November finds the holiday season in full swing. Thanksgiving month is full of great movies hitting theaters, from tense horror-thrillers to action-packed comedies to poignant dramas. But what about the movie events that aren’t wide releases? The special anniversary rereleases and concert events? That’s what this list is for.
Here are the best special movie and concert events coming to theaters in November 2020.
1. ‘Apollo 13’ 25th Anniversary
Release dates: Sunday, November 1 & Monday, November 2; Wednesday, November 4
Fifty years ago, the harrowing mission of NASA’s Apollo 13 unfolded people around the globe watched. Twenty-five years ago, Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning dramatization of the events hit theaters. Two days into what was supposed to be a routine mission for Apollo 13, the words that shook the world echoed back from space: “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13 sports an all-star cast of Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris as the astronauts and NASA crew who scramble to bring the three astronauts home safely. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, Apollo 13 is a classic that has withstood the test of time and still holds up today.
2. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 30th Anniversary
Release dates: Thursday, November 5 – Saturday, November 7
Cowabunga, dudes! Can you believe it’s been 30 years – thirty! – since a bunch of pizza-eating, martial arts-practicing mutant turtles hit theaters in live-action? The boys are back in the New York City sewers and our screens. With the help of their sensei, Splinter, and plucky human journalist, April O’Neil, Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello battle the forces of the evil Foot Clan led by the diabolical Shredder. Three decades later, they’re still totally rad.
3. The Outpost: Director’s Cut
Release dates: Wednesday, November 11 – Saturday, November 14
This military thriller based on true events gets the director’s cut treatment. At the isolated Combat Outpost Keating in a remote part of Afghanistan, a small unit of U.S. soldiers fought to protect themselves and their base against a deadly, coordinated attack from the Taliban. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it later was known, was the bloodiest American fight of the almost 20-year Afghan War with Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV becoming one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history. This is Rod Lurie’s cut of the film based on the best-selling memoir from CNN’s Jake Tapper, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.
Release dates: Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15
Straight from from the three-time Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon comes Wolfwalkers. Set in Ireland during a time when superstition and magic were still real, the young apprentice hunter Robyn Goodfellowe travels to Ireland with her father to hunt the last wolf pack. Robyn soon befriends the feral and free-spirited Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the power to turn into wolves at night. As the girls grow closer in a search for Mebh’s missing mother, everything Robyn thought she knew is tested. Will she do her job or will she turn into the very thing her father seeks to destroy? Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart and written by Will Collins (Song of the Sea), Wolfwalkers made its debut at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival to critical and audience acclaim.
5. Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] III – Spring Song
Release dates: Wednesday, November 18; Friday, November 20 – Sunday, November 22
Part three of the beloved anime fantasy series Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy comes to its conclusion in North America thanks to Fathom Events. The final installment reveals the truth behind the Holy Grail War and wraps up the emotional story of Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou. As Sakura struggles and begins to drown in the darkness created by her sins, Shirou is more committed than ever to put an end to the Holy Grail War in order to protect her and save the world.