Top new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in November 2015
James R | On 28, Oct 2015
Christmas comes early for Netflix UK subscribers this November, as the streaming service gets into the seasonal spirit by adding not just the first Home Alone, but the second one to boot.
If it’s too early for you to start thinking about Christmas, though, there’s more than enough to unwrap next month to keep you distracted, from classic crime thrillers to Oscar-nominated modern drama to a slew of documentaries, a new, exclusive anime, and the return of Ron Burgundy.
And that’s before we even mention Aziz Ansari’s original comedy series and – of course – the new team-up between Marvel and Netflix, Jessica Jones.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in November 2015.
Note: Release dates are subject to change.
Home Alone – 3rd November
“I made my family disappear.” Macauley Culkin charmed his way into everyone’s hearts in 1990, with a raise of his eyebrows and two hands on either side of his face. Learning what it’s like to be left behind by his parents, Kevin McCallister’s battle to defend his house from Joe Pesci unites the whole family in the universal joy of schadenfreude. Because what says Christmas more than laughing at other people’s physical pain?
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – 3rd November
“What kind of idiots do you have working here?” “The finest in New York.” Kevin winds up alone once again, this time in New York. What more do you need to know? Tim Curry as a sycophantic hotel clerk is a bonus.
Stewart Lee: 41st Best Stand Up Ever – 1st November
Everyone’s favourite anti-comedian has already annoyed or amused Netflix’s UK subscribers with his Comedy Vehicle. Now, a month later than planned, Stewart Lee’s stand-up show 41st Best Stand Up Ever arrives (with Carpet Remnant World and If You Prefer a Milder Comedian both set to be added at some point in the coming months).
Utopia: Season 2 – 1st November
No, not that one. As Netflix expands around the world, it continues to diversify its line-up to appeal to each market. This month, after launching Down Under, it adds the second season of Australian comedy Utopia (renamed “Dreamland” in the UK to avoid confusion with the Channel 4 show), which follows the goings-on at the Nation Building Authority, a fictitious government agency responsible for major infrastructure works in Oz.
(Two seasons of Laid, another Australian show, also arrive on the same day.)
Velvet: Season 1 & 2 – 1st November
Netflix expands its international TV library with this Spanish series, which follows the heir of a prestigious fashion store (Galerías Velvet) and his relationship with a seamstress who works there. ¡Escandaloso!
The Thread – 1st November
Netflix has established itself as an indispensible hub of documentaries from around the world. This 2015 film follows the Internet frenzy that ensued after the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1 – 1st November
After its success with Knights of Sidonia, Netflix has acquired another anime to release as an original exclusive. The Seven Deadly Sins sees a deposed princess begin a quest to find a disbanded group of evil knights to help take back her realm after tyrants have taken it over.
Enemy at the Gates – 1st November
This underrated thriller sees a Russian sniper and German sniper playing cat and mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad – and boasts an impressive cast, including Jude Law and Ed Harris as the two snipers, and Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman.
Chaos on the Bridge – TBC
Star Trek. A TV show that held up the ideals of the human race. Peace. Equality. A lack of greed. You’d expect the making of such a noble sci-fi to be equally trouble-free. You’d be wrong. Chaos on the Bridge reveals the drama, scandal and conflicts that were rife on the set of The Next Generation, as the controversial reboot of the show post-Captain Kirk almost didn’t happen. William Shatner presents, providing an excellent array of shocked facial expressions during each interview, but Patrick Stewart’s anecdotes steal the show.
For die-hard fans, this arrives on Netflix UK alongside Shatner’s other Star Trek documentary, The Captains, for a perfect Trek double-bill.
Still Game: Seasons 1 to 3 – 1st November
It’s been over 10 years since this Scottish sitcom about two pensioners aired on the BBC, but now, the first three seasons of the classic show land on Netflix – joining Seasons 4 and 5, which are, bizarrely, already available.
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.
Big Momma’s House – 4th November
Martin Lawrence plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as the eponymous “Big Momma” in this 2000 comedy that actually exists.
Master of None: Season 1 – 6th November
Aziz Ansari (of Parks and Recreation) stars, writes, and directs this Netflix original comedy series, which is loosely based on his own life experiences. The show follows the personal and professional life of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York, who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life.
That Thing You Do! – 11th November
Tom Hanks writes and directs this gem of a film from 1996, which follows a one-hit wonder band “The Oneders”. Funny, sweet and full of toe-tapping music, it’s utterly charming stuff – so much so that the titular song from the film’s soundtrack becomer a genuine hit in real life.
The French Connection – 11th November
Gene Hackman is Popeye Doyle in William Friedkin’s classic crime thriller. They don’t come much better than this.
W/ Bob & David – 13th November
After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, Bob and David are back serving their country the way they do best: making sketch comedy. This new Netflix original prmomises four half-hours of brand new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes and, most importantly, all new wigs.
Nebraska – 14th November
“Has he got Alzheimer’s?” That’s a lady at a sweepstakes company to David (Will Forte). His elderly dad, Woody (Bruce Dern), receives junk mail from them saying he’s won a million dollars. He believes it. The only way he can claim his prize? Return the letter to Lincoln, Nebraska. So he sets off immediately. On foot. Down the highway. Alexander Payne’s comedy is a heartwarmingly cold study of the generational divide between people – and a touching account of one man’s slide into senility.
The Voices – 15th November
Ever since Adventureland, it’s been clear that there is more to Ryan Rodney Reynolds than Van Wilder: Party Liaison. The Voices unleashes it – with wonderfully messy results. Reynolds plays Jerry, your typical, average, normal guy. He’s nice, if a little dim. He works at a factory that makes bathtubs. And he talks to his cat and his dog. The only problem? They talk back. A few accidental killings later and Marjane Satrapi’s comedy becomes a wonderfully warped study of mental illness that feels perfectly unbalanced.
Testament of Youth – 16th November
The always-excellent Alicia Vikander stars in this moving film based on the memoir of Vera Brittain, which depicts her fight to carry on living amid a seemingly endless wave of loss, as her brother and friends go off to fight in World War I.
Lords of Dogtown – 18th November
Catherine Hardwicke’s biographical drama follows the surf and skateboarding trends of Venice, California, in the 1970s. The cast includes Heath Ledger as Skip Engblom and Emile Hirsch as Jay Adams.
Jessica Jones: Season 1 – 20th November
Netflix’s second in a string of original Marvel series stars Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter as the titular Jones, who, after a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective in New York City. Ritter leads a star-studded cast that includes David Tennant as villain Kilgrave and Carrie-Anne Moss, plus Mike Colter as Luke Cage, ahead of his own solo outing next year.
Love Is Strange – 22nd November
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are sublime in Ira Sachs’ film about a gay couple who stay together despite losing their home. A beautiful tribute to the simple joy of commitment.
Mortdecai – 23rd November
Johnny Depp stars as the titular art dealer in David Koepp’s farce, which sees Mortdecai juggle MI5, angry Russians and a terrorist. Terrible or terribly misunderstood? Here’s your chance to make up your own mind about this box office bomb.
Best of Enemies – 28th November
A behind-the-scenes account of the explosive televised debates between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr., during the 1968 Democratic and Republican national conventions. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted with their rancorous disagreements about politics, God, and sex. Ratings for ABC News sky-rocketed; and a new era in public discourse was born.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – 28th November
“Why does the news have to tell people what they need to hear? Why can’t we tell them what they want to hear?” This surprisingly not-bad sequel to the 2004 comedy sees Will Ferrell return as everyone’s favourite moustached newsreader, Ron Burgundy, who is hired to present on America’s first 24-hour news channel. What follows is an unexpectedly sharp satire of the modern media – and, if that’s not your bag, a laugh-out loud performance from Steve Carell.
Force Majeure – 29th November
Ruben Östlund’s film follows a family whose ski holiday is disrupted by a disaster – only for the husband and father of the gang to reveal his true, dubious character. A superbly thought-out black comedy that dares to touch every nerve.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in November 2015
Sunday 1st November
Little Lunch: Season 1
Urban Legends: Season 3
Lauda: The Untold Story
Laid: Season 1 & 2
Pound Puppies: Season 1
LEGO: Friends: Season 1
Last Days in Vietnam
Awake: The Life of Yogananda
Wednesday 4th November
Friday 6th November
Care Bears & Cousins: Season 1
Monday 10th November
Friday 13th November
Call Me Lucky
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid
The Jungle Book 2
Sunday 15th November
Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas
Meet My Valentine
The Brittany Murphy Story
Don’t Look Back
Monday 16th November
Happily N’Ever After
Wednesday 18th November
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
Life Without Dick
Sunday 22nd November
Pound of Flesh
Tuesday 24th November
The Haunted Hathaways: Season 1
Wednesday 25th November
Beavis and Butt-head Do America
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Some Kind of Wonderful
King Solomon’s Mines
Red Riding Hood