Here is our Three to Read for the week of November 5th!
Although the big movies usually come out when the sun’s high in the sky, this November’s going to be busting blocks with its pop cinema releases. And many of these big movies are based on…WHAT? Based on books. You guess it. Here they are.
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Based on Marvel’s Thor comics as well as Greg Pak’s classic Planet Hulk, Marvel recruited Flight of the Conchords vet Taika Waititi to direct this installment. Thor traverses the galaxy in a sort of cosmic road trip featuring Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. It’s also funny.
Last Flag Flying
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Based on Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which is a follow-up to his 1970 novel The Last Detail, which was in turn made into a movie in 1973. Last Flag Flying has been described as a sort of “unofficial sequel” to the 1973 movie. Ponicsan co-wrote the screenplay with director Richard Linklater (Before series, Boyhood, School of Rock). The movie stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishbourne.
Murder on the Orient Express
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Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, this Agatha Christie adaptation promises dazzling visuals and a frosty atmosphere. The mystery involves Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Willem Dafoe, and Daisy Ridley doing their best character acting. The trailer makes this look really stylish and pretty big scale for a mystery, but I’m down.
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Based on the comics from DC, Justice League will join Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Ezra Miller’s Flash. The team will take on the dastardly Steppenwolf in a CGI slugfest. It was directed by Zack Snyder before he stepped down from the project following his daughter’s death. Joss Whedon (The Avengers helmer) stepped in to finish Snyder’s job, and it’s looking like a fun summer blockbuster that’s coming out late November for some reason.
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Based on R. J. Palacio’s 2012 novel of the same name, Wonder follows Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity, as he tries to prove to his new schoolmates that he’s just an ordinary kid despite his appearance. His parents, played by Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, are supporting and loving. There’s nothing about this movie that doesn’t sound heartwarming.
Call Me by Your Name
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Directed by Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name is the highly anticipated coming-of-age romance based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year where it was met with critical acclaim. Stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet will probably enjoy some accolades for their performances, and, who knows, Call Me by Your Name might even be greeted by a lil someone I like to call…Oscar (a.ka. The Academy Awards).
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