Here are my picks for the best movies coming to Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, Criterion Channel, and HBOMax in November. Though one of the more weaker months, Hulu and HBOMax offer up the strongest lineups this month.
Full list of everything coming to Netflix in November can be found here.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
- Stanley Kubrick’s classic about experiments performed on an imprisoned sadistic gang leader.
BOYZ N THE HOOD (John Singleton, 1991)
- John Singleton became the youngest Best Director nominee ever for his gripping portrait of life in the projects.
EASY A (Will Gluck, 2010)
- Emma Stone became a star in this modern day high school classic.
FRUITVALE STATION (Ryan Coogler, 2013)
- Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut is a powerful true story of the wrongful police shooting of Oscar Grant (an outstanding Michael B. Jordan).
HILBILLY ELEGY (Ron Howard, 2020)
- Starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close and based on a book of the same name, this is one of 2020’s big awards hopefuls.
OCEAN’S 11 (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
- Arguably one of the coolest movies ever made.
V FOR VENDETTA (James McTeigue, 2005)
- An awesome adaptation of the graphic novel written by the Wachowski’s.
Full list of everything coming to Prime Video in November can be found here.
AS GOOD AS IT GETS (James L. Brooks, 1997)
- James L. Brooks’ romantic dramedy netted stars Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt Oscars.
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee, 2000)
- A gorgeous triumph, this is one of Ang Lee’s finest films.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (Peter Weir, 1989)
- Led by a powerhouse performance by Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society is a pwe
THE EXPENDABLES TRILOGY (Sylvester Stallone, 2010/Simon West, 2012/Patrick Hughes, 2014)
- Three movies of dumb action with great casts.
THE INSIDER (Michael Mann, 1999)
- Michael Mann earned a Best Director Oscar for his thrilling look at a tobacco insider.
UNCLE FRANK (Alan Ball, 2020)
- Paul Bettany gives a heartbreaking performance as a gay man who must attend his unforgiving father’s funeral in 1960’s South Carolina.
WALL STREET (Oliver Stone, 1986)
- Michael Douglas won a Best Actor Oscar as the iconic Gordon Gecko in Oliver Stone’s in-depth look at working the stock market.
Full list of everything coming to Hulu in November can be found here.
BEERFEST (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2006)
- My favorite Broken Lizard film and a classic drinking movie.
BIG DADDY (Dennis Dugan, 1999)
- One of Adam Sandler’s finest.
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez, 1999)
- A landmark indie horror movie that is still scary as hell over twenty years later.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY/THE BOURNE SUPREMACY/THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (Doug Liman, 2004/ Paul Greengrass, 2004/2007)
- A thrilling, exciting, and badass spy trilogy led by an iconic Matt Damon.
BROADCAST NEWS (James L. Brooks, 1987)
- James L. Brooks’ classic about a love triangle in a newsroom.
CRIMSON TIDE (Tony Scott, 1995)
- One of my favorite Tony Scott films is a tense, claustrophobic thriller featuring dynamite work from Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
I HEART HUCKABEES (David O. Russell, 2004)
- An all-star cast leads David O. Russell’s bizarre and funny look at existential issues that plague us all.
KNOCKED UP (Judd Apatow, 2007)
- Judd Apatow’s career best work is one of the great romantic comedies of the 2000’s.
THE NICE GUYS (Shane Black, 2016)
- Led by two incredible performances by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe,
THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan, 2006)
- A magical movie that ranks as one of Christopher Nolan’s best.
VARIOUS JAMES BOND MOVIES (Various Directors, Various Years)
- The addition of these Bond films gives Hulu nearly the entire series. Highlights include From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, and the most underrated Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I’d also recommend watching these in remembrance of the great Sean Connery, who is, in my opinion, the best Bond.
Full list of everything coming to Disney+ in November can be found here.
THE MANDALORIAN (Various Directors, 2020)
- Episodes two, three, four, and five of Disney’s Emmy award-winning Star Wars show is the only exciting thing coming to the streaming service this month.
Full list of everything coming to Criterion Channel in November can be found here.
*The Criterion Channel does things a little differently than every other streaming service. The Criterion Channel, a wonderful streaming service that focuses on independent, foreign, and under-appreciates movies, doesn’t just throw a bunch of random movies to stream. They get more creative by having categories like “DOUBLE FEATURES” or “FILMS FROM…”, giving us curated lists of films that somehow blend together or feature a specific artist.*
THE ELEPHANT MAN (David Lynch, 1980)
- A David Lynch’s masterpiece that features tons of emotion, filmmaking mastery, and incredible performances.
KING OF THE HILL (Steven Soderbergh, 1993)
- One of Steven Soderbergh’s most under-seen movies is one I am excited to visit.
DOUBLE FEATURE: THE WICKED AND THE WEIRD
MAD LOVE (Karl Freund, 1935)
THE DEVIL-DOLL (Tod Browning, 1936)
- Two classic films from the 30’s featuring deranged scientists, bizarre experiments, and macabre menace.
DOUBLE FEATURE: KILLER KIDDIES
THE BAD SEED (Mervyn LeRoy, 1956)
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (Wolf Rilla, 1960)
- Two films about killer children that’s bound to send chills up your spine.
DIRECTED BY CLARIE DENIS
One of the most interested directors working today, I’m excited to dive into Denis’ work.
- Chocolat, 1988
- No Fear, No Die, 1990
- Nenette and Boni, 1996
- Beau travail, 1999
- Towards Mathilde, 2005
- 35 Shots of Rum, 2008
- White Material, 2009
FRAME OF MIND: PSYCHIATRY ON SCREEN
A block of movies focusing on the power of therapy.
- Blind Alley, Charles Vidor, 1939
- Possessed, Curtis Bernhardt, 1947
- The Dark Past, Rudolph Maté, 1948
- The Cobweb, Vincente Minnelli, 1955
- Autumn Leaves, Robert Aldrich, 1956
- The Mark, Guy Green, 1961
- David and Lisa, Frank Perry, 1962
- Pressure Point, Hubert Cornfield, 1962
- The President’s Analyst, Theodore J. Flicker, 1967
- Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972
- Old Boyfriends, Joan Tewkesbury, 1979
- Bad Timing, Nicolas Roeg, 1980
- Dressed to Kill, Brian De Palma, 1980
- The Ninth Configuration, William Peter Blatty, 1980
- Ordinary People, Robert Redford, 1980
- House of Games, David Mamet, 1987
- The Prince of Tides, Barbra Streisand, 1991
30 YEARS OF THE FILM FOUNDATION
Founded by Martin Scorsese in the 1990’s, The Film Foundation was founded to highlight the art of film and show that film mattered. Now, thirty years later, it is a pillar of film culture, helping to make possible over 850 restorations so far and raising much-needed awareness of the necessity of film preservation as central to the safeguarding of our cultural heritage. In honor of thirty years of, Criterion looks back at some of the classics that The Film Foundation has helped with.
- The Broken Butterfly, Maurice Tourneur, 1919
- Trouble in Paradise, Ernst Lubitsch, 1932
- It Happened One Night, Frank Capra, 1934
- L’Atalante, Jean Vigo, 1934
- The Long Voyage Home, John Ford, 1940
- The Chase, Arthur Ripley, 1946
- The Red Shoes, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948
- The River, Jean Renoir, 1951
- Moulin Rouge, John Huston, 1952
- The Bigamist, Ida Lupino, 1953
- Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953
- Senso, Luchino Visconti, 1954
- The Big Country, William Wyler, 1958
- Shadows, John Cassavetes, 1959
- The Cloud-Capped Star, Ritwik Ghatak, 1960
- Primary, Robert Drew, 1960
- The Connection, Shirley Clarke, 1961
- Salvatore Giuliano, Francesco Rosi, 1962
- The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964
- Once Upon a Time in the West, Sergio Leone, 1968
- The Night of Counting the Years, Shadi Abdel Salam, 1969
- Soleil Ô, Med Hondo, 1970
- The Mattei Affair, Francesco Rosi, 1972
- Insiang, Lino Brocka, 1976
- Xiao Wu, Jia Zhangke, 1997
- The Fatal Glass of Beer, Clyde Bruckman, 1933
- Uncle Yanco, Agnès Varda, 1967
- Black Panthers, Agnès Varda, 1968
- The Eloquent Peasant, Shadi Abdel Salam, 1970
- Audience, Barbara Hammer, 1983
Full list of everything coming to HBOMax in November can be found here.
A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2011)
- A Christmas and stoner classic, but also an incredible use of 3D.
A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (John Cassavetes, 1974)
- Gena Rowlands gives one of the best performances I have ever seen in a movie in John Cassavetes’ look at a woman’s mental illness.
AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (Jay Roach, 2002)
- A hilarious and perfect finale to an iconic comedy trilogy.
BILLY MADISON (Tamra Davis, 1995)
- Adam Sandler’s breakout film is always hilarious.
HAPPY GILMORE (Dennis Dugan, 1996)
- My favorite Adam Sandler movie is also a pretty great sports movies.
HIGH FIDELITY (Stephen Frears, 2000)
- A personal favorite of mine feature John Cusack playing a troubled man analyzing his past relationships.
THE HOBBIT TRILOGY (Peter Jackson, 2012,2013,2014)
- I must admit, this trilogy is a blindspot for me, but it is one I am intrigued to watch.
THE LEGO MOVIE (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, 2014)
- One of the best animated movies of the last decade.
MYSTIC RIVER (Clint Eastwood, 2003)
- Clint Eastwood’s gripping and emotional crime drama is one of the legendary director’s best.
PLEASANTVILLE (Gary Ross, 1998)
- One of the most underrated and dazzling movies of 1990’s.