Galileo, Galileo, we will not let Freddie Mercury go. As the logjam of movies seeking your hard-earned cash piles up pre-Christmas, we look at 10 of the biggest November releases.
The musical: Bohemian Rhapsody
Rami Malek’s fake Freddie overbite might be a bit much, and the movie mostly airbrushes the Queen frontman’s more outrageous tendencies, but his star turn is brilliant nonetheless, and the Queen back catalogue will rock you.
Bohemian Rhapsody is out Nov 1
The doco: Fahrenheit 11/9
Less about President Donald Trump and more about the toxic state of partisan politics in America – and the literally toxic waters of famous doco-maker Michael Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan – this sounds the Godwin’s Law klaxon, eerily prescient after Pittsburgh.
Fahrenheit 11/9 is out Nov 1
The Oscar bait: Boy Erased
Aussie filmmaker Joel Edgerton adapts Garrard Conley’s memoir about a boy sent to gay conversion ‘therapy’ by his Baptist parents. Taking the plum role of creepy converter, Lucas Hedges is Oscar nom-likely as the young lead, with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe as his mum and dad, and Troye Sivan as a fellow camper in this weepy flick.
Boy Erased is out Nov 8
The thriller: The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Fresh from ruling The Crown and playing Janet Armstrong in First Man, Claire Foy’s career continues to rocket, as horror movie maestro Fede Alvarez does anEnglish-language reboot of Stieg Larsson’s crime thrillers. We can’t wait to see her bad ass take on bad, man-hunting avenger Lisabeth Salander.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is out Nov 8
The screamer: Suspiria
Tilda Swinton takes on the power of three in this bonkers remake of the already barmy 1977 horror classic. Playing a coven leader and dance teacher, and piling on prosthetics as a male psychoanalyst and a witch queen, 50 Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson steals the show as an ingénue with big plans.
Suspiria is out Nov 8
The blockbuster: Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald
Johnny Depp’s rapidly decreasing popularity is unlikely to ‘avada kedavra’ Harry Potter fans’ love of J.K Rowling’s incredibly inventive world. But is Eddie Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander up to the job of banishing him? And will Jude Law’s Dumbledore finally get to kiss a bloke, given J.K says he’s gay?
Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald is out Nov 15
The swashbuckler: Robin Hood
We thought the Guy Ritchie-led cockney wombling of Charlie Hunham’s King Arthur might have put paid to anachronistic gangsta remakes of folklore greats, but Taron Egerton says, “Hold my beer”. Unconvinced as we are, we’re holding out hope for the full Mendo as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Robin Hood is out Nov 22
The kids: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Disney transforms Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas ballet into an Alice in Wonderland-like adventure. Pitting young The Conjuring star Mackenzie Foy as Princess Clara against a scenery-chewing Helen Mirren as the wicked Mother Ginger, it looks sickly sweet.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is out Nov 22
The ensemble: Widows
Best director Oscar winner Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn deliver this feminist heist flick. Best supporting actress winner Viola Davis (Fences) leads a gang of women played by Australian Elizabeth Debicki, Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez and El Royale breakout Cynthia Erivo clearing the mess left by their dead crim husbands.
Widows is out Nov 22
The fighter: Creed II
The sequel of the sorta Rocky sequel brings back fellow ’80s star Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago with son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) in tow as Sylvester Stallone’s mumbling mentor prepares Michael B. Jordan’s buff-as boxer Adonis Johnson to defend his title. Way too much testosterone, it’s worth it to see Valkyrie Tessa Thompson again.
Creed II is out Nov 29