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Here Are All the Movies Opening Thanksgiving Week; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Thanksgiving Week; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, November 27. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.



Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Graham McTavish, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Hans Marrero, Will Blagrove
Synopsis: “Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (8 reviews)

The Good Dinosaur
Director: Peter Sohn
Cast: Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Jack Bright, A.J. Buckley, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Marcus Scribner
Synopsis: “An Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (5 reviews)

Victor Frankenstein

Director: Paul McGuigan
Cast: James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Freddie Fox, Mark Gatiss, Callum Turner, Louise Brealey, Daniel Mays, Spencer Wilding, Guillaume Delaunay, Valene Kane, Alistair Petrie, Bronson Webb, Adrian Schiller
Synopsis: “Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.”


The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Directors: Annika Iltis & Timothy James Kane
Synopsis: “In its first 25 years, only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult-like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

The Danish Girl

Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard
Synopsis: “The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (7 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Director: Amy Berg
Synopsis: “Since her death from a heroin overdose in 1970 at age twenty-seven, Janis Joplin has been a ubiquitous presence on posters, T-shirts, and classic-rock radio. In this documentary she reverts from an icon back into a human being. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg excavates unseen material, interviews Joplin’s confidantes and uncovers personal letters. The resulting portrait gives us fresh insight into the mighty talent behind famous versions of ‘Piece of My Heart,’ ‘Cry Baby,’ and ‘Me and Bobby McGee.'” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (opens in San Francisco on December 4th)

Like You Mean It

Director: Philipp Karner
Cast: Philipp Karner, Denver Milord
Synopsis: “Mark is a struggling and disillusioned actor living in Los Angeles with his boyfriend Jonah. As life begins to knock them down, Mark starts to realize he is no longer in love. When he attempts to reignite their intimacy through sex, drugs, and therapy, Mark must look at himself with unprecedented courage and honesty. Can love heal their broken relationship? Or will Mark need to heal himself before he’s ready to love?”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles


Director: Jon Whelan
Synopsis: “After purchasing brand new pajamas for his young daughters as a Christmas gift, single father Jon Whelan is troubled when opening the packaging releases a foul odor. Determined to uncover the source of this mysterious stench and whether it poses a health risk to his daughters, Whelan quickly discovers that manufacturers and retailers in the U.S. have no obligation to reveal chemicals used in their products, even if those chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive damage.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on December 4th)


Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley, Tim Daly, Cody Christian, Mario Van Peebles, Rosa Salazar, Denzel Whitaker, Willa Ford
Synopsis: “An ex-soldier turned bodyguard is hired to protect a young woman. But while cruising with a group of friends one night, their stretch limo is run off the road and underwater by a gang of ruthless kidnappers-who then dive in to finish the job. Suddenly it’s sink or swim, as the bodyguard must fight to keep the vehicle from becoming a watery grave.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

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