IMDb Picks: November Editors' Picks

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 weeks ago

IMDb's editorial team rounds up the movies and TV shows on their list for November.

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Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor: Ragnarok

Not a month seems to go by when yet another superhero movie is released in theaters, so it was a pleasant surprise to find the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fresh, funny, and wildly entertaining. The not-so secret ingredient is director Taika Waititi, who has combined his quirky brand of humor with the bright palette that made Guardians of the Galaxy a smash hit. Chris Hemsworth looks as if he’s never enjoyed himself more as Thor, while Cate Blanchett chews the scenery as Hela, the goddess of death. Waititi himself proves the softly spoken voice to rock monster Korg, stealing every scene he’s in. It all adds up to a much-needed dose of fun, and proves there’s life in the genre yet. — Michael

Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 3

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Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilsø, Alex Høgh Andersen, and David Lindström in Vikings (2013)

"Vikings"

For four seasons "Vikings" has followed the violent rise and tumultuous rule of the legendary Lothbrok clan, with King Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and Jarl Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) at the center. With Season 5, the focus shifts more onto the next generation, expanding the stories of Ragnar's adversarial sons in their adulthood, and the introduction of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the warrior Bishop Heahmund, an adversary who can actually slow and perhaps push back against the Vikings unstoppable tide, adds another exiting element to the chaotic mix, and I can't wait to see who will make it to the end. — Vanessa

"Vikings" returns Wednesday, Nov. 29, on the History Channel

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Anthony Gonzalez in Coco (2017)

Coco

Pixar's first original non-sequel film since 2015 and the studio's 19th feature film overall, Coco explores places where few animated movies ever tread: the Land of the Dead and Mexico. The animated musical follows the fortunes of a young Mexican boy, 12-year-old Miguel, who has a passion for music but also a penchant for incurring the wrath of his family. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina, this Dia de Muertos-inspired movie offers up an authentic and meticulously researched survey of the rich culture of Mexico. Pixar creators spared no effort to get the details right, from hiring a cadre of expert consultants to traveling to Mexico for weeks at a time to see certain traditions and crafts firsthand. The result is an animated musical we've rarely seen or heard, with a story whose elements are likely to delight as well as surprise. Enjoy this one with your loved ones. — Bret

Opens in U.S. theaters Wednesday, Nov. 22

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Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Allegra Acosta, and Rhenzy Feliz in Runaways (2017)

"Runaways"

After the Emmy Award-winning success of "The Handmaid’s Tale," Hulu hopes to have another hit on their hands with action series "Runaways." Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, it centers on six teenagers from different backgrounds who unite against a common enemy — their criminal parents, collectively known as the Pride. Although the show exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it promises to be someone quite different to the dark dramas on Netflix or the epic stories of The Avengers. From what I've seen, it has more in common with the likes of "The O.C." and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which is just fine by me. — Michael

"Runaways" premieres Tuesday, Nov. 21, on Hulu

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Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Typically I try and reserve watching bummer dramas for the fall and winter, so the latest from Martin McDonagh — a master of imbuing pitch-black tales with wicked humor — couldn't be better timed. I'm especially happy to hear that the movie becomes a face off of sorts between Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. I cannot wait to see what they bring to McDonagh's story of a grieving mother who won't stop antagonizing the local authorities until they solve her daughter's murder. And I would love to see McDormand position an Oscar for this role next to her statute for Fargo. — Arno

Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 10

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Jon Bernthal in The Punisher (2017)

"The Punisher"

I'm looking forward to another darker take on the Netflix Marvel Universe. Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) stole the show when he showed up in Season 2 of "Daredevil" and introduced a true antihero to the mix. Castle even made Daredevil (Charlie Cox) seem measured juxtaposed against his "take no prisoners" kind of vigilantism. I can’t wait to see if he’s going to manage to fit into this world, or end up tearing it down around him. So excited for this! — Vanessa

"The Punisher" premieres Friday, Nov. 17, on Netflix

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Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas in Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour

As awards season buzz begins to ratchet up and armchair Oscars predictors get to their prognosticating, Gary Oldman has seemed a lock for Leading Actor nominations since last November when the first Darkest Hour stills were released showing the IMDb fan favorite actor thoroughly transformed as Winston Churchill. Since then, in subsequent releases of trailers for Joe Wright's upcoming historical-biographical drama set in the early days of World War II, we've received more visual and aural confirmation that Oldman's performance is potentially career-defining for an actor who's already served up a bevy of impressive and challenging screen characters. Count me among those ready to take in this account of the British Prime Minister's first days of office, not only to revisit one of the world's grandest political figures in a seminal chapter of western history but also to watch what is sure to be a larger-than-life acting achievement from a soon-to-be Oscar frontrunner. — Bret

Opens in U.S. theaters Wednesday, Nov. 22

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Damnation (2017)

"Damnation"

Thanks to Taylor Sheridan I've become a fan of the neo-Western, and I've recently started watching the seemingly underrated Netflix series "Longmire," which "Damnation" creator Tony Tost has a hand in. The creator raises his profile here with a timely story of haves vs. have-nots set in the 1930s American heartland, and the show features a couple actors who I think are also underrated: Logan Marshall-Green and Gabriel Mann. — Arno

"Damnation" premieres Tuesday, Nov. 7, on USA

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Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

On the surface, Roman J. Israel, Esq. may look like just another legal thriller, but there are two reasons why I'm psyched to see it: Dan Gilroy and Denzel Washington. Gilroy's highly acclaimed Nightcrawler showed us the uncomfortably dark side of crime journalism, and with his follow-up he's taking on the the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. There's already Oscar buzz about Washington's transformation (which reminds me a bit of Questlove) as this idealistic lawyer who becomes disillusioned with the practice. The film premiered at TIFF to lackluster reviews, but they reportedly have a re-edited version that is more focused. Either way, I think the audiences will give it chance. — Michelle

Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 17

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Frankie Shaw and Anna Chanel Reimer in SMILF (2017)

"SMILF"

As I've been impatiently waiting for the return of "Shameless," a promo for this new show that will follow the Gallagher clan on Showtime caught my attention. Frankie Shaw, (who fans may recognize from "Mr. Robot"), stars as Bridgette, a single mom living in Southie who works as a part-time tutor, part-time actress, whose first priority is her son, Larry Bird. Based on her award-winning short film of the same name, Shaw writes, directs, produces, and even serves as the showrunner of her debut series. "SMILF" has the same raw but genuine vibe as "Shameless" so I think pairing the two could help this new series find an audience. I can't wait to check it out. — Michelle

"SMILF" premieres Sunday, Nov.5, on Showtime

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Sarah Gadon in Alias Grace (2017)

"Alias Grace"

As a big fan of Margaret Atwood's writing, I'm delighted to see that she's having what some might call "a moment." The success of "The Handmaid's Tale" is evident with 8 Emmy wins from 12 nominations. I'm hoping that the same outstanding storytelling is in play with "Alias Grace," which premieres Nov. 3 on Netflix. Atwood and Sarah Polley co-wrote the 6 episodes that make up the season, with Mary Harron (who is most well-known for her directorial work on American Psycho) directing. Canadian actress Sarah Gadon stars as the Irish immigrant housemaid who is imprisoned for the murder of her employer. — Pam

"Alias Grace" premieres Friday, Nov. 3, on Netflix