November is here, which means awards contender season is, too. This month finds our first crop of Oscars contenders, which are arriving in the form of a couple of excellent biopics and one inventive musical. But first, a huge and ambitious Marvel movies kicks things off the begin the month. Along the way, there are also a few family-friendly films coming to the big screen in November, including one Disney animation, as well as an anticipated reboot of a beloved horror series and the long-awaited sequel to Ghostbusters.
Here’s every wide and major limited release hitting theaters in November 2021
Eternals – Release Date: Friday, November 5
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee
Director: Chloé Zhao
With Eternals, Marvel takes its most ambitious swing yet. The Eternals are not only Marvel’s biggest team in terms of sheer numbers, but they’re so powerful the team makes the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy look junior varsity third-string compared to the starters. And Eternals the movie is by far Marvel’s biggest in terms of scope and scale, crisscrossing the globe and telling a story across the ages that begins in ancient Mesopotamia. Chloé Zhao’s film is a game-changer, no doubt about it.
Spencer – Release Date: Friday, November 5
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, Jack Farthing, Jack Nielen, Freddie Spry, Stella Gonet, Richard Sammel, Elizabeth Berrington
Director: Pablo Larraín
It’s awards contenders season, which means it’s biopic season, and Spencer is the first one up. The movie unfolds across three days, taking place on a critical weekend in Diana’s life in which she realizes that her marriage with Prince Charles isn’t working and resolves to break away from the rigid royal future laid out for her. The drama unfolds during one of her last Christmas holidays in the House of Windsor, set in the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. The title is taken from Diana’s surname, when she was just Diana Spencer, and not yet Diana, Princess of Wales and future queen of England.
Clifford the Big Red Dog – Release Date: Wednesday, November 10
Cast: Garry Marshall, Alec Medlock, Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Russell Wong, John Cleese
Director: David Bowers, Walt Becker
The first fully family-friendly movie of the month arrives in the form of a big, red dog – Clifford the Big Red Dog, to be exact. The beloved children’s book series comes to life as Clifford romps onto screens. When a young girl named Emily gets a puppy, she and her family never suspect that she’ll love him so much, he’ll end up growing into the size of a horse! This one is sure to be a heartwarming and sweet kid-pleaser.
Belfast – Release Date: Friday, November 12
Cast: Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill, Colin Morgan, Olive Tennant, Lara McDonnell
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh is gunning for his very first directing Oscar with Belfast. The black and white musical set to the music of the ’60s is a poignant and aching story of about love and life in one boy’s childhood as he tries to navigate the joy and social tumult of the late 1960s in Belfast, Ireland. His life and that of his family unfold through the experiences of his passionate working-class couple parents caught up in the mayhem of the time, along with his beloved grandparents.
Love is Love is Love – Release Date: Friday, November 12
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Justin Ashforth, Kathy Baker, Marshall Bell, Caleb Cabrera, Nancy Carlin, Regina Coppola, Todd DeVincenzi, Polly Draper, Stephanie Gamble
Director: Eleanor Coppola
The ensemble drama Love is Love is Love may be one of the smaller movies on this list, but promises a powerful story, nonetheless. Eleanor Coppola’s indie drama is built around three different stories braided together that explore love, commitment, loyalty and communication between friends and family.
King Richard – Release Date: Friday, November 19
Cast: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal, Andy Bean, Craig Tate, Susie Abromeit, Judith Chapman
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Richard Williams, also known as King Richard, ihas a clear vision and a plan to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California’s neglected tennis courts—rain or shine—the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them in the biggest biopic hitting theaters this month, if not this entire year.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Release Date: Friday, November 19
Cast: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Bokeem Woodbine, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts
Director: Jason Reitman
The next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe is here with Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. When a single mom and her two kids move to the middle of nowhere after inheriting her eccentric dad’s rundown old Victorian and lands, everything seems awful. But when the kids discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind, it’s suddenly up to them to save everyone when a new supernatural force is awakened.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – Release Date: Wednesday, November 24
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Avan Jogia, Tom Hopper, Lily Gao, Neal McDonough, Donal Logue
Director: Johannes Roberts
A brand-new, fresh take on the Resident Evil video games closes out the fall slate of horror movies. In Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, the once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City, is now a dying Midwestern town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
Encanto – Release Date: Wednesday, November 24
Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, Diane Guerrero, Mauro Castillo, Angie Cepeda, Jessica Darrow, Rhenzy Feliz, Carolina Gaitán
Director: Byron Howard, Jared Bush
The next animated Disney film comes with an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place. In Encanto, the magic of the area has blessed every child in the village with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except Mirabel, that is. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
House of Gucci – Release Date: Wednesday, November 24
Cast: Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, Camille Cottin, Madalina Ghenea
Director: Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott returns to the screen for the second time this year with the biopic House of Gucci, the Gucci family, namely Patrizia Reggiani, the murderous ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, the one-time head of the Gucci fashion house. In 1995, she hired a hitman to assassinate her ex-husband, who was gunned down as he was leaving his office. The Italian media sensationalized her 1998 trial, painting her as a vengeful, scorned woman and dubbing her “Black Widow.” It’s Italian. It’s fashion. It’s melodramatic. It’s tragic. It’s glamorous. It’s scandalous. And it’s likely gunning for an Oscar.