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“The Favourite” and “The Front Runner”: Films to see in November

I’d like to welcome you all to a little thing I like to call November. Yes, if you can believe it, we’ve entered the 11th month, ladies and gentlemen! As such, we’re well into the fourth quarter of the year now, which is still crazy to think about. It also signals the point where it becomes a veritable embarrassment of riches at your local cinema. Yes, not only do I have ten really interesting new releases to show you for this month, as is usually the case around this time of year, almost all of my Honorable Mentions would be worthy of inclusion in almost any other month. In fact, almost a half dozen of them really bugged me to leave out. You’ll understand momentarily what I mean, but just know that this is easily the most stacked month so far. You can’t go wrong even if you tried. It’s just that good a calendar slate…

Here now are the very best cinematic bets for November:

10. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – I see this reimagining of the classic Dr. Seuss tale next week, and actually am really curious about it. To be fair, a lot of my curiosity is about producer turned filmmaker Scott Mosier in the director’s chair. It could be standard issue fare, animation wise, but I do want to see how Mosier does as a director.

9. Boy Erased – Out this week, I’ve already discussed why I think it falls short. Still, it’s a major Academy Award player and will have an audience. Mainly, you should see it, if you see it, for Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman. Joel Edgerton is going to make a great movie someday. He’s just not there yet…

8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Hitting theaters this month before it comes worldwide to Netflix, this Coen Brothers offering is one of their most interesting ones. It offers something for everyone, Coen tone wise. Tim Blake Nelson and Zoe Kazan stand out among the ensemble cast.

7. Ralph Breaks the Internet – The previous installment, Wreck-It Ralph, was a real delight, so interest is high for this sequel. In addition, having all of the Disney princesses on hand for cameos is a big deal. That alone should make it a worthwhile endeavor for families, right?

6. Widows – One of the month’s big potential awards players, but is it too cool for Oscar? That remains to be seen. I see it next week and will report back on it soon. If nothing else, Steve McQueen getting to make a studio film on his own terms is certainly something to celebrate. Plus, Viola Davis kicking ass!

5. Overlord – Though not a Cloverfield spinoff (that we know of), this J.J. Abrams produced World War II horror offering sounds incredibly unique. It won’t be an awards player, obviously, but in terms of pure fall fun at the multiplex, it does seem like a really solid option. Stay tuned for more on it soon…

4. Green Book – Potentially a Best Picture threat, this film festival crowd pleaser is one not to sleep on. Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen could end up competing for Oscar gold, while Peter Farrelly has definitely stepped up in quality. This is another one I see during the week, so if nothing else, updated predictions could hint at what I think of this one. Sit tight!

3. Creed 2 – The sequel to one of the best Rocky movies to date, I can’t wait to see this. Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone made a great pairing, really bringing the emotion home. Of course, there’s a chance that lightning doesn’t strike twice. For now, I remain excited. How could I not be?

2. The Front Runner – Jason Reitman’s latest is perhaps his most timely film as well. Looking at the Gary Hart scandal and what happened to a would be President, it’s really quite fascinating. Hugh Jackman is terrific as Hart, worthy of acclaim and Oscar consideration. It hits right after Election Day, so expect a full write up by yours truly in the next few days…

1. The Favourite – I loved this movie at the New York Film Festival. It’s a riot, representing Yorgos Lanthimos going ever so slightly mainstream, though retaining his unique sensibility. It won’t be for everyone, but the trio of Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, are incredible. Every bit of praise you’ve heard about them is well founded. Expect a rave sometime in November on my part!

Honorable Mentions: At Eternity’s Gate, Bodied, Bohemian Rhapsody, El Angel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Jonathan, The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Outlaw King, A Private War, Robin Hood, and Shoplifters

Be sure to check out these various films all throughout the month of November!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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