With the Thanksgiving season approaching, many new movies are coming to the big screen in November. Three of these films are especially expected to take the spotlight are Moana, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Lion.
Moana (PG) – Adventure/Action/Fantasy: Moana is Disney’s new animated action/adventure movie, set to release the day before Thanksgiving on Nov. 23. The film is about an adventurous teenage girl named Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, who sets out on a voyage to save her people. She is accompanied by her hero, the demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Along the way they meet monsters and challenges, while learning the meaning and importance of friendship.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13) – Fantasy/Action: Written by the famous J.K. Rowling, many Potter-heads are awaiting the release of Fantastic Beasts on Nov. 18. The film is based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, also written by Rowling. The title of the book is first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where it is Harry Potter’s textbook. The book was written by the main character of the upcoming movie, Newton Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne. The film is set in 1926 when Scamander has just completed a world-wide trip to find new magical creatures but while in New York for a brief stop, some of these magical creatures seem to escape from his magical case where he had them placed them.
Lion (PG-13) – Drama: This heart wrenching drama is based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. The release date is set for Nov. 23. This drama focuses on five-year-old Saroo, played by Dev Patel, who gets lost on a train and ends up thousands of miles across India. He learns to live alone in Kolkata before he is adopted by an Australian couple. The movie then follows Saroo on his trip to find his family years later.