IMDb Picks: November

by IMDb-Editors | created - 13 Oct 2015 | updated - 04 Nov 2015 | Public

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1. Vanderpump Rules (2013– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Reality-TV

Best known as one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Lisa Vanderpump opens the salacious kitchen doors of her exclusive Hollywood restaurant and lounge, SUR.

Stars: Kristen Doute, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Marie, Lala Kent

Votes: 1,992

If you are as sad as I am that this explosive season of "Real Housewives of Orange County" is coming to an end, fear not because "Vanderpump Rules" is back to fill the void! Yep, this Jax-tastic show is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, and I'm so excited that it's returning with all it's drama-filled adventure. Now excuse me while I go sip a cocktail at Pump... — Shara

Series Premiere: Monday, Nov. 2.

2. Spectre (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

60 Metascore

A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 365,741 | Gross: $200.07M

Daniel Craig might be over James Bond, but I'm not! I can't wait for this installment of the iconic franchise, which promises to be an action-packed 2.5 hours of white tuxedos, high-speed car chases, and (hopefully) a whole lotta Christoph Waltz. Daniel, it ain't over 'til it's over! — Chako

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 6.

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3. The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Reality-TV

A reality television series focused on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stars: Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

Votes: 3,061

This season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" will have some serious work to do to win fans over with the departure of the veteran Housewife Nene Leakes. Hopefully, some new yet familiar faces should be sure to spice things up. I, for one, will be watching and can't wait to see what drama will unfold! — Shara

Season 8 Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 8.

4. Flesh and Bone (2015)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.

Stars: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko

Votes: 9,370

The beautiful, brutal world of ballet has inspired several great movies including Black Swan and The Turning Point. I'm thrilled that there will finally be a scripted TV series that will fully mine the dramatic potential of a dance company setting. Starz limited series "Flesh and Bone" is the dark, gritty story of Clare, a troubled new dancer at a New York ballet company. There are two reasons why ballet fans should be pirouetting with excitement about the show. First, it was created by Moira Walley-Beckett, who wrote some of the best episodes of "Breaking Bad" including "Ozymandias." Second, it stars a real ballerina, Sarah Hay. So, there won’t be any awkward cuts to a body double during dance sequences. — Sara

Series Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 8.

5. By the Sea (2015)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

A couple tries to repair their marriage while staying at a hotel in France.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud

Votes: 17,200 | Gross: $0.53M

This film has been on my watch list since the project was announced. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had incredible chemistry in Mr. and Mrs. Smith; I am looking forward to seeing them share the screen once again. Jolie has stated that, when she first began writing, she never intended to actually produce the project, which allowed her a sense of freedom in her creative process. While she insists that the film is not autobiographical, it does feel like her most personal project yet. I was also very intrigued to learn that Jolie is working with cinematographer Christian Berger, who also shot many of Michael Haneke's gorgeous films including The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon, and Caché. — Michelle

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 13.

6. W/ Bob and David (2015)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Bob and David emerge from the time machine they entered sixteen years ago and are reunited with the cast of Mr. Show.

Stars: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, John Ennis, Jay Johnston

Votes: 3,471

The reunion of "Mr. Show" alums David Cross and Bob Odenkirk is a sign of the TV times in more than one way: Not only are Cross and (especially) Odenkirk much better known now than they were in the mid-to-late '90s, but the entire way we approach watching TV has gone through a mutation. Remember that "Mr. Show" was on HBO prior to "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos." In fact, it was part of the cable channel's first original-programming wave. Now that the duo has partnered with Netflix, we're anticipating a form of comedy that's older, wiser, and weirder than ever. — Arno

Series Premiere: Friday, Nov. 13.

7. My All-American (2015)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

34 Metascore

Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

Director: Angelo Pizzo | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 5,402 | Gross: $2.25M

In the canon of sports films, few stand higher than Rudy and Hoosiers. My All American, which was written and directed by the same man who wrote both those films, brings to life the inspiring and tragic story of University of Texas football legend Freddie Steinmark. An undersized defensive back, Steinmark was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor late in the 1969 season. But that didn't stop him from contributing to the team's eventual national championship. In telling the story of an athlete who tackles challenges off the field, director Angelo Pizzo surely goes back to a familiar playbook. But it's one we can't stop caring about. — Bret

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 13.

8. Into the Badlands (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A mighty warrior and a young boy search for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.

Stars: Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham, Aramis Knight

Votes: 38,284

The last time there was a serious martial arts series on television ("Kung Fu"), Gerald Ford was still in the White House. That's just one of the reasons why genre enthusiasts should be excited about this show, which chronicles the adventures of a great warrior (Daniel Wu) and a young boy across a landscape controlled by feudal barons. Another reason? "Badlands" is the third show to be picked up straight to series by AMC, a network that's solidified a reputation in recent years for serving up consequential, often ground-breaking shows. — Bret

Series Premiere: Sunday, Nov. 15.

9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 265,964 | Gross: $281.72M

Yes, The Hunger Games is a teen series. It’s also a feminist epic starring Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence that has a lot to say about the influence of media on society, political repression, and how economic inequality can lead to rebellion. The final chapter promises to be more satisfying than the third installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which was essentially a Games-free Hunger Games. Director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter Danny Strong are sure to turn the fall of Panem into a visual spectacle that does not skimp on character development. Katniss and Snow’s final showdown promises to be spectacular. The movie also has the potential to deliver a better ending to the Gale-Katniss-Peeta love triangle, which was treated as an afterthought in the book. — Sara

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

10. Carol (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 106,728 | Gross: $12.71M

The amount of time that passes between Todd Haynes projects is always frustrating for his fans, but his latest film, an adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith — if only they had collaborated while she was still alive! — has left us in breathless anticipation of what's been called a peerless performance by Cate Blanchett. — Arno

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

11. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 146,777 | Gross: $1.87M

I love a good crime thriller movie. So, Legend is currently at the top of my list for November. I’ve overheard some Internet chatter to “not trust the trailer.” So, this intrigues me even more. In Legend, Tom Hardy plays the role of the twins, Ronald and Reggie Kray. I’m a huge Hardy fan. So, I can’t wait to see his performance in this split role. — Akimi

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

12. The Night Before (II) (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

58 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jillian Bell, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 61,884 | Gross: $43.04M

A Christmas comedy with a red-band label? You know this will be one for the books! The Night Before looks hilarious. A holiday movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, and Seth Rogen... I'm sold. I can’t wait to watch the debauchery take place on Nov. 20. — Akimi

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

13. The Good Dinosaur (2015)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

Votes: 95,418 | Gross: $123.09M

I saw the first trailer for The Good Dinosaur at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 and tried (and failed) to hold back tears. Since then, I've watched it nearly 20 times, and each time I get completely lost in Apatosaurus Arlo's world. Also, there could not have been a better, more magical song chosen for the nearly lyrical first trailer: "Crystals" by Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men. — Chako

Release Info: In theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

14. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 153,918 | Gross: $11.11M

The release of The Danish Girl feels timely as our society becomes more open and accepting of the transgender community. But the film, which was inspired by the true story of the Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, the transgender pioneer who was among the first to have gender reassignment surgery in the early 1930s, has been in the works for years. I am looking forward to seeing Eddie Redmayne take on this transformative role, especially after his Oscar-winning performance in The Theory of Everything. The film received mixed reviews on its festival run, but I was moved both by the trailer and first-look images. So, I am definitely going to check this one out in the theater. — Michelle

Release Info: In theaters on Friday, November 27.

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