2016 November Movies

Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (Cumberbatch) was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Enter the world of Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange, a world-famous neurosurgeon whose car accident that left him unable to use his hands. As he desperately tries to find a cure to enable his hands to perform operations again he comes across a world that leads to another dimension.

Dr. Strange is an arrogant man who loves to question authority and bend rules. However, after being taught about the different dimensions and learning about the constant threat that looms on Earth, he began to embrace his role as the humble protector. Taking after the responsibilities of the Ancient One who trained him before her demise, Strange went on to become the Sorcerer Supreme himself.

Dr. Strange, a character that was created for Marvel comics, is the brainchild of artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. 

The most recent movie which was released on October 13, 2016, features renowned actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange. He is joined by actress Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, another surgeon.

Actress Tilda Swinton’s role as the Ancient One is one of the biggest deviations from the source material. In the comics, Ancient One is a man of Asian descent while Swinton’s character, is a Celtic woman who learned from Ancient Ones before her.

Karl Mordo, a character portrayed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is also introduced differently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While the comic character has always been a villain, the movie version starts as one of the good guys, who questions the ways of the Ancient One, and Dr. Strange eventually. The teaser for the next installment seems to indicate that he will begin his journey to the dark side in the upcoming film.

Wong, who becomes Strange’s staunch ally is portrayed by actor Benedict Wong. Director Scott Derrickson headed production with Kevin Feige as producer and Stan Lee as one of the executive producers. Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargil wrote the script.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

The Harry Potter spinoff takes place in 1926, as magizoologist Newt Scamander travels the globe to find and document magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts.

Moana (2016)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Accompanying her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demigod Maui.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)

  • Rating: Not Rated
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama

The follow-up series to Gilmore Girls, centering on the lives of a young woman raised by a single mom in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Arrival (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Sci-Fi

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War

Mel Gibson gets behind the camera again to direct Hacksaw Ridge based on the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama

An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.

Bad Santa 2 (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

Bad Santa 2 sees Billy Bob Thornton back as the holiday-themed anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up again with his angry little sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. What’s left of Willie’s humanity shines through with the help of  ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) – while he also is forced to contend with mommy issues when the pair are joined by Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates). Sunny, described as a “horror story of a mother” is somehow an even worse criminal than Willie who finds himself getting lost in lust for Diane (Christina Hendricks, ) the goodhearted charity director.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016)

  • Rating: M
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War

Award-winning studio Infinity Ward breaks new ground in storytelling, by exploring the weight of leadership and the responsibilities that come with it in an emotional, character-driven narrative. Players are thrust into wartime leadership as Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations soldier, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable hardships, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy in a war that stretches to new terrains across the vast expanse of our solar system.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare also brings back Zombies mode with a new spin, adds two entirely new game modes, includes a 10-map version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, and includes a special VR mode for players fly a Jackal in space.

Trolls (2016)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family

Based on the popular toy line. Princess Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) go on an adventure far beyond the only world they’ve known. Their journey will test their strength and reveal their true colors.

Allied (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Action, Drama, Romance

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama, History

19-year-old Billy Lynn returns home for a victory tour after taking part in a harrowing battle in Iraq. Through flashbacks, the audience sees what really happened to the troops, illustrating a stark contrast between America’s perceptions and the actualities of war.

Lion (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Drama

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Drama, Thriller

An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy, Drama

High school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

Bleed For This (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Based on the story of champion boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who after a near fatal car crash that left him with a broken neck, attempted one of sports’ most unbelievable comebacks.