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Friday Five, Vol. 48

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So the leftovers are gone, and your Black Friday shopping is finished. Not sure what to do with your family? Or need some time away? This week, we've got five brand new movies that are sure to make your Thanksgiving weekend great.


Licorice Pizza

We couldn’t start this list with any other movie. After months (years ?) of anticipation, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza finally hits select theaters this weekend. The coming of age story has gotten rave reviews from everyone that has seen it, with praise especially being directed at the feature acting debut of Alanna Haim. Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Bradley Cooper also headline the loaded cast of the 70’s San Fernando Valley flick. Everything in the lead up of the film, from the soundtrack to the poster to the trailer, has seemed perfect. It might be tough for the film to live up to the hype, but we have to imagine it’ll come close.

King Penguin Friday Five Licorice Pizza
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

House of Gucci

Ridley Scott directing a loaded cast in biopic about the Gucci family? Sign us up. If you’re looking for a wide release movie to go check out in theaters this weekend, it should be House of Gucci. We aren’t positive it will end up being good, but it should definitely be entertaining. The outfits and style definitely look Oscar-worthy, and they are sure to inspire some Halloween costumes next year. Lady Gaga went super deep into her character, and her press tour itself has been awards-worthy. The trailer reveals some truly over-the-top performances from Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, and Al Pacino. The accents might be questionable, but we’d be shocked if House of Gucci isn’t a good time.

King Penguin Friday Five House of Gucci
Courtesy: Universal Pictures

King Richard

Want an Oscar-worthy film you can see from the comfort of your own couch? HBOMax has King Richard ready to stream. This might finally be Will Smith’s chance to earn an Academy Award as the titular role in the biopic about Serena and Venus Williams’ father. This movie has had a ton of hype around it since the script began circulating a few years ago, and the trailer looks fantastic. The story features plenty of tennis action as the young sisters are molded into future stars, but it’s definitely first and foremost a family drama. Will Smith has been one of the biggest movie stars for the last few decades, but still somehow doesn’t have Hollywood’s biggest prize on his shelf. If early looks are any indication, it looks like he finally might get to add “Oscar Winner” to his resume.

King Penguin Friday Five King Richard
Courtesy: HBOMax

Get Back

If a rock documentary is more your speed when spending time with your family, Disney+ has you covered with yet another highly anticipated (and delayed) release. Peter Jackson’s Get Back finally arrived on the platform this week, and we cannot wait to watch. The doc is built around hours of never before seen footage of The Beatles as they put together an album & show in just a few weeks. Paul, John, George and Ringo gave unparalleled access to a film crew, who then locked the footage away in a vault for more than 40 years. With that kind of access comes a high level of intimacy, along with a really in-depth behind the scenes look at maybe the greatest band ever. If you’ve ever wanted to watch The Beatles’ musical genius at work, this might be your best chance.

King Penguin Friday Five Get Back
Courtesy: Disney+

Red Notice

Maybe all you want to watch after a hectic holiday is a big, loud, possibly dumb action movie. We’ve got you covered on that front, too. Red Notice is the latest film from some of the biggest movie stars on the planet, and at the very least it should be loads of fun. The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot are all more than capable of carrying action movies on their own, so putting them together feels like a guarantee for a good time. We love Ryan Reynolds’ sense of humor, and at least from the trailer, it looks like Gadot and The Rock manage to keep up with his one-liners. There are elements of heist movies, blockbuster action flicks, and self-aware comedy, so Red Notice should definitely appeal to a pretty wide audience.

King Penguin Friday Five Red Notice
Courtesy: Netflix

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