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The best new movie releases in November

Spielberg and Hanks reunite, Katniss fires her final arrow, Pixar go prehistoric, Fassbender works Jobs and the return of Johnny Depp as a serious actor

By Tom Huddleston
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

No, it’s not a Harry Potter sequel, spin-off or prequel. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is a new story set in the wizarding world inhabited by Harry Potter, but several decades earlier, in the 1920s. JK Rowling has written the script (her first), which follows eccentric magician Newt Scamander, author of the 'Fantastic Beasts' Hogwarts text book as he arrives in New York.

Out on November 18 


2. Allied

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard’s WWII drama has been overshadowed by the gossip swirling around his split with Angelina Jolie. As for the film, it tells the story, inspired by real events, of a Canadian intelligence officer who falls in love and marries a French Resistance fighter while undercover. But is she really a Nazi sleeper spy?

Out on November 25


3. Paterson

Adam Driver of ‘Girls’ and Kylo Ren fame is the star of Jim Jarmusch’s lovely and unpretentious new film. He plays unpublished poet Paterson, who so happens to drive a bus in Paterson, New Jersey. This minimal, low-key drama (read ‘slow’ if you have a low tolerance) follows Paterson’s life. 

Out on November 25

Amy Adams in Arrival

4. Arrival

Amy Adams stars in this aliens-have-landed sci-fi by Denis Villeneuve, the Canadian director of ‘Sicario’ and ‘Enemy’, playing a linguist summoned by the US government to make contact with the UFOs hovering above Earth. 

Out on November 11 

A United Kingdom

5. A United Kingdom

British director Amma Asante tells the real-life story of a controversial marriage in the 1940s between a Botswanan prince (‘Selma’ star David Oyelowo) and a white British secretary (Rosamund Pike). Their intense romance met strong opposition in the UK and in Africa – where the South African government feared a mixed race royal family on their doorstep could destabilise the new Apartheid stystem.

Out on Novmeber 25 


6. The Light Between Oceans

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in 'The Light Between Oceans' as a married couple living alone on a tiny Australian island in the 1920s. When a rowing boat washes up on their beach with a baby crying, the couple make a decision with long-term consequences.

Out on November 1

Films to watch before the end of 2016: Nocturnal Animals

7. Nocturnal Animals

Fashion designer Tom Ford returns to directing with this psychological thriller starring Amy Adams as a successful art dealer who gets a manuscript in the post from her writer ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). As she reads the book, we see it play out, alongside scenes from the couple's marriage. 

Out on November 4

The Innocents

8. The Innocents

Anne Fontaine’s emotionally gripping WWII drama is inspired by real-life French doctor and Resistance fighter Madeleine Pauliac. She was working for the Red Cross in the months after the war when she was summoned to a convent where she secretly delivered the babies of nuns raped by Russian soldiers.

Out on November 11 

A Street Cat Named Bob

9. A Street Cat Named Bob

The heartwarming story of how busker and Big Issue seller found a ginger tom on the doorstep of his shelter housing flat that changed his life gets the big screen treatment. Luke Treadaway stars as James, and Bob the cat plays himself (with the help of a few body doubles).

Out on November 4

100 streets

10. 100 Streets

Here’s a story to cheer up budding scriptwriters. Londoner Leon Butler was a property developer with no connections in the movie business when he wrote his first script. Yet somehow he managed to persuade ‘The Wire’ and ‘Luther’ Idris Elba to produce and star in the drama as a rugby international whose marriage hits the rocks.

Out on November 4 


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