The Fabelmans; Glass Onion.
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Happy Thanksgiving! I like to think this is just a practice for the many other family celebrations and dinners around the corner, so if Turkey Day is overwhelming and you need some time to unwind, there are plenty of options for that too. Of course, there’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well Strange world to watch with the whole family (you could also wear Home alone 2, who turns 30 this week, if you like getting ready for the holiday spirit). Or you and the cousins can sneak out to check out Timothée Chalamet’s new cannibal romance. Plus, we’ve sneaked in a couple of Thanksgiving-inspired movies, making sure there’s enough entertainment to choose from beforehand. And after you are full on thursday.
And how Dusk with cannibals. Okay, maybe so a little forcedbut Timotheé Chalamet and Taylor Russell play two cannibalistic outsiders, Lee and Maren, who reunite and flee on a journey, overtaking other eaters. Bones and all twists more horror than director Luca Guadagnino’s Call me by your namebut it’s still a wonderful love story.
A new Steven Spielberg movie to play over the holidays is a big surprise. Instead of directing a musical, though, Spielberg joined the arthouse director’s trend of turning the story of your life into a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film with The Fabelmans. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play the parents of young aspiring director Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle).
The launch of Disney Animation’s latest film is apparently more sedate than its usual princess fare, but Strange world it’s really in theaters, everyone! Inspired by pulpy adventure stories of yesteryear, Strange world centers on the Clade family, a famous line of explorers in the city of Avalonia. However, when Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) goes missing, his son, Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal), is left behind and discovers a life-saving plant. It’s only when that plant is threatened that Searcher goes to investigate what’s wrong with his wife, Meridian (Gabrielle Union) and son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White). It’s a good movie to keep your kids entertained this weekend, plus it’s a Disney movie that finally has more than just an “exclusively gay moment,” so that’s nice.
A new film by Rian Johnson is underway. Two years (and a new distributor) later, the sequel to Johnson’s word-of-mouth hit is finally hitting theaters, albeit unfortunately only for a week. Glass Onion takes Detective Benoit Blanc to Greece to attend (then investigate) a murder mystery party gone wrong, and with another delightfully stacked cast, the sequel is earning even better raves than the original. But Knives out is still killer and has actually become a Thanksgiving movie in my family. Got fall vibes, cable knit sweaters, family reunions going haywire? Yes, it feels like the holidays.
If you prefer a Thanksgiving movie with a slower burn and psychologically dramatic, The Humans is. Centered around a family holiday dinner, playwright Stephen Karam made his feature film directorial debut with this A24 adaptation of his play. The film stays with the Blake family as their tensions, woes, affections, and worries coalesce into a mood of eerie wit. It’s probably not exactly the family movie suggestion that some of you are looking for, but for others, it’s perfect.
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig may have their next collaboration, white noise, will be out soon, but Mistress America it was the last time actor-writer (and director) Gerwig worked with now-husband Baumbach. Francesca Ha certainly, and deservedly, gets most of the praise, but Gerwig shines as the fun and slightly chaotic older stepsister of Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely college freshman in New York. Now, why am I begging you to check this out over Thanksgiving weekend? Well, its climax is set during the holidays, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Also, why wouldn’t you want to see Gerwig hilariously smash all the lines in this movie?
City boy and country girl – you can probably get the gist of the movie through that dynamic alone, but Son in law is a chaotic little comedy and stars Pauly Shore and Carla Gugino as the aforementioned boy and girl, Crawl and Rebecca. The two play close friends from college, and when Thanksgiving rolls around, Rebecca takes Crawl to visit her family in South Dakota. It’s quite a fish out of water scenario, to say the least.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I’m not exactly a cook, but… I am the one that wakes up my brothers to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at dawn. Watching the parade is a tradition, because where else can you see huge SpongeBob and Grogu balloons floating in the air And Broadway numbers And celebrities badly lip-syncing to pop hits from the comfort of your couch? It is funny! And for the string-cutters, you can even stream the parade on Peacock this year.
Yes, I add Andor again, and what to say? Andor really That girl (the girl, in this case, is the best Star Wars series). And if you’ve slowed down the ignition on Tony Gilroy’s show, now is the perfect time, because not only is it the long holiday weekend, but the series will premiere its season finale today. Disney is also debuting the first two episodes of Andor on Hulu, ABC, Freeform and FX, so there truly is no excuse to miss Diego Luna’s incredible lead performance.
The show that got me through high school is back, baby. Spencer Reid may not be back (booo!), but a few other fan favorites — most of the cast from last season — are back, from Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) to David Rossi (Joe Mantegna). The gang getting back together might not hit quite as well as they did in the original 2005 series, but we love a crime drama, don’t we?
The torch has been passed from Christina Ricci to Jenna Ortega, and Ortega’s (Latina!) Wednesday is seriously wacky, spooky, and cool as hell. The new series, led 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 it’s more YA than beloved The Addams family movies have ever been, I’m such a sucker for this show. She’s like a gothic Nancy Drew! How can I Not how’s that?
No, Kumail Nanjiani will not play a stripper. Instead he plays Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the mogul behind Chippendales, the men’s striptease empire. Based on a true story, Welcome to Chippendales chronicles Banerjee’s life probably set to a deluge of 80s hits just to let you know you’re in the 80s. Rounding out the cast are Murray Bartlett, Annaleigh Ashford, Juliette Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Dan Stevens and more.
I need a break from RuPaul’s Drag Race but do you want to remain in the orbit of the queens you love? Try They were here, an HBO series with Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka at the helm. The trio of queens go from small town to small town to help a named person and her community achieve their drag queen dreams for the day. It’s quite sincere and with its third season arriving this weekend, there’s a lot to catch up on.
Also! Read our streaming tips from weekend of November 18th. Vulture’s next weekend stream picks list goes live on Friday, December 2.