It’s getting colder, darker and seemingly more miserable outside as we close in on the winter months. Fortunately, November sees a promising line up of movies coming our way, including some Oscar tips that could be worth a watch. Here’s a comprehensive look into the films I would recommend seeing this month:
Burnt – 6th November
Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, a disgraced chef following some bad behaviour. In order to turn his career around, he returns to London seeking redemption at a top restaurant. Sienna Miller plays sous chef, Helene, as the pair reunites for the first time since playing alongside each other in last year’s Oscar-nominated American Sniper. John Wells, the man behind August: Osage County directs.
Kill Your Friends – 6th November
Nicholas Hoult stars as the A&R man who decided to go to the extreme lengths of murdering his co-workers in order to find the next big hit. Rosanna Arquette, Craig Roberts and James Corden also feature in the comedy thriller, which is based on the John Niven novel.
Steve Jobs – 13th November
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs offers an insight into the digital revolution and one of the main men responsible behind it. Michael Fassbender plays the iconic Jobs, heading a strong cast including Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels. There were initial issues finding a man to play the lead role, but Steve Jobs has been included in the early Oscar talks.
The Lady in the Van – 13th November
This adaptation of the West End drama, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings follows the incredible true story of an elderly woman called Mary Shepherd, who lived in a tattered van on the driveway of writer Alan Bennett for 15 years. The eccentric Shepherd forms an estranged friendship with Bennett and The Lady in the Van is sure to be a charming and pleasant watch.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – 20th November
The series finale sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lead her rebellion, bringing together an army to finally bring down President Snow. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore all return alongside Lawrence, as well as the late Phillip Seymour-Hoffman in his last film role. The Hunger Games is therefore all but set for an epic climax.
Black Mass – 27th November
Johnny Depp stars as notorious gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, one of the most infamous violent criminals in the history of South Boston in the 1970’s and the brother of state senator, William. When their close friend, John Connelly, returns as an agent in the FBI, Whitey sees this as the perfect opportunity, becoming an informant in order to take down a rival family. A star-studded cast join Depp including Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton and Dakota Johnson.
Bridge of Spies – 27th November
When Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up, you can usually count on the end result being something quite special. Expect no different with their latest venture together. The film follows James B. Donovan, an American lawyer who during the Cold War is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy before helping the CIA to agree a trade between the spy and American U2 spy plane pilot, Gary Powers. Another film out this month with Oscar dust sprinkled all over it.
The Good Dinosaur – 27th November
The latest Pixar outing explores the world had the dinosaurs not been wiped out and the unlikely friendship that an Apatosaurus called Arlo makes with a human being. Throughout the movie, Arlo learns to grow and confront his fears whilst with his new companion. The Good Dinosaur has all the ingredients for another Pixar masterpiece.
All release dates are UK based