Let's be honest: Over Thanksgiving, you're going to need an escape, whether it be from nosy family members, wailing children, Trump/Clinton fisticuffs or the leftovers staring you in the face. May we recommend a movie balm? Here is your ultimate movie guide for Thanksgiving week.
If you are with a child, or want to feel as free as one: Moana (Trailer)
Disney's new Polynesian animated musical (which boasts a whopping 99% positive critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes) has songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a no-holds-barred heroine. Everyone wins! Read our 3½-star review here.
If present day is just too much: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Trailer)
Trade the real world for J.K. Rowling's magical one, and watch her new main man Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) try to reclaim his crazy animals in New York City circa 1926. Read our 3-star review here.
If you're taking your grandparents with you: Allied (Trailer)
If you regularly hear that "they don't make 'em like they used to," we recommend you serve up tickets to this glamorous spy drama featuring bonafide movie stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Read our 2-star review here.
If you have a crush on Warren Beatty: Rules Don't Apply (Trailer)
Speaking of throwback fare, fans of Beatty will be thrilled to see the director/actor back in action (after 15 years!) as Hollywood-bound Howard Hughes — even if critics didn't happen to love his final cut. Read our 2½-star review here.
If you're feeling left out of the awards conversation: Moonlight (Trailer)
So you say you're an awards season junkie? Then Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama about a gay African-American boy growing up in the Miami projects is required viewing.
If you need to see the heart (and the law) at work: Loving (Trailer)
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga remarkably re-create the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an unassuming Virginia couple whose 1967 Supreme Court ruling effectively struck down laws against interracial marriage across the nation. Read our 3-star review here.
If you've lost sight of the meaning of life: Arrival (Trailer)
Having a hard time making conversation? Take a cue from Amy Adams, who is the only person in this sci-fi drama able to break down barriers and talk to octopus-like aliens who park it on Earth. Read our 4-star review here.
If you want to be creeped out in a beautiful way: Nocturnal Animals (in select cities) (Trailer)
Tom Ford's sophomore directing effort stars Adams (she's in two big movies right now!) as a wealthy art dealer whose writer ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her a murderous manuscript — which turns out to be kind of like their marriage. Buckle up and read our 3-star review here.
If only a bloody war will do: Hacksaw Ridge (Trailer)
Take in Mel Gibson's return to the director's chair in this World War II tale about a non-violent medic (Andrew Garfield) who becomes a hero in battle. Read our 3-star review here.
If angst is what you need: The Edge of Seventeen (Trailer)
Have a pity party with your teen years by commiserating with Hailee Steinfeld in this excellently awkward coming-of-age tale. Also: Woody Harrelson is the best bad teacher of the year.
If you could use a strong cocktail: Bad Santa 2 (Trailer)
Sneak a drink into this one. Billy Bob Thornton is back as the boozy, crass St. Nick — and this time Santa's decided to rob a holiday charity. (For bonus enjoyment, read Thornton's thoughts on Christmas sweaters here.)
If you need a reminder that your family is normal: Almost Christmas (Trailer)
Mo’Nique rules the roost in this star-packed family affair, where flag football and burned dinners pave the way for high holiday comedy.