November’s slate of additions to Netflix’s movie library sees the streaming giant collaborate with some of the biggest filmmakers on the planet. This month’s offering of Netflix’s best new movies, David Fincher’s The Assassin sees the king of the modern crime thriller continue his decade-long collaboration with the streamer with a tense drama starring Michael Fassbender as a killer who can copes with interruptions to his routine. While Fincher has been a regular on Netflix in recent years with projects like “Mank” and “Love, Death, and Robots,” “The Killer” feels like a return to the kind of movies that made him beloved in the first place.
“Free Solo” and “The Rescue” directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, two of the biggest names in documentary filmmaking, are also bringing a new project to Netflix this month. Nyad marks their first foray into scripted filmmaking, but the Annette Bening-led sports drama about long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad fits firmly into their wheelhouse of inspirational adventure stories.
Netflix has also partnered with Edgar Wright for “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” the long-awaited anime sequel to “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’. To celebrate the occasion, Wright’s original 2010 film returned to Netflix. It joins a range of additions to the streaming library that contains everything from comedy classics and cult horror films to recent Oscar favourites. Read on for our seven favorite movies coming to Netflix in November 2023.
Drag Me to Hell (Currently Airing)
Sam Raimi’s filmography has been hit-or-miss since his unceremonious departure from the Spider-Man franchise in 2007. He brought a steady, professional hand to studio blockbusters like Oz the Great and Powerful and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse. of Madness,” but these films lacked both the raucous humor of his early horror works and the popcorn perfection of his Spider-Man movies. But between blockbusters, he returned to his campy horror roots and made what might be the best film of his career. Drag Me to Hell stars Alison Loman as an ordinary bank clerk who finds herself brutally cursed after being forced to deny an elderly woman a loan. Unreservedly gory and impeccably structured, the film is clearly the work of an artist who learned to curb his brutal instincts in order to make mainstream films – and then decided he didn’t want to anymore.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ (Airing now)
One of Netflix’s most anticipated November TV events is the premiere of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, the Edgar Wright-produced anime series that continues the events of his 2010 film with the entire cast reprising their roles. While you’re waiting for that, it’s the perfect time to revisit the film, in which Wright adapts Brian Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels about a young man battling his girlfriend’s evil ex-boyfriends with a cinematic aesthetic that draws heavily from comic books and video games. The film marked the beginning of Wright’s transition from making British cult comedies to making full-on Hollywood blockbusters – without sacrificing his distinct sense of action comedy.
‘Whiplash’ (Stream Now)
Whether he’s making movies about aspiring jazz musicians, weak Hollywood executives or astronauts shooting for the moon, Damien Chazelle’s career has always been defined by his fascination with the steep personal costs that come with the pursuit of greatness. His mainstream debut, Whiplash, is his least subtle exploration of this subject and remains the most jarring entry in his filmography. Miles Teller stars as a rising jazz drummer at an elite conservatory who becomes the preferred target of an abusive teacher (JK Simmons, in an Oscar-winning performance) whose brutal perfectionism pushes him to the breaking point. While the learned thriller couldn’t look more different from the lush old Hollywood cinematography of La La Land and Babylon, Chazelle’s unique ability to fuse his cinematography with music was already fully revealed.
The Big Lebowski (Airing Now)
The most watched comedy of all time is returning to Netflix this month…which means you should probably watch it again. Joel and Ethan Coen’s snapshot of the latter days of 20th-century America—told through the lenses of bowling alleys, pseudo-Eastern spirituality, and film noir-style mystery—is the rare classic that has managed to be quoted nonstop for nearly 30 years without affecting the audience. It’s the kind of movie that cinephiles are bound to revisit on streaming, no matter how many times they’ve seen it.
The Social Network (Stream Now)
November is shaping up to be a huge month for David Fincher fans with Netflix subscriptions. While the streaming debut of his new crime drama The Killer is undoubtedly the main event, Fincher’s Oscar-winning look at the creation of Facebook is also returning to the Netflix library. The Social Network was met with rave reviews upon its initial release, with critics praising Jesse Eisenberg’s icy portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg and Aaron Sorkin’s exploration of the alienation that came with its massive success. But over the next decade, the film became a crucial look into the mind of someone who inadvertently created one of the most consequential political tools in human history.
“Nyad” (Stream Now)
“Nyad” sees acclaimed documentary filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelli and Jimmy Chin make their narrative debut – but as usual, they’re still focused on telling a true story of athleticism and perseverance. Annette Bening plays Diana Nyad, the famous long-distance swimmer whose quest to swim from Cuba to Florida becomes a lifelong obsession. Jodie Foster stars as her former friend turned swimming coach who motivates her to keep training well into her 60s. The film has all the makings of the next big feel-good sports drama.
The Killer (Airs November 10)
While many acclaimed auteurs have found time to work for Netflix over the past decade, David Fincher’s relationship with the streaming giant may be the most consistently fruitful. Fincher helped legitimize Netflix’s focus on producing original series when he helmed the first episodes of “House of Cards” and has since returned to the service to direct “Mank” and oversee shows like “Mindhunter” and “Love, Death , and Robots’. ” His latest Netflix film, The Killer , appears to be a return to the kinds of glossy crime thrillers he was pushing for in the late 90s and early 2000s. Michael Fassbender stars as a hitman who has distilled his madness into a comfortable routine, only to find his life derailed when a job goes slightly wrong. The film, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, is one of Netflix’s biggest hopes to enter the Oscar race this year.