Put away the plastic skeletons and styrofoam headstones. November is upon us—let the holiday film season begin. There’s always a slew of major releases that come out this time of year, so read on for a sneak peek of brand-new movies that are based on books!
Coming This November
Hipster noir set against the backdrop of 1950s New York. Lionel Essrog is a lonely private detective with Tourette’s Syndrome who is determined to solve the murder of his only friend. With a running time of 144 minutes, the whole thing seems potentially irritating, but what do I know? Based on the cult fave novel by Jonathan Lethem.
World War II satire about a boy named Johannes, a member of the Hitler Youth whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Set in 1940s Vienna, the film's dark humor might not be everyone’s cup of schlag, but it looks decidedly interesting. Based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.
Based on Stephen King’s lackluster sequel to The Shining. Little Danny Torrance is all grown up and working in a hospice in New Hampshire, where he secretly uses his special abilities to help terminal patients die peacefully. Traumatized by his childhood experiences at the Overlook Hotel, Dan is just drifting through life until a girl named Abra, who has abilities even more powerful than his own, seeks him out for help against a band of baddies who feed off the “shine” of innocents. Maybe this is one of those rare times when the movie will be better than the book!
Action-packed account of the remarkable true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and British-born driver Ken Miles. Together, they created a revolutionary race car for the Ford Motor Company that took on the dominant speedsters of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France in 1966. Based on the book Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime. I am not a fan of fast car flicks, but this one looks good.
An elderly con man attempts one last hustle by wooing a very rich widow. As they become closer and the layers of their lives unpeel, what at first seemed like a routine swindle turns out to be anything but. Starring Hellen Mirren and Ian McKellen, so there’s a chance it’s worth watching. Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle.
Quintessential feel-good holiday film that tells the story of the real life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and the beloved Mister Rogers. Early reviews of the film are raves, praising director Marielle Heller’s ability to strike the perfect balance between sweetness and depth. With the always-affable Tom Hanks donning Mister Rogers’ iconic cardigan and tennies, this movie is sure to be a holiday smash in a neighborhood near you. Based on a screenplay by Micah Fitzeman-Blue and Noah Harpster, but you might want to check out The Good Neighbor, Maxwell King’s well-received 2018 biography of Fred Rogers.