New to Netflix UK: November 2021
From the imprisoned return of zoo owner Joe Exotic in Tiger King 2 to the rural delights of Greta Gerwig's Little Women, Netflix in November has many American gems
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 17 November
Tiger King was the mothership of lockdown hits. Abiding by Netflix’s protocol of ‘anti-hype’ – deliberately restricting any promotion so the audience finds the show by themselves – this sensational docu-series was one of the big TV surprises of 2020.
Following a crazy gaggle of big-cat conservationists, who obtain or breed exotic animals for their own private zoos and collections, Tiger King exposed a surreal world that most people didn't know about. The aggressively eccentric Joe Exotic of G.W. Zoo in Oklahoma is the main focus, along with his murderous feud with rival conservationist Carole Baskin.
This sequel series picks up after the original Tiger King made its subjects into stars. From the trailer, many are clearly enjoying their new fame and they’re even using it to their advantage.
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 10 November
Recently, many female actors have shifted their talents to behind the screen – think of Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter), Regina King (One Night in Miami), and Halle Berry (Bruised, see below). Rebecca Hall is another example: writing and directing her first film, which is about the phenomenon of racial ‘passing’ – whereby people of colour in the 20th century were able to ‘pass’ as white.
Passing takes place in prohibition-era America and follows two light-skinned women of colour, Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare
(Ruth Negga), who were childhood friends. Clare has chosen to pass for white,
even taking a clueless and racist white husband (Alexander Skarsgård), while Irene doesn't hide her Black identity. They both bump into each other in Manhattan
one day, and their efforts to maintain their rigid identities begin
to fall apart.
The Harder They Fall
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 3 November
Although subverted Westerns have always been around, it's not until recently that they've become popular – Quentin Tarantino was integral to that. Taking more than a few hints from Tarantino, Jeymes Samuel tackles the genre with a Black American gaze in his new film The Harder They Fall.
The story features mostly Black cowboys – following the friction between two rival gangs. After the outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is out of jail, he reunites his crew to hunt Rufus down for revenge. The film also stars Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah), Zazie Beetz (Joker), and Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods).
Little Women (2019)
UK Netflix release date: Friday 26 November
Oh, to return to those sublime, halcyon days of Christmas 2019. Greta Gerwig’s stunning adaptation of Little Women is set in the 1860s, but – in its release – reflects a nostalgic time before masks and guidelines.
Gerwig gives Louisa May Alcott's pleasantly rural and classically American tale a modern, non-linear twist. Returning to those contagiously creative March sisters Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh), March (Emma Watson) and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) in 19th-century Massachusetts, the film straddles different time periods. It mostly tracks Jo, an aspiring author: jumping between her adolescence and her adulthood.
Also stars Timothée Chalamet as Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee March, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
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UK Netflix release date: Friday 19 November
Over the last six years, Lin-Manuel Miranda has ascended to a king of musical theatre. The popularity of Hamilton is ongoing, and his first Broadway show In The Heights was made into a movie. And let's not forget about his role as the cowboy-like aëronaut in the BBC fantasy series His Dark Materials. tick, tick… BOOM! is yet another milestone: his debut as a film director.
story is that of Rent playwright and composer Jonathan Larson
(Andrew Garfield), who died before he could see his success. Larson wrote and
composed this autobiographical musical prior to Rent, showing his
intense desire to create the next best American musical. Jon is feeling the
pressure, with financial security running out and many fellow artists dying from AIDS.
UK Netflix release date: Wednesday 24 November
There are few well-known boxing movies with female leads. The genre is dominated by men, iconised with the likes of Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull). Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised aims to change that.
The film follows the 55-year-old MMA fighter Jackie Justice (Berry),
who left the sport in disgrace. Her boyfriend and manager Desi (Adan Canto) encourages a belated comeback, which grabs the attention of a promoter (Shamier Anderson). Jackie's situation gets even more complicated
when the son she abandoned suddenly re-enters her life. But in both instances,
she has the opportunity to reclaim her power.
UK Netflix release date: Friday 12 November
Netflix’s film output has barely compared to its range of series, but they're making stupendous efforts to secure their own blockbusters – mainly with star power. Red Notice takes three heroes of contemporary Hollywood and shoves them into a high-concept heist movie.
Rock’ Johnson plays the FBI’s top profiler, enlisted to capture the world’s
most wanted art thief The Bishop (played by Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot). Travelling
the world to catch her, he employs the world’s second most wanted art thief
Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) to help him. But they all get on each other’s
The full Netflix in November slate:
Pretty Little Liars, seasons 1 – 7
The Harder They Fall
Thursday 4 November
Jumanji: The Next Level
Friday 5 November
Big Mouth, season 5
Narcos: Mexico, season 3
The Unlikely Murderer
Sunday 7 November
Father Christmas is Back
Tuesday 9 November
Your Life is a Joke
Wednesday 10 November
Gentefied, season 2
Happiness Ever After
Wednesday 17 November
Tiger King, season 2
Earwig and the Witch
The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star
Blown Away: Christmas
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Masters of the Universe: Revelation Part 2
Waffles & Mochi’s Holiday Feast
Selling Sunset, season 4
Friday 26 November
A Castle for Christmas
Little Women (2019)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Tuesday 30 November
The Summit of the Gods
How to be Single
John Wick: Chapter 2
The Pursuit of Happyness