this sequel can duplicate its predecessor’s success is more palpable than ever. Factor in the built-in appeal of a raunchy bit of holiday counter-programming, and it should be no time before Bad Moms 3 gets a green light.
Check out the latest trailer for A Bad Moms Christmas.
Thor: Ragnarok (Release Date: November 3)
Sure, Thor and Thor: The Dark World made money. But neither film is routinely recognized among the best the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. But for the third (and final?) entry in the God of Thunder’s solo adventures, Marvel Studios isn’t holding anything back. Nope, not even the Planet Hulk storyline that fans have waited years to see adapted on the big screen.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard to find that the infamous Hela (Cate Blanchett) has decimated his homeworld. Thankfully, he finds a familiar face along his journey in Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and launches a counter-strike against Hela. With the distinct voice of director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) at the helm, Thor: Ragnarok is already earning critical raves for its good humor, bright-colored spectacle and pure entertainment value.
Check out the latest trailer for Thor: Ragnarok.
Lady Bird (Release Date: November 3)
Saoirse Ronan has flirted with Oscar before with acclaimed roles in films like Atonement and Brooklyn, but if the reviews for Lady Bird are any indication, the Irish actress might finally make her way to the stage at the next ceremony. A coming of age story centering on a young woman’s adventures in Northern California, the film is set to become one of this fall’s most-talked-about releases.
Greta Gerwig — who earned raves for her performances in Noah Baumbach films Frances Ha and Mistress America — writes and directs Lady Bird, which is playing in select theaters this month. Featuring a strong supporting cast that Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts and Lucas Hedges, the film might be worth hunting down for moviegoers looking to stay in the conversation as its release expands.
Check out the latest trailer for Lady Bird.
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