The Top Ten Films to See This November

Here’s our take on the ten most interesting looking films which reach UK cinemas this month…

We here at Rumsey’s are pretty pleased with what this month is serving up. We’re getting stories about gangsters, ageing, love, death, war and even Apple computers. There’s also plenty left over from last month such as Spectre if you have yet to see them. Some films released this month we have already seen and love, some we have yet to see but are excited by the press behind them. Either way we’ve compiled our choices together for your reading pleasure. Here are our top ten picks for the new month…

Black Mass

IMDB: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Rumsey’s Musings: We’re excited for this for several reasons, but the main one has to be that there is the fragile possibility that this could be Depp’s comeback film. We’re huge fans of the actor and have been waiting for the day when he switches gears back towards more challenging roles for quite some time. Black Mass could just be that film and that fact, combined with his supporting actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton, makes this a must see.
Release Date: 25/11/15

Brooklyn

IMDB: An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Rumsey’s Musings: Classic and classy filmmaking, we are big fans of this romance which explores familiar territory but with a compelling lead performance and several smart decisions behind the camera which stop it from feeling like a rehash of the many romantic films which came before it. See this one for Saoirse Ronan’s work and for a welcome dose of warm romance.
Release Date: 6/11/15

Carol

IMDB: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Rumsey’s Musings: A strong critical response coupled with leading ladies Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara makes this a very tempting film to be checking out this month. We expect to have our hearts ripped out and trampled upon by the tragically romantic story, but we reckon we will risk it.
Release Date: 27/11/15

Closer to the Moon

IMDB: A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.
Rumsey’s Musings: We enjoyed Closer to the Moon despite its flaws due to its talented cast, interesting subject matter and the constant humour sprinkled throughout. Alternatively exciting, moving and funny this is a refreshing take on what could have been yet another ‘true’ action heavy war film.
Release Date: 13/11/15

The Closer We Get

IMDB: This bittersweet film goes under the skin of an astonishing story of broken dreams, loyalty and – perhaps – redemption, told by reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen.
Rumsey’s Musings: This documentary sounds extremely interesting in spite of, or should I say because of, it’s ‘rivetingly normal’ subject matter. Picking up heaps of praise wherever this goes, The Closer We Get promises to be a fascinating look at an average family and its complex and moving inner workings.
Release Date: 06/11/15

The Fear of 13

Dogwoof: A Death Row inmate petitions the court asking to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. The Fear of 13 is a stylistically daring experiment in storytelling that is part confessional and part performance. Nick, the sole protagonist, tells a tale with all the twists and turns of classic crime drama with a final shocking twist casts everything in a new light.
Rumsey’s Musings: Need we say more than the paragraph above, this just sounds both highly unusual and very promising.
Release Date: 13/11/15

He Named Me Malala

IMDB: A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Rumsey’s Musings: We were really taken aback by how warm and beautifully this film paints its subject and the aftermath of her shooting. Easily one of the must see films this month, this is an emotional, intellectual and passionate documentary.
Release Date: 06/11/15

Steve Jobs

IMDB: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.
Rumsey’s Musings: Fassbender is one of the very best actors working today, continuing to push himself in all sorts of interesting directions. We cannot wait to see what he does with such an interesting character as Steve Jobs.
Release Date: 13/11/15

Tangerine

IMDB: A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.
Rumsey’s Musings: Tangerine has been tearing a great swathe through film circles; creating something of a buzz with filmgoers and generating a clamour from enthusiastic critics. It’s one of the films which we really want to see and find out just what we make of it.
Release Date: 13/11/15

Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

IMDB: The war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it.
Rumsey’s Musings: We were moved by the experience of watching this depiction of the Afghan Army’s fight for their country. Going to places few documentaries would go, this is film which doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects and is focused on letting the Afghans speak for themselves without a single Western soldier in sight.
Release Date: 13/11/15


So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let us know in the comment box below!

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8 comments

  1. Black Mass is almost entirely worth skipping outside of Depp’s spectacular performance. It was just blah. Nothing outstanding about it or worth mentioning. I feel the same way about Carol, honestly. I remain in the minority for that opinion, but it didn’t break my heart nor did I feel much of a connection between Mara and Blanchet.

    1. Oh really I had heard Depp was the best thing about Black Mass but I hadn’t heard the Carol criticism before. I’ll still see then but will lower my expectations somewhat!

      1. No, he is! But that’s about it…

  2. In which country is Black Mass coming out on the 25/11? I’ll never understand these staggered releases, its been out for weeks here and I’m in Australia. yet on the other hand, that Jobs film doesn’t come out till next year! Confusing.

    I haven’t seen any of the movies you listed but I intend to see Brooklyn. I’ll have to imdb some of the other titles, its always great to add movies to the watchlist 🙂

    1. Haha! We here in the UK often have to wait ages for new films one released!

      Glad to be of service!

  3. abbiosbiston · · Reply

    Some excellent picks here. I am definitely up for Carol and Black Mass. I’ve already seen He Named Me Malala and I thought it was so lovely.

    1. Yeah we really liked Malala and are really looking forward to those two!
      Brooklyn is another highlight.

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