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New This Week (11/11/2022): Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Falling for Christmas, & More!

November 11, 2022

By John Corrado

New releases for the week of November 11th, 2022.

Theatrical Releases:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Wide Release): This week’s biggest release is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, director Ryan Coogler’s sequel to his 2018 Marvel phenomenon that arrives in the wake of star Chadwick Boseman’s death. This is one of those movies that I think is a bit of a mixed bag overall, with it being a little messy and overlong. But the things about it that work – including the way it handles grief and pays tribute to Boseman, as well as Letitia Wright’s central performance – are strong enough that it gets a pass overall. (Full Review)

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (TIFF Bell Lightbox): Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (the full title) is a passion project for the Mexican filmmaker, that finds him crafting a stop-motion retelling of the classic story of the wooden boy set in 1930s Italy. I just saw it two days ago, and this is a dark, enchanting, emotional reimagining, that weaves in themes about death and the rise of fascism, and is pretty astounding on a technical level. Opens in limited release today before dropping on Netflix next month. (Review coming soon!)

More Releases: Rosie (Limited), Mickey: The Story of a Mouse (Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)

Streaming Releases:

Falling for Christmas (Netflix): Lindsay Lohan makes her onscreen comeback in this Netflix Christmas rom-com, playing hotel heiress Sierra Belmont who falls off a mountain and forgets who she is, only to be nursed back to health by Jake Russell (Glee’s Chord Overstreet), the owner of a financially struggling ski resort. I watched this one last night, and had some fun with it. Lohan shows off her comedic chops, and Overstreet makes an appealing love interest. It’s schmaltzy and ridiculous but also cute and cozy, delivering exactly what you expect (and want) as a piece of undemanding but pleasantly diverting holiday viewing. Think Hallmark but more self-aware.

More Releases: My Father’s Dragon (Netflix), Fire of Love (Disney+), Zootopia+ (Disney+)

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