Happy November, movie lovers. It's going to be a busy month for you full of intense dramas, artsy thrillers, and riveting documentaries. Don't get overwhelmed, though. Despite the rapidly approaching Oscar season rush of films, we have five movies that you can't miss this month -- including one for the McConaughnauts out there.
Interstellar Release Date: November 7
Looks like even Christopher Nolan wanted to get in on the McConaissance action, casting Matthew McConaughey as the lead in his new space drama, Interstellar. Set in the apocalyptic future, the Earth's quickly becoming inhospitable to human life and it's McConaughey's job to jettison out to space to find a new planet for humanity to inhabit. With a supporting cast including Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, and Casey Affleck, the film is at least going to be star-studded, even if it doesn't quite reach the stars. And with a Hans Zimmer soundtrack, you can be sure it'll still have the suspenseful, dramatic backing track that you've gotten accustomed to in Nolan's films.
Open Windows Release Date: November 7
We all know one of those people who puts a little piece of tape over their laptop webcam to keep snoops from snooping. You might think they're crazy, but after seeing Nacho Vigalando's Open Windows at FilmBar, you'll probably be singing a different tune. Elijah Wood plays a super-fan given access to his favorite female Internet celebrity's webcam after she refuses a meet and greet with him. While that's certainly creepy, what happens next is sure to convince you to be one of those tape tab people, too.
Keep On Keepin' On Release Date: November 7
Follow the true story of jazz musician Clark Terry taking a 23-year-old blind pianist under his wing in this Alan Hicks documentary. Terry is used to the mentor game, having taught Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, but his new student, Justin Kauflin, also suffers from crippling stage fright. Watch the powerful bond the two musicians form as Terry helps Kauflin prepare for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Listen Up Phillip Release Date: November 14
Indie movie lovers need hear no more than this movie's two lead actors to know it's on their must-see list. Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss star in this quirky, complex comedy following a struggling author who anxiously and angrily waits for his second novel to be published. Highly stylized in all of those ways that make the small batch film crowd squeal, Listen Up Phillip has the cast, the style, and the substance -- and we can't wait to see it at FilmBar.
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Rosewater Release Date: November 14
If you think Jon Stewart is just a cable TV news satirist, think again. Stewart wrote, directed, and produced the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari (Gael Garcia Bernal) who was imprisoned in Iran for over 100 days while he covered the protests surrounding the 2009 and 2010 Iranian presidential election. Bahari was brutally interrogated, and since he was often blindfolded, he remembers his captors only by the smell of rosewater.