Eleven films to watch in November
Sorry We Missed You
Ken Loach might be 83, but the great British director is as angry as ever about the plight of the working class. With the help of his usual screenwriter, Paul Laverty, he is as adept as ever at making cinema-goers angry, too. His heartbreaking new exposé of the gig economy focuses on Ricky (Kris Hitchen), a man who provides for his family by driving a delivery van around Newcastle on a zero-hours contract. If he works hard enough, he can make a living, but if he is forced to take a day off, he’s as good as dead. Dave Calhoun at Time Out praises “this powerful, bleak film that feels acutely of the moment but also carries within it the same question that Loach has been asking for more than 50 years: does life really have to be like this?”
Released 1 November in the UK and Ireland, 8 November in Finland and Norway and 14 November in Italy and Netherlands
Queen, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles… they’ve all inspired nostalgic films in the last couple of years. And now it’s George Michael’s turn. A festive romantic comedy with a chronic illness thrown in, Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as a Bridget Jones-y shop assistant whose life in London is a mess, and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) as the eligible bachelor who tidies it up. What’s any of that got to do with George Michael? That would be telling, but the film’s director, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), and co-writer, Emma Thompson, promise that the connection is there. You just gotta have faith.
Released on 7 November in Australia and New Zealand, 8 November in the US and Canada and 15 November in the UK and Ireland
Hollywood action movies starring women are vanishingly rare. But Hollywood action movies starring women that are written and directed by women, too? Charlie’s Angels is one of the first. A reboot of the 1970s TV series, not to mention the two films from 2000 and 2003, the new version is masterminded by Elizabeth Banks, whose first feature film as a director was Pitch Perfect 2. She also plays Bosley, the intermediary between the mysterious Charles Townsend and the female detectives he pays to go on globe-trotting adventures. Charlie’s latest Angels are Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska, and Naomi Scott, although they’ll struggle to outshine the trio who recorded the film’s theme song, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey.