Alabama Armchair Critic: November at the Movies Has Something for Everyone

Frozen II 
Anytime Disney comes out with an animated feature, there is reason to take notice. In this case, its the eagerly awaited sequel to the 2013 hit Frozen 

Frozen II takes pace three years after the original, as Elsa begins hearing sounds from the north. The sounds prompt Elsa and her sister, Anna, to take a new journey far from home – one that reveals the origin of Elsa’s magical abilities. Opens Nov. 22 (Rated PG) 
 
Terminator: Dark Fate 
Remember all those crummy Terminator sequels that came out after Terminator 2: Judgement Day? Well, according to James Cameron, you can forget all that because Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to the 1991 hit 

Terminator: Dark Fate reunites Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a story that finds Sarah Connor protecting a young girl from a new and more advanced hybrid Terminator that has travelled backwards through time to kill her. Opens Nov. 1 (Rated R) 
 
The Irishman 
If you’re a movie fan, the pedigree of this film alone is worth getting excited about. Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, this film stars no less than Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Peschi, and Harvey Kietel. Needless to say, expectations are high for this drama.  

The Irishman follows a mob hitman and former labor union official who learned his murderous craft on the streets of Italy. Now he looks back at the people and events that shaped his life, including the possible murder of Jimmy Hoffa. Opens Nov. 27 (Rated R) 
 
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
If you can’t get enough of the children’s TV perennial, even after the touching 2017 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, well here’s a biopic starring the only man who could possibly ever play Fred Rogers: Tom Hanks.  

In this biopic, Rogers is interviewed by a jaded journalist (Matthew Rhys from The Americans) who learns the values of love, patience, and empathy – much needed traits in these cynical times. Opens Nov. 22 (Not Yet Rated) 
 
Charlie’s Angels 
In what could be a case of a snake eating its own tail, the new reboot of Charlie’s Angels is not based on the 70s TV show. Instead, it’s a reboot of the 2000 action picture and its 2003 sequel. You can decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but either way, the cast is solid: Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, newcomer Ella Balinska, and Elizabeth Banks.  

The plot isn’t all that different from either the TV show or the movies: a mysterious employer named Charlie recruits three beautiful women to help fight crime for him. Will it kick this iconic series in high gear? We’ll find out. Opens Nov. 15 (Rated PG-13)

Jerry Roberts is an Alabama movie critic and movie fan who believes in Birth-Movies-Death. He is the historian for armchaircinema.com, armchairoscars.com, and he has a blog at overthinkingoscar.wordpress.com.  

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