A Look at the Movies of November 2016

Whew, it's been such a busy month so far. I'm finally coming around to this. Holiday movie season is upon us.  Here's my overview of what's scheduled to hit film theaters this month.

Ali and Nino
This romantic drama set in Baku in the early 1900s follows the love story of a Muslim boy from Azerbaijan and a Christian girl from Georgia.

Brad Pitt is an intelligence officer in North Africa in 1942 and Marion Cotillard is a French Resistance fighter in this historic action drama, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Despite tabloid rumors, the stars have denied any off-screen romance that may have contributed to the much-publicized breakup of Pitt's high-profile marriage to Angelina Jolie.

Almost Christmas
For the first time since their mother died, a dysfunctional family gathers together for Thanksgiving. The cast includes Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, Omar Epps, and others.

Always Shine
In this thriller, tensions mount during a visit to Big Sur to revive a friendship.

The Anthropologist
Here's a documentary chronicling an American teenager's travels over five years alongside her mother, who is studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities.

Amy Adams plays a linguist recruited by the military to translate newly discovered alien communication. The movie is an adaptation of a short story by Ted Chiang titled "Story of Your Life." It also stars Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

Asperger's Are Us
Here's a documentary about four friends on the Autism spectrum who prepare for one final show of their comedy troupe before going their separate ways.

Bad Santa 2
Billy Bob Thornton returns as Willie, the conman posing as Santa Claus. This time he plots to rob a charity on Christmas Eve. Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, and Kathy Bates are also in the cast.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Here's a documentary that looks at the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along and what they've been up to since its Broaday debut in 1981.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
A nineteen-year old soldier returns home a hero after serving in Iraq and flashbacks reveal the brutal reality of war. The drama stars Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, and more. It's directed by the great Ang Lee.

Bleed for This
Miles Teller plays true-life boxer Vinny Pazienza who made an amazing comeback after a near fatal car crash. The biopic also stars Katey Sagal and Aaron Eckhart.

Blessed Are the Children
This looks awful. An abortion leads to supernatural horror.

Blood on the Mountain
This documentary focuses on environmental and economic injustice in West Virginia.

Come and Find Me
Aaron Paul plays a guy searching for his missing girlfriend and discovers that she wasn't whom she pretended to be.

I don't really know what the title means, but the description of this flick is, "Set in the world of college theater, the film probes fascism and fierce competition in arts."

Dear Zindagi
An aspiring cinematographer meets a free thinker.

Disturbing the Peace
This documentary tells the story of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who all become peace activists.

Doctor Strange
The most anticipated movie of the season is here -- Benedict Cumberbatch plays the latest Marvel superhero to receive the big screen treatment.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks
This animated flick of the Doctor's greatest enemies debuts in the United Kingdom.

Dog Eat Dog
Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe star in a crime thriller about a gangster who hires ex-cons to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

Don't Call Me Son
Made in Brazil, this drama is about a man who discovers that he was stolen as a child and has to deal with his biological family.

The Drama Club
Friends who haven't seen each other in 20 years make some alcohol-fueled bad decisions.

The Eagle Huntress
This documentary tells the awesome story of a 13-year-old girl training to become the first female eagle hunter in her family in twelve generations.

The Edge of Seventeen
Hailee Steinfeld stars as a girl in high school trying to deal with her best friend dating her older brother. The cast also includes Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson.

Paul Verhoeven directs this adaptation of Philippe Djian's novel about a businesswoman hunting down an unknown man who raped her.

A young boy begins to question his existence when a dead body washes up in his town where only women and fellow young boys live.

The Eyes of My Mother
After tragedy strikes her quiet country life, a young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Will this Harry Potter prequel, starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, and Samantha Morton, be another blockbuster?

Force 2
I don't even know what Force 1 was! Apparently it was about a vengeful drug-dealing gangster targeting and terrorizing an entire police unit and their families.

Friend Request
After a high school girl unfriends a stranger online, a demonic presence starts killing her closest friends.

Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson directs this biopic about a World War II American Army Medic, played by Andrew Garfield, who refused to kill people and became the first Conscientious Objector in American History to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Harry Benson: Shoot First
The career of the photographer who snapped iconic images of The Beatles, Muhammed Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is revealed.

Joe and Caspar Hit the Road USA
In their last movie, Youtube personalities Joe Snugg and Caspar Lee traveled through Europe. Now they take a road trip across America.

Kill Command
In the near future, man must battle killing machines.

Lazy Eye
A graphic designer reconnects with a lost love at a house in the desert.

Life on the Line
Starring John Travolta, a crew of men working to fix the electrical grid try to survive a sudden, deadly storm. Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone also star.

A quarter-century after being lost in Calcutta and adopted by an Australian family, a man tries to find his lost family. Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and Dev Patel star.

The Love Witch
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to make men fall in love with her.

Based on a true story in 1958 Virginia, an interracial couple is sent to prison when they marry.

This documentary looks at Magnus Carlsen, who started as a child prodigy and became a chess champion.

Manchester by the Sea
An uncle is forced to take care of a teenage nephew when the boy's father dies. The cast includes Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler.

Mifune: The Last Samurai
Narrated by Keanu Reeves, here's a documentary about legendary actor Toshiro Mifune.

Miss Sloane
Jessica Chastain stars as a powerful and ruthless lobbyist.

I'm excited to hear the music by Lyn-Manuel Miranda in this animated movie about a young woman sailing for a fabled island with the demi-god Maui, voiced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The Monster
A mother and daughter break down on a deserted road and face a horrifying beast.

My Dead Boyfriend
A woman discovers her couch potato boyfriend dead at home and then discovers the truth about who he really was.

Nocturnal Animals
Amy Adams plays an art gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband's violent thriller novel. The cast also includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, and Michael Sheen.

No Pay, Nudity
Gabriel Byrne plays an aging actor who has lost his way. Nathan Lane also stars.

Notes on Blindness
Based on a true story, a man becomes blind and starts keeping an audio-diary of his experience.

Officer Downe
In this adaptation of a graphic novel, a police officer who can't be stopped by death continues to fight crime.

Off the Rails
This documentary tells the fascinating tale of a man with Asperger's syndrome whose love of the New York City transit system has landed him in jail dozens of times for impersonating subway workers.

Old Stone
A taxi driver battles bureaucracy and legal manipulation in China.

On the Map
Here's another documentary, this one chronicling the 1977 Israeli team that won the European Cup.

A programmer and a comedy performer are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work.

Peter and the Farm
In this documentary, an isolated farmer tries to convince the filmmakers to shoot his suicide.

Rainbow Time
A developmentally delayed man has a crush on his brother's new girlfriend and threatens to tear them apart.

Rules Don't Apply
Warren Beatty directs and stars in this unconventional love story about an aspiring actress, her driver, and the eccentric billionaire, Howard Hughes, for whom they work.

This documentary examines the link humans and animals have to the seasons.

Shut In
Naomi Watts plays a widowed child psychologist living in isolation who tries to rescue a young boy during a deadly winter storm.

The Similars
A strange phenomenon affects a group of people waiting for a bus heading to Mexico City in 1968.

Stage Coach: The Texas Jack Story
Trace Adkins stars in this Western about a robber hunted by a vengeful U.S. Marshal.

A Street Cat Named Bob
The life of a recovering drug addict is changed when he meets a stray cat.

The Take
Originally titled Bastille Day, Idris Elba stars in this film about an anti-terrorist mission in France.

Trash Fire
Adrian Grenier is a man forced to confront his past.

If you like the troll dolls, here's an animated feature film about them.

The True Memoirs of an International Assassin
Kevin James is the titular hitman, or more accurately, a bestselling author pretending to be one.

Uncle Kent 2
I never saw Uncle Kent 1, but in this sequel apparently Kent Osborne goes to a comic book convention and loses his mind.

USS Indianopolis: Men of Courage
An American navy ship is sunk in shark-infested during World War II. Nicolas Cage stars.

Enjoy the movies!