'Frozen 2', and 7 other November movies to chill out to

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  • Thursday, 07 Nov 2019

Will Elsa finally get to let it go and get into superhero mode?

Brace yourselves for another round of Frozen fever this month. Yes, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf are back in Frozen II (Nov 21), and it looks more epic than ever. If you just can't let it go and bring your kids to watch that, well, there's always Ejen Ali: The Movie (Nov 28).

For the adults, there's something for everyone this month. Horror fans should definitely catch The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep (Nov 7), for speed demons there's Ford Vs Ferrari (Nov 14), and MMA fans have Wira (Nov 28) to look forward to. There's also female espionage fun with Charlie's Angels (Nov 14), intriguing whodunit Knives Out (Nov 28), and rom-com Last Christmas (Nov 28), starring our very own Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh (and a certain Queen of Dragons).

Also this month, the Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) returns, with free screenings of the finest films form Latin America, courtesy of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies (GRULAC). The screenings will be held at GSC Pavilion KL from Nov 7-10, and GSC Gurney Plaza, Penang from Dec 5-8. For more information, visit the GSC website.

Doctor Sleep (Nov 7)

: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly

Director: Mike Flanagan

A movie adaptation of Stephen King's 2013 novel of the same name, which serves as a sequel to his 1977 novel The Shining that was also adapted into a movie by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. A grown-up Danny Torrance now uses his psychic powers to help terminally ill patients find peace, and his friendship with a girl named Abra, whose “Shine” is even more powerful than his own, and attracts the attentions of a group of psychic vampires who call themselves the True Knot.

Why you should watch it:

From our review: "Flanagan has made it both an adaptation of King’s novel and a sequel to Kubrick’s film. The result: a mostly compelling adaptation worthy of both sources".

To read the full review, go here: 'Doctor Sleep': A shining sequel that keeps the masters’ faith

Ford v Ferrari (Nov 14)

: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas

Director: James Mangold

American car designer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles team up to build a car for the Ford Motor Company that can challenge the might of Enzo Ferrari's race cars at the 24-hour race of Le Mans in France in 1966,

Why you should watch it:

Matt Damon and Christian Bale alone should make this a compelling watch (and the trailer does well to highlight the two actors' chemistry). Add in the exhilaration of motor racing and the underdog vs giant story, and you've got the recipe for a great movie.

Charlie's Angels (Nov 14)

Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Elizabeth Banks

A reboot of 2000's Charlie Angels, which in turn is a reboot of the 1970s TV show, in which three women work for an unknown employer named Charlie as his 'angels' - private detectives and agents who go on on covert missions to save the world.

Why you should watch it:

To be honest, we're not sure why they decided that making a new Charlie's Angels movie would be a good idea. Oh well, at least there's be lots of great action and mindless fun.

Frozen II (Nov 21)

: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Director: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Elsa and Anna venture into a mystical land in the forest to learn the truth about the kingdom of Arendelle's ancient mystery, and also the secret behind Elsa's ice powers.

Why you should watch it:

The original Frozen was one of Disney's biggest ever animated features, spawned the mega hit Let It Go, and enchanted millions of children worldwide. We're looking forward to seeing the sequel explore Elsa and Anna's backstories even deeper, and an even more epic adventure.

Wira (Nov 21)

: Hairul Azreen, Henley Hii, Fify Azmi, Dain Said, Ismi Melinda, Yayan Ruhian

Director: Adrian Teh

Hassan's family has always been living under the boot of a man named Raja. The young man returns home from a stint in the military to help them and the community, only to find his younger brother Zain has incurred a huge debt after losing an MMA fight organised by Raja. The two brothers now have to team up for a match against Raja's sons Vee and Rayyan in order to set things right.

Why you should watch it:

Director Adrian Teh has already shown that he can handle action with last year's Paskal, so this will be a chance to show off both his action direction and his ability to handle drama as well. The trailer already bodes well in that respect.

Last Christmas (Nov 28)

: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Director: Paul Feig

After recovering from an illness which almost killed her, Kate tries to pick up the pieces of her life by working as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop in London. One day, she meets Tom, a man who seems to be too good to be true, and ends up falling in love with him..

Why you should watch it:

It's got the Malaysian double whammy of Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, alongside Emilia Clarke, AND features the music of George Michael heavily. That's a win-win for us.

Ejen Ali: The Movie (Nov 28)

: Ida Rahayu, Azman Zulkiply, Noorhayati Maslini, Shafiq Isa, Fadhli Shafian

Director: Usamah Zaid

12-year-old Ejen Ali is enjoying life as a spy under secret agency MATA, but the introduction of a new technology causes him to question his usefulness to the agency. Things start to unravel when he meets a rogue figure with some surprising personal connections.

Why you should watch it:

Ejen Ali is one of Malaysia's top animation franchises, and it's no surprise that it's finally made its way to the big screens. From the trailer, it looks like this will be quite the exciting adventure for the young ones (and even some older ones as well).

Knives Out (Nov 28)

: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson

Director: Rian Johnson

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found murdered during a gathering of his dysfunctional family, and detective Benoit Blanc is on the case.

Why you should watch it:

We just love a good murder mystery, and this one looks like one with equal amounts of mystery, intrigue, and good old-fashioned sleuthing by Daniel Craig. Plus, just take a look at that cast list!

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