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“Hamilton” creator and star Lin Manuel-Miranda makes his feature film directorial debut, paying homage to one of his greatest influences: the late “Rent” writer and composer Jonathan Larson. In this adaptation of Larson’s lesser-known semi-autobiographical play, Andrew Garfield plays an aspiring Broadway songwriter named Jon, still working in a restaurant and awaiting his big break at the dawn of the 1990s. Miranda and screenwriter Steven Levenson tinker around a bit with the stage production (which is originally a gig, before being transformed into a small-scale musical by David Auburn), turning “tic, tic… Boom! in addition to a pure biopic with catchy songs.
Halle Berry both directs and stars in this underdog sports melodrama, about a desperate MMA fighter named Jackie Justice coming out of retirement after the son she abandoned for adoption shows up at her doorstep. Berry had to train hard to play an experienced, hardened athlete, and to take on that role of a woman trying to get out of the fog and prove to her family and her sport that she’s still a winner.
This half-hour Christmas special comes from the team at Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. “Robin Robin” tells the story of a little bird (voiced by Bronte Carmichael) who was raised by a family of mice, and who goes on an adventure during the holiday season when his unusual upbringing turns out to be a asset. The adorable characters and vocal performances of Richard E. Grant (as magpie) and Gillian Anderson (as cat) accentuate what should be another of Aardman’s sleek, funny, and cleverly constructed family comedies.
Also arriving: “The Claus Family” (November 1), “The Harder They Fall” (November 3), “The Club” Season 1 (November 5), “Love Hard” (November 5), “Narcos: Mexico” Season 3 (5 November), “The Improbable Murderer” (November 5), “Father Christmas is Back” (November 7), “Swap Shop: Dash for Cash” Season 1 (November 9), “Gentefied” Season 2 (November 10) , “Red Notice” (November 12), “Christmas Flow” Season 1 (November 17), “Tiger King” Season 2 (November 17), “The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star” (November 18), “Blown Away : Christmas “Season 1 (November 19),” Waffles + Mochi’s Holiday Feast “(November 23),” A Boy Called Christmas “(November 24),” True Story “(November 24),” Un château pour Noël “(26 November), “Chocolate School” Season 1 (November 26), “Charlie’s Colorforms City: Snowy Stories” (November 30).