School holidays are almost here and the box office are ready with animated features like Trolls and Pokemon the Movie. Check out our list of must-watch movies for the month of November 2016.
Trolls are colourful creatures that live in their little village where music, dance and hugs makes the world go round. When some of the Trolls are kidnapped by the Troll-eating Borgens, it is up to Princess Poppy and her grumpy and pessimist friend, Branch, to try and the save them.
Based on the toy line for children with zappy hair colours, Dreamworks Animation brings the second feature animation ever made for the franchise and turns it into a modern musical adventure with poppy tunes and electronica. Voiced by a snazzy cast with Justin Timberlake as the survivalist, Branch, Anna Kendrick as the merry Poppy, and additional characters by Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand and James Corden, the movie is a medley of musical tunes courtesy of Timberlake, Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande.
Release Date: 3 November 2016
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
After returning from the war in Iraq, war hero Private Billy Lynn tours the United States ending with a halftime show at a Thanksgiving football game. As Billy makes his halftime walk, he recalls what happened during the war and the lives lost.
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Ben Fountain, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is a war drama that stars newcomer Joe Alywn as the titular character, supported by a well-known cast of Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin. This Chinese-American collaboration is directed by Ang Lee, uses the 120 frames per second frame rate recording similar to the “Life of Pi”, making it the movie with the highest (and smoothest) frame rate that will be screened in cinemas.
Release Date: 10 November 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
When Newt Scamander arrives for the Magical Congress of the United States of America, a magical briefcase containing a host of dangerous creatures and their lairs was opened and set upon the world. As Newt sets out to recover these fantastical beasts, he has to be careful not to further strain the tense relationship between the wizards and the no-magics, and also avoid the attention of the New Salem Philanthropic Society who wants to destroy all wizards.
From what we have seen from the trailers, expect this movie to be full of fantasy and magical creatures in a period setting. Director David Yates is back to recreate the world of Harry Potter in this movie and there is potential that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” could be turned into another Harry Potter-like franchise.
Release Date: 17 November 2016
Pokemon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Ash Ketchum and his friends find themselves at the doors to a mechanical city that has been guarded by Volcanion for 500 years. When an evil minister of the Azoth Kingdom tries to steal Volcanion’s power source, the Heart-Soul, Ash and Volcanion must learn to trust each other and work together to fend off a new mystical and mechanical Pokémon trying to steal the Heart-Soul.
Thanks to the popularity of Pokémon Go, fans who has not followed previous movies in the series will be equally excited about watching this latest episode. Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka and directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, “Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel” will be the last movie for the Pokémon: XY series and will feature a few new and unknown Pokémons. So put on your trainer’s cap and head to the nearest cinema to soak up the Pokémon fever.
Release Date: 24 November 2016
5-year old Saroo Brierly was separated from his family after falling asleep on a train in India. Adopted by an Australian family, the older Saroo is determined to reunite with his real family and uses Google Earth to search for them.
Adapted from the amazing but non-fictional story by Saroo Brierley himself, this feature length directorial debut by Australian director, Garth Davis, was secured by the Weinstein Company to be its Oscar bid, after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.
Release Date: 24 November 2016