Pick of the Litter – November 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald

(Warner Brothers) Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp. The J.K. Rowling Wizarding World series continues as the notorious criminal Geller Grindlewald escapes American custody and sets about gathering followers to his cause – to rule over those who are not magical. Albus Dumbledore steps forward to stand up to his tyranny and enlists the help of Newt Scamander as the world of wizards and witches becomes increasingly divided.  November 16

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Bodied

(Neon) Callum Worthy, Jackie Long, Rory Uphold, Jonathan Park. A white graduate student doing his thesis on battle rap inadvertently sparks a battle of his own, as opposing sides yelling “cultural appropriation” and “freedom of speech” make their voices heard. This has a massive buzz about it already.  November 2

 A Private War

(Aviron) Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Faye Marsay. This movie is based on the exploits of Marie Colvin, one of the most decorated and respected war correspondents of our time. With her distinctive eye patch, she went into war zones that many journalists wouldn’t go into, citing them as too dangerous. She thought of herself as a voice for the voiceless, speaking out for those whose lives were ruined by war. November 2

 

The Other Side of the Wind

(Netflix) John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg, Lilli Palmer. Some movies make this list as much for what they represent as for their concept. This is the final film of Orson Welles, quite possibly the greatest film director of all time – certainly the director of arguably the best film of all time, Citizen Kane. Unfinished due to financial issues, the movie has been on the shelf for 40 years while the legal issues revolving around who owned the rights was resolved. Now, with post-production finally completed, Netflix is presenting this in limited release as well as on their streaming service as Huston plays an iconic director exiled from Hollywood who returns to make a movie that promises to be innovative. November 2

Postcards from London

(Strand) Harris Dickinson, Jonah Hauer-King, Alessandro Cimadamore, Leonardo Salerni. An extraordinarily handsome boy from a small town in England is lured to the bright lights and beauty of the fabled Soho district. Suffering from Stendahl’s Syndrome, he takes a highly unusual route into an escort service in this highly stylized film. November 9

 Jinn

(Orion) Simone Missick, Zoe Renee, Hisham Tawfiq, Kelvin Harrison Jr. A carefree young African-American girl is studying dancing and hopes to take it up as a vocation as her grandmother did before her. However, her life is turned upside down when her mother decides to convert to Islam and insists that her daughter convert with her. November 15

Jonathan

(Well Go USA) Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer. Two brothers inhabit the same body, each living separate lives. They seem to be getting along, keeping their strange secret safe – until both of them develop an emotional attachment to the same girl. This film is equal parts science fiction and psychological thriller. November 16

Shoplifters

(Magnolia) Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Mayu Matsuoka. A family of crooks and con men take in a little girl from the streets. Soon they find themselves in trouble way above their heads. This festival favorite is Japan’s official submission for the 2019 Foreign Language Oscar and a favorite to make the short list. November 23

 If Beale Street Could Talk

(Annapurna) Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Aunjanue Ellis. In Harlem in the 1970s, a young woman is deeply in love and looking forward to having her fiancé’s baby, despite some conflict with her devout mother. When her intended is jailed for a crime he didn’t commit, she sets out to prove his innocence regardless of her delicate condition. Based on a novel by the great James Baldwin, this is Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to the movie that won him the statue Moonlight.. November 30

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November 2018


Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindlewald

NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Fail State – Expands to New York City
Christmas Camp – Limited
Her Boyfriend’s Secret – Lifetime
Unlovable – Limited

NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody
Nobody’s Fool
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Burning – Expands to Los Angeles
The Long Shadow – Expands to San Francisco
A Private War – Limited
American Deep State – Limited
Bodied – Limited
Boy Erased – Limited
Daughters of the Sexual Revolution – Limited
Distant Constellation – Limited
Foreign Land – New York City
The Grief of Others – Limited
In Harm’s Way – Limited
In Search of Greatness – Limited
Maria by Callas – Limited
Monster Party – Limited
Number 37 – Limited
The Other Side of the Wind – Netflix
The Panama Papers – Limited
Possum – Limited
Prospect – Limited
Rampant – Limited
Searching for Ingmar Bergman – Limited
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead – Netflix
Tiger – Limited
Time Trap – Limited
Welcome to Mercy – Limited

NOVEMBER 3, 2018

Christmas Joy – The Hallmark Channel

NOVEMBER 4, 2018

A Christmas Switch – UPtv

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Every Act of Life – VOD
Life Feels Good – VOD
Up and Away – VOD

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

A Frozen Christmas 3 – VOD
Blood, Sweat and Terrors – Limited/VOD
The Front Runner – Limited
Krampus Origins – Limited/VOD
Narcissister Organ Player – Limited
Turkey Town – VOD

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Give Us This Day – DirecTV
Thugs of Hindostan – Limited

NOVEMBER 9, 2018

The Girl in the Spider’s Web
The Grinch
Overlord

3100: Run to Become – Expands to Los Angeles
Burning – Expands to Limited Release
Chef Flynn – Limited
The Delinquent Season – Limited
The Divide – Limited
Here and Now – Limited
In a Relationship – Limited
In Searching – Limited
Last Letter – Limited
Lez Bomb – Limited
Liz and the Blue Bird – Limited
The Long Dumb Road – Limited
The New Romantic – Limited
Pimp – Limited
Postcards from London – Limited
River Runs Red – Limited
Time Freak – Limited
Weightless – Limited

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

Dick Dickster – VOD
Lasso – Limited
Oh Deer, It’s Christmas – Limited/VOD
Pup Scouts – VOD

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Invoking 5 – VOD

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Jinn – Limited
Make Us Dream – Limited
The South Wind – Limited

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
Instant Family
Widows

A Private War – Expands to Wide Release
The Long Dumb Road – Expands to VOD
Trust Machine – Expands to Los Angeles
12 Round Gun – Limited
55 Steps – Limited/VOD
A Cool Fish – Limited
Anchor and Hope – Limited
At Eternity’s Gate – Limited
Bali: Beats of Paradise – Limited
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Limited/Netflix
CAM – Netflix
The Clovehitch Killer – Limited
Family in Transition – Los Angeles
The Farm – Limited
The Gilligan Manifesto – Limited
Heart, Baby – Limited
Kaatrin Mozhi – Limited
Jonathan – Limited/VOD
The Last Race – Limited
Madness, Farewell – Limited
Mobile Homes – Limited
Shoah: The Four Sisters – Limited
Speed Kills – Limited/VOD
Team Khan – Limited/VOD
Texas Cotton – Limited
Tinker’ – Limited
Under the Wire – Limited
Welcome Home – Limited

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

Unwanted 2 – VOD

NOVEMBER 20, 2018

Crackdown Big City Blues – VOD
Puppy Star Christmas – Netflix
The Rainbow Bridge Motel – VOD

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Creed 2
Green Book
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
Robin Hood

The Front Runner – Expands Wide
ROMA – Limited
The World Before Your Feet – Limited

NOVEMBER 22, 2018

The Christmas Chronicles – Netflix
Plastic Movie – iTunes

NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Family in Transition – Expands to New York City
The Long Shadow – Expands to Los Angeles
8 Remains – Limited
Becoming Astrid – Limited
The Favourite – Limited
Invisible Hands – New York City
Shoplifters – Limited
Write When You Get Work – Limited

NOVEMBER 25, 2018

Indestructible: Afterlife – VOD
The Truth About Christmas – Freeform

NOVEMBER 26, 2018

Piripkura – Limited

NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Catskill Park – VOD
Patient 001 – Limited
Sex Weather – Limited/VOD
Shiner – VOD

NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Bodied – Expands to YouTube Premium

NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Meow Wolf: Origin Story – Limited
Mirai – Fathom Events Preview Screening
Mowgli – Limited

NOVEMBER 30, 2018

The Possession of Hannah Grace
Invisible Hands – Expands to Los Angeles
Mirai – Expands to Limited Release
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding – Netflix
Anna and the Apocalypse – Limited
Bathtubs Over Broadway – Limited
Blood Brother – Limited
Dark Was the Night – Limited
Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back – Limited
Default – Limited
DriverX – Limited/VOD
Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer – Limited/VOD
Honey in the Head – New York City
Kinshasa Makambo – Limited
The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates – Limited
The Mercy – Limited
Never Look Away- Limited
No Shade – Limited
Pendular – Chicago
The People’s Republic of Desire – Limited
Sicilian Ghost Story – Limited
Stadium Anthems – Los Angeles
Tazzeka – Limited
Unstoppable – Limited