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Ten new movies to see this month

November’s biggest, best and most unmissable theatrical releases

By Time Out Film |
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Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox
Film, Action and adventure

Le Mans '66

Christian Bale plays irascible racing legend Ken Miles who, in the mid-1960s, teamed up with car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) to take on the Italians at France’s Le Mans race. ‘Logan’ director/co-writer James Mangold is one of the few filmmakers on the planet who can turn an action movie into something profound, so this one should offer brainy bits to go with the thrills.

Out Nov 15

Photograph: Universal Pictures
Film, Romance

Last Christmas

There’s no Richard Curtis movie to warm our cockles this winter but this Christmassy confection should fill the rom-com gap nicely. ’Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) play the unlucky-in-love Kate, a department store elf, and the handsome Tom, who tries to woo her with some old-fashioned charm. Thanks to a soundtrack courtesy of A Ridgeley and G Michael, you will never prise Wham! out of your head again.

Out Nov 15

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Marriage Story
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
Film, Drama

Marriage Story

Starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a brittle couple in the process of divorcing, Noah Baumbach’s bruising tour de force is the drama of the year – a showcase for incredible acting and no small amount of wisdom. It’ll be on Netflix in December but see it at the cinema with all the hardcore Baumbach-ites.

Out Nov 15. Launches on Netflix Dec 6.

Photograph: Disney
Film, Animation

Frozen 2

If you’ve got kids, you don’t need reminding that a ‘Frozen’ sequel is skating your way. The release date is probably written on your walls in felt tip. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and co are back for another wintry adventure in Arendelle. Expect songs; expect spectacle; expect to be watching it 400 times.

Out Nov 22

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Photograph: Nick Wall/Paramount
Film

Blue Story

South Londoner Rapman made a name for himself last year with a three-part YouTube series called ‘Shiro’s Story’. It went viral, earning him 18 million views and the chance to make this timely cautionary tale about young Londoners drawn into the bloody postcode wars between rival gangs. US studio Paramount has thrown its weight behind the film, so YouTubers will get the opportunity to see what Rapman can do on the big screen.  

Out Nov 22

Photograph: Peter Mountain/Netflix
Film, Drama

The Two Popes

Expect big performances from Brit acting giants Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in a papal drama that should put the ‘tiff’ into ‘holy pontiff’. Pope Benedict (Hopkins) is a conservative, looking to preserve the church’s ancient traditions and thus alarmed by the liberal tendencies of his successor, Francis (Pryce). It’s directed by Fernando Meirelles (‘City of God’) and should be a heck of a showcase for mitre acting.

Out Nov 29

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Photograph: Claire Folger/Lionsgate
Film, Thrillers

Knives Out

‘The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson uses some of that ‘Star Wars’ clout to assemble a killer cast of deep-dish crazy for his verbally dazzling whodunit: Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and Jamie Lee Curtis are all part of a clan whose patriarch (Christopher Plummer) has been murdered in the middle of the night. Daniel Craig – doing a Southern drawl – investigates.

Out Nov 27

Photograph: Parkland Entertainment
Film, Documentaries

The Biggest Little Farm

This joy-sparking documentary will restore your faith in just about everything important. It’s a years-spanning account of a city-dwelling couple who give up the rat race to raise animals and crops in a picturesque corner of California. Working in their favour is an agricultural guru who tells them to keep faith in this organic, humane methods no matter how tough things get. And things get pretty tough (especially for the chickens).

Out Nov 29

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Film

Atlantics

Mati Diop’s brilliant Senegal-set drama is a unique mix of gritty modern realism and supernatural fable. It follows spirited Dakar teenager Ada (Mame Bineta Sane), whose partner Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré) sets off across the Atlantic in the hope of a better life in Europe. She’s left to wonder if he is alive or dead while faced with the overtures of a wealthy man she doesn’t love. If you dug last year’s ‘Happy as Lazzaro’, don’t miss it.

Out Nov 29

Photo: Matt Nettheim
Film, Drama

The Nightingale

Aussie director Jennifer Kent kicked off her feature filmmaking career with the dazzling horror film ‘The Babadook’. Now she’s back with an even more confronting piece of work in the shape of this seriously hard-hitting outback revenge tale. Aisling Franciosi plays a young Irish convict on the trail of the British officer (Sam Claflin) who raped her and brutalised her family.

Out Nov 29

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