- November marks a big month for Netflix original movies.
- Out this month: “Red Notice,” “Bruised,” and “Passing.”
- Also the acclaimed documentary “Procession.”
Modernizing the classic late 1980s TV show about younger police detectives who investigate crimes in high school, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have fantastic chemistry as cops who try to navigate today’s woke school environment.
American Gangster (November 1)
This look at the rise-and-fall of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas (played perfectly by Denzel Washington) is a worthy watch.
Along with the great performance by Washington, the movie has an impressive ensemble that includes Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and John Hawkes.
Bram Stroker’s Dracula (November 1)
Francis Ford Coppola delves into the mythology of Dracula with amazing cinematography, a thrilling score, and great performances from Gray Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins.
But the real stars of the movie are the Oscar-winning makeup and costume design, both of which help turn Oldman into different forms of Dracula.
“Last Action Hero” (November 1)
This was a big box-office bust when it opened in 1993, but it’s hard to pass up on a Schwarzenegger movie that takes big swings at action and comedy like this one does.
The film, which follows a boy who gets sucked into the latest movie of his hero, Jack Slater (Schwarzenegger), boasts over-the-top action and loads of jokes pegged to the genre, Hollywood, and Schwarzenegger.
Moneyball (November 1)
There is so much to love about this movie: the writing; the intercutting of actual footage from Major League Baseball games; the performance by Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s outside-the-box thinking general manager Billy Beane.
It all comes together to give us a sports movie you’ll enjoy even if you know nothing about America’s favorite pastime.
Total Recall (November 1)
Schwarzenegger is back on the list. This time in a trippy futuristic story about a guy who takes a vacation using radical technology that leads him on a thrilling cat-and-mouse race from people trying to kill him.
“Stripes” (November 1)
Before director Ivan Reitman made “Ghostbusters” he made this great comedy about two wiseguy losers (Bill Murray and Harold Ramis) who decide to join the Army. In the process, they fail forward to becoming heroes.
The movie gave Murray his first big leading role and introduced the world to the likes of John Candy and Sean Young.
“The Harder They Fall” (November 3)
This anticipated Western stars Jonathan Majors as Nat Love, an outlaw who assembles his former gang to seek revenge for the murder of his parents.
Idris Elba, Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz, and Delroy Lindo also star.
Passing (November 10)
“Passing” marks the directorial debut of actress Rebecca Hall. Here, she delivers a moving look at two Black women (Ruth Negga and Tess Thompson) in the 1920s who use their light skin tones to pass as white.
“Red Notice” (November 12)
Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds star in this globe-trotting thriller in which Johnson plays an FBI agent who teams with the world’s greatest thief (Reynolds) to track down a mysterious rival criminal (Gadot) who is about to pull off a major heist.
“Tick, Tick… BOOM!” (November 19)
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directing debut follows Andrew Garfield as Jonathan Larson, the theater composer who would create the hit Broadway musical “Rent.”
Procession (November 19)
This powerful documentary takes a different approach in focusing on sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Here, director Robert Greene invites a group of men who were abused as kids to create fictionalized stories of their abuse which Greene hopes will help them bury their past.
The result is a moving look at people trying to find some kind of justice in an unjust world.
“Bruised” (November 24)
Another anticipated release, Halle Berry sits in the director chair for the first time for this story focusing on a mixed-martial-arts fighter (Berry) who accepts one final fight — while also reconnecting with her 6-year-old son that she gave up for adoption as an infant.