Box Office Weekend: November 2022

Time flies, whether you have fun or not. Here are this month’s trailers! I’m excited for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Leonor Will Never Die. (Good thing time flies because the latter will be released at the end of the month!)

In theaters now:

One Piece Film: Red is a pirate anime film.

Dear Zoe is a teen drama about grief.

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams is a documentary about the life of Salvatore Ferragamo.

The Estate stars Toni Collette and Anna Faris as two sisters trying to win over their curmudgeonly aunt, who is also terminally ill. Surprise! So is everyone else.

Streaming today on Amazon:

My Policeman stars Harry Styles as a gay policeman in a straight marriage in 1950s England.

And on AppleTV+

Causeway is a drama starring Brian Tyree Henry and Jennifer Lawrence as a military veteran struggling to adjust to civilian life after suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me is a documentary about the pop star after her diagnosis of lupus, depression, and anxiety in 2015.

Currently streaming on Netflix:

The Takeover is an action movie about an ethical hacker framed for murder.

Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman, is about a man destined to die after his king perishes. 

Enola Holmes 2, the sequel to 2020’s Enola Homes, follows Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola as she opens her own detective agency. People seem happy with it!

Available November 8:

The Claus Family 2 follows a teenager as he prepares for Christmas. He’s like King Charles, when he was still a prince.

Coming November 9:

The Soccer Football Movie is an animated movie about four young soccer fans who help their idols.

Streaming November 10:

Falling for Christmas stars Lindsay Lohan as as a woman who falls in love with a man and small town charm after a skiing accident.

Lost Bullet 2 is an action film. With cars and vengeance.

State of Alabama vs. Brittany Smith is a documentary about Brittany Smith, who attempted to cite Alabama’s Stand Your Ground Laws when she was accused of murder; Smith says the man she shot had raped and almost killed her. 

In theaters Friday, November 11:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett. Ryan Coogler returns as director. Wright will take the helm as Black Panther, and we are going to cry so hard. The leaders of Wakanda struggle to protect their nation after the death of T’Challa.

Burning at Both Ends stars Cary Elwes as a member of the French Resistance (and radio broadcaster).

Uunchai is a Hindi-language adventure drama about a group of friends determined to climb Mount Everest.

Bar Fight! stars Melissa Fumero, Luka Jones, and Rachel Bloom. A couple engages in a turf war for their favorite dive after a breakup.

A Couple is a French drama. Nathalie Boutefeu stars as Sophia Tolstoy, and delivers her monologues, adapted from her letters and journals. Yes! Give a voice to that poor woman.

Spirited, a comedy, stars Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. Ferrell is the Ghost of Christmas Present, who selects a “dark soul” to rehabilitate every year. This year, it’s a soul that can’t be saved, who is portrayed by Reynolds. The film will stream on AppleTV+ on November 18. 

Coming to Netflix that day:

Capturing the Killer Nurse is a documentary about the events chronicled in The Good Nurse. Let’s have all our questions answered, thanks to director Tim Travers Hawkins, who chronicles the efforts of a nurse and two small-town detectives to identify and capture serial killer Charles Cullen. A trailer was not available at press time.

Don’t Leave is a toxic drama about a man who appears to be toxic as hell. 

Is That Black Enough for You?!? is a documentary about Black cinema in the 1970s. Directed by Elvis Mitchell, interviewees include Charles Burnett, Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Zendaya, and more.

Monica, O My Darling is a Hindi film: “A young man desperately tries to make it big with some unlikely allies and a dastardly diabolical plan to pull off the perfect murder.”

My Father’s Dragon is an animated film from Cartoon Saloon (who make excellent movies that always get snubbed at the Oscars) about a little boy who runs away and meets a dragon. I started crying almost immediately. It is an adaptation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s children’s book.

Available November 14:

Stutz is a documentary starring Jonah Hill and his therapist.

In theaters Tuesday, November 15:

Prorok is a Polish film about Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, who was imprisoned for three years for opposing communism in the 1950s.

Streaming on Netflix November 16:

In Her Hands is a documentary about Zarifa Ghafari, a woman who was elected mayor in Afghanistan at 26. As the country unravels, she struggles to protect her citizens and stay alive.

The Lost Lotteries, a Thai comedy, finds five strangers joined together to steal winning lottery tickets from a mafia. It feels like an upgrade to Gone in 60 Seconds.

Off Track is a Swedish comedy. A single mother agrees to a ski trip with her perfectionist brother. A trailer was not available at press time.

The Wonder, adapted from Emma Donoghue’s novel, stars Florence Pugh as a nurse sent to the Irish countryside to observe a young girl who is alive despite fasting for four months. 

And November 17:

Christmas with You is about a pop star who goes to a small town to grant a fan’s wish and falls in love with Freddie Prinze, Jr.

In theaters Friday, November 18:

Memories of My Father, written by David Trueba and directed by Fernando Trueba, is an adaptation of Héctor Abad Faciolince’s 2006 memoir about his father, Héctor Abad Gómez, an outspoken Colombian medical doctor who was murdered in 1987. The film was released in Colombia in 2020.

Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter is a documentary about the famous chef, who died in 2013.

The Inspection stars Jeremy Pope, Raúl Castillo, McCaul Lombardi, Aaron Dominguez, Eman Esfandi, Aubrey Joseph, and Andrew Kai, with Bokeem Woodbine, and Gabrielle Union. Written and directed by Elegance Bratton, the film tells the story of his early life and decision to join the military as a gay man.

When Men Were Men is an LGBTQ+ film from Ireland. Written, produced, directed, and acted by trans/non-binary filmmakers Izzi Rojas and Aidan Dick, the film follows a bullied teen who finds relief in the theater.

She Said, adapted from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s 2019 book, chronicles to NYT’s investigation into megacreep Harvey Weinstein. Kantor and Twohey are portrayed by Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan. 

The Menu, if The Bear was made for a different audience, stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, John Leguizamo, Judith Light, and Hong Chau. Taylor-Joy and Hoult are a young couple who travel to a remote island to enjoy a tasting menu from a celebrity chef, who plans on a Most Dangerous Game after dinner. I appreciate that Taylor-Joy is having a bad time.

Bad Axe is a documentary from David Siev, tracing his family’s history in Bad Axe, Michigan, focusing primairily on their efforts to keep their restaurant open during the pandemic and after, in spite of closures and a staggering increase in racial hostility. I think we should all see this!

Coming to Netflix that day:

Slumberland stars Jason Momoa as an “eccentric outlaw” on a mission to help a girl “flee her nightmares.”

The Violence Action is a Japanese film about a teen girl leading a double life as an assassin. Sounds fun.

In theaters Wednesday, November 23:

Bones and All stars Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, and Mark Rylance. It is directed by Luca Guadagnino. The cannibal rom-com is adapted from the 2015 novel by Camille DeAngelis.

Strange World is an animated film from Disney. Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union, and Lucy Liu lend voices to a family of explorers whose “differences threaten their mission.” Of note: the teenage son is a gay character, so yay! 

The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on his youth, stars  Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch. The protagonist, Sammy, an aspiring director, learns the healing power of film. 

Devotion, adapted from Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos, is about the friendship between two Naval aviators, Thomas Hudner and Jesse Brown, who served in the Korean War. Hudner is played by Glen Powell, and Brown by Jonathan Majors. 

And on Netflix:

Christmas on Mistletoe Farm, which lacked a trailer at press time, follows a widowed father who moves his brood to the country. They love the mistletoe farm (I’m sorry, the what), while he does not. Celia Imrie, who is better than this, has a credit in the film.

Lesson Plan, which lacks a trailer, sounds truly awful. An ex-cop takes over his murdered friend’s classroom to root out a gang in this Polish drama.

The Swimmers is a drama (and true story) about two sisters who flee war-torn Damascus to swim in the Rio Olympic games.

Who’s a Good Boy? is a Mexican teen comedy. A high school boy aims to date the popular girl and lose his virginity before graduating.

Streaming the next day:

The Noel Diary stars Justin Hart as a successful novelist who falls in love during Christmas time.

In theaters Friday, November 25

The Son stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Anthony Hopkins, and Vanessa Kirby. Directed by Florian Zeller, and adapted from his 2018 play, the film is sort of a companion to Zeller’s The Father. Jackman is a father who attempts to steer his teenage son out of depression while juggling his second family and career.

Leonor Will Never Die, a Filipino comedy-drama, and the directorial debut of Martika Ramirez Escobar (who wrote and produced the film), “blurs fiction and reality” when a retired screenwriter falls into a coma and finds herself living in her scripts. I am excited to see this. If you see only one movie this month it should be this one.

Streaming on Netflix on November 30:

A Man of Action, of which absolutely no information was available at press time.

My Name is Vendetta is an Italian mob thriller.

The Lost Patient, a French mystery, follows a man who tries to solve the murder of his family with the help of his psychiatrist. A trailer was not available at press time.

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