'Fantastic Beasts 2', and 7 other magical films this November

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  • Friday, 02 Nov 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

After a slightly lacklustre October, November swings in with some intriguing titles, beginning with the action-packed Asian flicks The Great Battle and Iceman: The Time Traveller (both now showing), before rocking you with Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov 8).

November is usually a quiet month as distributors save their bigger guns for the busy December Christmas period, but we've still got a pretty major film in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Nov 15), and Polis Evo 2 (Nov 22), which could be gunning for another record-breaking run for the title of biggest Malaysian film of all-time.

GSC Cinemas is also holding the 2018 Latin American Film Festival from Nov 8-11, exclusively in GSC Pavilion KL. The festival is free to the public courtesy of the Group of Latin Merican and Caribbean Embassies (GRULAC).

To redeem the free tickets, just present a printout or take a snapshot of any Latin American Film Festival 2018 articles in any publication, online postings or GSC digital channels and redeem two complimentary tickets at the GSC Pavilion KL LAFF redemption counter on the

screening date, one hour before the movie starts.

Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, while tickets last. For more information as well as movies and screening times, visit the GSC website.

The Great Battle (Now showing)

Cast: Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-Hyuk, Park Sung-Woong, Bae Sung-Woo

Director: Kim Kwang-Shik

Loosely based on the Siege of Ansi, a three-month-long battle that took place between Goguryeo and China’s Tang forces in 645. Jo In-sung stars as Yang Munchun, the legendary commander of Ansi Fortress, whose successful defence of Ansi during the siege is said to be instrumental in saving the Goguryeo kingdom from the Tang forces.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "In terms of action, The Great Battle delivers in spades and more ... The movie is essentially one long battle sequence stretched over two hours ... If you like movies about long-drawn battles, then this is for you."

Iceman: The Time Traveler (Now showing)

Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Wang Bao Qiang, Huang Shengyi, Yasuaki Kurata

Director: Raymond Yip Wai Man

Donnie Yen reprises his role as former Ming dynasty imperial guard He Ying, who was displaced in time to modern day Hong Kong in the first movie. This time, he goes in search of an artefact called the Golden Wheel of Time so he can go back in time to his own era to save his village and his family.

Why you should watch it:

If you've been reading our monthly film roundups regularly, you'll know that we do like a good Donnie Yen movie, and judging from the trailer, there should be some pretty decent action to savour in this one. We're not too sure about all the time-travelling shenanigans, but hey, it should be good fun.

Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov 8)

Cast: Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Lucy Boynton

Director: Bryan Singer

A biopic based on the life of Freddie Mercury and British rock legends Queen, chronicling the the band's formation up until their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "Rami Malek is electrifying as Mercury ... Bohemian Rhapsody is a decent enough movie about Freddie Mercury and Queen ... it chooses to focus on crowd-pleasing moments that would endear it to fans of the band’s music."

The Grinch (Nov 8)

Voice cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely and Angela Lansbury.

Director: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney

This retelling of the classic Dr Seuss children's book features Benedict Cumberbatch as the Christmas-hating Grinch, who decides to ruin Christmas for the neighbouring village of Whoville.

Why you should watch it:

Yes, it's only November, and Christmas is still more than a month away, but it's never too early to get into the spirit. Plus Cumberbatch voicing the Grinch should be great, and it surely can't be as bad as that Jim Carrey live-action one years ago.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (Nov 15)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz

Director: David Yates

After being captured in the first movie, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald somehow escapes from custody and is building his army of dark wizards in order to take over the Muggle world. Future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore tasks Newt Scamander with taking Grindelwald down before his plan succeeds.

Why you should watch it:

A return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is always welcomed, and after the, well, fantastic first movie, we can't wait to see Newt Scamander take on Gellert Grindelwald in this one.

Polis Evo 2 (Nov 22)

Cast: Zizan Razak, Shaheizy Sam, Raline Shah, Erra Fazira, Hasnul Rahmat, Mike Lucock, Tanta Ginting, Soffi Jikan, Syafie Naswip, Hairul Azreen

Director: Joel Soh, Andre Chiew

A group of terrorists are holding a village hostage, and not even the Special Forces from Malaysia and Indonesia can free the villagers. Up step supercops Inspector Sani and Inspector Khai to save the day.

Why you should watch it:

The trailer looks great, with lots of action, lots of drama, plus Zizan Razak and Shaheizy Sam looking bada$$. The first Police Evo was a massive hit, and we're willing to bet this will do just as well.

Also read: Zizan Razak shapes up for Polis Evo 2

Ralph Breaks The Internet (Nov 22)

Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Gal Gadot

Director: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Six years after Ralph saved the video arcade in Wreck-It-Ralph, he is back, and off to a new adventure with best friend Vanellope – discovering a wi-fi router in the arcade, they decide to venture forth into the unknown world of... the Internet!

Why you should watch it:

The first Wreck-It Ralph was an entertaining roller-coaster ride that sent-up video games brilliantly. Now they are taking aim at the gold mine of memes that is the Internet? We can't wait. (Oh, and there are Disney Princesses too... ALL OF THEM!).

Also read: Meet the man who brought Disney Princesses to life

The House With A Clock In Its Walls (Nov 29)

Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, Owen Vaccaro, Colleen Camp

Director: Eli Roth

10-year-old Lewis is sent to live with his uncle Jonathan, after the death of his parents, but discovers that his uncle is a warlock. The house that he lives in also houses a deadly artefact that could bring about the end of the world: a magical clock filled with black magic.

Why you should watch it:

November is just full of magic, isn't it? Jack Black as a warlock should be interesting enough, but Cate Blanchett, the Goddess of Hel, the Elven queen of Lothlórien as a witch? It's almost too good to be true.

Guang (Nov 29)

Cast: Kyo Chen, Emily Chan, Ernest Chong

Director: Quek Shio Chuan

Wen Guang, who is autistic, is coerced into looking for a job by his younger brother, who is struggling with the dual tasks of providing for the family and caring for his elder brother. But Guang also has a secret obsession: he collects glasses, which he uses to make the most beautiful of sounds. As he searches for a job, he also continues his search for the single glass that can make the perfect sound he yearns to hear.

Why you should watch it:

Because it was an award-winning film before it was even released in the cinemas. Because Kyo Chen's performance has been critically praised. Because it's a good Malaysian film, darn it, and we should all go support it.

Also read: ‘Guang’ is an award-winning Malaysian film even before it hits cinemas

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