April Barbe

April Barbe

Wow, it's November! Hopefully, everyone has caught some good movies this year, so far!

So, what's left to see in 2018? There's a lot, actually!

Opening this weekend, if you are a rock music fan you will definitely want to watch "Bohemian Rhapsody." Word in the film community, is that while it's a little long (two hours and 14 minutes), it is still an excellent cinematic experience.

Also opening this weekend is "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. This looks visually stunning, and it may be a great way to start the holiday season! Actors Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren should round out the cast nicely, as well.

For those political-minded folks, "The Front Runner" starring Hugh Jackman opens on Election Day, Nov. 6. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart, who was the front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was cut short with the story of an extramarital relationship. Directed by Academy Award nominated Jason Reitman, it will likely be worthy of a vote.

On Nov. 9, those in the holiday spirit can watch actor Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of "The Grinch." This will be a great one for the kiddos! It will be narrated by actor Pharrell Williams, and guess who is the "Mayor of Whoville" ... the legendary Angela Lansbury. It is the eighth fully animated feature by Illumination and Universal Pictures.

In time for Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the D-Day era flick "Overlord" will open Nov. 9. This will not be one for the faint of heart, as it contains strong, bloody violence and disturbing images. From producer J.J. Abrams, the movie is said to be "a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist."

The ever-popular "Fantastic Beasts" returns Nov. 16 with "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." The biggest draw to this one will be its star, Johnny Depp who plays "Gellert Grindelwald." Actor Jude Law will also be revealed as "Dumbledore." This series is written by J.K. Rowling, and many more installments are planned.

For all of those "Rocky" and boxing fans out there, "Creed II" will be released Nov. 21. Michael B. Jordan is a great actor. "Rocky Balboa" played by Sylvester Stallone also stars in the film. Stallone also wrote the screenplay.

Also opening on Nov. 21 is "Robin Hood." I'm not the biggest fan of remakes, but when I noticed that actor Jamie Foxx is in this one ... I was hooked. It stars Taron Egerton as "Robin Hood." Foxx plays his Moorish commander in the revolt against the corrupt English crown.

Then we come to the last month of the year - December! I know it's a busy month for many, but if you have time, try to squeeze in a few flicks!

On Dec. 14, legendary actor Clint Eastwood will grace the screen in a powerful drama/suspense film about drug trafficking. "The Mule" is about a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Unbeknownst to the man, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. Eastwood may be older, but his acting abilities remain intact.

For those enjoying holidays breaks and family time, you'll want to grab your umbrellas and float into the the nearest theater to see "Mary Poppins Returns" starring actress Emily Blunt. It arrives Dec. 19. Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, "Mary Poppins Returns" also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The new "Mary Poppins" offering introduces three new Banks children and features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the material in PL Travers' additional seven books, sources say.

For those comic book movie lovers, "Aquaman" will be released on Dec. 21. It stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and more! The $160 million-dollar budgeted flick will impress audiences visually!

Speaking of visual milestones, Steve Carell's film "Welcome to Marwen" that opens Dec. 21 may be one for the books. Directed by Robert Zemeckis of "Forest Gump" fame, the movie is about a man who suffers a devastating attack and loses all of his memories. Nobody expects him to recover, but the man creates a toy town where he can heal and be heroic. This looks to be a very heartwarming film.

OK, there are two more movies opening the last week of December that are on my holiday list!

"Holmes and Watson" starring the awesome Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly opens on Christmas Day. The comedy adventure is written and directed by Ethan Cohen, and it is sure to be a fun one to watch about the legendary detectives. Plus, Ferrell and Reilly have already proven that they are a good comedic duo in the films "Step Brothers" and Talladega Nights."

And "Stan and Ollie" also staring Reilly (big week for him) opens Dec. 28. "Stan and Ollie" is about the beloved comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Reilly plays Hardy in the movie which is set in Great Britain in 1953. Laurel and Hardy have been a longtime favorite of mine, and I can't wait to see this one!

Maybe I'll see you there!