House of Gucci, Encanto, Licorice Pizza, and other new films and TV shows to watch this weekend, 26 November 2021.
Here’s the last “Thank God It’s Friday” for November, and I’m sending you off into the last month of the year with nothing other than this list of the freshest films and TV shows you can treat yourself to this weekend. Of course, the weekend came sooner in Hollywood this week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, resulting in a lot of film premieres being moved forward. Be excited, it is a juicy weekend for filmgoers, as one of the biggest films of the year House of Gucci, debuts on the big screen. You sure don’t want to sleep on this. Let’s see what is in store.
1. House of Gucci
This Ridley Scott-helmed biographical crime drama film is based on the 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden. The film seeks to tell the spellbinding power tussle tale within the famed Gucci family. Featuring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver as the main protagonists, it follows Patrizia Reggiani and Maurizio Gucci as their romance transforms into a fight for control of the Italian fashion brand Gucci. Others like Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto support, with a performance already being tipped as Oscar-worthy for the latter. House of Gucci is now showing in theatres across the world.
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2. Licorice Pizza
From the mind that brought you masterpieces like Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, and Boogie Nights, among others, comes this coming-of-age offering dubbed Licorice Pizza. Starring Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, and Alana Haim, the film is set in the San Fernando Valley and centers on the love life of a high school student who is also a successful child actor in the 1970s. Licorice Pizza will be delivered to theatres in the US starting today, 26 November.
Take your kids to the big screen and treat them to this new Walt Disney hit this weekend. Encanto, a 2021 American computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charming place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
4. The Unforgivable
Sandra Bullock is back on our screens, and this time she is an ex-convict in The Unforgivable — a 2021 drama film directed by Nora Fingscheidt. Released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, Ruth re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past, and her only hope for redemption is finding the estranged younger sister she was forced to leave behind. The film made its debut on Netflix on Wednesday, 24 November.
5. A Castle for Christmas
A Castle for Christmas is an upcoming 2021 American Christmas romantic comedy film created for Netflix and directed by Mary Lambert. An American author finds herself wanting to buy a castle in Scotland, but its prickly owner is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. Working to find a compromise, the pair butt heads and find more than they bargained for. The film debuts on Netflix today, 26 November. This one is sure to set the tone for the festive season.
6. Hanna (Season 3)
Hanna is an American action drama streaming television series, based on the 2011 film of the same name, for Amazon Prime Video. It follows the story of an extraordinary girl who has been raised in the forest, evading the relentless pursuit of an off-the-book CIA agent. This series – part high-concept thriller, part coming-of-age drama – follows the girl on her journey as she tries to unearth the truth behind who she is. It returned for its 3rd season this week Thursday, and you can enjoy a binge-watch with your family.
7. 8-Bit Christmas
8-Bit Christmas is a 2021 American Christmas comedy film directed by Michael Dowse, from a screenplay by Kevin Jakubowski based upon his novel of the same. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten-year-old Jake Doyle’s herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas. It features Neil Patrick Harris, June Diane Raphael, Trevor White, Kevin Jakubowski, and others.
8. An Intrusion
If you’ve been craving some new horror flick for some time like I have been, consider this an answer to prayers. An Intrusion is a 2021 American thriller film written and directed by Nicholas Holland. Sam and his family’s lives are shattered as they are terrorized and psychologically tortured by a malicious stalker. But as an investigation mounts, he fears the attacks may be related to secrets he has violently kept from his family. Without intruding, the film makes its way to the big screen today.
9. F is for Family (Season 5)
Set in the fictional town of Rustvale, Pennsylvania, in the early-to-mid 1970s, the show is a “family comedy” based on the stand-up of Bill Burr. It follows a dysfunctional suburban Irish-American family, also based partly on Burr’s life. The show returned on Netflix for its 5th and final season on the 25th of November, with Bill Burr, Sam Rockwell, Justin Long, and others starring.
10. A Holiday Chance
A Holiday Chance is a 2021 American comedy-drama film. When Garvin Chance, the founder of a multi-million-dollar film production company, and his family experiences some tragic events during the Christmas holidays, two sisters Noel Chance and Naomi Chance must set aside a life-long rivalry and come together to turn the company around and keep the family intact. The film is now showing in select cinemas in the US.
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