The Man in the High Castle is the most exciting Amazon original series of 2015, let alone November, but it’s not the only thing arriving in the next 30 days. Whether it’s superheroes, iron giants or terrifying tales of global pandemics, Amazon Prime has got you covered.
We round up the top new films and TV shows soon available to stream:
Note: Release dates are subject to change.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 – 1st November
Marvel’s small screen spin-off from its cinematic universe sees Agent Coulson lead a team of agents investigating weird and alien occurrences. Tuned out when it was first on TV? It takes a while to find its groove, but after The Winter Soldier has hit, the beats get stronger.
Note: Season 1 was also set to arrive on Amazon Prime from 1st November. We are awaiting confirmation on whether it will be added at a later date .
Ray Donovan Season 2 – 1st November
Live Schreiber finally gets to take centre stage in Showtime’s gripping series about a fixer in Los Angeles who finds himself facing FBI agents as well as famous people’s secrets – and his father (Jon Voight), who’s fresh out of prison. The Eddie Marsan is a bonus.
John Carter – 2nd November
Andrew Stanton’s hugely underrated Disney sci-fi sees Civil War veteran John (Taylor Kitsch) awake on the surface of Mars – only to be caught up in a civil war. The names may be silly, but this manages that rare cinematic feat of capturing the thrill of adventure.
Penelope – 2nd November
Christina Ricci stars in this romantic comedy about a girl cursed with a pig’s nose until she finds true love. Can James McAvoy save the day?
Police Academy – 5th November
Steve Guttenberg. Kim Catrall. Bubba Smith. Bobcat Goldthwait. Whoever your favourite is, there’s little denying the appeal of this bumbling gang of incompetent rookie cops. Just don’t mention the sequels.
The Iron Giant – 5th November
This 1999 Warner Bros. animation follows a young boy, Hogarth, who discovers an iron giant that has fallen from space. Scored by the legendary Michael Kamen and directed by The Incredibles’ Brad Bird, this is a loving adaptation of Ted Hughes’ book. The fact that Vin Diesel voices the gigantic robot is a bonus.
Journey 2 – The Mysterious Island – 9th November
Does the world need a sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth? No, but this family adventure, starring Dwayne Johnson, large CGI insects and none other than Harry Palmer himself, is undemanding entertainment. Sometimes, The Rock and Michael Caine riding a giant bumble bee is just what the doctor ordered.
The Dark Knight Rises – 9th November
Christopher Nolan’s third Batman flick not be as strong as the previous two but from Anne Hathaway’s slinky cat burglar to Tom Hardy’s physically intimidating Bane, it’s an epic conclusion to the trilogy.
300 – 12th November
The first of two Zack Snyder films to hit Amazon Prime this month, 300’s Gerard Butler-wielding, loin cloth-wearing, slow-mo-loving testosterone fest makes for one stylish, if shallow, watch. (The second is Sucker Punch, released on 4th November.)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – 12th November
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…” Gene Wilder is incomparable as the world’s most famous chocolatier in this take on Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
The Fall Season 2 – 13th November
BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in 10 years, The Fall stars Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey). The psychological thriller examines the lives of two hunters, one a serial killer that stalks his victims at random and the other a high-powered detective brought in to catch him.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – 17th November
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson in Guy Ritchie’s sequel, but the show is stolen by Mad Men’s Jared Harris as the menacing Moriarty – the perfect antidote for anyone who didn’t like Andrew Scott’s villain in the BBC series.
Into the Badlands – 17th November
AMC’s genre-bending martial arts series, loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey to the West, is set in “a devastated future world controlled by powerful feudal baron”, where ruthless warrior Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy, M.K. (Aramis Knight) venture across the titular dangerous land. Episodes arrive every week, shortly after their US debu.
Carnage – 18th November
Roman Polanski’s comedy sees two pair of parents meet up to discuss what to do after their sons are involved in a fight – only to become increasingly childish themselves. Dark, caustic, hilarious.
The Man in the High Castle – 20th November
Amazon’s new original series, which is based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, poses a disturbing question: what would have happened if the Allied Powers lost WWII? Set 20 years on, the show follows life in the USA, which is ruled by Japan (the Pacific half) and Germany (the Atlantic). Ambitious, stunning and absolutely gripping, this is set to be one of the best TV shows of the year. (Our review of the first two episodes.)
Gravity – 21st November
Alfonso Cuaron’s survival thriller/sci-fi, which appears to unfold all in a single take, is nail-bitingly tense – and heart-poundingly emotional.
The Homesman – 21st November
Tommy Lee Jones directs this Western starring Hilary Swank as a farm women who, after saving the life of Jones’ claim-jumper, gets him to help three insane women have safe passage to Iowa.
Midnight In Paris – 24th November
Woody Allen fans longing for that proverbial return to form are more than rewarded with this delightfully funny ode to nostalgia, less a return to the good old days than a film about returning to the good old days. If time travel, Owen Wilson and a stunning Parisian backdrop don’t have you wooed, a madcap Luis Buñuel will. Silly, sentimental, charming.
Mystic River – 26th November
Clint Eastwood directs this fantastic drama, which reunites three old men whose lives were overshadows by a childhood tragedy. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon star.
Contagion – 29th November
Steven Soberbergh’s film about a plague spreading across the planet is not only scarily believable but grippingly tense, with a cast of dead A-Listers walking, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Matt Damon and Jude Law. Another reminder of why Soderbergh will be missed from the big screen.
Don Jon – 29th November
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a guy addicted to porn in this drama about sex, romance and projecting ideals onto others. Scarlett Johansson co-stars as someone who could be the woman of his dreams.
While We’re Young – 29th November
Noah Baumbach’s entertainingly awkward tale of ageing and maturity sees Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a couple whose marriage has descended into stale routine – until they meet Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), a hipster couple with energy to spare. The result is an astute study of the gulf that can open up between generations.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime in November 2015
Wrath Of The Titans
The Hangover Part II
The Devil’s Advocate
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