Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this November? Look no further…
FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER
Black Mother (Khalik Allah)
Allah’s lyrical ode to Jamaica is led by local testimonies. Indeed, music is restricted here in favour of a vocal score.
Juliet, Naked (Jesse Peretz)
Adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 2009 book about a woman who develops an unlikely romance with her husband’s musician icon. Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd.
King of Crime (Matt Gambell)
Cyber-crime and religious extremism are the tenements of Gambell’s low-budget thriller. With soapstars Mark Wingett and Claire King.
Matriarch (Scott Vickers)
Scottish horror from River City star Vickers, in his feature debut. The film sees an expectant couple forced to take shelter with a suspicious farmer.
Mirai (Mamoru Hosoda)
Known locally as Mirai of the Future, this Japanese anime tells the story of a four-year-old boy who meets his time travelling future sister in a magic garden.
Nae Pasaran! (Felipe Bustos Sierra)
In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. Documentary.
No Shade (Clare Anyiam-Osigwe)
This is a romantic comedy drama with a taboo tackling twist. Adele Oni plays Jade, a freelance photographer whose love life is challenged by the colour of her skin.
Peterloo (Mike Leigh)
Leigh returns to the early 19th Century, following 2014’s Mr. Turner, with this take on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. With David Bamber, Maxine Peake and Rory Kinnear.
Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder)
The classic Marilyn Monroe comedy gets a re-release ahead of its sixtieth anniversary next year.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston)
Disney’s all-star adaptation of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King sees Kiera Knightley play the Sugar Plum Fairy. James Newton Howard has built on Tschaikovsky’s ballet music for the score.
The Yukon Assignment (Chris Lucas)
British adventurer Chris Lucas and his actor father Niall must rely on each other for survival as they canoe down one of the most remote rivers in Canada.
TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Widows (Steve McQueen)
Based on ITV’s eighties series of the same name, Widows Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo play four wives who must finish the heist their husbands died attempting.
Overlord (Julius Avery)
From producer J. J. Abrams, Overlord was once rumoured to be the latest Cloverfield entry. It’s not. Instead, expect US paratroopers fighting Nazis and monsters on the eve of D-Day.
THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Magic Medicine (Monty Wates)
Can magic mushrooms cure depression? Wates was given exclusive access to a controversial experiment that sought to find out.
FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER
303 Squadron (Denis Delic)
Exactly two months after the release of David Blair’s Hurricane, Dywizjon 303 tells the same story of the renowned WWII fighter squadron from a Polish perspective. With Piotr Adamczyk.
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (Joe Pearlman and David Soutar)
English pop duo Bros won a big teenage fanbase in the eighties with hits like ‘When Will I Be Famous’. In 1987, aged just twenty, Matt and Luke Goss even became the youngest acts to perform at Wembley. This documentary follows the band’s reunion last year.
Kin (Jonathan and Josh Baker)
Having bombed in America, the James Franco starring sci-fi finally reaches the UK. Myles Truitt plays a fourteen-year-old who saves his brother from thugs with the aid of a powerful, alien weapon he scavenges from an old, abandoned building.
The Grinch (Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney)
A third take on the classic tale by Dr. Seuss, this one by Despicable Me studio Illumination. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Christmas grouch, with Pharrell Williams on narration duties.
The Marvellous Mabel Normand: Leading Lady of Film Comedy (Various)
A delightful package of shorts, each featuring silent film star Mabel Normand, released by the BFI. Includes: Mabel’s Blunder (1914) and Mabel’s Dramatic Career (1913).
The Other Side of Everything (Mila Turajilic)
Serbian director Turajlic unlocks her remarkable family history in this award-winning documentary. It is a story with inextricable links to her country’s fiery past.
Thugs Of Hindostan (Vijay Krishna Acharya)
Epic action-adventure film from the writer of India’s popular Dhoom franchise. The feature ranks among the most expensive Bollywood films ever made.
Waru (Ainsley Gardiner, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones, Renae Maihi)
Taking its title for the Maori word for eight, this New Zealand drama is comprised of eight short films, interacting around the funeral of a young boy.
Wildlife (Paul Dano)
Paul Dano’s directorial debut, co-written by The Big Sick’s Zoe Kazan, has been subject to acclaim since its Sundance premiere. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a couple whose marriage breaks down after they move to Montana.
Won’t You Be My Neighbour? (Morgan Neville)
Fred Rogers isn’t all that well known outside of America but ahead of the 2019 Marielle Heller biopic – which stars Tom Hanks as the popular television personality – here is your chance to get clued in. Documentary.
WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Make Us Dream (Sam Blair)
Documentary, adapted from the book by Neil Atkinson and John Gibbons, telling the story of Liverpool FC’s extraordinary 2013/4 season.
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Paper Tigers (James Reford)
Billed as ‘One high school’s unlikely success story’, Reford’s film follows six troubled teens across a year at a US school with an alternative approach to discipline.
FRIDAY 16 NOVEMBER
3 Days in Quiberon (Emily Atef)
German drama about a famous actress (Marie Bäumer’s Romy Schneider) who is subjected to three days of invasive interrogation by two journalists, whilst still in rehab.
9 to 5 (Colin Higgins)
A re-release for the popular Dolly Parton comedy, ahead of its promised, long-awaited sequel. With Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (Tom Edmunds)
Christopher Eccleston, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Wilkinson star in this dark comedy-drama about a young man who turns to an ageing assassin after failing to kill himself for a ninth time.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (David Yates)
It’s been a long two years for Potter fans, but J. K. Rowling’s latest entry to the Wizarding World is finally here. Look no further for everything you need to know.
Hell Fest (Gregory Plotkin)
Plotkin has edited is fair share of horror hits in recent years – Get Out and Happy Death Day among them – but now directs his own. Hell Fest sees a group of friends terrorised by a masked serial killer at an amusement park.
Siberia (Matthew Ross)
The latest Keanu Reeves thriller, sees the John Wick star play a diamond merchant who winds up trapped in a treacherous world on travelling to Russia.
Suspiria (Luca Guadagino)
An English-language remake of Dario Argento’s Italian horror isn’t the most obvious follow-up from the director of Call Me By Your Name but go with it.
The Journey (Mohamed Al-Daradji)
Thriller from the Iraqi director of Ahlaam and Son of Babylon. Zahraa Ghandour plays a suicide bomber who comes to question her actions in the wake of an awkward encounter.
The Price of Everything (Nathaniel Kahn)
A dive into the contemporary art world, this documentary meets the likes of Jeff Koons, Margaret Lee, Gerhard Richter and Jerry Saltz.
The Workshop (Laurent Cantet)
French mystery drama set in a declining seaside town near Marseilles. Marina Foïs leads as a famous novelist who helps the townsfolk produce their own fiction.
SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER
Becoming Animal (Emma Davie, Peter Mettler)
Filmmakers Mettler and Davie have collaborated with writer and philosopher David Abram to produce this ‘urgent and immersive audiovisual quest’. Shot around the Grand Teton National Park, it looks gorgeous.
WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER
Robin Hood (Otto Bathurst)
The last film to tackle the mythical figure of Robin Hood featured a dodgy Russel Crowe – just don’t mention the accent! Could this new Taron Egerton vehicle fare better? Probably not…
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Fede Alvarez)
Based on the fourth in Stieg Larsson’s five-book Millennium series, this crime thriller sees Claire Foy take to the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, following turns by Rooney Mara and Naomi Rapace. A web of spies, criminals and corruption is closing in.
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Escape From New York (4K Restoration) (John Carpenter)
Carpenter wrote his post-apocalyptic action thriller in response to the Watergate scandal. This restoration cinema tour will be followed by a DVD collector’s edition release on the 26th.
FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER
Assassination Nation (Samuel Levinson)
A sophomore feature from the director of 2011’s Another Happy Day. This one’s a stylish black comedy about the aftermath of a data leak in the city of Salem. With Odessa Young and Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose.
Back to Berlin (Catherine Lurie)
It’s a striking documentary that interlinks a motor biking mission with stories from the Holocaust. Eleven bikers must transport the Maccabiah torch from Israel to Berlin.
Nativity Rocks! (Debbie Isitt)
A fourth entry in the deeply tired Nativity franchise. Marc Wooton’s finally jumped ship but fear not, Simon Lipkin is on hand to play Mr. Poppy’s long lost, equally inane, brother Jerry. Weirdly, Lipkin was the original Mr. Poppy in the spin-off stage musical.
Nobody’s Fool (Tyler Perry)
Tiffany Haddish plays ex-convict Tanya in Tyler Perry’s catfishing comedy. With Whoopi Goldberg on hand as her mother Tonia, we’re in.
Orione (Toia Bonino)
Argentine documentary about a gang member who was betrayed by a friend and killed by the police. Expect insight into a society built on crime and contradiction.
Postcards from London (Steve McLean)
Unusual, neon-styled drama about a rent boy whose life is changed when a Caravaggio masterpiece reveals him to have Stendhal syndrome. Beech Rats star Harris Dickinson leads.
Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or for this affecting Japanese drama about a couple who discover and adopt a homeless girl in spite of their poverty.
Student of the Year 2 (Punit Malhotra)
Indian rom-com sequel to 2012’s Student of the Year. Part one was a hit in India but can an all-new cast repeat its success?
The Judge (Erika Cohn)
Offering rare insight into Shari’a law, the Muslim legal framework, this documentary is told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s religious courts.
SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER
Pokemon The Movie: The Power Of Us (James Carter Cathcart, Megumi Hayahibara and Laurie Hymes)
Incredibly, this is the twenty-first Pokemon film to come from Japan. The series’ recent Pokemon Go revival should gift it a ready fanbase.
FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER
Amá (Lorna Tucker)
At the age of 17, Lorna Tucker was a homeless heroin addict. Now, after a remarkable rise from rock bottom, she is a director telling powerful stories. In this documentary, Tucker tackles the taboo subject of the 1970s sterilisation programme of Native Americans.
Anna and the Apocalypse (John McPhail)
We’ve been looking forward to this Ella Hunt-starring horror musical for some time now. Anna and her friends must fight – and sing – their way through a zombie invasion in order to survive. Wonderful.
Creed II (Steven Caple Jr.)
This sequel to 2015 film Creed is the eighth in the Rocky franchise and comes from the pens of Sylvester Stallone and Joel Taylor. Michael B. Jordan once again plays Adonis Creed, with Stallone back as Balboa himself. Another major fight looms.
Dead Souls (Wang Bing)
No, not an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s nineteenth-century political satire, a 495 minute documentary about the 1950s Chinese ‘re-education’ camps. Yes, that’s over eight hours.
Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)
Based on the book by Naomi Alderman, Disobedience sees Rachel Weisz play a Jewish woman who returns to the society that shunned her for being gay after the death of her estranged father. With Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Kenji Nagasaki)
Anime based on Kōhei Horikoshi’s manga comics. The film is set between the second and third series of the TV version. Japanese and English dubs available.
Plagi Breslau (Patryk Vega)
Vega’s Polish thriller has a delicious premise: Every day at 6pm a serial killer kills another person. Can police officer Helena Run (Malgorzata Kozuchowska) identify the culprit?
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore and Phil Johnston)
The Emoji Movie was lambasted for advertising the internet but we suspect viewers will be more forgiving of this Wreck-It-Ralph sequel. Not least because it boasts cameos by some of Disney’s best loved princesses.
Surviving Christmas With The Relatives (James Dearden)
Promising comedy with Julian Ovenden, Gemma Whelan and Joely Richardson. When two sisters come together to spend Christmas with their families, old rivalries re-surface.
The Possession Of Hannah Grace (Diederik Van Rooijen)
When a cop just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Turkish drama about an aspiring writer (Aydın Doğu Demirkol’s Sinan) who returns to his rural home with a degree but no job and a host of mixed emotions.
Three Identical Strangers (Tim Wardle)
The remarkable story about a trio of men who discover that they are identical triplets who were separated at birth. The secrets they uncover are shocking a transformative.