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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

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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  • 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: