The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in November

The winter is closing in around us, and we must seek refuge in the warm, cosy (air-conditioned) world of the cinema.

So it's a good thing that there are so many high-profile blockbusters and awards hopefuls hitting screens this month.

Here are the ones to look forward to seeing this month...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - 16th November

Newt Scamander returns in the sequel to fight the biggest threat ever known to wizardkind - dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who has wreaked havoc across Europe with his attempts to wipe out the non-wizarding population.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt, while Jude Law takes on the important role of Albus Dumbledore - Newt's confidante and future headmaster of Hogwarts, while Johnny Depp plays the dangerous villain Grindelwald.

Harry Potter fans were rapturous when the first Wizarding World spin-off in 2016 was a success, and the expectations are even higher for this sequel. Early reviews for The Crimes of Grindelwald state that it will exceed those expectations.

Widows - 9th November

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen returns a full five years after the sensational Twelve Years A Slave to add to his filmography - this time a crime/heist film bursting at the seams with an incredibly talented cast.

McQueen has teamed up with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn to pen the screenplay which sees Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo play women whose husbands are killed in a failed heist attempt, and decide to secure their futures by finishing off the job.

The main foursome are joined by the likes of Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Jon Bernthal, in what could be the most compelling films of the year, and a near-certainty to feature in next years award ceremonies.

Robin Hood - 21st November

Flush with success from his roles in the Kingsman films and the Eddie The Eagle biopic, Taron Edgerton takes on one of the most famed figures of British folklore.

With Jamie Foxx playing Little John and Ben Mendelsohn as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham, Taron Edgerton plays Robin Hood in the action-packed story of the charitable outlaw and his band of merry men.

Directed by British director Otto Bathurst, who has previously delivered a few episodes of TV series Peaky Blinders, expect the same gritty, engrossing feel, coupled with all the action of a big budget blockbuster - this may turn out to surprise many who have already written it off.

The Girl In The Spider's Web - 23rd November

The 'soft-reboot' to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the film skips the two books of Larsson's Millennium trilogy, to the fourth book written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson's death.

The Crown's Claire Foy steps into the motorcycle leathers and spiky jet black mohawk as she takes over from Rooney Mara as Stieg Larsson's enigmatic hacker Lisbeth Salander, who is thrown into a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Upon their releases, the Swedish and American versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were praised, and despite a whole new cast and crew, Spider's Web looks like it will stay faithful to the dark and tense nature that we're expecting.

Creed II - 30th November

The original Creed, a sequel and spin-off to the hugely-popular Rocky franchise, was praised upon its release and earned Sly Stallone a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, so a sequel was naturally on the cards.

Adonis Creed returns, and this time it's personal, as the young boxer seeks to avenge his father's death at the hands of Ivan Drago by beating his son Viktor in a boxing match, while the elder Drago hopes to restore his reputation (after being beaten by Rocky in the fourth film) by having his son beat Apollo Creed's son.

Michael B. Jordan and Stallone return, while Dolph Lundgren makes his long-awaited return as 'The Siberian Express', and with all of the original Creed pieces in place, with the added ingredient of a pair of Dragos in the mix, this will be bigger, better and more brutal than the first Creed.

Also out in November

Wreck-It Ralph 2 - 30th November

Ralph and Vanellope are forced to enter the internet to replace a broken Sugar Rush controller, but not before the hijinks ensue.

Slaughterhouse Rulez - 2nd November

A sinkhole at an illustrious boarding school releases unspeakable horror which the pupils and teachers must fight in this Brit horror-comedy.

Overlord - 9th November

A pair of American soldiers are parachuted behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day to discover the Nazis are building an army of zombies.

Disobedience - 30th November

Rachel Weisz reignites her passion for sister-in-law Rachel McAdams when she returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for the same crime years ago.

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms - 2nd November

A young girl is thrust into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers when she finds out she is heir to the kingdom.

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