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10 Films To See In November

Written by on November 2, 2012 

5. The Comedy (Rick Alverson; Nov. 9th)

Synopsis: Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father’s estate, a guy living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn passes the time with his friends, playing games of mock sincerity and irreverence.


Why You Should See It: It’s been just under eleven months since I last saw this odd beast of a movie, and while I was initially mixed, the exploration of a Brooklyn hipster’s lifestyle has stuck with me to a surprising degree. Uncomfortable, awkward and blistering funny, this is a well-crafted departure for Tim Heidecker after delivering one of the year’s funniest offerings with Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. It’s already out on VOD, but if the theatrical experience is anything like its Sundance premiere, it’s well worth checking out.

4. Life of Pi (Ang Lee; Nov. 21st)

Synopsis: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.


Why You Should See It: After a well-received debut at New York Film Festival, 20th Century Fox will be releasing Ang Lee’s long-in-the-works adaptation of Yann Martel‘s hit novel Life of Pi. Check out our review here, where we had some problems with the narrative, but found it to be a “gallant” and “visually overwhelming” take on this story.

3. The Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell; Nov. 21st)

Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.


Why You Should See It: After getting heaps of love on the film festival circuit (including in our own TIFF review), David O. Russell follows The Fighter with this drama. Led by Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, if impressions are any indication, this could be one of the year’s top crowd-pleasers with an effective mix of comedy and drama.

2. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik; Nov. 30th)

Synopsis: Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.


Why You Should See It: After a few delays, Andrew Dominik‘s Assassination of Jesse James follow-up is finally arriving this month. This crime drama is much different that his western biopic, this time exploring the often grimy underground of the genre, always subverting expectations with a superb script based on George V. Higgins‘ novel. Featuring one of the year’s best ensembles (with Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini giving stand-out performances), check out our Cannes review here.

1. Skyfall (Sam Mendes; Nov. 9th)

Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.


Why You Should See It: After lighting up the UK box office, James Bond’s 23rd entry is set for a US release this month. I’d personally be excited for just another Sam Mendes film, but most reports (including our own full review) indicate the latest in the series is not only one of the best takes on our favorite agent, but one of the year’s top films.

What are you watching this month?

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