New Movies to Watch with Your Family this Thanksgiving!

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Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? It’s a great start to the holiday season since it brings you together with the people you love. It’s also the perfect time to head to the movie theater or curl up on your couch with your family to watch a new movie!

Here’s our guide to the best new movies to watch with your family this Thanksgiving weekend!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Encanto

Encanto is the latest release from Walt Disney Animation. As the only person in her family without any special abilities, Mirabel Madrigal must try to save her household’s magic after she learns that it’s in danger.

Encanto stars Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, María Cecilia Botero, and Diane Guerrero as well as features original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film has received positive reviews from critics so far with Associated Press calling it, “A triumph in every category: art, songs and heart.”

Encanto is playing in movie theaters now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: House of Gucci

Directed by Ridley Scott, House of Gucci has a star-studded cast including Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. The biographical crime drama tells the story of how Patrizia Reggiani married Maurizio Gucci in an effort to be a part of his family’s dynasty. The movie is based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed. 

House of Gucci is playing in movie theaters now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the latest spinoff from the classic ‘80s film. The movie follows Egon Spengler’s estranged family who moves into his home after they learn of his death. While exploring the odd house, Egon’s science-loving granddaughter discovers that her grandfather was a Ghostbuster and resumes his mission to rid the town of ghosts.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd, and features cameos from originals Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. The movie was directed and written by Jason Reitman, whose father, Ivan Reitman, directed and produced the original Ghostbusters. In her review of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Wendy Ide of The Guardian called the film a “spirited nostalgia trip.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is playing in movie theaters now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: King Richard

King Richard is the new biographical drama about Venus and Serena Williams’ upbringing and their father, Richard Williams. The film shows the iconic sisters’ journey from being young, talented tennis players to going pro, and the role that their family played in their rise to prominence.

King Richard stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, as Venus and Serena, respectively, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Brandy.

King Richard is playing in movie theaters now and streaming on HBO Max!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Clifford: The Big Red Dog 

Clifford: The Big Red Dog is an adventure comedy based on the beloved children’s book series and cartoon. The film focuses on Emily Elizabeth who is gifted a puppy by an animal rescuer. She then wakes up to see that her new puppy is now giant. This leads to Emily Elizabeth, Clifford, and her Uncle Casey embarking on adventures throughout New York City.

In her review of Clifford: The Big Red Dog, IGN’s Rosie Knight said that the film will “engage adults just enough and make small kids laugh a lot,” making it a great pick for the whole family!

Directed by Walt Becker, Clifford: The Big Red Dog stars Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Tony Hale, and Sienna Guillory.

Clifford: The Big Red Dog is playing in movie theaters now and streaming on Paramount+!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Eternals

Eternals marks the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie portrays the Eternals, an immortal alien race secretly living on earth, who reunite to protect the planet from a villainous race known as the Deviants. The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Eternals has a star-studded cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao wrote and directed the film with additional writing credits by Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo. Eternals was produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore.

Eternals has received praise from critics and Marvel fans. Glen Weldon of NPR said:

Eternals’ cinematography is where Zhao’s directorial voice is most strongly and clearly felt. She bathes scene after scene in the last rays of sunsets, and places her characters small in the frame so they get dwarfed by the vast landscapes of a desert oasis, a volcanic island, or the American prairie.

This TikTok creator said that Eternals is a large-scale character study that includes a number of beautiful shots throughout the film.

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Eternals is playing in movie theaters now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

If you’re looking to get your Marvel fix from the comfort of your own home, check out Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney+! The film was recently added to the streaming service in an IMAX Enhanced format, giving you the movie theater experience at home. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhang, Tony Leung, and Ben Kingsley. Shang-Chi marks the first Marvel film to have an Asian protagonist!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has received stellar reviews. Hollywood.com’s Alexis Cosio said that she instantly took a liking to the characters and loved the film’s storyline. She wrote:

The storytelling and flashback scenes are beautifully captivating. It tackles a variety of issues on top of the normal superhero landscape including the death of a parent and familial issues. Plus, there was a lot of humor sprinkled in, which kept it fun amongst darker themes. I was consistently entertained by this movie.” Read the full review here!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: tick, tick… BOOM!

tick, tick… BOOM! is the film adaptation of the semi-autobiographical stage musical of the same name by Jonathan Larson. This film marks Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature film directorial debut! The musical is based on the life of Rent playwright and composer Jonathan Larson (portrayed by Andrew Garfield in the film). The film also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, and Joshua Henry.

According to Variety, tick, tick… BOOM! takes place 5 years before Rent’s first performance (and Jonathan Larson’s untimely death). The story is about Jon’s struggle having not yet achieved success in his career as he approaches 30 and feeling like he’s losing the time to do so.

tick, tick… BOOM! Is streaming on Netflix now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Extinct

Extinct is one of the latest Netflix animated films starring Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Zazie Beetz, and Ken Jeong. As of publishing, the film holds a spot in Netflix’s “Top 10.” When 2 rodent-like creatures time travel from the 19th century to modern-day Shanghai, they soon learn they are now currently extinct. The pair then embark on a mission to try and save their species.

Extinct is streaming on Netflix now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Red Notice

Also holding a spot in Netflix’s “Top 10,” Red Notice is about an FBI profiler who teams up with a wanted art thief to take down a shifty crook. Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber, Red Notice stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot. The movie features music composed by Steve Jablonsky who is known for scoring the Transformers films.

Red Notice is streaming on Netflix now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back is a 3-part documentary that shows the historic band recording their album Let It Be. The doc features about 8 hours of footage that was originally intended for a 1970 documentary about the making of the legendary record. Directed by Peter Jackson, part 1 of The Beatles: Get Back will be released on Thursday, Nov. 25, with parts 2 and 3 coming out on Friday Nov. 26 and Saturday Nov. 27.

USA Today reported that The Beatles: Get Back teases “a deeper dive into long-vaulted outtakes shot in January 1969, in which the 4 friends gamely make the best of bad acoustics, growing divisions and a tight timeline.”

The Beatles: Get Back is streaming on Disney+ now!

New Movies to Watch this Thanksgiving: Home Sweet Home Alone

The sixth movie in the Home Alone franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone, is the perfect movie to watch with your family this holiday season! The film stars Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, and Kenan Thompson.

Home Sweet Home Alone follows 10-year-old Max who is left behind from his family vacation after a complication with flight bookings. Home alone for the holidays, he must protect his house from burglars who are trying to steal his family’s priceless heirloom.

No matter which movie you pick, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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