The best movies to see this month

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Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming, immersive and time-bending space epic Interstellar makes Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity feel like a palate cleanser for the big meal to come. Where Gravity was brief, contained and left the further bounds of the universe to our imagination, Interstellar is long, grand, strange and demanding—not least because it allows time to slip away from under our feet while running brain-aching ideas before our eyes. It’s a bold, beautiful, cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and dreamlike, yet it always feels grounded in its own deadly serious reality.

  1. Opens November 7

Big Hero 6

A young boy and his cuddly, inflatable robot team up with friends to create team of heroes to save their city.

  1. Opens November 7

The Theory of Everything

If the early reviews of The Theory of Everything are anything to go by, two brilliant performances are the reason to watch this intelligent, emotionally sensitive biopic of the student years and early career of Stephen Hawking. Eddie Redmayne might find himself going elbow to elbow with Benedict Cumberbatch (in another classy Brit drama) for Best Actor as Hawking, in a performance that’s being described as Daniel-Day-Lewis-style brilliant. Directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire, Project Nim) the film is based on a memoir written by Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde. They were married for 30 years and the film begins with their first meeting at Cambridge and Hawking’s diagnosis of motor neurone disease at 21. He was given a life expectancy of only two years. The trailer is enough to reduce the quivery-lipped to tears.

  1. Opens November 7

Foxcatcher

Arrestingly made yet oppressively morbid, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher focuses, like the director’s Capote, on a true-life crime story. Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is a world champion wrestler forever living in the shadow of his brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), also a gold medalist in the sport. Theirs is a complicated relationship in which issues aren’t talked out but physicalized during tough-and-tender training sessions.

  1. Opens November 14

The Homesman

The West is a grim place in Tommy Lee Jones’s 19th century oater—especially for Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), a plain-looking Nebraska spinster unlucky in love, if still stalwart in spirit. She can hold her own (or so it seems) among the gruff and/or lightly condescending men of her small frontier town. But three other ladies (Grace Gummer, Mirando Otto, Sonja Richter) aren’t so lucky, their fragile minds succumbing to the harsh realities of life on the American verge. There’s no place for madwomen here, so Cuddy volunteers to take the trio east to Iowa where they can be sent home to their families.

  1. Opens November 14

Rosewater

Often on fire behind his Daily Show desk, Jon Stewart turns out to be a merely okay director, judging from this sincere yet serviceable political drama. It's the smallest of disappointments: Why is this gonzo figurehead paying it safe? Nonetheless, Stewart's hardcore fans may give him a pass, especially since Rosewater is cosmic repayment to one of his guests, who found himself imprisoned as a result of the media exposure. London-based Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's 2009 election and subsequent protests when he taped a comic sketch with Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, who was impersonating a boorish American spy. Less than a week later, Bahari found himself detained and brutalized in a Tehran jail by humorless counterintelligence agents who didn't get the joke—for well over three months.

  1. Opens November 14

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

It's the beginning of the end for Katniss Everdeen as she finds herself the mascot of a revolution against the oppressive Capital.

  1. November 21

The Imitation Game

Hidden codes, secret meanings and mixed messages pulse through the reliable, old-fashioned, buzzing copper wires of true-life British period drama The Imitation Game. Snappy and not too solemn, but perhaps not as much of a psychological puzzle as it could have been, the film gives us key episodes in the tragic life of Alan Turing.

  1. Opens November 21

The Babadook

Who brings a children's book called Mister Babadook, rife with illustrations of toothy terrors peering around bedroom doors, into their home? The answer to that is left deliciously vague in this slow-building, expertly unsettling horror film, but it's probably safe to assume that it wasn't the broken Australian family at the heart of the story.

  1. Opens November 28


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