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15 Films to See in November

Written by on November 2, 2017 


With only two months left to go in the year, we recently rounded up where you can stream the best films of 2017. Now, it’s time to turn to the theatrical options (and a few others). This month brings a handful of festival favorites from as far back as January finally releasing, plus a few blockbusters, and much more. It should be noted that Sony Pictures Classics will be giving a one-week qualifying run to A Fantastic Woman starting Nov. 17, but we’ll return to that when it gets a proper release next February.

Matinees to See: My Friend Dahmer (11/3), A Gray State (11/3), A River Below (11/3), Murder on the Orient Express (11/10), Bitch (11/10), Wonder (11/17), The Breadwinner (11/17), Sweet Virginia (11/17), Porto (11/17), I Love You, Daddy (11/17), and Darkest Hour (11/22)

15. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi; Nov. 3)


Synopsis: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.


Why You Should See It: It’s become almost obligatory for this 15th slot to be reserved for a blockbuster I’m mildly interested in (if there’s one that pops up) and so this month a threequel to Thor gets those honors. While the first two films in the series are among the most forgettable of the MCU, Taika Waititi’s involvement has me hopeful that he can inject some of his personality across the amiable ensemble at his disposal. According to our review, that’s the case.

14. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (Chris Smith; Nov. 17)


Synopsis: A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.


Why You Should See It: Man on the Moon was released nearly two decades ago, but for the first time, behind-the-scenes of footage of Jim Carrey’s transformation–both performative and physical–will be seen thanks to a new documentary from American Movie director Chris Smith. Set for a Netflix bow in just a few weeks, it can also be seen by all quite soon.

13. Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike)


Synopsis: Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle.


Why You Should See It: Premiering at Cannes this year, Takashi Miike brought his (100th!) new film Blade of the Immortal, a jidaigeki (period drama) action film based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura. Featuring a wild ensemble of characters and slick-looking action, it’s looking like the ideal alternative from prestige fare this fall.

12. Thelma (Joachim Trier, Nov. 10)


Synopsis: A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.


Why You Should See It: With only a few films under his belt, Joachim Trier is one of the most promising directors working today. While he’s a little out of his element with his supernatural lesbian thriller Thelma, as our review attests, there’s enough compelling imagery here to make it worth a recommendation.

11. Most Beautiful Island (Ana Asensio)


Synopsis: A chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.


Why You Should See It: Winner of the top prize at South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year, we said in our review, “What makes Most Beautiful Island standout, however, is that it isn’t just about desperation. Whether Luciana survives the night pales in comparison to whether she can gain power in the process by peering behind the curtain of paradise’s lie. When you have nothing to lose, why not use your oppressors’ vices to your advantage?”

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