November is always kind of a drag. Not because the movie releases are bad necessarily, but it means October has come and gone, and so too has Halloween. But a new month means new movies, and November is shaping up quite nicely with the release of a couple of highly anticipated films as well as some intriguing unknowns. So let’s dig in!
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Theaters)
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
My Friend Dahmer (Theaters)
Director: Marc Meyers
Cast: Anne Heche, Ross Lynch, Vincent Kartheiser
Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet
When an assistant to a daguerreotypy photographer falls in love with the latter’s daughter the relationship mirrors the art form as love and pain combine.
I Remember You (VOD)
Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson
Cast: Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Thor Kristjansson,Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir
A story about a young man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. Little do they know the town has a dark history.
Director: Joe Lynch
Cast: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand
A virus spreads through a office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.
Director: Joachim Trier
Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen
A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.
Amityville: The Awakening (VOD)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace
A desperate single mother moves with her three children into the notorious, supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Things go horribly wrong.
What you shouldn’t miss:
While there aren’t many to choose from this month, November’s must-sees were an easy choice for me. I’m going with The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Thelma.
- If you’ve seen The Lobster then you know that Yorgos Lanthimos is one to watch, especially now that he’s dipping his toes into some very dark territory.
- Thelma kind of came out of nowhere. It’s this Norwegian coming-of-age thriller that looks every bit as stunning as it does haunting. Another one that’s been getting tons of buzz.
What you should take a chance on:
Again, less movies makes these choices so much easier. Both Mayhem and My Friend Dahmer are no-brainers as far as a couple of films that are worthy of a look.
- Mayhem, while not so much a horror movie as an action-thriller, looks like a ton of fun, and it’s another film that’s been riding high on some festival praise lately.
- My Friend Dahmer has been getting some mixed reviews, but it’s a story that explores the teenage years of a real life serial killer, so it’s certainly an intriguing sell if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
Hands down going with The Killing of a Sacred Deer.