What to watch on Netflix Canada in November 2020

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform this month


We pore over the November 2020 Netflix Canada schedule to highlight the most interesting titles. This month, we’re looking forward to the return of Sophia Loren, the latest Ron Howard film and Gillian Anderson playing Margaret ThatcherCheck out more fall streaming recommendations here.

What we can’t wait to watch

The Crown (season 4)

The latest season of Netflix’s wildly popular soap opera based on the British royals takes us from 1977 to 1990, meaning Princess Diana, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Camilla Parker Bowles are now in the mix with Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II. The most exciting news is Gillian Anderson taking on the role of the Iron Lady for a one-season run. Fingers crossed for some barely sublimated The Fall-esque sexual tension between Maggie and Liz. November 15

Alien Xmas

2020 has given us a lot of really unexpected stuff, but “a stop-motion Christmas special about an alien trying to stop his comrades from raiding Santa’s workshop, produced by the special-effects guys who made Killer Klowns From Outer Space from their own children’s book” has to be near the top of that list. But if you know the work of Stephen and Charles Chiodo, you’ll be delighted to hear that someone has given them money to make this happen. November 20

Hillbilly Elegy

When the trailer for this adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about growing up poor in the Appalachians dropped earlier this month, awards prognosticators said it seemed like Oscar bait, with multiple-nominated actors Glenn Close and Amy Adams chewing up the scenery as the grandmother and mother of the central figure (Gabriel Basso). Ron Howard, no stranger to Academy Awards, directs. November 24

Dash & Lily

Netflix has been heavily promoting this adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s YA novel series, so you can rest assured there will be more than one season. This first outing has a holiday theme, as two opposites – cynical Dash (Austin Abrams, from Paper Towns) and optimistic Lily (Midori Francis, from Good Boys) – travel Manhattan and discover they have more in common than they thought. November 10

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

Like it or not, we’re entering Hallmark Holiday Movie season, and this film – about a tough, middle-aged city woman (the awesome Christine Baranski) who returns to her small town and finds love – should warm the hearts of even the Grinchiest viewer. Besides lending her name to the title, Dolly Parton plays an angel and 14 of her songs are featured, so there’s that. November 22

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Ibrahima Gueye and Sophia Loren star in The Life Ahead.

The Life Ahead

In her first major movie role in more than a decade, Italian screen icon Sophia Loren plays a Holocaust survivor who takes in a Senegalese immigrant (Ibrahima Gueye) in her son Edoardo Ponti’s drama – the second film that sees mother and son working together. The 86-year-old, who reportedly took on some physically demanding scenes, is already generating Best Actress Oscar buzz. November 13

Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

Time to surrender to Shawn Mendes’s Toronto condo skyline views and brooding silhouettes in this album-tie-in documentary, which promises to articulate the Pickering-raised pop star’s Official Narrative. It arrives on Netflix fresh from a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. While you’re holed up in isolation, find out what it’s like to be a hot, rich, soulful 22-year-old living the dream. November 23

Mosul

Produced by Joe and Anthony Russo in between VFX sessions on Avengers: Endgame, the directorial debut of screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, World War Z, Deepwater Horizon) is an action thriller inspired by the true story of Iraq’s Nineveh SWAT team, an assembly of policemen that spent three years trying to rid Mosul of ISIS fighters. The film takes place over a single day, following a young cop (Adam Bessa) who’s recruited into the squad by its weary commander (Suhail Dabbach). And the whole thing was shot in Arabic rather than English for extra authenticity. November 26

We Are The Champions

Hosted by Rainn Wilson, this new reality series celebrates competitive challenges in unconventional specialties, following contestants trying to prove their mastery of – and this is a direct quote – “cheese rolling, chili eating, fantasy hair styling, yo-yo, dog dancing and frog jumping.” Which leaves us asking: yo-yo what, exactly? November 17

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Debbie Allen, she of the famous Fame monologue (“You got big dreams. You want fame. Well, fame costs. And right here’s where you start payin’!”) is busy this month. Besides directing Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square, she’s the subject of this docu-series, which chronicles her annual alternate take on the traditional Nutcracker ballet. November 27

20th Century Fox

Daniel Kaluuya (left) and Brian Tyree Henry mix crime with politics in Steve McQueen’s Widows.

Solid bet

Widows

Just in time for the U.S. election, Steve McQueen’s political crime drama featuring an underrated starring turn by Viola Davis (and one of the best movie make-out scenes in recent memory) arrives on Netflix. Davis leads a trio of widows who set out to rob a Kennedyesque Chicago politician (Colin Farrell) to payoff the crime boss (Brian Tyree Henry) running as his opponent. Widows subsumes several zeitgeist-y themes into a juicy plot and the excellent supporting cast includes Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall and Cynthia Erivo. November 1

List of new titles available on Netflix Canada in November 2020 by date:

TV

Coming soon

Arashi’s Diary: Voyage (episodes 15-17)

Mismatched

Trial 4

November 1

Dawson’s Creek (season 1-6)

November 3

Felix Lobrecht: Hype

November 4

Love And Anarchy

November 5

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta?

Paranormal

November 6

Country Ever After

November 9

Undercover (season 2)

November 10

Dash & Lily

Trash Truck

November 11

Aunty Donna’s Big O’l House Of Fun

The Liberator

A Queen Is Born

November 13

The Minions Of Midas

November 15

The Crown (season 4)

November 17

The Boss Baby: Back In Business (season 4)

We Are The Champions

November 18

Bitter Daisies (season 2)

Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas

November 20

Flavorful Origins: Gansu Cuisine

Voices Of Fire

November 24

Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday

Wonderoos

November 25

The Great Pretender (season 2)

November 26

Larry The Cable Guy: Remain Seated

November 27

A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas

Over Christmas

Sugar Rush Christmas (season 2)

Virgin River (season 2)

November 28

The Uncanny Counter

November 29

Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday!

November 30

A Love So Beautiful

Movies

November 1

12 Gifts Of Christmas

About Last Night

Angels & Demons

Argo

Austin Powers In Goldmember

Bad Santa

A Belle For Christmas

Broadcasting Christmas

Catch And Release

Christmas Break-In

Christmas Survival

Clueless

The Da Vinci Code

Due Date

Elf Pets: A Fox’s Cub Christmas Tale

Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue

Gangs Of New York

The Juror

Little Monsters

Mr. Deeds

The Notebook

Papillon

Penelope

Peppermint

A Perfect Christmas List

Rocky

Ronin

Widows

November 3

Mother

November 4

Blackhat

Dracula Untold

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Get Him To The Greek

The Good Shepherd

Identity Thief

In The Lake Of The Woods

King Kong (2005)

Mallrats

Unbroken

November 5

Aquaman

A New York Christmas Wedding

Operation Christmas Drop

November 6

Citation

The Late Bloomer

November 10

The Possession Of Hannah Grace

November 11

Night School

What We Wanted

November 12

Ludo

November 13

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The Life Ahead

The Outpost

November 15

Hometown Holiday

A Very Country Christmas

November 17

The Mule

November 19

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

November 20

Alien Xmas

If Anything Happens I Love You

November 21

The Hangover: Part III

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Revolutions

November 22

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

November 23

Shawn Mendes: In Wonder

November 24

Hillbilly Elegy

Notes For My Son

November 25

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Halloween (2018)

November 26

Mosul

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

November 27

The Beast

The Call

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Don’t Listen

November 30

Doctor Strange

Finding Agnes

Spookley And The Christmas Kittens

Last call

TV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada in November 2020.

November 15

Love Actually

November 16

Zombieland

November 18

Shrek

Shrek 2

November 20

Batman Begins

The Dark Knight

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers 

Twilight

November 27

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

November 30

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Jurassic Park

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