November falls under the time of the year when studios push their Oscar-potential films into theaters, but this year, audiences can look forward to both these Academy-driven pictures and their favorite superheroes returning to the big screen. Let's take a look at the eight best movies to look forward to this month.
1. Thor: Ragnarok
After the first Thor sequel fell flat with audiences, it was important that Marvel followed it up with a truly thrilling experience for its third film, and with it so far being the best-reviewed Marvel film to date, it's clear they succeeded. Thor Ragnarok follows the titular Avenger as he must fight his way off an alien planet to save Asgard from the Goddess of Death, Hela, and prevent the apocalypse. In addition to Thor and Loki returning to the screen, audiences will see a new, speaking Hulk, as well as be introduced to bounty hunter Valkyrie and Elder of the universe, the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). Packed full of director Taika Waititi's trademark zany humor, stylish direction and breathtaking effects, it promises to be a thrilling November release.
2. Murder On The Orient Express
Agatha Christie has been the brilliant mind behind many of most highly-praised stories in the mystery-detective genre, and Murder on the Orient Express is one of her most celebrated novels. Set in 1930s Europe, the film follows Christie's famed fictional detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to take a break from solving cases, only to find himself wrapped up in a new murder case with a long list of suspects and multiple motives for every potential murderer. With Branagh's eye for period detail, an ensemble cast of phenomenal performers, and an intriguing murder mystery at the center, this is certainly one to see in theaters.
3. Daddy's Home 2
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg have proven time and again to be a brilliant duo when it comes to comedic partnership, and they look to recapture the success of their previous collaboration, Daddy's Home, in this month's sequel. After finally learning to get along with each other in raising their kids, Brad and Dusty must face their latest challenge as their fathers come to visit, as well as Dusty having to deal with his stepchild's biological dad, Roger (John Cena). Promising five times the dad vs. dad antics of the first film and more hilarious chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg, this will certainly be a good outing for the family this month.
4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh has proven himself time and time again to be one of Hollywood's slept-on kings of dark comedy with underrated culty movies including In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, and he looks to keep his streak going with his latest release, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. After Mildred's (Frances McDormand) daughter is murdered and the police still haven't found her killer, the desperate mother decides to buy three billboards just outside of their town directing her anger at the town's sheriff. In McDonagh fashion, a violent and outrageous series of events spirals outward. With a trailer promising a blend of black comedy and real drama, and early reviews showering praise upon the film, this ensemble film should be one of the need-to-watch films this month.
5. Justice League
There's no denying that the Dceu did not get off to a great start, but after the summer hit Wonder Woman, fans celebrated as there were signs of change for the cinematic universe, and November's Justice League hopes to keep this positive trend going. When the mysterious Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons invade Earth to find three Mother Boxes, Batman and Wonder Woman put together a team of metahumans to stop the threat in its tracks and save the world. Despite the personal tragedy for director Zack Snyder during production, Warner Bros. kept the production going with the help of comic book hero director Joss Whedon, and the changes Whedon's supposedly brought to the film has proven to be one of the most anticipated amongst fans and will definitely be one to see on the vibrant big screen.
In what is sure to be one of the most heartstring-plucking films of the year and a surefire Oscar contender for young Tremblay again, Wonder is set to be one of the most powerful films of the month, if not the entire year. Following a boy born with a facial deformity and his attempts to fit in with help from his parents, the compelling story and talented cast will make this a November must-see.
7. Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman has made a successful career around being one of the most prolific character actors in the film industry, delivering a variety of performances from Count Dracula to Sirius Black to Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his next film seeks to add another Academy Award under his belt. Darkest Hour follows British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in his early days leading the country and his struggles pushing back against Hitler's armies in World War II, the titular period of time in which Britain was nearly lost. With trailers highlighting the heightened drama of the war elements and Oldman's powerful performance sparking gossip that the Best Actor Oscar is his to lose this year, this will be one not to miss.
Though it's being delivered about a month late, Disney/Pixar's Coco has been one of the most anticipated animated films of the year. In a rarity in Hollywood these days, the plot has largely been kept a secret, with Pixar only divulging it would be a Dia de los Muertos-set picture and would follow a young Mexican musician. As trailers began to drop and more plot details were revealed, anticipation grew for the film, with footage promising the breathtaking visuals that Pixar has become renowned for and a heartwarming story behind it. With the film finally hitting theaters, audiences can finally marvel at what the animation studio has in store.