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Wizardry number crunching with a baby, a book and an alien?
Footy seasons are over but the driving duties continue as sporting mums and dads drive their children between cricket and soccer matches during our precious WN-inspired leisure time. After you've got your dose of sunshine on the sideline, disappear into the movies, where the climate is carefully controlled to immerse you into lush worlds of fantasy, adventure, drama and romance.
In November, wizardry, angry accounting, a baby on a boat, chatty aliens and a mysterious novel will tempt us into the cinema. Read on to discover the best movies premiering in Australia in November 2016.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (image by Warner Bros. Pictures)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - November 17 Classification rating pending In the first of a series of five planned prequels to the Harry Potter series of novels and films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is J.K. Rowling's tale of witches and wizards from the British Ministry of Magic and Magical Congress of the United States of America, battling the evil Muggles during the 1920s. The film stars Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl), Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs), Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman and Jon Voight.
Nocturnal Animals - November 10 Rated MA 15 for strong themes and nudity Tom Ford directs this adaptation of Austin Wright's novel, Tony and Susan. Susan (Amy Adams (Big Eyes, The Fighter, June Bug), owner of art gallery in Los Angeles, is often without her second husband, a travelling doctor. During one of his long absences, she receives the manuscript for a novel written by her first husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw, Nightcrawler, Source Code). Her initial surprise quickens to intrigue when she eventually reads the story, entitled Nocturnal Animals. His novel recounts a husband's (Tom) regret after a family tragedy, graphically portraying his own sadness and growth and leading Susan to reassess her perception of her former husband. The film also stars Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Laura Linney and Armie Hammer.
The Light Between Oceans (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Light Between Oceans - November 3 Rated M for mature themes and a sex scene M. L. Stedman's extraordinary debut novel has been adapted for an Australian premiere in November. The film stars Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Macbeth, Shame, X Men) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, A Royal Affair) as a couple living in a Western Australian lighthouse, isolated from society after experiencing the horrors of World War One. When a seemingly abandoned life boat washes ashore, they investigate, discovering a lone baby girl. After caring for the child, they return to society, reawakening emotions and desires that they'd avoided for years. The film also stars Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Mummy).
Arrival - November 10 Rated M for mature themes and coarse language Amy Adams (Man of Steel, American Hustle, Batman v Superman) leaves the art gallery to master linguistics as Louise Banks in Arrival. Recruited by Forest Whitaker to translate transmissions from an apparent UFO arriving on Earth, she teams with Jeremy Renner in a race with other nations to decipher our first encounter with extraterrestrials. Exposure to the aliens creates mind-bending visions of the past, leading Louise to direct the grief after her daughter's death into actions which shape humanity's future.
Rated MA 15 for strong violence Ben Affleck (Argo, Batman vs. Superman) stars as a gifted accountant, renowned for his number crunching for the large criminal syndicates. When an FBI investigator, J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), begins pursuing him, he quickly abandons his shady employer, joining an apparently legitimate robotics firm. While resolving accounting errors, he soon discovers a deeper and much more violent conspiracy, dragging him into much more danger than he'd experienced in his former life. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Jon Bernthal, Alison Wright, John Lithgow.