It’s November, which means that films angling to be included in the awards scenes will be coming thick and fast, and there are certainly a few on this list that we think could be potential Oscar contenders. It’s not just hard-hitting dramas here though, with a psychological thriller, a beloved musical, and the sequel to one of the biggest superhero films of all time all arriving this month. Read on for more.
Living is a new film that stars British acting legend Bill Nighy as a civil servant dealing with a terminal medical diagnosis. It’s directed by Oliver Hermanus and is an adaptation of a 1952 Japanese film Ikiru, and sees Nighy’s character Mr Williams deciding he wants to try and make as much of his short time left enjoyable, and live a little. It also stars Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Tom Burke (War & Peace). Living certainly looks like it may be a contender at the Oscars, with Nighy’s performance being described as a career-best.
Release date: 4/11/22
Matilda the Musical
26 years after the beloved Mara Wilson-starring film adaptation, Matilda the Musical sees the famous schoolgirl return to the big screen in musical form, with the minds behind the West End show bringing it to film. The story of the precocious Matilda and her life with unloving parents and under the harsh regime of headmistress Miss Trunchbull is retold with a new coat of paint and a big-name cast, with newcomer Alisha Weir being joined by No Time To Die star Lashana Lynch, Boiling Point’s Stephen Graham, Amsterdam’s Andrea Riseborough, and Dame Emma Thompson as the infamous Trunchbull.
Release date: 25/11/22
Telling the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the sexual assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, She Said focuses on the events that led to the start of the #MeToo movement. Two journalists working for The New York Times, Megan Twohey and Jodi Cantor, both begin looking into the apparent crimes of Weinstein and find a web of abuse and misbehaviour bigger than they could have imagined, resulting in the fall of the now disgraced Miramax mogul. It’s directed by German filmmaker Maria Schrader, and stars Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the two investigative reporters- and it’s another potential Oscar nominee.
Release date: 25/11/22
Not to be confused with Netflix’s The Watcher, Watcher is a psychological thriller film that focuses on a young woman living in a seemingly idyllic new apartment but finding herself increasingly disturbed by the fact that she seems to be being watched by a shadowy figure from a window across the street. Director Chloe Okuno (V/H/S/94) ratchets up the tension as Julia is largely left alone with her housemate Francis working long hours, wherein she discovers that there’s a serial killer operating in the city, killing women of a similar age to her. As the apparent stalking begins to get to her, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat by a gripping film that doesn’t easily leave your mind after it’s over.
Release date: 4/11/22
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Not only a new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Wakanda Forever is also the sequel to one of the biggest box office hits of all time, the hugely popular and acclaimed Black Panther. This film comes in the wake of the death of Chadwick Boseman, who led the previous film as T’Challa, and tells a new story of the technologically advanced Wakanda fighting for survival. Facing the threat of not only rival nations vying for control of its resources (namely the extremely rare Vibranium) but also a villainous merman Namor (played by Tenoch Huerta), the royal family of Wakanda finds itself having to lead the country back on course. With returning stars Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Martin Freeman, as well as newcomers like Michaela Coel, the film will answer the burning question of who will take up the Black Panther mantle.
Release date: 11/11/22
A high society black-comedy, The Menu stars Nicholas Hoult as a young and ambitious gourmet chef, Tyler, who wins the chance to eat at the restaurant of Chef Slowik (played by Ralph Fiennes). It sounds like the meal of a lifetime, but his girlfriend, Margot, begins to feel uneasy and suspicious of the creepily cult-like behaviour of Slovik’s restaurant. Things begin to become disturbing and violent, and Margot begins to fear for her life, not helped by the fact that the restaurant is located on a remote island. Directed by Mark Mylod, the cast also includes Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo, and is produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.
Release date: 18/11/22