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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

2. Rust and Bone (November 16)

Director: Jacques Audiard
Casts: Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts
Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics
Current Criticwire average: B+ (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Jacques Audiard follows up his acclaimed "A Prophet" with "Rust and Bone," a film that has impressed many since debuting in Cannes earlier this year. Not the easiest film to explain in a few sentences, "Bone" essentially follows an unemployed man (Matthias Schoenaerts) who falls in love with a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard, who like Jennifer Lawrence is a big contender for a best actress nom here) who loses her legs in an accident. Based on Craig Davidson's short story collection, the film is -- like another French-language import coming our way soon (Michael Haneke's "Amour," out in December), a complex and challenging love story. If that doesn't exactly sell you, how about this: It features the best use of Katy Perry in a movie ever.

Watch the trailer below:

3. Hitchcock (November 23)

Director: Sacha Gervasi
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johannson, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, Danny Huston
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Current Criticwire average: N/A (but check back)

Why is it a "Must See"? A last minute addition to this year's release calendar, "Hitchcock" adapts Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" stars a very juicy cast in Anthony Hopkins (as Alfred Hitchcock), Helen Mirren (as his wife, Alma Reville), Scarlett Johannson (as Janet Leigh), James D'Arcy (as Anthony Perkins), Jessica Biel (as Vera Miles), and many others. Fox Searchlight definitely seems to think it has something special, rushing it to theaters (it was shot this spring) in a clear bid to join this year's Oscar race. Even if that isn't the end result, it sure looks like a fun time:

4. The Central Park Five (November 23)

Director: Ken Burns, David McMahon
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Current Criticwire average: B+ (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Already one of the most talked about docs of the year on the festival circuit (it premiered in Cannes), Ken Burns and David McMahon's "The Central Park Five" is hitting theaters this month and it's most definitely a must see.  The film tells the horrifying story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. After spending between 6 and 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.

Check out 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: