IMDb Picks: November Indie Picks

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IMDb Picks: November Indie Picks

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Saara Chaudry in The Breadwinner (2017)

The Breadwinner

Come Thanksgiving time, there will be no shortage of animated offerings for families to enjoy at theaters. But few will provide the cultural perspective of The Breadwinner. Based on Deborah Ellis' best-selling young adult novel, the movie situates viewers in Taliban-dominated Afghanistan and follows the life of an 11-year-old girl whose father is wrongly arrested and imprisoned. Determined to earn money for her family, the young girl, Parvana, cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy. This GKIDS offering, directed by Nora Twomey and with Angelina Jolie serving as one of the producers, debuted to much critical buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this fall and will be a likely Oscar contender for Best Animated Feature this winter. — Bret

Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 17

Cook Off! (2007)

Cook Off!

Fun fact: This mockumentary about the "world famous" Van Rookle Farms Cooking Contest for amateur chefs was actually finished in 2007 but never released. Who knows what prompted Lionsgate Premiere to bring this undiscovered comedy to audiences a decade later? But I'm eager to get my eyeballs on this comedy co-directed by Cathryn Michon and Guy Shalem, and co-written by Wendy McLendon-Covey. The film stars a host of familiar and tremendously funny actors (Louie Anderson, Diedrich Bader, Niecy Nash, and Melissa McCarthy among others), all showing their formidable improv chops. I'm expecting a Best in Show-style send-up for home bakers. — Bret

Opens in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 17

Jim Carrey in Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

As a long-time fan of Jim Carrey and an admirer of his 1999 film Man on the Moon, this documentary is a must-see. It will be fascinating to see why behind-the-scenes footage of the film, in which Carrey played late comedian Andy Kaufman, has been locked away for nearly 20 years. Carrey didn't break character when the cameras stopped leading to a "crazy melodrama" on the set and Universal didn’t want the candid footage to surface so that the audience didn’t think Carrey "was an a**hole." After two decades, I can't wait to see this time capsule opened. — Michael

"Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" premieres Friday, Nov. 17, on Netflix

Michael Stuhlbarg, Armie Hammer, and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino's romantic drama is finally getting released following a year touring the festival circuit, from Sundance in January to Toronto and London last month. Set In 1983, it centers on the son of an American professor (Timothée Chalamet) who is enamored by the graduate student (Armie Hammer) who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Critic friends and those in the film industry have already told me this is their film of the year, so I'm looking forward to finding out for myself. — Michael

Opens on limited release in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 24



Joachim TrierJoachim Trier has directed two of my all-time favorite movies, Oslo, August 31st and Reprise, and with Thelma I am so curious to see what his take on a mystery looks like. Apparently Trier even flirts with the horror genre as he tells this story of a young woman who begins to tap into her supernatural abilities. I'm also happy to see Trier back in Norway after his fair but unremarkable Engligh-language debut, Louder Than Bombs. — Arno

Opens on limited release in U.S. theaters Friday, Nov. 10

Frank Serpico in Frank Serpico (2017)

Frank Serpico

Scarface might be Al Pacino's most iconic role, but I think he does his best acting in Sidney Lumet's Serpico. No fan of the movie should pass up the chance to hear the real-life tale from the subject himself, a fascinating subject who still looks police corruption point blank in the face. — Arno

Opens on limited release in U.S. theaters Wednesday, Nov. 1