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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This November

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 2, 2012 at 11:51AM

As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this month include the latest found-footage horror film sure to rattle your nerves, a Sundance comedy that sees British actress Rebecca Hall play against type, a new comedy that reunites the director behind "Clueless" with that film's star Alicia Silverstone, and a period romance set on the English countryside that stars "Like Crazy" breakout Felicity Jones. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this November, in alphabetical order:
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As usual, Indiewire has weeded through the films hitting VOD this cold month to bring you a curated list of the 10 most worth your time. Your options this month include  the latest found-footage horror film sure to rattle your nerves, a Sundance comedy that sees British actress Rebecca Hall play against type, a new comedy that reunites the director behind "Clueless" with that film's star Alicia Silverstone, and a period romance set on the English countryside that stars "Like Crazy" breakout Felicity Jones. Here are the 10 films to watch on VOD this November, in alphabetical order:

"The Bay" (November 2) Criticwire Page

"Rain Man" helmer Barry Levinson doesn't seem like a natural fit for the horror genre, but with "The Bay" he proves he has the chops to seriously creep you out. Technically a found-footage film a la "Paranormal Activity," "The Bay" tracks a 24-hour period on July 4, 2009 when a parasitic infiltration of the water in Claridge, Maryland threatened to infect the entire town. "While the rash of deaths and close encounters with the leech-like parasites borrow liberally from the traditions of zombie and alien invasion movies, the source of the chills never strays too far from the real world, "wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of Toronto, where the film world premiered in September to solid notices. "'The Bay' manages to scare up a real fear of environmental neglect. It's quite possibly the first example of jump scares used in service of activism."

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" (November 1) Criticwire Page

Set in 1932, this droll period dramey centers on Dolly (Felicity Jones), a bride-to-be who locks herself in her bedroom with a jug of rum on the morning of her wedding. Understandably, Dolly's exasperated mother (played by "Downton Abbey"'s Elizabeth McGovern) doesn't take the turn of events so well, but soldiers on by putting on a brave face when family and friends start gossiping about her daughter's whereabouts.

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

READ MORE: 'Cheerful Weather' Star Elizabeth McGovern Talks 'Downton Abbey' and Why She Left America

"Deadfall" (November 1) Criticwire Page

At the outset of this twist-filled thriller, obscenely good-looking siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border during a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads  across the country, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving dinner with his parents (played by Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson). "The climax -- where virtually every strand collides over the course of a Thanksgiving dinner -- stands out because it eschews endless gunfire for tense conversation," wrote Kohn in his review. "Those final scenes turn 'Deadfall' into a bonafide family drama, proof that noir has humanistic roots. It left me feeling thankful for persistent movie traditions."

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation, SuddenLink, Time Warner, Verizon FIOS, Vudu, XBOX

"Ex-Girlfriends" (November 27)

Like Jay McInerney's famed '80s novel about 20-somethings living in New York, "Bright Lights, Big City," "Ex-Girlfriends" plumbs the often-comic fallout of young urban romance in various states of disintegration. Having bumped into his former-girlfriend Laura (Kristen Connolly) at a party, Graham (Alexander Poe) struggles to win her back even as he discovers her involvement with the same man his friend Kate (Jennifer Carpenter) -- another ex -- is pursuing.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (November 20) Criticwire Page

With his latest crowd-pleasing comedy, Edward Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of his breakout hit, "The Brothers McMullen," reuniting with that film's co-stars Connie Britton and Michael McGlone. In "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas," Burns weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter) to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics.

Where to Watch: Amazon Instant Video, Bright House, Optimum, Charter, Cox, DirectTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Vudu, Xfinity, iTunes, Rogers Anyplace TV

"The Hopeful" (November 13)

Hailed by ESPN's Dan Dakich as "one of the greatest sports documentaries I've ever seen," "The Hopeful" follows the two-year journey of Cody Keith, a young man from North Carolina whose dream is to become a division I college quarterback. After switching high schools his junior year, Cody and his affluent parents find themselves at the center of a heated debate on the ethics of transferring schools for athletic purposes. The family unwillingly becomes a target of intense media scrutiny that soon spirals out of control.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"Lay the Favorite" (November 2) Criticwire Page

Boasting an A-list director in Stephen Frears and an impressive cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon and Joshua Jackson, "Lay the Favorite" is among the more higher-profile features to hit VOD this month. Based on the Beth Raymer gambling memoir, and adapted by D.V. DeVincentis (”High Fidelity,” “Grosse Pointe Blank”), the story follows a cocktail waitress (Hall) who embeds herself with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage. Willis plays a sports gambler who falls for her, while Zeta-Jones plays his jealous wife.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"Letters From the Big Man" (November 13) Criticwire Page

"Letters From the Big Man," an oddball and totally endearing Sundance dramedy stars stage and screen star Lily Rabe as Sarah Smith, an artist and government hydrologist, who sets out on a post-fire stream survey in a remote part of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southwestern Oregon. In the course of her journey, Sarah unwittingly finds herself interacting with a sasquatch man (yeah, you heard that right). Over time, the two discover they have more in common than meets the eye. And when push comes to shove, Sarah must take bold steps to protect his privacy, as well as her own.

Where to Watch: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

"Save the Date" (November 8) Criticwire Page

This Sundance romantic comedy, which stars Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber and Geoffrey Arend, tells the story of the extremely self-reliant Sarah (Caplan), who breaks up with her overly enthusiastic boyfriend Kevin (Arend) after a botched marriage proposal. Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Brie) for comfort, but Beth is too consumed by her own wedding plans to wed Kevin's drummer, Andrew (Starr). When Sarah realizes she's in a potentially fine rebound relationship with endearing Jonathan (Webber), she is confronted with her own mental roadblocks concerning love and relationships.

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner


"Vamps" (November 13) Criticwire Page

"Clueless" director Amy Heckerling reunites with that film's star Alicia Silverstone for "Vamps," a tongue-in-cheek New York comedy that centers on, you guessed it, vampires. Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as undead vampires frozen in their dating years but bored by contemporary metropolitan life. Under the guidance of their chief vampire (Sigourney Weaver), the duo look for ways of ending their dry spell. "Heckerling's screenplay strikes an odd satiric tone that's both sincere and sinister, as the filmmaker sinks her teeth into the myth of chic urban life and at the same time celebrates it," wrote Kohn in his review. "Compared to the market standard for vampires these days -- you know the franchise I'm talking about -- Heckerling's sly treatment of the material is a welcome cut above.

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Where to Watch:

Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Vudu, Google Play

This article is related to: VOD, New On VOD, The Bay, Vamps, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Lay The Favorite, Save the Date, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Deadfall, Letters from the Big Man