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7 New Movies to Watch With Family, Friends at Thanksgiving

November 16, 2021

The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to watch a comedy, adventure or drama on your home screen.

After a big Thanksgiving meal is the perfect time to kick back, slice an extra piece of pie and catch a new release with your family and friends.


Here is a guide to a range of new movies debuting throughout November and where to watch them:


King Richard

Where to Watch: HBO Max

When: Premieres Nov. 19 in theaters and HBO Max


Will Smith is already getting Oscar buzz for his charismatic performance as Richard Williams, father and coach to tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. The biopic chronicles Richard's role in raising and training his gifted daughters to eventually become two of the greatest athletes of all time.


The undeterred dad comes up with a meticulous, disciplined plan for the young Venus and Serena to rise from the streets of Compton, Los Angeles and grace the hallowed courts of elite tennis that had long been dominated by white players.


King Richard is a crowd-pleaser of a movie, made all the more poignant and rousing by knowing how much the Williams' sisters have accomplished.



Red Notice

Where to Watch: Netflix

When: Premieres Nov. 12


Three of Hollywood's biggest stars team up in this action-comedy that takes a page from Indiana Jones, adds a dash of Mission: Impossible and mixes it with a bit of True LiesRed Notice is the kind of big, glossy, fun thriller that the entire family can enjoy.


Dwayne Johnson plays an FBI profiler tracking a notorious thief (Ryan Reynolds) who is hunting three priceless eggs once owned by Cleopatra. Another criminal mastermind called The Bishop (Gal Gadot) also wants to get her hands on the eggs, leading to a globe-trotting cat-and-mouse chase with plenty of double crosses and snarky banter tossed in.



Tick, Tick … BOOM!

Where to Watch: Netflix

When: Premieres Nov. 19


Lin-Manuel Miranda has been something of a streaming hero these past few years, offering viewers the filmed production of Hamilton, as well the movie version of his first Broadway musical, In the Heights. Now, he's making his directorial debut with this adaptation of Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical starring Andrew Garfield as Jon.


Larson was the creator of Rent, but tragically died at the age of 35 a few months before the show debuted on Broadway. Prior to Rent, Larson was a struggling composer with an early project that flopped. He created a solo show chronicling those efforts called Tick, Tick … BOOM! Miranda has adapted it into a fuller production with additional characters and a score drawn from Larson's body of work.




Where to Watch: Netflix

When: Premieres Nov. 24


Oscar-winner Halle Berry directs and stars in this inspiring tale about a washed-up, disgraced mixed martial arts fighter seeking redemption. To get back into the spotlight, Jackie Justice reenters the ring in an unsanctioned bout against a top female MMA competitor — one who is younger and in better shape. Complicating her return to action is the unexpected arrival of her young son, whom Jackie abandoned as a baby.


Berry trained rigorously in boxing and MMA and ended up breaking two ribs while filming Bruised — but continued working through the pain.



The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

When: Premieres Nov. 5


Did you know cats weren't always considered suitable pets for the home? In the Victorian era, they were treated simply as mice-catching creatures kept in barns and basements. It wasn't until the eccentric English painter Louis Wain began incorporating felines into his paintings that they started becoming popular as pets.


The Electrical Life of Louis Wain chronicles life of the artist (Benedict Cumberbatch) from meeting his wife Emily (Claire Foy) to spending his later years in a mental facility. The movie is a tender portrait of his deep love for Emily, who gives him artistic purpose by taking in a stray kitten. Peter the cat ends up becoming Louis' first feline subject and an inadvertent agent of change.



The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

Where to Watch: Netflix

When: Premieres Nov. 18


The third movie in the romantic comedy franchise features more identity-swapping shenanigans. In The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, Vanessa Hudgens reprises her three roles: Margaret Delacourt, the Queen of Montenaro; Stacy De Novo Wyndham, Princess of Belgravia; and Lady Fiona Pembroke, Margaret's cousin.


Margaret and Stacy reunite for the traditional Christmas celebration in Montenaro, for which the Vatican has loaned the priceless Star of Peace. During the festival, the star relic of the title goes missing. To prevent a diplomatic crisis, Margaret and Stacy turn to their old nemesis, Lady Fiona, for help. When they discover the star's whereabouts, the trio is forced to stage a heist — which naturally involves switching places with each other.



Psych 3: This Is Gus

Where: Peacock

When: Premieres Nov. 18


The latest Psych movie follows up on the USA Network's hit series, as well as Psych: The Movie and 2020's Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. The new sequel features all the banter and camaraderie that fans know and love between fake-psychic detective Shawn (James Roday Rodriguez) and his partner Gus (Dulé Hill).


The buddies are getting ready for Gus' shotgun wedding to fiancée Selene (Jazmyn Simon), but the “Groomzilla" has some unfinished business. Namely, he and Shawn go rogue to track down Selene's estranged husband.

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