Upcoming Indies

November is a big month for independent film, with smaller budget titles trying to get the jump on awards season with some early attention, as well as riskier films from some truly auteur directors looking for a more sparsely populated release calendar to garner more attention.  We are already a week into the month (I am to blame for this not coming earlier, oops) but there is still a glorious slate of new indie releases to peak your interest coming soon. Here are five films we are looking forward to.

Arrival

Director: Dennis Villeneuve

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

Release Date: 10 November

Esteemed director Dennis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners) returns with this sci-fi epic. Following the events of an international alien invasion, Amy Adams (American Hustle) stars as a linguist tasked with communicating with the those who have arrived. Sporting great reviews from screenings at Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals, Arrival is shooting for Oscar gold and is hot on our release radar.

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Image: The Guardian

Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams

Release Date: 10 November

November is a big month for Amy Adams, as Nocturnal Animals is the second of two great looking films she has coming out this year, and they land on the same day. Directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man), this stylish, yet dark, thriller explores the harsh feeling felt in a divorce told through the perspective of a violent novel Adams’ character gets sent from her ex. Director Ford has only one other directing credit, but the trailer simply oozes style and we cannot wait.

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Image: The Independent

The Edge of Seventeen

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson

Release Date: 18 November

High school movies are timeless because even if you did not go to high school, you did grow up. Every year presents its coming of age movie that explores the awkwardness that is puberty and is set in that horrid place that so many of us spent our blunder years. For 2016, that film is The Edge of Seventeen. Starring the multi-talented Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), this looks to be another relatable and nostalgic ride. Will it be one for the history books? Who knows. The trailer looks great and it boasts an awesome cast, there is no reason to skip this one over.

 

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Image: Live For Films

Rules Don’t Apply

Director: Warren Beatty

Starring: Warren Beatty, Haley Bennett

Release Date: 23 November

This year seems to be stacked with films about the golden age of Hollywood. First, there was Hail Caesar!, then Cafe Society, and now we have Rules Don’t Apply. The trailer makes this look like it is full of energy, but besides that, there’s not that much information about this movie, and that just might be why it is exciting. Sporting a  big cast of young actors, This Oscar hopeful is looking to make a splash late in the month before the big contenders land in December.

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Image: 20th Century Fox

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director: David Yates

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel

Release Date: 18 November

I realise this is not an indie movie, but who isn’t at the very least curious about Fantastic Beasts? The latest in JK Rowling’s wizarding world, this film is set in 1920’s New York, where wizards and muggles live a little close for comfort. A new cast, with recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything), and a new setting make this writer hopeful that it will breathe new life into a decades old series.

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Image: The Guardian

 

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