Alright folks, October is ready to take its leave (or leaf? Eh? Because it’s fall!) and November is gearing up to take us in for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. With a new month dawning that means we are closer to ending 2016 but before we start thinking about what new hell or excitement 2017 will hold for us, it’s time to take a look at what new movies are coming to Netflix. If you’re a fan of war movies from the 40s or are a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, this is your month and, additionally, Gilmore Girl fans are no doubt going out of their minds for the new miniseries that will be available on the 25th but, until that day comes, break out whatever candy you have left over from Halloween—whether it be the remnants that weren’t giving out to the Trick or Treat-ers or if you are just straight-up stealing from your kids—and let’s see what streaming greatness awaits us!
Let’s get started!
Cujo (November 1st) – You would think Netflix would have offered this Stephen King adapted story about a St. Bernard contracting rabies and becoming a foaming-at-the-mouth monster last month because of Halloween but instead it’s here in November…where you can watch it with the family as your Thanksgiving dinner digests! I’m not really the biggest fan of the film but it has a cult following. I’d say Check It Out.
The Doors (November 1st) – This biopic about the classic rock band The Doors (oh, that’s how they got the title) might go down as the premiere rock star biopic—especially since the one about Queen starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury will never be made. However, that isn’t to say it is perfect as it is held back by the insanity that is all too common from its director, Oliver Stone. Still, Val Kilmer’s performance as Jim Morrison is something to see. I’d say Check It Out.
The Heartbreak Kid (November 1st) – I’m a pretty unapologetic fan of Ben Stiller and enjoy a great many of his films but this tale about a man who learns that the woman he thought was his perfect match is a completely different person while on their honeymoon was painfully unfunny and a chore to sit through. I’d say Skip It!
Ravenous (November 1st) – Another film that would have probably been better off released during the Halloween days, this film tells the tale of a military regiment in the mid-1800s that undertakes a rescue mission to find some lost people but encounter some horrifying cannibals. I’ve seen this film a few times in my life and really enjoy the cast and even the few moments of sadistic humor it offers. It’s not the most memorable thing out there but I’d say give it a chance and Check It Out.
Just Friends (November 4th) – We’ve all been there (or some of the younger readers will eventually be there) where we find ourselves having all sorts of feels for one of our platonic friends. This film explores that idea and does so with the national treasure that is Ryan Reynolds. This comedy isn’t the most quotable or memorable but Reynolds delivers in it and there’s definitely some moments that are hysterical. I’d say Check It Out.
Burn After Reading (November 16th) – The Coen Brothers in 2008 brought this dark comedy about some gym employees accidentally getting their hands on the memoirs of a CIA agent and then attempting to sell the said memoirs and the end result was a pretty great film—which isn’t unusual for the Coens. The cast is great and the film is just entertaining and fun. I’d say this is a Must See!
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (November 16th) – By 2011 and this third sequel, the Jackass crew was getting a little repetitive and their shtick was getting stale. So, they did what anyone else would do and went 3D. 3.5 is a sequel that offers up some behind the scenes action and unused footage from their third film (they did the same thing with the 2nd movie). It’s pretty neat and kinda interesting but something that only really appeals to the fans. If you are one, I’d say Check It Out, but everyone else can Skip It.
Paddington (November 16th) – While I watched the old cartoons of Paddington the Bear as a kid, I went into this film thinking it was going to be kinda dumb; however, I was shocked to find an amusing and overwhelmingly charming film. With a lot of very funny moments, a great cast and some killer special effects on Paddington, I’d say this one is a Must See!
The Jungle Book (November 30th) – If you read my review of this one on my blog you would know that I absolutely loved this live-action adaptation of the Disney cartoon directed by Jon Favreau. The story is better than the animated original, Neel Sethi is fantastic as Mowgli, the voice actors are awesome and the animation is so unbelievable that words can barely do them justice. I highly recommend this one and loudly proclaim this one to be a Must See!
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in November
The African Queen (1951)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
King’s Faith (2013)
Love, Now (2012)
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
Pervert Park (2014)
Stephen King’s Thinner (1996)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (1990)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)
Food Choices (2016)
Meet the Blacks (2016)
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
The Ivory Game (2016)
True Memoirs of An International Assassin (2016)
Under the Sun (2015)
Take Me to the River (2015)
Chalk It Up (2016)
Carter High (2015)
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin
Men Go to Battle (2015)
The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2016)
The Battle of Midway (1942)
Colin Quinn: The New York Story
Prelude to War (1942)
San Pietro (1945)
Sour Grapes (2016)
Tunisian Victory (1944)
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Line (1943)
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
WWII: Report from the Aleutians (1943)
Michael Che Matters
Silver Skies (2016)
Ghost Team (2016)
I Dream Too Much (2016)
Level Up (2016)
And there ya have it! That’s all that you have to look forward to before, during and after the awkward family togetherness you are forced to endure when the annual holiday of eating too much commences. Now my friends, go forth and stream!
Rev. Ron is a street-level poet whose art is anything but poetry. He mainly spits out his thoughts, views and opinions on the movies he watches on his blog; RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) where he really likes to post his unique, hilariously unfunny jokes.