November’s Top Movies

November 6

  • Incredibles 2

    photo for Incredibles 2 Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack — whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Vitals: Director: Brad Bird. Stars: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 118 min., Family, Box office gross: $607.899 million, Disney. Extras: Theatrical short: “Bao,” commentary. Blu-ray adds “Auntie Edna” mini-movie; deleted scenes; “Super Stuff” featurette; “Heroes & Villains” mini-docs; “Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird”; outtakes & stories; more. 3 stars

  • BlacKkKlansman

    photo for BlacKkKlansman From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970s Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world. Based on the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. Vitals: Director: Spike Lee. Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Eggold, Paul Walter Hauser. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 134 min., Drama, Box office gross: $47.128 million, Universal. Extras: “A Spike Lee Joint” featurette in which producer Jordan Peele, cast and film subject Ron Stallworth discuss the unique experience of working with iconic director Spike Lee; “BlacKkKlansman” extended trailer featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep.” 3 stars

  • Christopher Robin

    photo for Christopher Robin In the heartwarming live action adventure the young boy who shared countless adventures with his band of lovable stuffed animals in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up and living in London … but he has lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too) to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasures in life once again. Vitals: Director: Marc Forster. Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Chris O’Dowd, Toby Jones, Jim Cummings, Peter Capaldi, Mark Gatiss, Brad Garrett, Sophie Okonedo. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG, 104 min., Adventure-Comedy, Box office gross: $96.611 million, Disney. Blu-ray extras: “In Which … A Movie Is Made for Pooh”: Filmmakers and cast share their passion for this story in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie; “In Which … Pooh Finds His Voice”: Discover what it’s like to voice Winnie the Pooh, from voice actors Sterling Holloway to Jim Cummings”; “In Which … Pooh and Walt Become Friends”: How did Walt Disney and Pooh meet? Take a journey through time to explore the legacy of Walt’s first encounter with Pooh; “In Which … Pooh and Friends Come to Life”: See how Winnie the Pooh and Friends were brought to life as walking and talking stuffed animals in this magical live-action world. 2 stars


November 13

  • Alpha

    photo for Alpha An adventure set in the last Ice Age that tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first bison hunt with his Cro-Magnon tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives. Vitals: Director: Albert Hughes. Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhe, Jóhannes Hakur Jóhannesson, Leonor Varela. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 96 min., Adventure, Box office gross: $35.643 million, Sony. Extras: Two featurettes: “The Wolf Behind Alpha” and “Boy & Wolf.” Blu-ray adds two additional featurettes: “Building the World” and “A Hero’s Journey”; director’s cut; alternate opening and ending; deleted scenes. 2 stars

  • The Meg

    photo for The Meg Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it – an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean – carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard – he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon – the largest marine predator that ever existed – still be alive … and on the hunt? Vitals: Director: Jon Turteltaub. Stars: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 113 min., Action, Box office gross: $143.005 million, Warner. Extras: “Chomp on This: Making The Meg,” “Creating the Beast,” New Zealand Film Commission. 2 stars

  • Mile 22

    photo for Mile 22 Mark Wahlberg plays James Silva, an operative of the CIA’s most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. Fast-paced combat cinema. Vitals: Director: Peter Berg. Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey, John Malkovich. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $35.833 million, Universal. Extras: “Overwatch” featurette about “Overwatch”, the para-military division in the film; “Introducing Iko” spotlight on world-renowned action star Iko Uwais; “Iko Fight” interview with Iko Uwais; “Bad Ass Women” behind-the-scenes with stars Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey; “BTS Stunts”; “Modern Combat” featurette; “Colombia” tour Bogota, Colombia with the cast and filmmakers; trailers. 2 stars


November 20

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    photo for Crazy Rich Asians The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere. Based on the best-selling book. Vitals: Director: Jon M. Chu. Stars: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang, Chris Pang, Sonoya Mizuno, Jing Lusi, Ronny Chieng, Pierre Png. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 120 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $171,421 million, Warner. Extras: Commentary by director Jon M. Chu and novelist Kevin Kwan. 3 stars

  • Blindspotting

    photo for Blindspotting Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in. Vitals: Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada. Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kevin Carroll. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: R, 95 min., Comedy-Drama, Box office gross: $4.333 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Deleted Scenes, “Straight From the Town: Making Blindspotting” featurette, “Carlos López Estrada: A Director’s Featurette,” audio commentary with director Carlos López Estrada, audio commentary with writers/actors Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. 2 stars

  • Kin

    photo for Kin Recently released from prison, Jimmy (Jack Reynor) hopes to reconnect with his younger adopted brother, Eli (Myles Truitt), and estranged father (Dennis Quaid). But after a run-in with a vengeful criminal (James Franco), Jimmy and Eli become fugitives with one hope for survival: a metallic box from another dimension that transforms into a superpowered weapon and leads Eli to discover his true identity — a hero destined for greatness. Vitals: Director: Jonathan and Josh Baker. Stars: Jack Reynor, Zoë Kravitz, Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Myles Truitt. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $5.718 million, Lionsgate. Extras: Audio commentary with co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker and screenwriter Daniel Casey; “Thicker Than Water: The Making of Kin” 8-Part documentary; “Enhanced Visual FX Breakdown” featurette; “Bag Man: Original Short” with optional audio commentary by co-directors Jonathan and Josh Baker; 10 Deleted scenes; “Learned Behavoir: Special Features at Work” hour-long round table discussion between Jonathan and Josh Baker and “10 Cloverfield Lane” director Dan Trachtenberg, “Swiss Army Man” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, legendary special features producer Laurent Bouzereau (“Jaws,” “Back to the Future,” “Ready Player One”) and special features godfather Kevin Smith. 2 stars


November 27

  • Searching

    photo for Searching After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever. Vitals: Director: Aneesh Chaganty. Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La. 2018, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 102 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $25.944 million, Sony. Extras: “Changing the Language Of Cinema” featurette, “Update Username: Cast and Characters” featurette, “Searching for Easter Eggs,” audio commentary with writer-director Aneesh Chaganty & writer-producer Sev Ohanian. 2 stars

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