Usually when making this list, a list I have been doing monthly for three years, I have a relatively easy time picking which movies should make the cut. Sometimes I’m forced to snub one or two, but usually the five are pretty easy to pick. This month was the opposite of that. There are over fifteen films coming out in November that I am excited for, which is kind of insane. We got horror movies, animated movies, gangster movies, thrillers, comedies, all sorts of movies from all genres from some of the best directors working in the game today working with some of the greatest actors and actresses ever. It’s a very exciting month and the five movies on this list are titles you should all have on your radar this month. Here are my picks for the most exciting movies coming out in November.
*BONUS* – THE IRISHMAN (Martin Scorsese, November 1)
- Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is a Netflix movie that will be available on the streaming service starting November 27th. However, the film is also getting a small theatrical run in certain theaters before the Netflix drop. This is a movie that you should see in theaters. While I love that fact that Netflix gave Scorsese complete freedom to make a three-and-a-half-hour long gangster epic with $150 million-plus budget, a cast of cinematic legends, and top of the line de-aging technology, Martin Scorsese films are films that must be seen on the big screen and The Irishman is no different. It’s a sprawling epic about life, time, and loyalty and a new gangster classic from Scorsese. This is the best movie I have seen in 2019.
And now, the official top five.
5 – FROZEN II (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, November 22)
- The first Frozen was an absolute juggernaut, becoming the most successful animated film at the world wide box office ($1.27 billion, respectively), winning an Oscar, two Grammy’s, and introducing a new kind of princess to a new generation of young girls. I am excited to see what they do next. I am excited to the improvement in the animation, where the story will go, and if they can possibly make a song to top the iconic “Let It Go”. Frozen II has the potential to be the best animated movie of 2019.
4 – A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Marielle Heller, November 22)
- The pitch on why A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood should be on your radar is simple: Tom Hanks stars as Mr. Rogers. That’s it. That’s the pitch and that is why everyone is going to see this movie. But other than Hanks, who is simply perfect for the part of seemingly one of the nicest, sweetest, purest human beings to ever live on planet Earth, I’m excited to see the work of director Marielle Heller. Heller, who made her debut in 2015’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, really made a splash with last year’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which earned three Oscar nominations and put Heller’s name on the map. I’m excited to see her work with Hanks and see what kind of magic the two conjure up together.
3 – DARK WATERS (Todd Haynes, November 22)
- A lot of Oscar players have already premiered at one film festival or another. However, there are still a few films that could come through and shake up the already foggy Oscar race. Todd Haynes Dark Waters is one of those films. In what looks like a mix of Spotlight and A Civil Action, Dark Waters looks at corporate defense attorney (the always great Mark Ruffalo) who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution. Haynes is one of the best directors working today, always making movies that are smart, emotional, visually stunning, and riveting. I’m excited to see what Haynes does in the political thriller genre and to see how he works with Ruffalo and the rest of the cast.
2 – FORD V FERRARI (James Mangold, November 15)
- These next two films on the list I have already seen and both are in my ten best movies of the year. Ford v Ferrari is a true American sports movie. A red, white, and blue underdog story that is funny, exciting, and full of moments that will make you want to stand up and cheer. Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this true story about the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to defeat Ferrari at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Both Damon and Bale are in top form, as in Tracy Letts, who plays Henry Ford Jr. and could make an Oscar play at the end of the year. This is movie I could watch a million times and one I am excited to see again.
1 – KNIVES OUT (Rian Johnson, November 27)
- I might be able to watch Ford v Ferrari a million times, but I could watch Knives Out two million times. Rian Johnson’s follow-up to his brilliant, yet divisive entry in the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, is the most fun I’ve had at the movies in 2019. A smart, funny, thrilling whodunit featuring an outstanding writing, the best ensemble of the year, and an ending you won’t soon forget. Knives Out is a true blast and Johnson is the ringleader behind the mastery. From a director who’s made other brilliant films like Brick, Looper, and The Last Jedi, this might be his crowning achievement.
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