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by Peter Knegt
November 1, 2012 12:32 PM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This November

November is here and as dreary as that might sound weatherwise, it's also about to offer quite the selection to filmgoers with more than 30 films on Indiewire's November calendar.

As an extension of our fall movie preview, Indiewire is offering the third of four monthly fall "must-see" lists to help make your cinematic decision-making over the next 30 days as easy as possible. 

From Leo Tolstoy and Monty Python to a Danish king and a man willling to find the silver linings of a hard life, check out Indiewire's picks for Novembers 10 best options, and then head over to the full November calendar, as there are many worthy films that didn't end up making this list.

1. Silver Linings Playbook (November 21)

Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? What was once the Weinstein Company's other big film this fall looks like it might end up trumping "Django" and "The Master" as the distributor's biggest Oscar weapon.  Winning audience award after audience award on the film festival circuit, "Silver Linings Playbook" is aiming to win over general audiences this Thanksgiving. Based on Matthew Quick's darkly comedic novel, the David O. Russell-directed film stars Bradley Cooper in his best performance ever (though is that really saying much?) as a man who moves back in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver) after being released from a mental institution. But the film's main attraction -- and the frontrunner for the best actress race -- is Jennifer Lawrence as a woman with some mental problems of her own. Lawrence steals every second of screentime she has, and she alone warrants your filmgoing attention come November 21st.

Watch the trailer below:


  • Daniel T | January 27, 2013 12:07 PMReply

    Really loved the Silver linings playbook although the craziest film I've seen recently is a quality little mock on the Irish porn industry; …

    Reckon Bradley could be the next Leo?

  • bob hawk | November 2, 2012 3:26 AMReply

    I'd add CHASING ICE. Mesmerizing, visually stunning, a "message" movie that is never polemical -- not to mention courageous filmmaking, considering what they had to do, and where they had to go, to place some of their cameras. It still resonates vividly in my mind's eye, even though I saw it almost a year ago, and I can't wait to see it on the screen again.

  • Joseph Campanella | November 1, 2012 6:45 PMReply

    Not saying these movies don't look great. Just find it funny that you are billing them as "indie" films.

    Seems to me they are studio films with MAJOR actors. Just cause something isn't THE AVENGERS doesn't mean it's an independent film.

  • Kenneth Bossard | November 1, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    I'm a big IndieWire fan. You overlooked a gem. Sundance winner, Middle of Nowhere, has been receiving great media attention and has inspired a grassroots support unprecedented. Please view the trailer and let me know your thoughts -

  • Gabe | November 1, 2012 2:48 PM

    These are for films opening November. IndieWIRE has given MIDDLE OF NOWHERE ample coverage over the months: