Pick of the Litter – November 2017


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Justice League

(Warner Brothers) Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. With Superman seemingly out of the picture and an alien threat putting Earth squarely in the crosshairs, Bruce Wayne aka the Batman sets out to unite the most powerful beings on Earth to fight this threat but without the Last Son of Krypton, what chance do they have? Continuing events set in motion with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the DCEU continues to evolve. November 17

INDEPENDENT PICKS

The Light of the Moon

(Imagination Worldwide) Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora, Catherine Curtin. After a young woman is sexually assaulted on her way home, she finds every aspect of her life changing from her success as an architect to her relationship with her boyfriend. As she struggles to find a way to find intimacy and regain her sense of self she finds that the strongest obstacles are often the people who mean the most in this particularly timely drama. November 1

 

Blade of the Immortal

(Magnet) Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara. A legendary samurai is cursed with immortality after a crucial battle. Doomed to wander the earth, he knows he must kill enough evil in the world to regain his soul. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, he meets a young girl whose own family was slaughtered by a ruthless swordsman. He agrees to be her bodyguard and take on the murderer. This is the latest movie from iconic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer) – his 100th feature, an astonishing number to say the least. November 3

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

(Fox Searchlight) Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage. A woman grieving the loss of a murdered daughter grows impatient with the local police department which has yet to solve the crime. In order to spur them on, she puts up a series of billboards near her home in Missouri asking why there has been no progress on the case. The results cause fireworks in her community, making her a hero to some and a pariah to others. There is buzz that McDormand has a good shot at an Oscar nomination for her performance here. November 10

Mudbound

(Netflix) Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell. Two men from rural Mississippi return home from World War II to find that nothing much has changed but that they themselves have. One, an African-American, finds that the country he put his life on the line for despises him for the color of his skin; the other, a white man, wonders if he can ever go back to the way things used to be. November 17

Brimstone & Glory

(Oscilloscope) Viktor Jakovlevski. One of the most unusual and dangerous celebrations on Earth is the National Pyrotechnic Festival in the village of Tultepec, Oaxaca, Mexico. During the 10 day celebration, elaborate fireworks displays are set off but not just high into the air; fireworks are shot everywhere and at everything. People – mostly men – dance among the fireworks and while some get severely burned, there is a religious ecstasy that is fascinating and beautiful to watch. November 22

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

(Zeitgeist/Kino-Lorber) Hedy Lamarr, Diane Kruger, Robert Osborne, Mel Brooks. Hedy Lamarr was one of the most beautiful women in the world and a major Hollywood star. Admired for her classical good looks, she eventually faded from notoriety as she got older as is wont to happen with actresses who have the temerity to age. However, behind the beauty was brilliance – Lamarr was responsible for inventing the technology that made GPS, secure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth possible but nobody would believe at the time someone so good looking could possibly be so smart. November 24