With the holiday season just around the corner, a new batch of films are making their way to theaters in November. As usual, the month will have a few Christmas films such as “Almost Christmas” and “Bad Santa 2,” but there will also be a mix of dramas and action films. Check out these seven movies you definitely shouldn’t miss and watch their trailers.
1. “Doctor Strange” – Nov. 4
The latest film in the third phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange,” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character. The film, which has already received rave reviews from critics, also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton. The movie currently has a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. “Loving” – Nov. 4
The Jeff Nicholas-directed film “Loving” tells the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple. Living in Virginia in 1967, the couple is arrested after their marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. After being exiled to Washington D.C., the couple sues the state of Virginia.
3. “Almost Christmas” – Nov. 11
From writer-director David E. Talbert comes “Almost Christmas,” which stars Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Mo’Nique and Gabrielle Union. After the head of their family passes away, the patriarch’s only Christmas wish is for his brood to get along.
4. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Nov. 18
A spinoff of the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” is a prequel and the first of five films in the new series. After arriving in 1926 New York, a number of Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) beasts are let loose. Scamander must team up with others to find the animals.
5. “Nocturnal Animals” – Nov. 18 (Select Cities)
With a star-studded cast that features Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Laura Linney and Isla Fisher, “Nocturnal Animals” has already received acclaim from critics. The film will have a nationwide release on Dec. 9.
6. “Bad Santa 2” – Nov. 23
It’s been 12 years since the original “Bad Santa” release but more than a decade later, fans are finally getting a sequel. While Lauren Graham won’t return for the second film, Billy Bob Thornton will be back to reprise his role as Willie T. Stokes as he teams up with his sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox) to scam a charity on Christmas Eve.
7. “Moana” – Nov. 23
With songs co-written by “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda,” Disney’s latest film, “Moana,” is sure to be a hit. Starring Auli’i Cravalho as Moana, the young Polynesian princess sets sail in search of a fabled island. Along the way, Moana teams up with the demigod Maui, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.