The Official Must-See Movies Of November
Right now, in the month of November, we are in the prime time for the release of Academy Award hopefuls. This year’s crop of movies appears to be spectacular and rather empowering with an emphasis on women’s rights and gay rights and plenty of well crafted period pieces (3/4 of the flicks on this list are)! Take a look and make like Shia LaBeouf did this past week and stake out at your favorite movie theater to watch them all (or just leave that to Shia because we’re not as capable at making statements about society’s perception of celebrity as he is). Here are our top November movies:
1. Brooklyn – November 4th
When young Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) leaves the comfort of her home in Ireland for a better life in the United States in 1950s, she settles in Brooklyn and must quickly overcome homesickness and adapt. This gets easier once she becomes romantically involved with a young Italian American, but soon her past home comes back into the picture and Eilis must choose between the two countries and which respective life she desires to live. This film has been receiving outstanding reviews with a 99% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, so be sure to see this beautifully crafted, moving period drama feauturing a great performance from Ronan.
2. Carol – November 20th
Based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Carol tells the story of Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), a young woman working in the toy section of a department store during the Christmas season in the late 1940s. One day, she meets a woman, older than her, named Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) who buys a toy for her daughter that Therese recommends. This sparks a relationship between the two that grows romantic as Carol deals with a difficult divorce and struggles to maintain custody of her daughter, Rindy. This film has also been receiving rave reviews and Academy Award talk with incredible performances by Blanchett and Mara and direction by Todd Haynes that has a strong handle on the orignal novel’s groundbreaking appeal.
3. Secret in Their Eyes – November 20th
Ray (Chiwetel Eljiofor), Claire (Nicole Kidman) and Jess (Julia Roberts) make up a team of rising FBI investigators who have their entire world rocked when they realize their latest case is the brutal and inexplicable murder of Jess’s teenage daughter. Unable to incriminate the elusive killer, the team has not ceased their obsessive pursuit and thirteen years later, uncover a lead that they believe will once and for all, bring justice to Jess. The film is based on the Argentinian novel and film, El secreto de sus ojos, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 and has a great deal of buzz surrounding it due to the star studded cast. See the mystery unravel for yourself when it hits theaters on November 20th.
4. The Danish Girl – November 27th
In 1920s Denmark, when artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) begins to ask her husband Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) to stand in as a female model for her paintings, her husband begins to take a liking to his female physical appearance and begins living as a woman named Lili. Though the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff from which the film is based off of is fictional, it has its roots in truth as Lili Elbe was a real person who married Gerda Gottlieb in 1904 and is considered one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Directed by Tom Hooper, performances by Redmayne and Vikander are receiving immense praise and has been surrounded with Academy Award talk. And it obviously comes at an exciting and appropriate time given #CallMeCaitlyn and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States this year, so continue the celebration of equality as it unites with fantastic filmmaking when The Danish Girl hits theaters on November 27th.