By Jack Rico
‘This Week In Movies’ is a weekly article that catches you up on all eight new film releases coming out in theaters. With Thanksgiving nearby, we have seven films that provide us with a deeper meaning of life and escape us into world’s not fit for the faint of heart. Read on! As of this writing, we’re in the middle of Novemeber with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Some of the movies released this week will have staying power through the November holiday, but others not so much. My favorite pick of the week is the female-heist movie Widows. The opening sequence is some of the most captivating moviemaking you’ll see all year. Michelle Rodriguez gets to practice some of her Spanish, and oh, get ready for the twists! Art lovers will be interested in Julian Schnabel’s Vincent Van Gogh film – At Eternity’s Gate. Willem Dafoe plays Vincent, while Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac plays Paul Gaugin. And don’t forget Latina actress Isabela Moner (the new Dora the Explorer) in Instant Family. Look at what else is here that you might like to see and GO SEE IT! And remember to listen to our podcast every Friday for our review of movies and interviews with filmmakers and other notable figures of American and Latino pop culture.
Widows (R, 129min, Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller)
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Liam Neeson
Synopsis: Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13, 134min, Adventure | Family | Fantasy)
Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller
Synopsis: The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Instant Family (PG-13, 119min, Comedy | Drama)
Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro
Synopsis: A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.
INDIE & LIMITED RELEASES
At Eternity’s Gate (110min, Biography | Drama)
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen
Synopsis: A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Jonathan (1h 35min, Drama , Sci-Fi )
Director: Bill Oliver
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Suki Waterhouse
Synopsis: Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day.
The Last Race (75min, Documentary | Sport)
Director: Michael Dweck
Cast: Marty Berger, Mike Cappiello, Barbara Cromarty, Jim Cromarty
Synopsis: THE LAST RACE is the portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold onto an American racing tradition as the world around them is transformed by globalization and commercialization.