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10 Movies You Must See in November

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Our guide to the most exciting new releases coming in November.

Cinemas in the Republic of Ireland will remain closed for the month of November and there's no guarantee that UK cinemas will be open either. That's a shame, as November offers some gems currently set to play on the big screen. But if you can't get to a cinema, the small screen has some treats in November too.

Here are the 10 November new releases we're most excited for (David Fincher's Mank is rumoured to play UK cinemas at some point in November ahead of its December Netflix release, but at time of writing this has yet to be confirmed).


About Endlessness

About Endlessness
Much like Terrence Malick, Sweden's Roy Andersson disappeared for several decades before returning and reinventing his career by establishing a unique style of filmmaking. Beginning with 2000's Songs from the Second Floor, Andersson's 20th century films are comprised of short vignettes that collectively explore modern Scandinavian life, both the good and the bad. About Endlessness continues this trend with a selection of absurdist vignettes that range from the hilarious to the profound.
In cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from November 6th.




luxor

Luxor
One of the standouts of this year's Sundance Film Festival was writer/director Zeina Durra's drama Luxor, which stars Andrea Riseborough as a British aid worker who runs into an old lover (Karim Saleh) while retreating from the stress of her occupation in the ancient Egyptian city of Luxor. Durra describes her film as "a film about birth and rebirth and second chances."
In cinemas from November 6th.




Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts
Director May el-Toukhy's stars the great Danish actress Trine Dyrholm as a forty-something woman who embarks on an intense physical affair with the teenage son of a former lover. El-Toukhy's film is that cinematic rarity, a candid exploration of female desire with a central performance from Dyrholm that has been lauded on the festival circuit.
On MUBI from November 7th.





freaky

Freaky
With Happy Death Day, writer-director Christopher Landon gave us a clever and fun horror spin on the Groundhog Day format. With his latest movie, Freaky, he's taken another popular movie trope - the body swap - and rejigged it for a horror setting. The film stars Kathryn Newton as a high-schooler who finds herself swapping bodies with the deranged serial killer (Vince Vaughn) who is terrorising her small town.
In cinemas from November 13th.




The Last Shift

The Last Shift
Writer/director Andrew Cohn's feature debut stars the great Richard Jenkins as Stanley, an aging employee of a fast food restaurant working his final shift after four decades of unquestioning service. Spending the shift training his replacement, a disgruntled young writer (Shane Paul McGhie), Stanley begins to question how he's spent his life.
In cinemas from November 13th.




Mangrove

Mangrove
November sees the premiere of Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' anthology of five films set among London's West Indian community between the 1960s and '80s. The series kicks off with Mangrovethe story of Notting Hill's Mangrove restaurant, which became a site of resistance in the late '60s, leading to the arrest of a group of activists who came to be known as "The Mangrove Nine" during an infamous trial.
On BBC iPlayer following a premiere on BBC One from November 15th.





Patrick

Patrick
A couple of weeks before the world went to hell in a handbasket I was sitting in a packed cinema enjoying this raucous Belgian film as part of the Dublin International Film Festival. Similar to Rian Johnson's Brick, director Tim Mielants' film reworks classic film noir tropes in a unique setting, in this case a nudist camp where the titular hero, the camp's caretaker, investigates the theft of a beloved hammer.
In cinemas from November 20th.





Lovers Rock

Lovers Rock
This instalment of Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' anthology plays out over the course of a house party in late '70s London, where young lovers Martha (Amarah-Jae St Aubyn) and Franklyn (Micheal Ward) are drawn together. Boasting minimal dialogue, Lovers Rock is a sensory celebration of a world that seems like an increasingly distant memory in these lockdown times. It may be debuting on TV, but this might be the most cinematic movie of the year.
On BBC iPlayer following a premiere on BBC One from November 22nd.



Another Round

Another Round
Thomas Vinterberg's latest film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe and Magnus Millang as four middle-aged teachers who experiment with the theory that humans who maintain a high level of alcohol in their blood streams can function on a higher level than those around them. Needless to say, the experiment gets out of hand. Hilarious, insightful and touching, Another Round commendably avoids the scornful tone usually adopted by movies concerning alcohol, instead recognising it as an integral part of Northern European culture.
In cinemas from November 27th.





Possessor

Possessor
The apple didn't fall far from the tree in the Cronenberg family. Son of David, Brandon's second film is rooted in the body-horror milieu his old man is so associated with. Andrea Riseborough plays an assassin who inhabits the bodies of unsuspecting dupes in order to carry out hits. Possessor owes much to '70s conspiracy thrillers, but preys on very modern fears regarding surveillance states and identity theft.
In cinemas from November 27th.