As the year enters its penultimate month, movie lovers can brace themselves for a spectacular slate of releases. November 2023 is set to deliver a thrilling mix of genres, ranging from gripping psychological thrillers and animated musical comedies to star-studded biographical dramas and high-stakes sci-fi epics. Whether you are in the mood for a heartwarming romantic comedy or an adrenaline-pumping action flick, this month has it all. In this list, we bring you the 10 Most Anticipated Movies Releasing in November 2023. From sequels of blockbuster franchises and adaptations of bestselling novels to original stories told by some of the most acclaimed filmmakers, these films promise to deliver entertainment, excitement, and emotional resonance.
10 Most Anticipated Movies Releasing in November 2023
- The Marvels (November 10)
- The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (November 17)
- Wish (November 22)
- Next Goal Wins (November 17)
- Napoleon (November 22)
- Maestro (November 22)
- It’s a Wonderful Knife (November 10)
- May December (November 17)
- Trolls Band Together (November 17)
- Thanksgiving (November 17)
The Marvels (November 10)
Kicking off our list is “Marvel Studios’ The Marvels”, the highly anticipated sequel to “Captain Marvel”. With a release date set for November 10, 2023, fans are eagerly counting down the days until they can see their favorite superhero, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, back on the big screen.
In this sequel, Carol, played by Brie Larson, has reclaimed her identity from the tyrannical Kree and taken revenge on the Supreme Intelligence. However, her actions have unintended consequences, leaving Carol shouldering the burden of a destabilized universe. Her duties send her to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, causing her powers to become entangled with those of Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, played by Iman Vellani, and Carol’s estranged niece, now S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau, played by Teyonah Parris.
As the superhero wave has somewhat diminished in the years following “Avengers: Endgame”, “The Marvels” has the potential to breathe new life into the genre and bring back the excitement and anticipation that has always surrounded Marvel’s superhero films. Can this movie reignite the superhero wave and captivate audiences once again? Only time will tell.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (November 17)
A week after the release of “The Marvels”, fans of dystopian fiction will have another blockbuster to look forward to. “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2023. This latest installment in “The Hunger Games” franchise takes us back to the world of Panem, but with a twist. The story follows a young Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth, as he mentors and develops feelings for the female District 12 tribute during the 10th Hunger Games.
The film is directed by Francis Lawrence, who has previously helmed other movies in “The Hunger Games” series. The screenplay is penned by Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt, and Suzanne Collins, the author of the original “Hunger Games” trilogy. In addition to Blyth, the film stars Rachel Zegler as the District 12 tribute and Viola Davis in a yet-to-be-disclosed role.
With a familiar franchise, a fresh story, and a talented cast, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is shaping up to be a must-watch for fans of the series and newcomers alike. This new chapter in “The Hunger Games” saga has the potential to capture the magic of the original trilogy while also carving out its own place in the dystopian genre.
Wish (November 22)
Disney is set to enchant audiences once again with its upcoming animated film, “Wish,” scheduled to be released on November 22, 2023. Directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, and written by Jennifer Lee, Allison Moore, and Chris Buck, “Wish” promises to be a visual and storytelling delight.
The film follows the heartwarming tale of a young girl named Asha, who makes a wish on a star. In a surprising twist, her wish is answered quite directly when a trouble-making star descends from the sky to join her in her earthly adventures. The film boasts an impressive voice cast, including Evan Peters, Chris Pine, and Alan Tudyk.
Next Goal Wins (November 17)
“Next Goal Wins” is an upcoming sports drama set to hit theaters on November 17, 2023. Directed by Taika Waititi, who co-wrote the script with Iain Morris, the film chronicles the true story of the American Samoa soccer team, famously known for their 31-0 defeat in a FIFA match in 2001. The movie follows the team’s journey to redemption as they enlist the help of Dutch coach Thomas Rongen, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, to transform their fortunes.
While the film has received mixed reviews from critics, its compelling narrative and Taika Waititi’s signature humor make “Next Goal Wins” one of the year’s most anticipated films. Michael Fassbender’s involvement adds star power to the movie, making it a must-watch for sports enthusiasts and film buffs alike. The movie aims to inspire and entertain, showcasing the power of resilience and the spirit of never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
Napoleon (November 22)
The epic historical drama directed by Ridley Scott, is set to make a grand entrance in cinemas across the United States, the United Kingdom and in few other countries on November 22, 2023. This cinematic masterpiece, brought to us by Sony Pictures Releasing and Apple Studios, will later be available for streaming on Apple TV+.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Napoleon Bonaparte and Vanessa Kirby as Empress Joséphine, the film promises to deliver a powerful portrayal of Napoleon’s rise to power, his historic battles, and his tumultuous relationship with Joséphine. With a cast rounded out by talented actors like Tahar Rahim, Ben Miles, Matthew Needham, and Rupert Everett, “Napoleon” is positioned to be one of the year’s most anticipated releases.
Maestro (November 22)
“Maestro,” a biographical drama directed by Bradley Cooper, promises to be a compelling exploration of the life and love story of American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Cooper himself steps into the shoes of Bernstein, with the talented Carey Mulligan portraying Costa Rican actress Felicia Montealegre, Bernstein’s wife. Their love story, beginning from their first meeting at a party in 1946, spans over three decades, encapsulating the highs and lows of their relationship.
Set to be released on Netflix on December 20, 2023, following a limited theatrical release, “Maestro” boasts a strong supporting cast including Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, Sarah Silverman, and Michael Urie. With a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes, this R-rated film, written by Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer, promises to be an intimate portrayal of Bernstein and Montealegre’s lifelong relationship, providing audiences with a glimpse into the emotional and creative world of one of America’s most beloved composers.
It’s a Wonderful Knife (November 10)
On November 10, a unique horror-comedy movie is set to hit the screens: “It’s a Wonderful Knife.” This R-rated film has a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes and is directed by Tyler MacIntyre with a screenplay penned by Michael Kennedy. The story follows Winnie Carruthers, played by Jane Widdop, who has saved her town from a psychotic killer. Yet, her life is far from perfect. In a twist of fate, Winnie wishes she had never been born and finds herself in a horrifying parallel universe, showing her just how much worse things could have been without her presence.
The film also stars Jess McLeod and Joel McHale in key roles. While it may not have the same level of anticipation as Marvel movies, “It’s a Wonderful Knife” has certainly created its own buzz and is worth checking out for a blend of horror and humor.
May December (November 17)
Its a dark comedy-drama that takes a deep dive into the complexities of relationships with significant age differences. Directed by the talented Todd Haynes, the film follows the story of Gracie Atherton-Yoo (played by Julianne Moore) and Joe Yoo (played by Charles Melton), a couple whose large age gap turned them into tabloid sensations. Their lives take an intriguing turn when Elizabeth Berry (portrayed by Natalie Portman), an actress preparing to play Gracie in a movie about the couple’s past, discovers unsettling truths as she delves deeper into their history.
With a release date set for December 1, 2023, on Netflix, following a selected theater release, “May December” promises to offer a unique perspective on love, age, and the consequences of fame. The film had the honor of being screened as the “Opening Night Film” at the 2023 New York Film Festival on September 29. Furthermore, it is scheduled to be released in select theaters in the United States on November 17, 2023, before making its way to Netflix in the U.S. and Canada on December 1, 2023.
Trolls Band Together (November 17)
Next we have “Trolls Band Together”, the highly anticipated third installment of the beloved Trolls franchise, directed by Walt Dohrn and Tim Heitz. This animated musical comedy brings back our favorite characters, Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake), now a couple, as they embark on a new adventure filled with music, laughter, and heartwarming moments.
In this installment, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past: he was once a part of her favorite boyband, BroZone, alongside his brothers Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay. However, their family was torn apart when BroZone disbanded, and Branch hasn’t seen his brothers since he was a baby. Their world is turned upside down when Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents, prompting Branch and Poppy to go on a mission to rescue Floyd and reunite the family.
The film also features an incredible voice cast, including Camila Cabello, Eric André, Troye Sivan, Kid Cudi, and Daveed Diggs, who add their unique flair to the Trolls universe. “Trolls Band Together” is set to be released on November 17, 2023, and promises to be a musical adventure that will capture the hearts of audiences both young and old.
Thanksgiving (November 17)
Adding a unique twist to the horror genre, this blood-chilling slasher movie directed by the famed Eli Roth is based on his own mock trailer from Grindhouse. The story unfolds in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Thanksgiving, where a mysterious serial killer known as “John Carver” arrives with a gruesome agenda.
Following a chaotic Black Friday riot that ends in tragedy, John Carver begins his horrifying rampage, turning the peaceful town into a nightmare of blood and fear. The remarkable cast includes Patrick Dempsey, Addison Rae, Milo Manheim, and Jalen Thomas Brooks, who will bring this harrowing tale to life. Scheduled for release on November 17, 2023, the film promises to be a must-watch for horror enthusiasts and movie-goers alike, offering a unique and terrifying twist on the traditional holiday movie genre.
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