Coming Soon: A Moviegoer’s Guide to November

“Legend”

Who: Tom Hardy, Paul Bettany, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton and David Thewlis
What: The story of identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray and their organized crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
When: November 20th
Why: Tom Hardy is one of the most exciting actors working today, but while the prospect of seeing him play dual roles in Brian Helgeland’s “Legend” is undoubtedly its biggest selling point, none of that would matter if the movie wasn’t any good. Thankfully, early reviews from the U.K. have been mostly positive, if not overwhelmingly so, paying special attention to Hardy’s performances as the two Kray brothers. Though some have argued against the need for another biopic glorifying famous criminals, when it provides actors like Hardy the opportunity to further stretch their abilities, it’s worth ruffling a few feathers.

“Creed”

Who: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad
What: Former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
When: November 25th
Why: There has been an influx of boxing movies over the past few years, but none quite as intriguing as “Creed,” namely due to its connection to the “Rocky” films. Though that franchise seemingly came to a close with 2006’s “Rocky Balboa,” writer/director Ryan Coogler has smartly found a way to continue the legacy by centering the story around Apollo Creed’s son and making Rocky the trainer/mentor. The early trailers for the movie are promising, and Michael B. Jordan has quickly established himself as a strong leading man, but “Creed” only works if the focus remains on the title character, and that seems unlikely with Sylvester Stallone involved.

“Victor Frankenstein”

Who: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott
What: When the experiments of scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) go too far, only his assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe) can bring him back from the brink of madness.
When: November 25th
Why: Described more as a hodgepodge of Frankenstein’s various iterations in pop culture than a straight retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, “Victor Frankenstein” has an undeniable “Sherlock Holmes” vibe to it, delivering a new twist on the character in much the same way that Guy Ritchie did for the Victorian detective. But while it made sense for Holmes, reimagining Frankenstein as a would-be action hero just doesn’t sound as appealing, especially when the whole thing looks more like an “Underworld” movie than anything resembling the “Frankenstein” lore. James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe’s involvement is certainly encouraging, but this has flop written all over it.

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