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The Best Films in London this November

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The clocks have gone back. The nights are rapidly drawing in. People keep trying to bring up Hygge in conversation even when you wish they wouldn’t. It’s official; winter is pretty much upon us. Luckily, we’ve tracked down some of the best independent cinema, film festivals and quirky movie events to keep you cosy and cultured this month.

If you’re still clinging on to the remnants of Halloween then fear not as the BFI can satisfy your cravings for the creepy with their THRILLER: Who Can You Trust? season which runs until the end of the year. From David Fincher Double Bill of Fight Club and The Game on 28 October to classic examples of femmes fetales from The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on 14 and 19 November to Basic Instinct on 7 and 10 November, there is conspiracy and paranoia galore. The pinnacle of the season is The Big Thrill on November 11. Packed full of events, talks and a super secret screening, The Big Thrill will explore why the thriller is the genre of our times.
If the idea of being on the edge of your eat isn’t for you and the colder November climes are bringing out your romantic snuggly side then The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show have date night covered with a screening of Casablanca to be shown at The View from The Shard on 22 November.  Not only will you get to enjoy a masterpiece in classic cinema romance but with a complimentary Grey Goose cocktail in hand, you can gaze out across the illuminated city at night. Here’s lookin’ at you, London.
As usual the wonderful film wizards at The Prince Charles Cinema have a fantastic array of cinematic joy to spread with their programming this month. Kubrick fans can sit back throughout the month with 70mm screenings of sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey whilst anyone looking for a more lighthearted touch of the fantastical can enjoy the various screenings of everyone’s favourite Mogwai Gizmo in cult horror comedy Gremlins. If audience participation is your thing, warm up your vocal chords and don your wimples or suspenders (ideally not both at the same time) for Sing-a-long-a nights for The Sound of Music and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Alternatively, if you’re a quote machine and singing just isn’t your forte then the always-popular Mean Girls Bitch-Along on 17 November is a perfect evening to try to make fetch happen and enter your secrets in the cinema’s Burn Book. You go Glen Coco.
For all London Anime lovers, head over to Hackney where The Moth Club kick off their month with an Anime-lover’s double-bill dream with their screening of classics Akira and Ghost in the Shell on 18 November.
If you like your cinematic experiences to come with a touch (read: massive magical dollop) of the theatrical, then Backyard Cinema have pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat. Venture into an unknown land (also know as Borough) through an ice cave and you’ll come across the Snow Kingdom where you can curl up with blankets and bean bags to enjoy a whole host of winter warmers such as Matilda, The Princess Bride and E.T. Alternatively, from 23 November, Clapham Common plays host to Winterville where the Backyard Cinema team invite you to journey through the wardrobe to their Winter Night Garden. Cosily camped down in an enchanted forest, the festive cheer is out in full force thanks to Disney delights including Tangled and Lady & The Tramp as well as everyone’s favourite alternative Christmas choice - Die Hard.

To continue with the theme of the theatrical, the Sister Act Live Choir are gracing St Marylebone Parish Church on 11 and 25 November for a screening of the feel-good film complete with, wait for it, a full live gospel choir and band to sing along to all the hit tunes featured throughout the movie for a brilliant evening of high-energy entertainment.

Last on our film agenda for the month is the roaring hearth of filmic delights at Regent Street Cinema. They’re bringing the adventure of exploring the world and its cultures to the screen this month thanks to some excellent film festivals. The London Korean Film Festival on 2 – 8 November kicks off the cinematic appreciation followed by Made in Prague Festival on 10 – 18 November. To celebrate Russian Film Week, enjoy a programme that selects the best of Russian themed contemporary cinema from 20 – 24 November and round up a fantastic month with the UK Jewish Film Festival from 25 – 26 November.