The Fabelmans; glass onion.
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Happy Thanksgiving! I like to think this is just practice for the many more holiday celebrations and family dinners around the corner. So, if Turkey Day is overwhelming and you need some time to relax, there are plenty of options for that too. Of course there’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and strange world to watch with the whole family (you could also fire up home alone 2, who turns 30 this week if getting ready for the holiday spirit is your thing). Or you and the cousins can sneak off to check out Timothée Chalamet’s new cannibal romance. We’ve also snuck in a few Thanksgiving-inspired movies to make sure there’s plenty of entertainment to choose from beforehand and after you’re full on Thursday.
It’s like dusk with cannibals. OK, maybe that’s the case a bit farbut Timotheé Chalamet and Taylor Russell play two cannibal misfits, Lee and Maren, who find each other and escape on a road trip, running away from other eaters. bones and all distorts more horror than director Luca Guadagnino call me by your namebut it’s still a beautiful romance.
A new Steven Spielberg film to ring in the holidays is a big treat. Instead of directing a musical, however, Spielberg has joined the writing trend of turning his own life story into a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film The Fabelmans. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play the parents of young aspiring filmmaker Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle).
The rollout for Disney Animation’s latest film has apparently been quieter compared to its usual princess fare, but strange world come to the cinemas, everyone! Inspired by meaty adventure stories of yore, strange world centers around the Clade family, a famous lineage of explorers in the city of Avalonia. When Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) goes missing, his son Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal) stays behind and discovers a life-saving plant. It’s only when this plant is threatened that Searcher sets out to investigate what’s going on with his wife Meridian (Gabrielle Union) and son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White). It’s a nice little movie to keep your kids entertained with this weekend, and it’s a Disney movie that finally has more than an “all gay moment,” so that’s nice.
A new Rian Johnson movie is in the works. Two years (and a new distributor) later, the sequel to Johnson’s word-of-mouth hit is finally in theaters — sadly for just one week. glass onion takes detective Benoit Blanc to Greece to attend (and then investigate) a murder mystery party gone wrong, and with yet another deliciously stacked cast, the sequel deserves even better raves than the original. but knife out is quiet Killer and has actually become a Thanksgiving movie in my household. It’s got fall vibes, cable knit sweaters, family gatherings going haywire? Yes, that sounds like vacation.
If you prefer a Thanksgiving movie with a slower, psychologically dramatic burndown, The human is it. Set about a family’s Christmas dinner, playwright Stephen Karam made his feature film debut in this A24 adaptation of his play. The film stays with the Blake family as their tensions, concerns, affections, and worries coalesce into one moody piece of disturbing wit. It’s probably not exactly the family-friendly film proposal some of you are looking for, but for others it’s perfect.
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig could have their next collaboration, White noise, coming out soon but Mistress America was the last time actor-writer (and director) Gerwig worked with now-husband Baumbach. Franz Ha He certainly and deservedly gets the most praise, but Gerwig shines as the fun and slightly messy older stepsister of Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely college freshman in New York. Now why am I imploring you to watch this over Thanksgiving weekend? Well, its peak comes during the holiday season, even with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Besides, why wouldn’t you want to see Gerwig hilariously smash all the one-liners in this movie?
City Boy and Country Girl – You can probably get the gist of the film just through this dynamic, though son in law is a messy little comedy and stars Pauly Shore and Carla Gugino as the aforementioned boys and girls, Crawl and Rebecca. The two play close college friends, and when Thanksgiving rolls around the corner, Rebecca takes Crawl to visit family in South Dakota. It’s quite a fish-out-of-water scenario, to say the least.
I’m not a real cook when it comes to Thanksgiving, but I am am the one that wakes my siblings to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at dawn. Watching the parade is a tradition because where else can you see giant SpongeBob and Grogu balloons floating in the air and Broadway numbers and Celebrities lip-synching to pop hits from the comfort of your couch? It is fun! And for cord cutters, you can even stream the parade on Peacock this year.
yes i add Andor again, and what about it? Andor is really the Girl (Girl is the best in this case war of stars Series). And if you’ve slacked off cheering for Tony Gilroy’s show, now’s the perfect time, because not only is it the long bank holiday weekend, the series is also celebrating its season finale today. Disney even debuts the first two episodes of Andor across Hulu, ABC, Freeform and FX, so there’s really no excuse to miss out on Diego Luna’s incredible peak performance.
The show that got me through high school is back, baby. Spencer Reid may not be returning (boo!), but several other fan favorites – most from last season’s cast – are back, from Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) to David Rossi (Joe Mantegna). The gang getting back together might not go over as well as the original 2005 series, but we love a crime series, don’t we?
The torch is passed from Christina Ricci to Jenna Ortega, and Ortega’s (Latina!) Wednesday is really crazy, scary, and cool as hell. The new series, directed by Tim Burton, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, follows our eponymous heroine as she transfers to Evermore Academy and finds herself in the middle of a dark mystery. And while Wednesday is more YA than the beloved The Addams family movies ever were, i’m such a sucker for this show. She’s like a goth Nancy Drew! How can I Not like that?
No, Kumail Nanjiani will not play a stripper. Instead, he plays Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the mogul behind Chippendales, the men’s strip empire. Based on a true story Welcome to Chippendales tells Banerjee’s life, probably accompanied by a barrage of 80’s hits, just so you know it’s you in the 80s. Rounding out the cast are Murray Bartlett, Annaleigh Ashford, Juliette Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Dan Stevens and more.
Need a break from RuPaul’s Drag Race but want to stay in orbit of the queens you love? To attempt Were here, an HBO series starring Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka. The trio of queens travel from small town to town to help one nominee and her community live their drag queen dreams for a day. It’s quite heartfelt, and with its third season arriving this weekend, there’s a lot of catching up to do.
Likewise! Read our streaming recommendations from the weekend of 18.11. The next list of Vulture’s weekend streaming picks goes live on Friday 2nd December.