Be thankful for great movies arriving on TDS TV On Demand

Daylight savings is over, but that’s okay—it just gives you more time to curl up and watch the great movies coming right to your living room. TDS TV On Demand has a great range of offerings this month, including movies perfect for watching as a family.

Hobbs & Shaw
Starts November 5
Rated R
Universal Studios

An offshoot of the always-popular Fast & Furious franchise, this latest movie bets on the chemistry between Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham)—and it’s a bet that pays off. Hobbs and Shaw work together to take down a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist played by Idris Elba. Fun fact: Helen Mirren also returns an appearance as Shaw’s mother. The smack talk and star power work, earning this film a perhaps-surprising 67% on the Tomatometer and 88% Audience Score.

Art of Racing in the Rain
Starts November 5
20th Century Fox

Based on the best-selling book, The Art of Racing in the Rain is as warm and fuzzy as your canine companion. The story follows the life of Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring race car driver and his dog named Enzo (Kevin Costner )—only in this tail tale, the story is told from Enzo’s perspective. Through life’s ups and downs, Enzo is there to help Denny and offers to the audience his observations and wisdom. It is, by all accounts, a movie that will make you chuckle and also make you cry so have your Kleenex at the ready!

The Angry Birds Movie 2
Starts November 12

This is the rare sequel that actually is better than the original. In this installment, there’s a new threat to both Bird and Pig island. The usually-at-odds groups form an unsteady truce and unlikely team to save their homes. It’s bright, fast-moving, and has funny moments for both kids and adults earning it solid marks from both critics and audiences alike.

Good Boys
Starts November 12

Just because it stars young kids, Good Boys is NOT a family movie—but it is funny as heck for adults to watch. Knowing this film comes from the people who gave us Superbad, Neighbors, and Sausage Party gives you some indication of the kind of humor you’re going to find. The movie follows a group of 12-year-old boys who try to do a little research on kissing by spying on teenagers using a parent’s drone. Things go hilariously wrong and the boys undertake an odyssey to try to replace the drone before they get caught.

Blinded by the Light
Starts November 19
Warner Bros. Pictures

Using the music of Bruce Springsteen, this movie is completely charming musical that will likely enchant even folks who say they don’t like them. The story follows a teenager, Javed, who yearns to escape his hometown and the rules of his traditional Pakistani household. When he discovers The Boss, Javed finds inspiration and confidence in the lyrics and music—and you’ll be cheering for him. It’s described as a “life-affirming” film—and who doesn’t want to watch something like that? Don’t miss this top-rated film.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Starts November 19

If you’re old enough to order this on Video On Demand, you know who Dora the Explorer is. What may not know, however, is that this movie is actually good. My teens mocked the commercials, but this movie earned an 84% Certified Fresh rating AND a huge 88% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. In this adventure, Dora leaves the jungle to attend high school and, along the way, must save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. It’s the perfect movie for the entire family.

Honorable mentions

We won’t go too much into detail about these top picks, but they’re worth checking out!

    • The Farewell:: Staring Awkwafina, this family drama with loads of relatable themese one gets a whopping 99% Critics Score and 87% Audience Score. Starts November 12, rated PG.
    • Love, Antosha : A thoughtful and powerful look at Anton Yelchin’s career which was cut short by an accident. Huge Rotten Tomatoes scores for this documentary. Starts November 12, rated R.
    • Where’d You Go Bernadette: Cate Blanchette stars in the movie based on the bestselling book. Starts November 26, rated PG-13.

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids.
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