Thor: Ragnarok (out 11/3)
For every high of a Captain America: Winter Soldier, there’s an Iron Man 2 low. I’m in the minority of viewers who liked the first two Thor outings, so I have hope for the third. Add direction by skilled New Zealander, Taika Waititi, a stellar supporting cast and an apparent attempt to translate some of the psychedelic vibe of Marvel’s late Silver Age, and this certainly looks promising.
Lady Bird (out 11/3)
In her first solo outing as a director, Greta Gerwig tells the story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world while navigating strained relationships. The plot’s not far from movies the Frances Ha star has acted in. Saoirse Ronan and the talented cast could help Gerwig expand that territory rather than simply retread where she’s been before.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (out 11/10)
Director/writer Martin McDonagh’s previous films, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, are singular works of dark comedy, so hopes are high for his next movie. If you liked his earlier work, this tale of a mother (Frances McDormand) butting heads with local authorities (Woody Harrelson, et al) who’ve failed to solve her daughter’s murder, seems like a solid bet.
Call Me By Your Name (out 11/24)
While well reviewed by critics and embraced by festival-goers, it’s uncertain if it will appeal to mainstream audiences. The story of a young man who falls for an older man may be too stereotypically “indie” for some to bear. Additionally, the dialogue in the trailer seem too ponderous for its own good and the cinematography, while gorgeous, does look like a high-end fashion ad.
Also of Note (for better or worse):
– Roman J. Israel, Esq.
– Last Flag Flying
– Murder on the Orient Express
– Justice League
– I Love You Daddy
– Darkest Hour
– The Disaster Artist
– Wonder Wheel
J. McVay hosts the BreakThru Radio Weekly podcast, which features reviews of new and recently released movies each week. Check out future episodes to hear more on some of these releases.