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The 2019 Film Release Calendar: November

New year, new movies.

I begin every new year by taking a look at what movies there are to come out. It helps me to be aware of stuff so I can actively track it throughout the year, and I think it’s helpful for most people who care about movies to at least be informed of what’s going on. Far too often do I talk to my friends who are casually into movies, and they have no idea what’s coming out or when the stuff they want to see is supposed to come out.

Of course, when I do something, I really do it, so instead of just a casual preview of the big 35 movies of the year, I go all out. You’re gonna get everything as it’s currently scheduled to come out, plus another 200 or so movies that are not dated but are finished and ready to come out, plus another 100 or so that I’ve been tracking from previous years. I dare to say that no one on the internet goes as deep into their coverage as I do.

Today is November.

November

Charlie’s Angels

Elizabeth Banks is directing. Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott are the three Angels. There’s a revolving door of Bosleys and there are a shit ton of writers credited on it already, which means endless rewrites and studio development.

3 stars.

How can it be anything but that? At best if they make it charming it’s 3.5. But that would be a surprise to me. So let’s stick with 3. A movie like this is almost guaranteed to go 3.

Arctic Dogs

Swifty the Arctic fox works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service but dreams of one day becoming a Top Dog (the Arctic’s star husky couriers). To prove himself worthy of the Top Dog role, Swifty secretly commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a package to a mysterious location. He stumbles upon a secret fortress where he comes face to face with Otto Von Walrus, a blubbery evil genius who walks around on mechanical legs and commands a loyal army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty soon discovers Von Walrus’ plan to melt the polar ice caps and flood the world in order to reign supreme. Now, Swifty has to enlist the help of his friends: PB, a concerned polar bear, Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross, Bertha and Leopold, two conspiracy theorist otters and Jade, a worldly fox. This ragtag group of Arctic misfits has to band together to stop Von Walrus’ sinister plans and save the day.

Gonna be honest, I didn’t need the synopsis. We already know what this is.

2.5 stars.

Generic/bad non-studio indie. I’m gonna assume indifference and not that I’m gonna hate it. But there’s a fair chance I’m gonna hate it.

Terminator

Tim Miller directing a Terminator reboot. Linda Hamilton is back, Arnold is back, and now we have Mackenzie Davis. Cool.

No idea what they’re gonna do with this, but I’m aways down for a Terminator movie.

Let’s call it 3.5 stars and hope they can make something worthy of the franchise.

Kinda worried it’ll turn out like Halloween did, but we’ll see.

Midway

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Directed by Roland Emmerich.

Interesting. He’s back making epics? I’m worried about this one’s quality purely because his last movie or two were just CGI fests and were working off of story beats either from the 90s or trying to work in China too hard.

The cast of this looks pretty broad and seems to be likable actors taking a paycheck in a big budget movie.

I’m gonna say 3 stars, even though I hope this can be 3.5. I just… the less CGI in this, the more interesting it’ll be. So we’ll aim low and see if he can get over the bar.

Sonic the Hedgehog

A cop in rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.

I mean, okay.

No idea what this is gonna be but 3 stars has to be the guess. It should have enough money behind it that it should be able to be 3 stars, even if it’s dog shit. Plus it’s Sonic. How horrible can it be? Jim Carrey as Robotnik is a great idea. I’m ready for this. I’m sure it’ll be bad. What else can it be? As long as it’s watchable, I’m sure I’ll be fine with it.

The Good Liar

Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren.

Okay, then. I am very down for this.

3.5 stars. Bill Condon is directing, and he did Mr. Holmes with McKellen. I think this can be solid. Not sure if can be great. But it can be solid. Condon usually is good for a 3.5 star movie as long as it’s not Twilight.

Last Christmas

Apparently it’s just a romance. Though the title could mean tragedy (like, someone’s dying), or just be based on the WHAM song. Or it’s just a nice, cute romance. No idea.

Paul Feig directing, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding starring. Emma Thompson wrote it.

I’m a sucker for romances, but I truly don’t know what this is gonna be.

I’m gonna say 3.5 stars. Which is hedging my bets, because at worst it’ll be 3 stars, and if I love it, it’ll probably be 4. Kinda cheating, but I could also use a nice romance in my life. And Emma Thompson writing it can never be a bad thing.

Kingsman

This is set to come out, but it hasn’t shot yet.

(There are three movies that are scheduled for November that are not currently shot yet. One is a Melissa McCarthy Christmas comedy called Margie Claus — which I will not preview any further unless it comes out. Though 2 stars in case it does — and something being called “Will Packer comedy” which has no cast and doesn’t seem like it’ll come out. So I can’t even come close to guessing that. If it comes out, I just won’t have previewed it.)

I can’t imagine this ends up coming out, but it’s possible they shoot it and it comes out. So on the off chance it does, 3.5 stars. Otherwise, it feels unlikely we see this in 2019.

Frozen 2

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.

Two Disney sequels in a row. Since the last one was #1 Unforgivable, I am really nervous about this.

I loved the first movie, even though it’s been so beat to death the last five years that I’m worried I can’t go back to it for a long while. I’m also worried the first one struck such a delicate balance (in that it wasn’t as good a movie as I felt it to be) and they won’t be able to keep up the magic in the sequel, which will only make this worse.

I’m gonna say 3.5 stars, because I think they can get that. But I’m really worried about this whole business, and it feels like I’m watching what made Disney, Disney come crashing down before my eyes.

Queen and Slim

A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.

Not shot yet, but easily can be between now and November.

Stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas, who did part of Lemonade and directed episodes of Insecure.

3.5 stars. Sounds like it could be good, though the synopsis is kinda vague.

Knives Out

Rian Johnson’s new movie. His movies have all been 4 stars or more so far, so I expect this to be more of the same. Maybe I’ll get a top ten, maybe I won’t. Don’t know. It’s nice to see him outside of Star Wars and we’ll see if he can pick up where he left off before it.

Stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Lakeith Stanfield and Don Johnson. The cast means it shouldn’t be less than 4, or else it went horribly wrong somewhere along the way.

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