By James Fanizza, November 2017 Issue.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Now playing | R | 121 Minutes | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. Written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, this psychological horror film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in May and will keep that spooky Halloween mood extended while at the same time showcasing some top-notch acting from a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
In theaters Nov. 10 | R | 115 Minutes | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Nine months after her daughter is raped and murdered, Mildred (Frances McDormand) uses three billboards on the edge of her Missouri town to condemn the local police force for failing to find the culprit. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, and starring Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage, this darkly comic drama which recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and will surely generate plenty of Oscar buzz, particularly for McDormand.
In theaters Nov. 10 | 93 Minutes | Comedy
Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this comedic drama follows the tense relationship between a mother and daughter. Set in a small town in Northern California, this surprisingly touching and universal film features an amazing performance by Laurie Metcalfe (yes, Aunt Jackie from “Roseanne”) and Saoirse Ronan. Lady Bird is sure to be a hit among indie film goers. Because who doesn’t love a coming-of-age film about a rebellious teenager who squares off with her over-protective mother?
Call Me By Your Name
In theaters Nov. 24 | R | 132 Minutes | Drama, Romance
A young man named Elio (Timothée Chalamet), living in Italy during the 1980s, meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), an academic who has come to stay at his parents’ villa, and a passionate relationship develops between them as they bond over their sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the landscape. Together, they share an unforgettable summer of music, food and romance that will forever change them. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, written by James Ivory, this love story premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and has been causing a buzz at major festivals around the world.