With the month of November comes a whole slew of new movies releasing on streamers that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. We’re sharing four highly-anticipated films you won’t want to miss, as well as the performances to keep an eye out for in each. And while selected from varied genres, our top picks all house stories that you might just find inspirational.
Upon first viewing the Finch trailer, you may be tempted to draw some parallels to another Tom Hanks-led drama, Cast Away. Granted, the setting of solitude in the upcoming feature from Miguel Sapochnik is a post-apocalyptic world caused by holes in the ozone layer rather than a deserted island. But the title character in Finch, played by Hanks, still has a pal to keep him company in the form of a dog, just like his character in Robert Zemeckis’ 2000 classic had Wilson the volleyball. But as reported by Collider, the actor clarified any presumed connection between the two films during a recent media roundtable. “The quest for permanence in some brand of eternal effect that Finch is looking for, in creating Jeff the robot so that he can take care of Goodyear the dog, is a different course in the seminary of solitude versus loneliness and survival versus flourishing,” Hanks asserted. In other, less scholarly words, Cast Away fans should take note that Finch is a very different film, one that centers on a man and his unconventional family — the aforementioned robot he creates and his canine best friend — as they struggle to survive a ravaged world. The trailer ends with the words “build courage,” “build hope,” and “build love,” leaving you anticipating how the post-apocalyptic tale will do just that. Besides Hanks, be sure to also take in the performance of Caleb Landry Jones as the robot Jeff when Finch premieres on Apple TV+ come November 5.
The upcoming biopic tells the story of tennis superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams from an angle that many may not know. Will Smith plays the titular character, who is described in the official HBO Max synopsis as “an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time.” The streamer also promises that the Williams’ story “will inspire the world” and displays the stacked cast that will do it. Aunjanue Ellis plays the athletes’ mother Brandi, and be on the lookout for Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal as their former coaches. As for the tennis pros, themselves, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton respectively play young Venus and Serena. You can find all these performances and more when King Richard releases on HBO Max come November 19.
Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda can anticipate seeing the auteur’s feature directorial debut when Tick, Tick…BOOM! has its Netflix release on November 19. The film is an onscreen adaptation of the autobiographical musical from Jonathan Larson, creator of Rent. In the upcoming film version, Andrew Garfield plays the eponymous theater composer, Jon, who’s attempting to finish the musical he’s been working on for the last eight years in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. “There’s not enough time,” Garfield’s Jon says in the trailer. “I went to three friends’ funerals last year and nobody is doing enough. I’m not doing enough.” The preview goes on to display a thought-provoking question central to the film. “What do we do with the time we have?” the trailer poses. And while we may already know what Jon accomplishes thanks to the autobiographical nature of the adaptation, you can certainly anticipate watching Garfield bring that journey to life. Plus, keep an eye out for names like Vanessa Hudgens, Mj Rodriguez, Alexandra Shipp, Bradley Whitford, Judith Light, Tariq Trotter, Joshua Henry, and Robin de Jesús.
The upcoming mixed martial arts drama stars Halle Berry as Jackie Justice, a former MMA fighter who gets one last shot at redemption — in and out of the ring — after her young son comes back into her life. Berry makes her directorial debut with the feature, which Netflix releases on November 24. At that time, you can also take in performances from a strong supporting cast that includes Danny Boyd Jr. as Jackie’s son and Sheila Atim as her reluctant trainer Bobbi “Buddhakan” Berroa.
The making of Bruised comes with its own inspirational story. Berry shared with Entertainment Weekly that she broke two ribs on the first day of filming but continued to work through the pain instead of pausing production. “Because it was an independent movie, we didn’t have a big budget,” the multi-hyphenate recalled. “The director in me said, ‘I didn’t come this far and work this hard to go home.'” You can see how her dedication plays out in Bruised when it releases in November, along with the other inspirational films coming out this month.