The big release this week is Bohemian Rhapsody. The buzz isn’t very good though, and I much prefer Mary Queen of Scots. My other recommendation is Suspiria (yep, a remake) and Boy Erased.
Boy Erased stars Lucas Hedges as a 19-year-old outed by his parents (Joel Edgerton and Nicole Kidman) and forced to attend a gay conversion camp. Edgerton wrote, produced, and directed the film, which is based on a true story. And as a fun reminder, Vice President Mike Pence thinks gay conversion camps are totes OK! (And effective! And what Jesus would want. It’s not what Jesus would want.)
Mary Queen of Scots is a historical drama about two battling queens who are also sisters, “beholding each other in fear and fascination.” Margot Robbie is Queen Elizabeth, and Saoirse Ronan is Queen Mary. David Tennant and Gemma Chan show up, and this is going to be so much better than Reign (which, actually, I did like!) I’m pumped.
Nobody’s Fool is a Tyler Perry comedy. It stars Mehcad Brooks, Omari Hardwick, Tika Sumpter, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Bodied is an American battle rap comedy-drama film. It is produced by Eminem.
Searching for Ingmar Bergman is a documentary about filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Welcome to Mercy is a horror movie with a seemingly convoluted plot. But a single mother must face her demons in a remote convent before she becomes the antichrist?
Unlovable stars Melissa Leo as a troubled woman whose life improves when she makes music with a reclusive man (John Hawkes).
A Private War stars Jamie Dornan, Rosamund Pike, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. Pike plays “Marie Colvin,” “One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time.” Colvin died while covering the war in Syria. The film is based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article, “Marie Colvin’s Private War.”
Suspiria, distributed by Amazon and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, which he thinks needs a sequel, which it doesn’t!), stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson, Jessica Harper, Laura Gomez Vargas, and Tilda Swinton. Yes, this is a remake of the 1977 Dario Argento film, which many consider one of the greatest films of all time. And it looks good, but did we need it?
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is an extreme take on the classic children’s ballet, which frankly, did not need an upgrade, it’s been just fine since its debut in 1892, thanks. In this iteration Mother Ginger is a villain, and she presides over the fourth kingdom, which Clara and her pal need to conquer. And Helen Mirren freaking agreed to this! (It has a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Monster Party is a thriller about three thieves who end up stuck at a killer house party when their heist goes awry.
Bohemian Rhapsody Is the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic. Rami Malek is Mercury (and he does a good job, but initially, Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as Mercury, and he left because he has creative disputes with the surviving members of Queen, who wanted a “family-oriented” film, which means Not Gay), and the film follows him up to Live Aid.
Does it feel like this is all the media cares about? Like, the only movie for release this weekend? That may be because it’s not very good.
Coming Wednesday, November 7:
Narcissister Organ Player is a “smart, sassy documentary” about—and directedby:mdash; “the art world’s most acclaimed mix-media and performance artist,” the “masked and merkin-clad” Narcissister. According to the doc’s bio, the artist says you may remember her through such incidents as America’s Got Talent and “public outings with Marilyn Manson.”
Coming Thursday, November 8:
Thugs of Hindostan is a Hindi-language action film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Lloyd Owen. The 1975-set epic follows a band of men hoping to free India (Hindostan) from British rule. Cool.
This weekend on Netflix:
House of Cards, Season 6
ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black
The Holiday Calendar
The Other Side of the Wind
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, Season 4
Coming Sunday, November 4:
And available Monday, November 5:
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons
Today on Hulu:
Into The Dark: Flesh & Blood
Today on Amazon Prime:
Homecoming, Season 1