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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This November

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 1, 2012 at 12:32PM

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.
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8. A Liar's Autobiography (November 9)

Director: Bill Jones
Cast: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
Distributor: IFC Films
Current Criticwire average: C+ (See all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? "Monty Python" cast members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam pay tribute to their late colleague Graham Chapman in this 3-D animated (and not entirely truthful) account of his life story. Directors Bill Jones (Terry Jones' son), Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson have utilized Chapman's own voice (from a recording of him reading the book the film is based on) as well as his former "Python" co-stars. They also used 14 different animation studios for various chapters of the story, making this "Untrue Story" a unique display of animation's many potential forms!

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9. Killing Them Softly (November 30)

Director: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Current Criticwire average: B (See all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Brad Pitt reteams with his "Assassination of Jesse James" director Andrew Dominik for the film formerly known as "Cogan's Trade," "Killing Them Softly." Adapted from George V. Higgins' novel and set in New Orleans, the film follows professional enforcer Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that goes down during a high stakes, mob-related poker game. The film got decent reviews out of Cannes (especially for scene-stealer James Gandolfini).

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10. Starlet (November 9)

Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian
Distributor: Music Box Films
Current Criticwire average: B- (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Sean Baker follows up his film festival hit "Prince of Broadway" with "Starlet," which premiered at SXSW earlier this year. The cross-generational story follows 21 year-old aspiring actress Jane (Dree Hemingway) and elderly widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women who form a complicated and unlikely relationship. Naturalistic in the same vein as "Broadway," the film continues to suggest Baker as a young American filmmaker to watch.

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This article is related to: Features, Starlet, Killing Them Softly, A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, Rust and Bone, Hitchcock, The Central Park Five