Whether you’re planning for a Thanksgiving flick with family, friends, or if you’re a solo-cinephile, we’ve got your ultimate guide to what to see this weekend. So sit back, relax, enjoy the turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole, and then come catch a film!

Films with the Family

If you’re planning to bring the kids out to the movies this weekend, WONDER is a ‘wonderful’ choice! Based on the bestselling novel by R. J. Palacio, it follows young Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay, ROOM), who was born with facial irregularities, and enters a public school for the first time in fifth grade. With the support of his parents (Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson), Auggie ultimately brings to the surface a sense of unity within his class, and his local community. Rolling Stone raves, “Starring a terrific Jacob Tremblay as a bullied boy with facial deformities and Julia Roberts as his mom, this drama based on the R. J. Palacio book that nearly everyone has read and wept over has surprising dimension and delicacy.” USA Today sums it up saying, “it’s a much-needed reminder that kindness exists in this fractured world.”

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WONDER is now playing at Angelika Carmel Mountain and Angelika Dallas.

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If you’re really getting into the holiday spirit, THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is another great choice to see with the kids this weekend! Director Bharat Nalluri brings to life the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters in A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

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THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is now playing at Angelika New York, Angelika Dallas, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

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For families who aren’t planning to bring the kids along, LAST FLAG FLYING is a definite yes on our list. With an all star cast including Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson, alongside ample critical acclaim, this one is not to be missed! Richard Roeper calls it, “one of the best movies of 2017,” and Entertainment Weekly says, “Last Flag Flying is a modest, bittersweet thing of beauty.” Richard Linklater’s film follows three Vietnam vets, who reunite 30 years after they served overseas to bury one of their sons who was killed in the Iraq War. Together, they journey up the East Coast, while reminiscing and ultimately coming to terms with their shared military experience.

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LAST FLAG FLYING is now playing at Angelika Plano, and opens 11/24 at Angelika Pop-Up.

Films for Friendsgiving

For those spending the holiday weekend with friends, LADY BIRD is at the top of our list of recommendations. This impeccable coming-of-age story follows Christine (Saoirse Ronan), a rebellious Catholic high-school student, and her adventures in 2002 Sacramento, as her mother (Laurie Metcalf) struggles to keep the family afloat. The critics are absolutely raving about it, so much so that we featured it in our Watchlist: Female-driven Academy Front Runners. The critical acclaim just keeps pouring in, and it shows in the film’s unprecedented 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Debut director Greta Gerwig has hit a home-run with this one. It is not to be missed.

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LADY BIRD is now playing at Angelika New York, Angelika Plano, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

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If you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, MY FRIEND DAHMER is most definitely worth a watch. It follows a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer, as he  collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche). Despite having friends at school, his growing depravity cannot be masked. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness.
Rolling Stone describes it as, “A warped wonder of a movie about a cannibalistic serial killer’s awkward teenage years-it takes twisted to areas few have investigated.”

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MY FRIEND DAHMER is now playing at Angelika’s sister location Village East Cinema, and Angelika Pop Up.

Cinema for Couples

If you’re looking for something with its fair share of well-crafted edge, you definitely won’t want to miss THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. This is another that was featured in our Watchlist: Female-driven Academy Front Runners, and the Oscar buzz is clearly evident in the outpouring of critical acclaim its received! ReelViews raves, it “takes the viewer on a dizzying ride through dark comedy, wrenching tragedy, shocking moments, karmic twists, and redemption.” From Director Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES), the film centers on Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand), who is enraged that local police still have not solved her daughter’s murder case, and paints three billboards pointedly directed at the town’s revered police chief (Woody Harrelson).

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THREE BILLBOARDS is now playing at Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Plano.

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National Post says, “The less you know about the film going in the better,” so we’ll try not to say too much about THELMA. But we’ll give you the basics:

Vice says, “‘Thelma’ Is the Supernatural Queer Romance You’ve Been Waiting for.” Joachim Trier’s film follows a young girl (Elie Harboe) who leaves her conservative family to go to an Oslo university, falls in love with another student, Anja, and experiences extreme seizures which she eventually learns are a symptom of inexplicable supernatural abilities. Need we say more?

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THELMA is now playing at Village East Cinema and Angelika Dallas.

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Happy Thanksgiving, movielovers! We hope you enjoy these films as much as we do.