Some big awards contenders are unveiled this month – so what are the films you have to see? Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey leading a team of explorers undertaking the most important mission in human history.
The Possibilities Are Endless (November 7) Directed by Edward Lovelace and James Hall, this heartfelt documentary tells the remarkable story of former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins. Focusing on his recovery from a stroke in 2005 which left him unable to walk or speak, it’s an incredible journey featuring new music from the man himself.
Say When (November 7) Keira Knightley’s Megan is gripped by a quarter-life crisis in this coming-of-age tale from director Lynn Shelton. Known for mumblecore films (a genre defined by its low budget ethos and naturalistic dialogue) like Your Sister’s Sister, Shelton’s rom-com follows a slacker’s retreat from adulthood and also stars Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Leviathan (November 7) The winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival charts the struggles of the little man against authority. Set on the remote Kola Peninsula, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film tells of a tragic conflict between the individual and a corrupt system of power. A powerful comment on the human condition reminding us man is the most dangerous animal.
The Imitation Game (November 14) Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the German’s Enigma code in a compelling WWII drama. Based on a true story, the Sherlock star is Alan Turing, a scientist whose machine decoded intercepted Nazi messages allowing the Allies to hasten the end of the war and save thousands of lives.
The Drop (November 14) James Gandolfini’s last film. The Sopranos star plays a Brooklyn bar owner, Marv, caught up in the criminal underworld of money laundering. Tom Hardy plays Marv’s cousin Bob who works as a bartender and gets drawn into the action when local thugs rob the bar and threaten his dog.
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 (November 20) Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol ruled by President Snow. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss, shocked by the devastation of District 12, tools up for revenge.
Get On Up (November 21) Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic stars Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. The actor told NME: “We’re in the continuum of James Brown’s musical legacy. Mick Jagger (the film’s producer) talks about it. No matter what kind of music you play – rock, house, hip-hop – everybody signifies in some way or samples James Brown. It’s part of our culture.”
What We Do In The Shadows (November 21) Eagle Vs Shark’s Taika Waititi teams with Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement for a horror mockumentary following a brood of grumpy vampires who share a flat. It’s Spinal Tap for spooky movie fans as they argue about housework, paying rent and their thirst for human blood.
2001: A Space Odyssey (November 28) Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 sci-fi classic was co-written with Arthur C Clarke. The story charts the development of our civilisation from the dawn of man to the space age as a team of astronauts on a mission to Jupiter investigate the presence of a mysterious black monolith. Talking computer HAL 9000 provides the chills.