Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in November

14 must-see movies to be thankful for this month.

Off the Rails

Release Date: November 4
Director: Adam Irving
Cast: Documentary

Over the course of thirty-plus years, Darius McCollum was arrested thirty-plus times for impersonating mass transit workers in New York City, taking over trains and busses from the MTA, NJT, LIRR, and Metro North. The press gave him memorable nicknames (“The public transit bandit,” “Train in the neck”), but he wasn’t just a colorful New York eccentric. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, he found in these systems’ schedules and rituals a comfort, and an obsession; he often knew more about the vehicles and routes than the people he was impersonating. Irving’s sensitive portrait takes a deep dive into his troubled childhood, and the escape and acceptance this world offered, doing McCollum the favor of taking him seriously and treating him fairly, while acknowledging the complications of his actions. Some of the stylistic touches don’t quite land (the reenactments are particularly dodgy), but there’s a real and relatable story here, about the difficulty of changing who and what you fundamentally are.