What to watch November 10, 2023: Movie awards contenders

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One of Hollywood’s most venerated auteurs has a new movie out this weekend. Will awards season pay attention? That’s the question facing most of these films, which tackle tough topics like Alzheimer’s, the stock market, and gay twincest.  

The contender to watch this week: “The Killer” 

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David Fincher‘s latest has divided critics, with The New York TimesManohla Dargis calling it “boring” and NPR’s Justin Chang declaring it “perfectly paced.” But if you think about it, a lot of Fincher’s work has proved at least mildly polarizing. He often overcomes those divides by the time Oscar nominations are announced, yet “The Killer” might be too cold and grim even for a Fincher flick. Michael Fassbender, at his most effortlessly slick, plays a nameless hitman suffering the consequences of a rare botched job. Fassbender’s fine-tuned performance is complemented by deft editing and another banger score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Catch the movie on Netflix. 

Other contenders:

  • Dicks: The Musical“: Is a Parent Trap riff involving gay incest actually an Oscar contender? Kind of! Aaron Jackson, Josh Sharp, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Megan Thee Stallion, and Bowen Yang perform the hell out of the numbers in this winkingly ridiculous comedy, and while it’s hard to imagine “Dicks” unseating Best Original Song front-runners like “Barbie” and “American Symphony,” A24 could maybe muscle up some favor among younger Academy voters. See for yourself on VOD. 

  • “The Eternal Memory”: Maite Alberdi‘s last documentary, “The Mole Agent,” landed an Oscar nod, and she could repeat with this heartrending portrait of a Chilean couple grappling with Alzheimer’s. It’s newly streaming on Paramount+. 

  • Dumb Money“: Despite a grabby premise and an impressive cast that includes Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, America Ferrera, and Pete Davidson, “Dumb Money” didn’t collect much cash at the box office in September. That’s too bad. Craig Gillespie‘s propulsive retelling of the GameStop stock chaos from 2021 deserves to be seen. And now you can see it on VOD. 

  • “Birth/Rebirth”: The perpetually underrated Judy Reyes plays a maternity nurse whose dead daughter is reanimated by a heterodox doctor (Marin Ireland) in this chilling thriller, which premiered at Sundance and is now streaming on Shudder.

  • “Scrapper”: Harris Dickinson, soon to be seen in Sean Durkin’s “The Iron Claw,” gets his “Aftersun” moment in Charlotte Regan‘s tender father-daughter dramedy, available on VOD.

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