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What’s New to Stream on Netflix for November 2018

The streaming service has some early Christmas presents heading your way.
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By  · Published on November 4th, 2018

Some people spend their days arguing over the merits of Netflix and how it’s “killing cinema” as we know it, but the rest of us know better. It’s just one more way to re-watch the movies we already love and find new ones to cherish. This month sees plenty of both hitting the service.

The complete list of movies and shows hitting Netflix this month — November 2018 — is below, but first I’m going to highlight a few that stand apart from the bunch.

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Netflix Pick of the Month

Cam (11/16) feels like the unlikely mash-up of Irwin Winkler’s The Net (1995) and David J. Schow’s short story “Red Light” — if you haven’t read Schow’s award-winning tale do so soon, but you can skip The Net if you’ve somehow managed to do so before now. The shared conceit is that the more we put ourselves out there the less of us remains. It puts traditional concerns of identity and paranoia in a modern setting, and it’s all the more harrowing for it. Madeline Brewer gets a standout role here too after shining on the periphery of shows like Orange Is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale. Give it a watch, and maybe re-think your own time spent online.

So Many Originals, So Little Time

May The Devil Take You

Another month, another several original films produced or acquired by Netflix! A young upstart named Orson Welles headlines November with the long-awaited restoration and release of The Other Side of the Wind. A true historical tale comes to life with David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King (11/9). After rocking the online world with The Night Comes for Us, director Timo Tjahjanto returns with the supernatural scream-fest May the Devil Take You (11/15). The Coen Brothers go west with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (11/16). And finally, The World Is Yours (11/30) offers up a nimble little crime caper.

The Oldest Movie Coming to Netflix

Close Encounters

One of the complaints lobbed against Netflix over the years is that their collection of older films is minimal at best. There’s truth to it, of course, as their library consists of 82% original content, 46% movies from the last two decades, and 2% films produced prior to the year 2000. We’re here to celebrate the positive, and to that end we’re going to highlight the oldest feature film hitting the service in November. This month’s relic is no slouch either! Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) might not have been the obvious choice after making a splash with Jaws (1975), but it’s a still-mesmerizing film about humanity’s meeting with extraterrestrials. Humor, drama, thrills, and awe collide.

It’s a Netflix Xmas!

Christmas Chronicles

Netflix Originals come in all shapes and sizes, and one of their more popular niches has become the holiday film. This year’s big one looks to be The Christmas Chronicles (11/22) starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus trying to save Christmas with the help of two adorable rugrats. It’s not alone, though, as there are plenty of presents to open this year. An Advent calendar tells the future in The Holiday Calendar. It’s a holiday-themed Prince and the Pauper with The Princess Switch (11/16). And finally, last year’s surprise streaming hit — admit it, you watched it — gets a sequel with A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (11/30).

The Complete List

November 1
Angela’s Christmas (Netflix Original)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)
Cape Fear (1991)
Children of Men (2006)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Cloverfield (2008)
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Fair Game — Director’s Cut (2010/2018)
Follow This: Part 3 (Netflix Original)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Jet Li’s Fearless (2006)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1 (2006)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008)
Planet Hulk (2010)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Stink! (2015)
The English Patient (1996)
The Judgement (Netflix Original)
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017)
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)
Transcendence (2014)
Vaya (2016)

November 2
Brainchild (Netflix Original)
House of Cards: Season 6 (Netflix Original)
ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black (Netflix Original)
The Holiday Calendar (Netflix Original Film)
The Other Side of the Wind (Netflix Original Film)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Netflix Original Documentary)
Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

November 3
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011)

November 4
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Netflix Original)

November 5
The Homecoming: Season 1
John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons (Netflix Original)

November 7
Into the Forest

November 8
The Sea of Trees (2015)

November 9
Beat Bugs: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
La Reina del Flow (Netflix Original)
Medal of Honor (Netflix Original)
Outlaw King (Netflix Original Film)
Spirit Riding Free: Season 7 (Netflix Original)
Super Drags (Netflix Original)
The Great British Baking Show: Collection 6 (Netflix Original)
Treehouse Detectives: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Westside (Netflix Original)

November 12
Green Room (2015)

November 13
Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin (Netflix Original)
Oh My Ghost (Netflix Original)
Warrior (Netflix Original)

November 15
The Crew (Netflix Original Film)
May The Devil Take You (Netflix Original Film)

November 16
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix Original Film)
The Break-Up (2006)
Cam (Netflix Original Film)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix Original)
Narcos: Mexico (Netflix Original)
Ponysitters Club: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Prince of Peoria (Netflix Original)
The Princess Switch (Netflix Original Film)
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix Original)

November 18
The Pixar Story (2007)

November 19
The Last Kingdom: Season 3 (Netflix Original)

November 20
The Final Table (Netflix Original)
Kulipari: Dream Walker (Netflix Original)
Motown Magic (Netflix Original)
Sabrina (Netflix Original Film)
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia (Netflix Original)

November 21
The Tribe (Netflix Original Film)

November 22
The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix Original Film)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet (Netflix Original)

November 23
Frontier: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Fugitiva (Netflix Original)
Sick Note (Netflix Original)
Sick Note: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
To Build or Not to Build: Season 2

November 25
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Best Gift Ever (2010)

November 27
Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attel (Netflix Original)

November 29
Pocoyo: Season 4

November 30
1983 (Netflix Original)
Baby (Netflix Original)
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Netflix Original Film)
Death by Magic (Netflix Original)
F is for Family: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
Happy as Lazzaro (Netflix Original Film)
Rajma Chawal (Netflix Original Film)
Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Tiempo compartido (Netflix Original Film)
The World Is Yours (Netflix Original Film)

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Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.