Holiday movie season is upon us
As we hurtle towards the big holiday movie releases of 2019, this weekend (November 8-10) offers a diverse slate of new films. There's family-friendly "Playing With Fire," a sequel to "The Shining", a quirky holiday romcom and a war film. Continue reading for more information on each film.
Playing With Fire (pictured above)
This family-friendly film revolves around a team of firefighters who rescue three rambunctious young siblings. While expert firefighters, the team quickly learns they might not be up to their largest challenge yet; babysitting. As their lives and fire depot are overturned, they learn that children are very much like fires; wild and unpredictable.
The film stars WWE favorite John Cena, along with Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Judy Greer and Dennis Haysbert. The young siblings are played by Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater.
The film runs at 96 minutes and was directed by Andy Fickman.
Billed as The Shining's "second act," Doctor Sleep finds Dan Torrence (played by Ewan McGregor) still traumatized by the events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child. To make matters worse, he meets a young girl who shares his "gift" and is forced to protect her from a cult known to prey on children with powers.
It's been almost forty years since The Shining was released. Doctor Sleep runs at 2 hours 31 minutes and was directed by Mike Flanagan, who also wrote the screenplay. The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Jacob Tremblay.
This is the story of the Battle of Midway. For those unfamiliar, The Battle of Midway was fought during WWII and saw the US Navy defeating a Japanese attack against Midway Attoll. It marked a turning point in the war and was one of the war's most important American naval victories.
The film was directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and has quite the cast. Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas all appear.
The film runs at 2 hours and 18 minutes.
Co-written by and co-starring the great Emma Thompson, this quirky holiday film centers on Kate (played by Emilia Clarke), a young woman plagued by her own bad decisions. During the holiday season, Kate accepts a job as a department store elf. It is there that she meets Tom (played by Henry Golding) and her luck begins to change.
The film runs at 1 hour and 43 minutes.
But wait, there's more...
If none of these movies strike your fancy, you can always check out last weekend's underperforming Terminator: Dark Fate or Harriet, starring an all-time favorite, Cynthia Erivo.
Things to look forward to: Next weekend's releases of Ford v Ferrari and Charlie's Angels.