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15 Films to See In November

Written by on November 2, 2015 

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As you catch up on the best films of the year’s first 10 months, know that there’s still a great number of features worth seeking out as we near the end of 2015. November brings promising animated offerings, top-notch documentaries, the latest entry into a certain long-running spy franchise, my favorite film of the year, and more. Check out the list below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Matinees to See: Theeb (11/6), The Hallow (11/6), Democrats (11/18), The Night Before (11/20), The Secret in Their Eyes (11/20), Very Semi-Serious (11/20), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (11/20), Killing Them Safely (11/27), The Danish Girl (11/27), Janis: Little Girl Blue (11/27)

15. The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino; Nov. 6th)

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Synopsis: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.

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Why You Should See It: Following in the footsteps of Paddington, Inside Out, and Shaun the Sheep, it looks like this year might bring another great family film that can lose the qualification and simply be considered one of 2015’s best. With positive buzz coming out of early screenings held this past weekend, this one seems to contain the laid-back charm found in Charles M. Schulz‘s original work, with producing help from Paul Feig.

14. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Stig Björkman; Nov. 13th)

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Synopsis: A captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.

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Why You Should See It:  Being honored on the official poster for this year’s Cannes Film Festival wasn’t the only time Ingrid Bergman was in their spotlight, for the late, legendary actress was also the subject of a new documentary hailing from her home country of Sweden. Coming from writer and critic Stig Björkman, it has been in the works since earlier this decade, when he met with Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini. Culled together from various items from her estate — with a particularly strong use of personal videos — we’re looking forward to what’s hopefully the definitive documentary on the actress.

13. Legend (Brian Helgeland; Nov. 20th)

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Synopsis: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

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Why You Should See It: In a year that delivered the extraordinary action spectacle that was Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy certainly doesn’t need to prove himself further, but we’ve still got two more features coming. Before The Revenant, there’s this crime biopic, about which we said in our review, “Brian Helgeland’s Legend is by no means high art, but it proves the point that a film doesn’t have to be that in order for us to immerse ourselves in its criminals. And immersed by Tom Hardy we are. Like watching James Dean, for two-plus hours we’re obsessed with his every movement, tick, and mumble — his physicality is spellbinding.”

12. Creed (Ryan Coogler; Nov. 25th)

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Synopsis: The 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.

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Why You Should See It: With the failure of Fantastic Four certainly not in the hands of its actors, Michael B. Jordan will get another chance at blockbuster stardom by resurrecting a franchise that people actually care about. Creed puts a new spin on the Rocky franchise, with Sylvester Stallone returning and some fresh eyes behind the camera, thanks to Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. Hopefully, it proves to be a strong studio break-out for Coogler; we’ll find out this Thanksgiving.

11. By The Sea (Angelina Jolie Pitt; Nov. 13th)

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Synopsis: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.

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Why You Should See It: In taking what’s perhaps a needed reset after her bigger-budget World War II drama Unbroken, Angelina Jolie Pitt‘s third feature is shaping up to be her most promising outing. In a best case scenario, By the Sea will be a L’Avventura-esque meditation on commitment and romance. At its worst… well, it can’t be so bad to watch the Pitts hang out in a beautiful location.

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