We know we say this every month, but choosing just ten DVDs to feature in this month’s New Releases post was next to impossible. Seriously. With so many brilliant new films out, we wanted to share everything…but sadly, we call our monthly new releases posts a “top ten”, so it kind of stands to reason that we’ll only feature ten titles every month. The rules are the rules. Sigh…
Wondering what’s hot this month? As always, we have the answers. Just remember, our Top Ten post isn’t in any particular order (after all, we had enough trouble just choosing ten titles. Having to rank them would likely cause a riot) and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll namedrop a few titles we had to leave out at the end of this post.
Enjoy our DVD picks for November!
Release Date: November 8
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet isn’t going to be easy…
Here’s something that will make you feel old: the first Cars film came out eleven years ago. Cars 3 is a return to what made the first film a Pixar classic, and brings back familiar characters from Radiator Springs, as well as Lightning McQueen’s signature look. Keen-eyed Pixar fans will spot references to The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, Wall-E and more!
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult, Adult
Release Date: November 22
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify a menace that jeopardises not only the city, but the future of the universe.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on Valerian and Laureline; a series of French sci-fi comic books that predates (and is thought to have influenced) George Lucas’ Star Wars films. It’s written and directed by Luc Besson, the writer-director behind 1997 sci-fi classic, The Fifth Element. Besson was so passionate about making Valerian that he waived his own salary to make the film possible. To (err…) “help” the actors get a feel for their roles, Besson wrote a mammoth 600-page book describing the movie’s two hundred alien species in detail, and expected the actors to read it before they started filming. Sounds riveting…
Genre: Television Series, Science Fiction
Release Date: November 8
Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich holiday makers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts”. However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged; but there is a price to be paid.
Hollywood has been trying to remake the 1973 film, Westworld, since the 1990s – in fact, at one point, Arnold Schwarzenegger was to star. That was until serial remaker, J J Abrams, came on board and suggested that Westworld might make a better television adaptation than a feature film. He was right. Season One of Westworld has been a huge success, averaging 11.7 million viewers per episode in America across multiple platforms – one of the most successful first seasons of all time. Season two is set to air in 2018 – and it’s sure to be just as big.
Release Date: November 11
Talented getaway driver, Baby relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After meeting the woman of his dreams, he sees a chance to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break. When he’s coerced into working for a crime boss, Baby must face the music as a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
The name Baby Driver comes from the song of the same name by Simon and Garfunkel, from their 1970 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water – you’ll hear it in the closing credits. Called a “postmodern musical”, music plays constantly throughout Baby Driver, and even the film’s shots are timed to coincide with the beat of each track. During the casting process, writer/director Edgar Wright sent a playlist of songs for the actors to listen to as they read the script. Memo to Luc Besson: that sounds so much more fun than reading a 600-page book about alien races…
Release Date: November 15
Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6; an agent willing to use all of her skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies…
Atomic Blonde is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, by Sam Hart and Antony Johnston. Charlize Theron not only spent five years developing Atomic Blonde, she also worked with no fewer than eight personal trainers to help her prepare for the film’s extensive action sequences – and cracked two teeth in the filming process.
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Release Date: November 29
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Strictly speaking, The Dark Tower isn’t an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series – it’s a continuation of the same story. This film is just the beginning: Stephen King has announced there’ll be a sequel film, and there’ll also be a television series that fills in some of the first film’s backstory.
Genre: Anime, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: Japanese, with subtitles
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: November 8
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?
If you haven’t heard about Your Name yet, chances are, you will soon. It’s the first anime film not associated with Studio Ghibli or Hayao Miyazaki to make ten billion yen at the Japanese box office, and it recently surpassed Spirited Away as the highest-grossing anime movie…ever. Aside from the hype, Your Name is charming fans not only in Japan, but all over the world. J J Abrams and Paramount Pictures have just announced they’ll be working on a live-action remake. Now’s the perfect time to find out what all the fuss is about!
Release Date: November 1
Greg Heffley is looking forward to a long summer of just hanging out, but his mother throws a monkey wrench into his plans when she forces the entire family to take a road trip for a relative’s birthday celebration. His eyes soon light up after he realizes that the excursion is his ticket to a gaming convention to meet YouTube sensation Mac Digby. Greg’s imagination then kicks into overdrive as he sneakily hatches a scheme to attend the expo and gain some much-deserved fame.
The Long Haul is the fourth Diary of a Wimpy Kid film, based on the popular series of books for kids written by Jeff Kinney. Kinney originally envisaged The Long Haul as an animated feature – the previous Wimpy Kid film came out in 2012, and the film’s young cast were too old to reprise their roles. However, The Long Haul was made as a live-action film, featuring an all-new cast. With many more Wimpy Kid books waiting in the wings, talk of a fifth film in the series has already started.
Release Date: November 1
Kumail is a Pakistani comic who meets an American student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim family will think. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her comatose, Kumail begins to develop a bond with her worried parents.
The Big Sick is inspired by the real-life love story of comedian, Kumail Nanjiani (who plays himself in the film) and screenwriter, Emily Gordon (who is played by Zoe Kazan). Over the course of three years, Kumail and Emily wrote the screenplay for The Big Sick together, and the film was released in America on their tenth wedding anniversary. Make sure you watch the end credits, which include photos of the real Emily and Kumail, as well as their parents!
Genre: Drama, Fanstasy
Audience: Junior, Young Adult
Release Date: November 8
Conor is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
A Monster Calls is based on the award-winning 2011 novel by British-American writer, Patrick Ness, who adapted his story into a screenplay himself after he was disappointed by the way that Hollywood filmmakers insisted on making too many changes. From there, his script found its way onto the 2013 Blacklist; an annual listing of the most popular unmade scripts for the year. Just like the book, A Monster Calls is already racking up awards. “For me, what matters is I’m proud of it,” says Ness. “You love your books for their strengths and their flaws. I didn’t think I would feel that way with the film, but I’m really proud with the decisions that were made.”
If you think this is a pretty impressive list, imagine if we had room to include War for the Planet of the Apes, Logan Lucky, Girls Trip or YA sensation, Everything, Everything? And what about groundbreaking environmental documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel? We barely even got to mention the new TV series that are coming out this month, too!
If you don’t want to miss a thing, make sure you take a look at our complete list of November releases – and we’ve already got a heap of titles online for December, January and beyond if you want to get a feel for what’s on the way.