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15 Films to See in November

Written by on November 1, 2018 


With only two months to go until 2018 expires, we recently published our guide on where to stream the best films of 2018. There’s also plenty of worthwhile theatrical options, including a long-awaited film 40 years in the making, darkly comedic period pieces, highly-anticipated Best Picture follow-ups, and much more.

Matinees to See: Boy Erased (11/2),  A Private War (11/2), Distant Constellation (11/2), The Front Runner (11/7), Overlord (11/9), Outlaw King (11/9), El Angel (11/9), The New Romantic (11/9), The Long Dumb Road (11/9), Shoah: The Four Sisters (11/14), At Eternity’s Gate (11/16), Jonathan (11/16), The World Before Your Feet (11/21), Anna and the Apocalypse (11/30), and Sicilian Ghost Story (11/30)

15. Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Margarethe von Trotta; Nov. 2)


The celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s immaculate career continues on his birth centenary. Well-timed with the release of The Criterion Collection’s epic new box set, a new documentary on the Swedish master will arrive this month. Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman take an intimate look at the director’s life and career through interviews with some of his closest collaborators and family, including  Liv Ullmann; Daniel Bergman & Ingmar Bergman, Jr. (Bergman’s sons); Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel (Bergman’s grandson), Olivier Assayas, Ruben Östlund, Mia Hansen-Løve, and more. Leonardo Goi said in our review, “In the year of the Swedish master’s 100th birthday, Margarethe Von Trotta wraps a belated, posthumous gift with her Searching for Ingmar Bergman, a portrait of the artist as seen and experienced by a handful of acolytes and former collaborators, who conjure up a communal memoir so affectionate and heartfelt that by the time Searching clocks its 99 minutes, the feeling is to be leaving a dinner table where people have gathered to mourn a longtime friend-cum-mentor.”

14. Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda; Nov. 30)


Responsible for some of the most impressive animations of the century, including The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast, Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda is back with Mirai. An acclaimed Cannes premiere and Oscar contender, the film follows a young boy who discovers a strange occurrence with his sister as the very fabric of time bends.

13. Bodied (Joseph Kahn; Nov. 2)


After premiering at TIFF last year, Joseph Kahn’s Detention follow-up Bodied will finally arrive this week after a lengthy festival run. Ethan Vestby said in his review, “Coming at the beginning of “Trump’s America,” and it is, if anything, a middle-finger to “The Movie We Need Right Now” ethos dolloped out on a daily basis. The most ideological of the three, it’s also formally a bit more inconsistent than the previous two, which saw Kahn taking all the skills learned from hundreds of music videos to the extreme for the sake of deconstructionist pop-filmmaking. Bodied is as much a “pop” film, but it definitely feels a little rougher around the edges, if justly suited to its underground California battle rap setting. Though that may have to also do with the fact that the film’s chief concern is words.”

12. Green Book (Peter Farrelly; Nov. 16)


Responsible for some of the most iconic comedies of the 1990s with Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, Peter Farrelly is now breaking into the field of drama with his solo directorial effort Green Book. Playing like a reverse Driving Miss Daisy, it follows Viggo Mortensen’s character as an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx who works as a driver for Mahershala Ali’s character, a famous pianist on tour. With the Eastern Promises star sporting quite an accent, it looks to be an uplifting, powerful film from Farrelly, and should certainly make for a hit this fall following taking home the top prize at TIFF.

11. Creed II (Steven Caple Jr.; Nov. 21)


One of the few franchise rejuvenation that had its intended effect, Creed was the rare blockbuster that embodied the spirit of the original while opening up the story in worthwhile directions. While director Ryan Coogler won’t be back for the follow-up, due to his busy schedule reteaming with his star Michael B. Jordan on Black Panther, another promising up-and-coming director has taken the reigns. Steven Caple Jr., helmer of the Sundance hit The Land, directs Creed II, the eighth film in the franchise,w which features the return of Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson, as well as Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, and Wood Harris. In the follow-up, Creed will go against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren, who also returns.

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