This month the pendulum swings from suspense, thrills, and horror to drama, romance, introspection, and nostalgia – and back again. Whether you prefer the intensity of a psychological thriller or the emotional depth of a great holiday flick, November is packed full of great TV and movies.
Jack Ryan – Amazon Prime, November 1
The Tom Clancy–inspired hit series is back, and Jack (John Krasinski) is tasked with the challenging and dangerous investigation of an illegal arms deal deep in the jungles of Venezuela in season 2.
Queer Eye: We’re In Japan – Netflix, November 1
We love a Fab Five special, hunnies!! In their first four-part special, the Fab Five head to Asia to share their message of self-love and acceptance along with a few special makeovers.
Kidding – Showtime, November 3
Jim Carrey plays a children’s television star in this seriously underrated, hilariously quirky series. This season sees more celebrity guests, including Ariana Grande as a pickle fairy.
Shameless – Showtime, November 3
Shockingly, Shameless is entering its 10th season! The series might have lost star Emmy Rossum, but the incredible William H. Macy successfully continues this intense dramedy about a complicated family in Chicago’s South Side.
Doctor Sleep – Cineplex, November 8
Years after the events of The Shining, Dan Torrance remains psychologically traumatized. As an adult, Dan falls into the same traps of violence and alcoholism as his father in order to suppress his psychic abilities. After deciding to give up drinking and start a new life, he meets a girl with powers surprisingly similar to his own. When she and Dan uncover the intentions of a cult known as the True Knot, it’s up to them to keep themselves, and others like them, safe.
Last Christmas – Cineplex, November 8
The “Christmas factor” is dialled up to 11 for this special movie inspired by the George Michael song of the same name. Emma Thompson, her husband Greg Wise, and the late George Michael conceived this soon-to-be holiday classic starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, and Michelle Yeoh.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – National Geographic/Disney+, November 12
The launch of Disney + is studded with new shows, but this one is our essential pick. In his docuseries, the magnetic Jeff Goldblum discusses fascinating science and facets of life on planet earth. It’s his series; he’ll be in it a lot. We’ve been forewarned and we can’t wait. You know what? Just watch the trailer.
The Good Liar – Cineplex, November 15
A chilling thriller with an impeccable cast, including Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Jim Carter, and Russell Tovey, The Good Liar is based on the novel by Nicholas Searle about one of our greatest fears – a loved one being taken by a con artist they met online. But what looks like a simple scheme goes very, very awry as feelings shift, lies are uncovered, and truths are threatened to be exposed.
The Crown – Netflix, November 17
An all-new cast arrives for season 3 of this critically-acclaimed series about the British monarchy. In the years between 1964 and 1977, members of the monarchy are introduced to individuals whose significance has yet to be unraveled by history. The incredible Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emerald Fennell join the ensemble cast.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood – Cineplex, November 22
Released at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, this much-anticipated movie is based on the 1998 Esquire cover story written by Tom Junod. It looks at how interviewing Fred Rogers ultimately turned into a life-changing, life-saving inquiry for the reporter.