A number of new movies and limited TV series will debut this week, including the following titles opening in theaters or streaming via video on demand on various streaming platforms.
“A Christmas Christmas Story”
Genre: Christmas Comedy
Cast: Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Scott Schwartz, RD Robb, Zack Ward and Julie Hagerty
Director: Clay Kaytis
From Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max comes the family comedy “A Christmas Story Christmas,” the long-awaited sequel to the annual holiday favorite, “A Christmas Story.”
This time, Ralphie has grown up and has to take care of Christmas and all that goes with it… as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role that has made children of all ages look forward to Christmas morning like no other.
The film is set to be released November 17 on HBO Max by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Genre: Biographical drama
With: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton and Ashley Judd
Director: Maria Schrader
A testament to the power of investigative journalism, “She Said” details the journey of reporters and editors engaged in the relentless pursuit of the truth and highlights the courage of survivors and witnesses who have chosen to come forward to stop a serial predator in its tracks. Together, their commitment and courage sparked a national conversation, helped propel the #MeToo movement, and fueled a reckoning of the system that enabled it.
The film is based on the New York Times investigation by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Corbett and the New York Times bestseller, “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.
The film is slated for release November 18 from Universal Pictures.
Genre: Dark horror comedy
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light and John Leguizamo
Director: Mark Mylod
A couple, Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), travel to a coastal island in the Pacific Northwest to eat at an exclusive restaurant, Hawthorn, where lonely and world-famous chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes ) prepared a sumptuous tasting menu for some special guests.
Joining the couple are three young, already drunk tech brothers, Bryce (Rob Yang), Soren (Arturo Castro) and Dave (Mark St. Cyr), an older wealthy couple and regular customers, Anne and Richard (Judith Light and Reed Birney), renowned food critic Lillian Bloom (Janet McTeer) and her slavish magazine editor Ted (Paul Adelstein), and a famous middle-aged movie star (John Leguizamo) with his assistant Felicity (Aimee Carrero). Hosted by the immaculately dressed room staff and led by General Elsa (Hong Chau), the evening unfolds with increasing tension at each of the guest tables as secrets are revealed and unexpected dishes are served. With events wild and violent, Slowik’s motivation begins to shake diners as it becomes increasingly clear that his elaborate menu is designed to catalyze a shocking finale.
The film is slated for release on November 18 through Searchlight Pictures.
Genre: Musical Fantasy Romantic Comedy
Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Idina Menzel and James Marsden
Director: Adam Shankman
It’s been over 10 years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) were married, but Giselle has become disenchanted with city life, so they move their growing family to the sleepy suburb of Monroeville in search of a job. one more fairy tale life.
Unfortunately, it’s not the quick fix she was hoping for. The suburb has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her forever bliss wasn’t so easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, accidentally turning the whole town into a real-life fairy tale and jeopardizing future happiness. from his family. Now Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the tide and figure out what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.
The film is slated for release on November 18 on Disney+.
Genre: Fantasy and Adventure
With: Jason Momoa, Marlow Barkley, Chris O’Dowd, Kyle Chandler and Weruche Opia
Director: Francis Laurent
Slumberland takes audiences to a magical new place, a dream world where precocious Nemo (Marlow Barkley) and his eccentric sidekick Flip (Jason Momoa) embark on the adventure of a lifetime. After the unexpected loss of her father Peter (Kyle Chandler) at sea, young Nemo’s idyllic existence in the Pacific Northwest is turned upside down when she is sent to live in town with her uncle Phillip (Chris O’Dowd ), well-meaning but deeply clumsy. His new school and new routine are tough by day, but by night, a secret map of the fantasy world of Slumberland connects Nemo to Flip, a brutal but lovable outlaw who quickly becomes his partner and guide. She and Flip soon find themselves on an incredible journey through dreams and running away from nightmares, where Nemo begins to hope that she will find her father once more.
The film was shown in select theaters from November 11 before its November 18 streaming release on Netflix.
“Bones and All”
Genre: Romantic cannibal coming-of-age road movie
Cast: Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, Chloë Sevigny, David Gordon Green and Jessica Harper
Director: Luca Guadagnino
“Bones and All” is a story of first love between Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman learning to survive on the fringes of society, and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), an intense, disenfranchised drifter; a liberating odyssey on the journey of two thriving young people, searching for identity and pursuing beauty in a perilous world that cannot stand who they are.
The film is set for release on November 18 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer through United Artists Releasing.
Cast: Jeremy Pope, Raúl Castillo, McCaul Lombardi, Aaron Dominguez, Nicholas Logan, Eman Esfandi, Andrew Kai, Aubrey Joseph, Bokeem Woodbine and Gabrielle Union
Director: Elegance Bratton
In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young gay black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed. in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-rooted prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and will forever change his life.
The film should be released on November 18 on A24.
“People We Hate at Marriage”
Cast: Allison Janney, Ben Platt, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Kristen Bell
Directed by: Claire Scanlon
The film follows troubled American siblings Alice (Kristen Bell) and Paul (Ben Platt), who reluctantly agree to attend the wedding of their wealthy half-sister (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in the English countryside alongside their mother, Donna (Allison Janney). During the week of the wedding, the many skeletons of the family are pulled from the closet, and the unlikely reunion gives everyone the motivation to move forward with their own lives. A modern wedding comedy for anyone with a slightly dysfunctional family (everyone), or anyone who was forced to attend a wedding they tried to avoid (everyone too).
The film is set to be released on November 18 by Amazon Studios.
For more information on the films, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Lee Clark Zumpe is TBN’s entertainment editor. He can be reached at 727-397-5563, ext. 341, or by email at [email protected]