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New movies! New shows! It’s Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu’s way of saying, “Hey, we know you’ve been running out of excuses to cancel your plans so here are some new things to watch.”

Leaving Netflix:

October 29

  • America’s Sweethearts (2001)

October 30

  • Life in Our Universe: Season One

October 31

  • Braxton Family Values: Season Three

November 1

  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
  • America in Primetime
  • Batman & Robin (1997)

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  • Best Kept Secret (2013)
  • Best Laid Plans (1999)
  • Changing Lanes (2002)
  • Cleopatra (1963)

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  • Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  • Death Warrant (1990)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon (1982)
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2012)
  • Hero and Terror (1988)
  • House of Flying Daggers (2004)
  • Lunopolis (2009)
  • Move Over, Darling (1963)
  • Norman (2010)
  • Rudy (1993)

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  • Saw (2004)
  • Saw II (2005)
  • Saw III (2006)
  • Saw IV (2007)
  • Saw V (2008)
  • Scream (1996) – As a young girl fully immersing herself into the genre, nothing made me feel more at home than Scream. I can still remember the first time I watched it, 15-years-old, downstairs in my parents basement, eating my weight in tangerines. I can’t tell you how many times my best friend and I used to quote Matthew Lillard saying, “My mom and dad are gonna be so mad at me.” While many other horror films seemed ripe with objectification and sexualization and other words I didn’t know at the time, but could feel like a pit in my stomach, Wes Craven’s movies were equally full of terror and love. The women in Scream felt real and they felt like people I knew. -Kaylee Dugan

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  • Secrets of Mary Magdalene (2006)
  • Soul Plane (2004)

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  • Stand by Me (1996)
  • Taking Lives (2004)
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)

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  • The Core (2003)
  • The Last Waltz (1978)
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008)
  • Year of the Dog (2007)
  • Your Inner Fish (2014)

November 5

  • The Perfect Stranger (2011)

November 7

  • Shanghai Noon (2002)

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November 9

  • The Road (2011)

November 12

  • A Girl Walks into a Bar (2011)

November 13

  • Stranger by the Lake (2014) –Ever since I started watching Looking, the HBO dramedy about young gay men in San Francisco, I’ve been thinking about this deleted scene from Knocked Up. In it, Jonah Hill takes issue with Brokeback Mountain there’s not enough explicit sexual content (an indicative line is, “What am, six years old? I can’t see a guy getting sucked off by another guy?”). While Looking would frustrate Jonah for the same reason as Brokeback, the French thriller Stranger by the Lake would treat him like an adult – in his own words, that is. It is full of explicit sexual content between men, yet the film is not art house pornography. All the sex has a purpose: the consequences of lust interest writer/director Alain Guiraudie, whose idea of human behavior mirrors Hitchcock. -Alan Zilberman

November 16

  • Teen Beach Movie (2013)

November 19

  • Breaking the Girls (2013)
  • Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (2013) – Just because you make your lone female character titular doesn’t mean you can exploit her casually to imbue your movie with whatever “something” you think it lacks. Somebody should tell Sebastián Silva that, ideally before the Crystal Fairy writer/director starts his next movie. Somebody should also knock the “writer” credit for that next project, or at least have him write “I will not waste my audience’s time” on the blackboard a few hundred times. Maybe then the man’s obvious talent for visual art won’t be squandered on aimless garbage. -Alan Pyke

November 22

  • Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012)
  • Bel Ami (2012) – It’s not all your fault, Robert. The movie itself contains so many twists, turns, and emotional slip-ups mixed in with real-world drama (including random tangents involving North African corruption) that the storyline could be served better if it was adapted into one of those BBC mini-series which we all love. It would have allowed the script to have a little room to breathe and characters to establish their motivations in more ways than just dramatic declarations of whatever their latest fickle flare of passion is. -Svetlana Legetic

November 24

  • Art of the Flight: The Series (2012)

November 27

  • Burning Man (2011)
  • Leviathan (2012) – Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan is the sort of drama that’s also densely allegorical. While the characters and situations have some specificity to them, they’re all part of a larger commentary on Russia. The targets are dizzying: Zvyagintsev critiques bureaucracy, corruption, provincial life, urban life, Putinism, youthful apathy, and drinking culture (to name a few). The only reason Leviathan does not feel bloated is because it also happens to be funny. The director and his co-screenwriter Oleg Negin have sympathy for their characters, even the boorish ones, and there is affection in the way the camera listens to them talk and argue. Its hero may feel like he has the worst luck in the world, yet the film looks to other, more earthly causes that are beyond his control. -Alan Zilberman

November 28

  • Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)

November 30

  • Jesus Henry Christ (2011)
  • Virginia (2012)

 

Coming to Netflix:

November 1

  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season One
  • Last Days in Vietnam (2014) – This is not a revolutionary documentary – it sticks closely to established conventions, weaving contemporary interviews with still-living participants in the events to narrate footage from those events. What makes the documentary work so well is the lively honesty of the interviewees, both American and Vietnamese, who openly grapple with the moral ambiguity of their moment while also justifying extra-legal heroism with a simple ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It also works because the footage from the moment is kind of amazing, a coda to Vietnam’s infamy as the moment war reached American televisions, as almost every moment described by the interviewees is on film somehow. This especially helps with the anecdotes that, while secondary to the narrative, explicate the chaos and mood of the moment, like the cutting down of a tree, streets full of boots, or the burning of a million dollars in cold hard cash. They take on a profound power when you can really see it. -Max Bentovim
  • Pasion de Gavilanes (2003)
  • Robot Overlords (2015)
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Season One
  • Smithsonian Channel: The Day Kennedy Died (2013)
  • The Last Time You Had Fun (2014)
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
  • Twinsters (2015)
  • Worst Year of My Life, Again: Season One

November 2

  • Last Tango in Halifax: Season Three

November 3

  • Do I Sound Gay? (2014)
  • Julius Jr.: Season Two
  • The Midnight Swim (2014)

November 5

  • Amapola (2014)
  • Amour Fou (2014)
  • The Runner (2015)

November 6

  • Master of None: Season One

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November 12

  • Anna Karenina (2012) – My “watch test” is usually a good metric for deciding whether a movie is any good. If I can get through the first hour without looking at my watch – something I do compulsively – then my overall feelings are positive. Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is the rare movie that passes the watch test but falls apart anyway. The first hour is downright rapturous: working from a script by Tom Stoppard, Wright’s handling of Tolstoy’s novel is eye-popping and unique. For its second half, Wright eschews uncommon style in favor of a conventional adaptation. The oddly abrupt shift weakens the sense of tragedy. -Alan Zilberman

November 13

  • Atención Atención: Season One
  • Call Me Lucky (2015) – Call Me Lucky is not an easy movie. Bobcat Goldthwait doesn’t make easy movies. His first documentary is about Barry Crimmins, an influential Boston comedian that had a hand in shaping modern stand up. It’s also about Crimmins’ crusade against child sexual predators and his own sexual assault. It’s not an easy story. -Brandon Wetherbee
  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015)
  • With Bob and David: Season One
  • Young & Hungry: Season Two

November 14

  • Blue Caprice (2013)
  • Dior and I (2014) – Contrasting past and present – whether it’s Christian versus Raf, matte muslin shapes versus their glimmering gown counterparts – Tcheng creates tension when little actually exists.The venerable house of Dior will keep on trucking, as will the skilled artisans tucked away, laboring into the night over picotage. Dior may be one of the last two remaining “true” couture houses in the world, but the story of art versus business is a timeless tale. Patrons support the artists who create magic that delights the masses. It’s a nice look at the process that precedes a final product that seems at once impossible and effortless: a couture runway show. As one seamstress explains of the gowns, “It’s flat. Then it all comes together.” The same can be said of Dior and I. -Catherine McCarthy

November 15

  • Continuum: Season Four
  • Jessie: Season Four
  • People, Places, Things (2015)
  • Soaked in Bleach (2015)
  • Tengo Ganas de Ti (2012)

November 16

  • Cristela: Season One

November 18

  • Black Butler: Season Three
  • River, Series One (2015)

November 20

  • LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season Three
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season One

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  • Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso (2007)

November 23

  • The Red Road: Season Two
  • Ultimate Spider-Man: Season Three

November 24

  • Liv and Maddie: Season Two

November 25

  • Gringolandia: Season Three
  • Home (2014)
  • Switched at Birth: Season Four

November 26

  • Zipper (2015)

November 28

  • A Perfect Man (2013)
  • Best of Enemies (2015) – There’s something deep and melancholy there, bound up with the fleeting nature of fame, the burdens of ideology, and the psychological costs of conservatism in particular. But Best of Enemies is only briefly able to get into it. Perhaps the film picked the wrong thesis. -Jeff Spross
  • The Best Offer (2013)

 

Coming to Amazon Prime

November 1

  • Desk Set (1957)

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  • The Enemy Below (1957)
  • The Newton Boys (1998)
  • Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
  • The Craft (1996)

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November 5-12

  • Tell (2014)
  • Awakenings (1990)

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  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1989)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) – What a beautiful, sprawling mess this is. Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a visual delight, with bizarre psychedelics that veer from beautiful to shocking. It’s a pity the story does not match Gilliam’s eye-popping ambitions. The actors are given little compelling material, and are reduced to odd caricatures. It follows the movie is devoid of tension – Gilliam isn’t exactly known for his tight plotting, and here he is no different. After an hour, his latest feels like an overlong music video with an A-list cast. – Alan Zilberman
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015)
  • Wolf Hall (2015)
  • Prince
  • Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2014)
  • The Song (2014)

November 14

  • Ex Machina (2015) – There’s a lot of talk about thought experiments in Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s hyphenate debut, and it’s clear that the film fancies itself a thought experiment. Thought experiments, though, are not all created equal; according to Daniel Dennett, perhaps our greatest living philosopher, many well-known thought experiments are actually “boom crutches,” psychological traps that trigger intuitions which cloud good thinking rather than catalyze it. Among those boom crutches, in fact, is one of the thought experiments that is not only discussed in Ex Machina, but is lavishly woven into the film’s visual signatures, making me wonder if Ex Machina itself is nothing but a stylish, entertaining, 108-minute boom crutch. -Max Bentovim

November 15-19

  • The Joe Show (2014)
  • Mr. Selfridge: Season Three (2014)
  • Catch Me Daddy (2014)
  • Vikings: Season Three
  • Dying of the Light (2014)

November 20

  • Man in the High Castle: Season One

November 21

  • Only God Forgives (2013)

November 22 – 28

  • Teen Wolf: Season Five
  • Kate & Leopold (2001)
  • Top Five (2014) – Top Five manages to feel imaginative and familiar at the same time. Most importantly, it is as funny as they come. You’ll have a much better time than Allen does. -Rachel Kurzius
  • Falling Skies: Season Five

Coming to Hulu:

November 1

  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • From Russia With Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • License to Kill (1964)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • Adventures In Babysitting (1987)*
  • Another Stakeout (1993) *
  • Apartment Troubles (2014)*
  • Arachnophobia (1990)*
  • Beloved (1998)*
  • Celtic Pride (1996)*
  • Cocktail (1988)*
  • Cool Runnings (1993)*

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  • Crazy/Beautiful (2001)*
  • Dangerous Minds (1995)*
  • Delivery Man (2013)*
  • Dick Tracy (1990)*
  • Evita (1996)*
  • Exists (2004)*
  • Furthest From the Wild (2014)
  • Gold (2014)
  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)*
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)*

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  • Judge Dredd (1995)*
  • Keeping Up With The Steins (2006)*
  • Let Us Prey (2014)*
  • Mighty Joe Young (1998)*
  • Mindhunters (2004)*
  • Need For Speed (2014)* – It took the Fast & Furious franchise a decade to really figure out what it needed to be: a ridiculous action franchise series with crazy characters and crazier action. That realization turned the series into basically Ocean’s 11 with cars. Need For Speed, based on the incredibly popular video game series, seems very much like the F&F franchise on the surface, yet takes itself far more seriously, to its detriment. -Ross Bonaime
  • The Other End of the Line (2008)*
  • Out of Sight (1998)*
  • Play It to the Bone (1999)*
  • Rushmore (1998)*
  • Scar Tissue (2013)*
  • Stakeout (1987)*
  • Superstar (1999)*
  • The Fifth Estate (2013)* – Going into The Fifth Estate, I anticipated the Julian Assange version of the recent Jobs, which was a nice-looking but mostly soulless regurgitation of the high points from the Apple founder’s life. But as it turns out, The Fifth Estate actually has something to say. It’s not a terribly original thesis – especially if you saw the recent (and excellent) documentary Wikileaks: We Steal Secrets. But it’s a genuinely complex one, and has the added bonus of being correct on the merits, at least in my opinion. -Jeff Spross
  • The Heavy (2010)*
  • The Honeymooners (2005)*
  • The Jackal (1997)*
  • The Joneses (2009)*
  • Three Men And A Baby (1987)*
  • Turner & Hooch (1989)*
  • Waterworld (1995)*
  • What About Bob? (1991)*
  • Wooly Boys (2001)*
  • Zoolander (2001)*

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November 2

  • Pound of Flesh (2015)*
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004)*

November 3

  • Ink Master: Season 6 Finale (Spike)
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  • Bettie Page Reveals All (2012)
  • Safelight (2015)*

November 4

  • The Westbrooks: Series Premiere
  • Calendar Girls (2003)*
  • Rampart (2011)* – In the pantheon of crooked cop movies like Training Day and Bad Lieutenant, Rampart shines as a unique character study, relying more heavily on the psychological element rather than the thrills that are hallmarks of the film noir genre. Woody Harrelson’s Dave Brown is not the typical one-dimensional thug or the sociopathic power-abuser with simple motivations of greed and control. His performance is intense, roiling with an undercurrent of claustrophobia and threat; he’s a man on the brink of a complete unraveling. -Toni Tileva

November 5

  • Miss Representation (2011)
  • Silent Grace (2001)
  • The Truth (2010)
  • Sand Sharks (2011)
  • 11 Blocks (2015)
  • Boston Kickout (1995)
  • Abuse of Weakness (2013)
  • Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997)
  • Bicycling with Moliere (2013)
  • Big in Japan (2014)
  • Cupcakes (2013)
  • Futuro Beach (2014)
  • Lilting (2014)
  • Love Is the Devil (1998)
  • Paris-Manhattan (2012)
  • Refuge (2012)
  • Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
  • The Amazing Catfish (2013)
  • The Empty Hours (2013)
  • The Missing Picture (2013)
  • Troy’s Story (2005)
  • Jesse James Presents: Off Road Racing Around the World (2011)
  • Pirate for the Sea (2008)
  • The Reef 2: High Tide (2009)
  • Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (2015)
  • Run, Hide, Die (2012)
  • David and Goliath (2015)
  • Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
  • Mysteries of the Unseen World (2013)
  • Dislecksia: The Movie (2012)
  • Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (2014)
  • Icon (2005)
  • My Santa, My Dad (1998)
  • The Poltergeist of Borely Forest (2013)
  • Way Out West (1937)
  • Hellbound? (2012)
  • Addicted (2002)
  • The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)
  • The Fighter’s Ballad (2010)
  • Misfits (2015)
  • The Disappeared (2012)
  • The Little Things (2010)
  • Breach (2007)
  • The Dark Side (2015)
  • Pretty Rosebud (2014)
  • Shadows on the Wall (2015)
  • A Journey into the Holocaust (2014)
  • Get a Job (2011)
  • The Ballad of Shovels and Rope (2014)
  • Chasing Ghosts (2015)
  • My Dad’s a Soccer Mom (2014)
  • The Prince and Me 2: The Royal Wedding (2007)
  • Saving Westbrook High (2013)
  • So Undercover (2012)
  • Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  • Scorpions (2015)
  • Bernie (2011)*

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November 6

  • My Dad is Scrooge (2014)
  • Death of “Superman Lives:” What Happened? (2015)*

November 7

  • Masterchef Junior: Season 4 Premiere
  • World’s Funniest: Season 2 Premiere (FOX
  • The Salvation (2014) (*Showtime)

November 8

  • The Awesomes: Season 3 Finale (Hulu Original)
  • Sweat Inc.: Series Premiere (Spike)

November 12

  • Vikings: Complete Season 3

November 13

  • The Secret of the Nutcracker (2007)
  • What If (2010)*

November 14

  • Listen to Me Marlon (2015)* – I do wish Listen To Me Marlon had the same power as Brando himself, but instead it is a slightly interesting proposal on the nature of the man behind the name. We know him as both an incredibly brilliant actor and a difficult one, but his private life and the inner workings of his mind were obscured by sudden scandals and his desire for privacy. Director Stevan Riley utilizes clips from Brando’s filmography and found audio recordings made by Brando himself to construct the basis of the film. The choice to use audio recordings made by Brando himself is what saves it from becoming an E! True Hollywood Story-esque montage. Considering how private Brando attempted to be, the existence of these tapes in the first place is an incredible discovery and a glimpse into the working mind of one of the greatest actors to grace the screen. -Vesper Arnett
  • Play it Forward (2015)*

November 16

  • Black Ink Crew Chicago: Series Premiere (VH1)
  • Steven Universe: Season 1 – New Episodes (Cartoon Network)
  • 5 to 7 (2014)* – It can be difficult to tolerate the implausible parts of a romantic comedy because their world is so similar to ours. Characters in romantic comedies are neurotic and well-meaning just like us, but their personal and professional lives are full of impossible charm. Remember Harry’s pad in When Harry Met Sally? There’s no way a young political consultant could afford that lavish Manhattan apartment, with windows that big (it was a fantasy of Rob Reiner and his production designer). Victor Levin’s 5 to 7 has many of the same implausible parts, and Levin knows it, too. Still, this is a gentle, cloying romantic comedy with soft-spoken sincerity that’s somehow disarming. -Alan Zilberman

November 18

  • Chicago Med: Series Premiere (NBC)

November 20

  • Sailor Moon Crystal: Season 1 Premiere (English dubbed)

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  • Naughty and Nice (2014)

November 26

  • I Love Kellie Pickler: Series Premiere (CMT)

November 27

  • Tokyo Ghoul: Complete Season 1 (English dubbed)
  • 12 Dog Days Till Christmas (2014)

November 28

  • Spymasters – CIA in the Crosshairs (2015)*

 

* available for people who have the Showtime premium add on. No this isn’t an ad for Showtime premium add ons

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