November is traditionally not a very popular month for big films, as the studios typically keep their big-budget heavy hitters for the December holiday season and focus on getting their more serious Oscar bait out of the barn.
That being said, we’ve still got a couple of intriguing titles coming up this month, including a new addition to the Harry Potter universe, and a couple of interesting animated films, from Malaysia’s very own Upin Dan Ipin: Jeng Jeng Jeng! to Trolls. Or if you’re still playing Pokemon Go, you could always go watch Pokemon The Movie: Volcanion And The Mechanical Marvel.
Here are eight movies we will definitely be watching:
Ouija: Origin Of Evil (Nov 3)
Cast: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson
Director: Mike Flanagan
In 1965, a widowed mother and her two daughters operate a scam psychic seance business, but after adding an ouija board to their “act”, the youngest daughter accidentally summons an evil spirit into their house and is possessed by it.
Why you should watch it: Halloween may be over, but the horror movies never stop coming. Ouija’s trailers have been super-scary so far, and that scene of the little girl whispering demonic sweet nothings into her sister’s ear is creepy as hell (pun intended).
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand
Director: Mike Mitchell
The Trolls have been living a happy, peaceful existence since escaping from the horrid Bergens, who ate Trolls just to become happy. One day, a huge party thrown by Princess Poppy attracts the attention of a lone Bergen named Chef, who kidnaps several Trolls. It is now up to Poppy and the grouchy Branch to go rescue their friends.
Why you should watch it: Remember the Troll dolls, those ugly but cute toys that were invented decades ago and never seemed to go away? Well, they’re back, and judging from this fun and pretty entertaining movie, they’re here to stay. Great fun for kids, and also adults who can’t let go of their Troll doll collection.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Nov 10)
Cast: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Ben Platt
Director: Ang Lee
Billy Lynn is a 19-year-old private who, after surviving an intense battle in Iraq, is brought home for a promotional tour with his troops and an appearance during the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game.
Why you should watch it: Set during a single day, this movie looks like a real emotional ride that explores the feelings and emotions going through Billy’s mind as he is honoured for “the worst day of my life”. It’s interjected with some action-packed flashbacks to Billy’s terrible experience in Iraq. Look for this Ang Lee-directed film to be among the movies mooted for an Oscar next year.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Nov 17)
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman
Director: David Yates
Set several decades before Harry Potter was even born, this new addition to the Potterverse focuses on the legendary wizard Newt Scamander and his adventures en route to writing the wizarding community bestseller Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
Why you should watch it: Well, it’s a return to the Harry Potter universe, for starters, and if there’s one thing that particular cinematic franchsie has given us, it’s lots of entertaining magic fun. Plus it’s a movie about wizards and monsters. What could be more fun than that?
Upin Dan Ipin: Jeng Jeng Jeng! (Nov 24)
Cast: Asyiela Putri, Puteri Balqis, Awie, Remy Ishak, Sara Ali
Director: Erma Fatima, Hajah Ainon Ariff
An animation/live-action combo about Malaysia’s favourite animated brothers, Upin and Ipin, who enter the human world and and befriend a young girl who is a big fan of theirs.
Why you should watch it: If you’re not a fan in the first place, then this probably wouldn’t entice you to go watch it. If you (or more likely, your kids) are a fan of Upin and Ipin, then catching this is really is a no-brainer.
Keeping Up With The Joneses (Nov 24)
Cast: Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Maribeth Monroe
Director: Greg Mottola
A suburban couple finds out that their new neighbours are government spies, and get caught up in an international conspiracy.
Why you should watch it: Yes, it reminds us of that 2010 Tina Fey/Steve Carell movie Date Night, where a normal couple gets caught up in bad things, but the star-studded cast here alone is worth the ticket price, plus it’s directed by the guy who also did Superbad, so it should at least be funny to watch Zach Galifianakis pretend to be a spy. Oh, and it has Wonder Woman.
Lion (Nov 24)
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Garth Davis
A five-year-old Indian boy boards the wrong train and ends up thousands of miles from home … in Australia! A quarter century later, he discovers Google Earth and decides to use it to find his long-lost family.
Why you should watch it: Mmm, we can smell the scent of Oscars in the air. Based on a true story told in the novel A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, this should be a real powerful, emotional journey. It’s also got a great cast, with Dev Patel playing Saroo and Nicole Kidman playing his adopted mother.
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion And The Mechanical Marvel (BM: Nov 10/English: Nov 24)
Cast: Rica Matsumoto, Yuki Kaji, Mariya Ise, Mayuki Makiguchi
Director: Kunihiko Yuyama
Ash Ketchum meets an unknown Pokemon called Volcanion who crashes down from the sky, the two of them are bound together. The team then comes to a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention known as the Artificial Pokemon Magearna.
Why you should watch it: Suddenly, a wild Pokemon movie appears! Sure, the Pokemon Go craze seems to have died down a little, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had in watching a Pokemon movie, and if you’re a fan, you’ve really got to catch ’em all!