The best new movies to watch with the family this Thanksgiving weekend
Holiday gatherings are a time for families to come together and celebrate (or bicker, depending on your preferred gathering style).
There’s good food and good company (hopefully), so why not good movies too? With many families across the country gathering this weekend, the Polygon team thought we’d pick some fun new movies that all family members can enjoy.
From kids movies even parents can enjoy to dad movies even kids can enjoy (and a little something in between), here are some stellar new movies you can safely put on for the whole squad this weekend. -end. And if you’re looking for other new options, we’ve got them: we’ve got a longer list of best movies of 2022or a selection of five movies on netflix perfect for a cold November night.
Catherine called Birdy
Gender: The comedy
Duration: 1h 48m
Director: Lena Dunham
Cast: Bella Ramsey, Andrew Scott, Billie Piper
Lena Dunham’s adaptation of the mid-level medieval diary manages to capture the main heroine’s distinct and courageous voice, while translate the story appropriately for the screen. Teenage Catherine (Bella Ramsey) just wants to run with the goat boys and play in the mud, but as the village lord’s daughter, she is expected to marry into a wealthy family. She’s rebellious, but not in a grid, too-modern way, and Ramsey’s performance is delightful. The film does a wonderful job of fleshing out Catherine’s parents, especially her father, Lord Rollo (Andrew Scott), transforming him from a one-note obstacle into a deep character. —Petrana Radulovic
Catherine called Birdy is available to stream on First video.
Gender: mystery comedy
Duration: 1h 39m
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Jon Hamm, Lorenza Izzo, Marcia Gay Harden
In the 1980s, Universal Pictures produced two films based on Gregory Mcdonald’s mystery comedy novels about journalist IM Fletcher. The movies starred Chevy Chase and were a bit of a cult hit – chances are someone at your gathering will remember them fondly.
Suddenly, decades later, a reboot happened with Jon Hamm. And guess what: it’s really funny! Hamm is perfectly suited for the role, with his often underutilized comic chops brilliant as Fletch. Confess, Fletch is a light comedy with mysterious elements that plays on nostalgia (but not too much), with laughs for all to enjoy. And when you’re done, you can have even more fun repeating how Marcia Gay Harden pronounces “Fletch” in that movie for the rest of this weekend. —Pete Volk
Confess, Fletch is available to watch on Showtime, or for digital rental or purchase through AmazonApple and Google Play.
Duration: 1h 44m
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona
There are no better holiday traditions than getting together with your loved ones and just having a good laugh. It doesn’t matter that the thing you’re laughing at was meant for that purpose; what matters is that you enjoy the experience together.
With that in mind, may I interest you in some Morbius?
Morbius, a sordid story about a Dr. Michael Morbius, a man who is a doctor who is also a vampire, is neither good nor funny in any way. But he box be good or fun if you watch it together. Cherish the dance of Matt Smith! Throwback to Jared Leto’s vampiric facial hair! Come on “Hey, it’s that girl from Andorwhen you see Adria Arjona! It’s fun* for the whole family. —PV
*Results may vary
Morbius is available to watch on Netflix, or for digital rental or purchase through AmazonApple and Google Play.
Duration: 1h 57m
Director: Francois Laurent
Cast: Jason Momoa, Marlow Barkley, Kyle Chandler
Slumberland is one of this year’s under-the-radar gems – an adaptation of the hugely inspirational 1905 newspaper comic strip, often adapted jerkily Little Nemo in Slumberland. Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence builds this Netflix Original around the gleeful performances of child actress Marlow Barkley (Single parents), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Jason Momoa, who nearly steals scenes as Flip, a hedonistic outlaw who ventures into the dreams of mankind. The film moves away from the slapstick, stunt dubbing and sardonic pop culture references that mark modern family blockbusters and into an older mode, appealing to ages 1-92 by telling a simple story with plenty of creativity and heart. —Susana Polo
Slumberland is available to watch on Netflix.
The Adam Project
Gender: Sci-fi/action comedy
Duration: 1h 46m
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo
Certified Studmuffin Ryan Reynolds (not to be confused with American idol Ryan Gosling, which I absolutely not do all the time) and free guy director Shawn Levy teams up again, this time for a Spielbergian sci-fi action comedy about a bad boy fighter pilot from the dystopian year 2050 who flies a time jet back to 2018 to save his wife (Zoe Saldana). Accidentally landing in the year 2022, he meets his younger self (Scobell) and together the two embark on an impromptu adventure through time to reconcile the past and save the future. Although far from being the most original places, The Adam Project is an audience-pleasing family film that has everything one could ask for – action, comedy, suspense, and some genuinely charismatic lead performances. —Toussaint Egan
The Adam Project is available to watch on Netflix.
Top Gun: Maverick
Duration: 2h 11m
Director: Joseph Kosinsky
Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Glen Powell
Going by the numbers alone, there’s a very good chance that everyone in your family, group of friends, and people you’ve ever met within the confines of the continental United States have seen Top Gun: Maverick at least twice. But that is still not enough! In fact, chances are that at your Thanksgiving gathering, it’s been at least five months since the last time anyone at the table saw Top Gun: Maverickwhich means it’s high time everyone watched it again.
By any chance you haven’t seen Top Gun: Maverick, he recounts the story of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, elite pilot and smartass/hotshot, as he returns to fighter jet school to train the best and brightest of the next generation. of the US Navy. It’s both a great and thrilling action movie, a great passing-of-the-torch story, and just plain hugely entertaining like all great blockbuster movies should be. And if someone hasn’t seen the original, this one will catch you up enough that you don’t have to, or you can ask grandma to do a dramatic read from the film’s Wikipedia page from 1986.
Tom Cruise saved the cinemas, and the least you can do to thank him is watch his airplane movie a third time at home, just to remind yourself how awesome those cinemas really were. —Austen Goslin
Top Gun: Maverick is available for digital rental or purchase via AmazonApple and Google Play.
Gender: The comedy
Duration: 1h 40m
Director: Dome Shi
Cast: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Jordan Fisher
turn red marks a new era for Pixar, one that elevates different voices from the old Pixar lineup. In her feature debut, director Domee Shi shoots a very precise story about a teenage girl growing up in the early 2000s in Toronto and her relationship with her mother into something universal. With the fluffy red panda metaphor at its center, turn red is an evocative coming-of-age story about mothers and daughters and find yourself in an ever-changing world. The animation is also bold and bright, relying more on stylized and smooth movements pastel backgrounds that the Pixar’s usual photorealism. It’s the final installment in this exciting new era, and it’s definitely worth catching up with. —PR
turn red is available to stream on Disney+or for digital rental or purchase via Amazon.
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