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The Big Picture: New Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving 2019

Movies to Watch During Thanksgiving 2019

(Updated 11/08/2019)

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for movie lovers. If you've got time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, there's no better time to take the family to a new movie. Quite a few long-awaited movies open during Thanksgiving week 2019, while some came to theatres just prior to the holiday. Whether FROZEN II, LAST CHRISTMAS or THE SHINING sequel DOCTOR SLEEP is your choice, we've got a new holiday movie option for you!

Want to know what new movies are coming out, and which ones to watch on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (or if you want to sneak out on Turkey day)? We’ve got you covered! Grab your popcorn, get ready to enjoy our cozy recliner seating, and check out everything new in theaters for Thanksgiving weekend 2019.

New Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving 2019

Knives Out

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Knives Out

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When a well-known crime novelist, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead of an apparent murder on the night of his birthday, his greedy family members all become suspects. This is a modern spin on the classic whodunit, from a director who knows the genre inside and out. Rian Johnson, whose credits include STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and BRICK, wrote and directed this entertaining murder mystery that is filled with twists. It also boasts a frankly amazing ensemble cast, including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, and Ana de Armas. Several of these actors get a chance to do something very different in this murder party, and all are clearly having the time of their lives… and, in many cases, deaths.

Frozen 2

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Frozen II

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Elsa and Anna are (finally) back! They’re joined by friends Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf on a new journey to uncover the origins of Elsa’s powers to save their kingdom. FROZEN II takes the characters to a sealed-off enchanted forest, where they meet a whole new group of people as they unravel the secrets of Elsa's powers — and of magic in their land.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Famed children’s TV host Fred Rogers forms an unlikely but enduring friendship with a skeptical journalist in this unconventional biographical drama. To have Tom Hanks playing Mister Rogers is both an obvious choice (who else could play Fred Rogers) and a stroke of genius in casting that allows one of our favorite actors to bring an American icon back to life. We'll probably need a giant box of tissues for this one. Plus, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is directed by Marielle Heller, the filmmaker behind last year’s brilliant CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Last Christmas

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Last Christmas

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Kate (Emilia Clarke) hates the holidays. She works year-round in a London Christmas shop, dressed as an elf, and the annoyance she gets from her job complicates a generally stormy outlook on life. Then Tom (Henry Golding) steps into her life, and he seems too good to be true. They become an unlikely pair in a whirlwind romance inspired by the music of George Michael. Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson co-star in LAST CHRISTMAS under the direction of Paul Feig (A SIMPLE FAVOR, BRIDESMAIDS).

Queen & Slim

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Queen & Slim

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Their first date probably would never have led to a second, but then the lives of a black couple are completely transformed by their night out. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith, making her starring debut) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya of GET OUT) are pulled over for a minor traffic stop. What should have been a simple encounter escalates dramatically, and after a violent act of self-defense the pair are soon running for their lives, with a dead cop in their rear view mirror. As video of the encounter goes viral, Queen and Slim try to maintain their freedom as they become symbols of terror and grief for others around the country.

21 Bridges

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: 21 Bridges

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An NYPD detective who was once a promising but is now all but disgraced goes on an all-night effort to capture a pair of cop killers and restore his standing with the department. His big tactic is to completely close off Manhattan by shutting down all entry points to the island — that's 21 bridges in total, hence the title! The action/thriller 21 BRIDGES stars BLACK PANTHER’s Chadwick Boseman, with a supporting cast that includes Taylor Kitsch, J.K. Simmons, and Sienna Miller. Boseman's AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, produced this gritty street-level nailbiter.

Charlie’s Angels

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Charlie's Angels

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Don’t call it a reboot: CHARLIE’S ANGELS resumes the story that began with the ’70s TV series and continued with two hit movies in the ’00s. This time, the action goes global as the Townsend Agency has taken its business international with a network of badass female super-spies. Kristen Stewart leads this modern trio of angels, which includes Naomi Scott (POWER RANGERS) and Ella Balinska. Together, they work for a new Bosley, played by Elizabeth Banks, who also directed this action-packed adventure.

Ford v Ferrari

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Ford v Ferrari

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This biographical drama from director James Mangold (LOGAN) tells the story of the automotive designer and race car driver tasked with building a car for Henry Ford that could compete with Ferrari’s legendary – and seemingly unbeatable – race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby, the automotive designer who teams up with race car driver Ken Miles, played by Christian Bale, to take on this impossible task. It would probably be thrilling to watch these two do just about anything together, so the racing action in FORD V FERRARI should be particularly awesome.

Doctor Sleep

Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Doctor Sleep

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This sequel to THE SHINING is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. It picks up years after we last saw young Danny Torrance, as he escaped his murderous father at the Overlook Hotel. He's now Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor), an alcoholic who drinks to suppress his psychic "shining" powers, and the ghosts they allow into his consciousness. When he’s contacted by a young girl (newcomer Kyliegh Curran) with the same gift, however, Dan reluctantly answers her call for help. He's thrust into an epic battle with a supernatural cult, which could be even more dangerous than the ghosts of his past. DOCTOR SLEEP is directed by Mike Flanagan, who already did another great King movie adaptation, GERALD’S GAME. Flanagan pulled in a terrific cast to work with McGregor, too, including Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, a sort of psychic vampire who feeds on powers like the Shining.


Movies to Watch Thanksgiving 2019: Midway

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The epic war drama MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. INDEPENDENCE DAY filmmaker Roland Emmerich directs a cast that includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Darren Criss and Keean Johnson, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.

Come back soon for advance ticket purchases and showtimes for all these movies!

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