The Fables; Glass onion.
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Happy Thanksgiving! I like to think this is just practice for the many other holiday celebrations and family dinners just around the corner, so if Turkey Day is overwhelming and you need some time to relax, there are plenty of options to do that too. Sure, there’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Strange world to watch with the whole family (you could also throw up home alone 2, who turns 30 this week, if Christmas preparation is your thing). Or you and the cousins can sneak out to check out Timothée Chalamet’s new cannibal romance. Plus, we sneaked in a few Thanksgiving-inspired movies so there’s plenty of entertainment to choose from and after you’re full on Thursday.
It’s like Dusk with cannibals. OK, maybe that’s it a little stretchedbut Timotheé Chalamet and Taylor Russell play two cannibal outsiders, Lee and Maren, who find each other and flee on a road trip, outsmarting other diners. Bones and all skewed more horror than director Luca Guadagnino’s Call me by your namebut it’s still a beautiful romance.
A new Steven Spielberg movie to ring in the holiday season is one hell of a treat. But instead of directing a musical, Spielberg has joined the author-director trend of turning your life story into a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie with The Fables. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play the parents of young aspiring filmmaker Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle).
The rollout of Disney Animation’s latest movie has seemingly been quieter compared to the usual princess fare, but Strange world is indeed in theatres, everyone! Inspired by meaty adventure stories of yesteryear, Strange world revolves around the Clade family, a famous line of explorers in the city of Avalonia. But when Jaeger Clade (Dennis Quaid) goes missing, his son, Searcher (Jake Gyllenhaal), stays behind and discovers a life-saving plant. It’s not until that plant is threatened that Searcher sets out to investigate what’s wrong with his wife Meridian (Gabrielle Union) and son Ethan (Jaboukie Young-White). It’s a fun little movie to entertain your kids this weekend, plus it’s a Disney movie that finally has more than just a “exclusively gay moment“So that’s nice.
A new Rian Johnson movie is coming. Two years (and a new distributor) later, the sequel to Johnson’s word of mouth is finally hitting theaters – sadly only for a week. Glass onion brings Detective Benoit Blanc to Greece to join (and then investigate) a murder mystery party gone wrong, and with another wonderfully stacked cast, the sequel deserves even better raves than the original. But Knives out is still killer and has actually become a Thanksgiving movie in my household. It’s got fall vibes, cable knit sweaters, family gatherings going haywire? Yes, sounds like vacation.
If you prefer a Thanksgiving movie with a slower, psychologically dramatic burn, The people is the. Centered around a family’s holiday dinner, playwright Stephen Karam made his feature directorial debut with this A24 adaptation of his play. The film stays with the Blake family as their tensions, misery, affections and worries merge into a moody slice of disturbing humour. It’s probably not exactly the family-friendly movie suggestion some of you are looking for, but for others it’s perfect.
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig may have their next collaboration, white noise, coming out soon, but Mistress America was the last time actor-writer (and director) Gerwig worked with now-husband Baumbach. Frances Ha certainly and deservedly gets the highest praise, but Gerwig stars as the fun and somewhat chaotic older stepsister of Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely freshman in New York. Why am I begging you to watch this over Thanksgiving weekend? Well, the highlight happens during the holidays, even with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! And why wouldn’t you want Gerwig to hilariously smash all the one-liners in this film?
City boy and country girl – you can probably understand the core of the movie just by that dynamic, 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 college friends, 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 much of a cook, but I am am the one who wakes up my siblings to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the crack of 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 celebs lip syncing badly to pop hits from the comfort of your couch? It’s fun! And for cord cutters, you can even stream the parade on Peacock this year.
Yes I add Andor again, and what’s with it? Andor is real That girl (girl, in this case, be the best Star Wars series). And if you’ve fired up Tony Gilroy’s show, now’s the perfect time, because it’s not just the long holiday weekend, the series premieres today for its season finale. Disney is even debuting the first two episodes of Andor across Hulu, ABC, Freeform, and FX, so there’s really no excuse to miss Diego Luna’s incredible leading performance.
The show that got me through high school is back, baby. Spencer Reid may not return (booo!), but some of the other fan favorites—most of the cast from the final season—are back, from Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) to David Rossi (Joe Mantegna). The gang back together might not hit as well as they did in the original 2005 series, but we love a crime series, don’t we?
The torch is being passed from Christina Ricci to Jenna Ortega, and Ortega’s (Latina!) Wednesday is truly goofy, 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 is more YA than the beloved The Addams family movies ever were, I’m such a sucker for this show. She’s like a goth Nancy Drew! How can I not like that?
No, Kumail Nanjiani is not playing a stripper. Instead, he stars as Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the mogul behind Chippendales, the men’s stripping empire. Based on a true story, Welcome to Chippendales talks about Banerjee’s life probably set to a deluge of 80’s hits so you know you in rounding out the cast are Murray Bartlett, Annaleigh Ashford, Juliette Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Dan Stevens and more.
Need a break from RuPaul’s Drag Race but do you want to stay in the orbit of the queens you love? To attempt Were here, an HBO series starring Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka. The trio of queens go from small town to town to help a nominee and their community fulfill their drag queen dreams for the day. It’s pretty sincere, and with the third season arriving this weekend, there’s plenty to catch up on.
Also! Read our streaming recommendations from the weekend of November 18. Vulture’s next list of weekend streaming picks goes online on Friday, December 2.