What to watch on Netflix Canada in October 2018

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows joining the streaming service’s library this month


What we can’t wait to watch

Making A Murderer: Part 2

Three years after Making A Murderer became a binge-watching watercooler phenomenon, the true crime documentary series returns for 10 more episodes chronicling the lives of Wisconsin man Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. The sequel introduces viewers to Avery’s lawyer, well-regarded civil rights attorney Kathleen Zellner, who has been fighting to get Avery a new trial. According to a press release, Zellner “uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.” October 19

The Haunting Of Hill House

Shirley Jackson’s iconic 1959 horror novel has been adapted for the big screen twice as The Haunting, once in the 1963 classic adaptation starring Claire Bloom and Julie Harris, and then in the less effective 1999 version starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Liam Neeson. Advance word on this 10-part Netflix original is that this could surpass even the first version in spookiness. Expect lots of flashbacks to give depth and richness to the main characters, siblings who grew up in the Gothic Hill House. Carla Gugino reunites with her Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan as the kids’ controlling mom (seen only in flashbacks). After binge-watching this you’ll be ready for Netflix’s October 20 release of some classic horror flicks, including Halloween, Sinister and a bunch of the Scream and Scary Movie movies. October 12

Private Life

Tamara Jenkins directs a movie once every decade or so – Slums Of Beverly Hills in 1998, The Savages in 2007 – so we’ve learned to pay attention. Her new feature, a Netflix original, stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a middle-aged couple trying to conceive through IVF. If it’s anything like her previous work, it’ll be sad, funny and honest all at once. This is a good thing. October 5

Apostle

Gareth Evans, director of the hyperkinetic Raid movies, is back after a four-year absence with a new feature starring Dan Stevens as a man determined to rescue his sister from a cult. This will almost certainly require a great deal of violence, because that’s what Evans does – and Stevens demonstrated a flair for hand-to-hand combat in The Guest. Reviews out of Fantastic Fest were strong, and the presence of Michael Sheen and Sing Street breakout Lucy Boynton just makes the package even more appealing. October 12

Big Mouth (season 2)

Relive the awkwardness of pubescence in all its gross, cringe-y glory with the second season of animated show Big Mouth. Best friends Andrew (John Mulaney) and Nick (co-creator Nick Kroll) are back navigating the micro-dramas of early teen years, i.e., a newfound obsession with boobs, dealing with pubic hair, grade school crushes and embarrassing parents. Like the first season, the second season tackles more serious issues, like bullying, slut-shaming and divorce, but in its own charmingly crude way. October 5

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj

Daily Show correspondent Minhaj’s Homecoming King – both in its live version, seen at JFL42, and on Netflix – is one of the best immigrant-coming-of-age shows around. And Minhaj’s latest tour, Before The Storm, is coming to the Sony Centre on October 7. So expectations are high for his new weekly series that promises to look at politics and culture with intelligence and irreverence. Every Sunday starting October 28

Dancing Queen

RuPaul’s Drag Race meets Dance Moms in this reality show about Texas dance studio owner Justin Johnson, aka tongue-popping Drag Race contestant Alyssa Edwards. (Yes, she did it before Hereditary.) As Alyssa, Johnson is one of the biggest drag queens to breakout from Drag Race (her stand-up tour recently stopped in Toronto). Though the competition series has intensified the lighting, makeup and other production values lately, the trailer for Dancing Queen suggests this will be a back-to-basics verité turn for Alyssa. October 5

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Sabrina The Teenage Witch gets a Riverdale-esque reboot treatment in this dark, daring and sexy look at Sabrina Spellman (Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka). As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must reconcile the witch world of her family and the mortal world of her friends. It’s the perfect prelude to Halloween. October 26

Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 4)

One of Japan’s biggest reality shows got picked up by Netflix last year. Opening New Doors follows six strangers living together in a luxury house in Karuizawa, a sleepy resort town in Nagano. It’s a good thing all of the house’s occupants are young and good-looking because they’re encouraged to find romance with each other. Needless to say, hearts are broken and backs are stabbed. The drama continues. October 9

Riverdale

The third season of Riverdale promises more of the same moody theatrics the series has become known for: sexy teens fighting off psycho murderers, a cult situated on an idyllic farm, gang wars and new Serpent tattoos, bad examples of parenting – basically, everything that makes this teen drama so damn fun to watch. Sure, it’s not exactly prestige TV, but it’s a guilty pleasure watching Archie, Veronica, Betty and Jughead every week as they try to survive high school and living in a small town with a ridiculously high murder rate. October 11

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Sandi Tan’s captivating Shirkers was a highlight of this year’s Hot Docs festival.

Solid bets

Shirkers

A highlight of this year’s Hot Docs festival, Sandi Tan’s wildly inventive documentary about a lost classic of Singaporean cinema is part memoir, part mystery. A director, film critic and novelist, Tan and her friends were obsessed with punk culture, zines and 80s indie films as teens growing up in the stodgy Southeast Asian city-state. She and a group of friends shot a road movie (the joke is it takes an hour to drive from one end of Singapore to the other) with help from an American teacher – only to see their dreams dashed when he vanished and took the unfinished film with him. Years later, Tan uncovered the striking footage, now a time capsule for pre-gentrification Singapore and a friendship that has splintered around the globe. One of the year’s best movies. October 26

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa, a kindergarten teacher, wannabe poet and suburban mom in this Netflix Original adaptation of Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli drama. When she discovers that one of her students could be a literary prodigy, she takes it upon herself to cultivate young Jimmy’s poetic talent. But her mentorship soon crosses the line into obsession. The film hits Netflix a month after screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. October 12

Certain Women

Not into the whole Halloween thing? Curl up with Kelly Reichardt’s masterful 2016 drama starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Lily Gladstone as women whose lives intersect in small but meaningful ways in a small Montana town. It’s an exquisitely realized character piece that makes for excellent seasonal counter-programming. October 28

Dawn Of The Dead

Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of the zombie classic swaps out George A. Romero’s shuffling hordes for a sprinting, howling mob of ravenous flesh-eaters. But the premise is otherwise the same, with a handful of traumatized survivors (among them Sarah Polley, Jake Weber, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer and a pre-Modern Family Ty Burrell) sheltering in a massive shopping mall. The nihilistic tendencies that would undermine Snyder’s superhero movies are perfectly suited to this material, and the cast is one of the strongest ever assembled for a horror movie. A decade and a half later, this one still has a bite. October 3

[REC]

Spanish filmmakers Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza perfected found-footage horror – and launched a franchise – with this ingenious horror movie, in which a TV journalist (Manuela Velasco) and her firefighter pals answer a call at a Barcelona apartment building… and find themselves trapped inside with the victims of a fast-spreading rage virus. It’s lean, it’s mean and it’s utterly unrelenting. Watch it in the dark. October 20

Full list of new titles available in October, by date:

TV SHOWS

October 2

Joe Rogan: Strange Times

MeatEater (season 7)

October 4

Star (season 3, streaming every Thursday)

Violet Evergarden Special (extra episode)

October 5

Big Mouth (season 2)

Dancing Queen

Élite

Empire Games

Little Things (season 2)

Super Monsters (season 2)

The Rise Of Phoenixes (streaming every Friday)

YG Future Strategy Office

October 6

Little Things (season 1)

October 8

Mo Amer: The Vagabond

October 9

Supergirl (season 3)

Terrace House: Opening New Doors (part 4)

October 11

Riverdale (season 3, streaming every Thursday)

Salt Fat Acid Heat  

October 12

FightWorld

Tarzan and Jane (season 2)

The Boss Baby: Back In Business (season 2)

The Curious Creations Of Christine McConnell

The Haunting Of Hill House

October 13

Dynasty (season 2)

October 14

A Taiwanese Tale Of Two Cities (streaming every Sunday)

October 15

Octonauts (seasons 2-4)

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival Of The Commandments

October 16

Black Lightning (season 2, streaming every Tuesday)

Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up

Travelers (season 2)

October 19

Ask the Doctor

Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever. (limited series)

Derren Brown: Sacrifice

Distrito Salvaje

Haunted

Hip-Hop Evolution (season 2)

Larva Island

Making A Murderer: Part 2

Marvel’s Daredevil (season 3)

Wanderlust

October 21

Robozuna

October 23

Adam Sandler 100% Fresh

October 24

Bodyguard

October 25

Great News (season 2)

October 26

Castlevania (season 2)

Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Terrorism Close Calls

October 28

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj (streaming every Sunday)

October 30

Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric Theory

The Degenerates

MOVIES

October 1

Anger Management    

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

The Purge: Election Year

Warcraft

October 3

Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

Angela’s Christmas

Casper

Dawn Of The Dead

Dune

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Operation Finale

Spy Game

October 5

Malevolent

Private Life

Super Monsters Save Halloween

October 9

Inferno

October 10

22 July

October 12

Apostle

Errementari: The Blacksmith And The Devil

Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

The Kindergarten Teacher

ReMastered: Who Shot The Sheriff

October 19

Accidentally In Love

Gnome Alone

Illang: The Wolf Brigade

The Night Comes For Us

October 20

[REC]

Halloween

Scary Movie

Scary Movie 2

Scary Movie 3

Scary Movie 4

Scary Movie 5

Scream

Scream 2

Scream 3

Sinister

The Cabin In The Woods

October 21

The Cured

October 22

The Secret Life Of Pets

October 24

Batman Ninja

October 25

Hell Or High Water

October 26

Been So Long

Dovlatov

Jefe

Shirkers

October 27

Girl From Nowhere

October 28

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Certain Women

Collateral Beauty

October 31

Gun City

LAST CALL

TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month.

October 1

Keeping Up With The Joneses

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Let’s Be Cops

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (seasons 1 – 7)

The X-Files (season 1-9)

Freaks And Geeks (season 1)

Trainwreck

Pride & Prejudice

October 9

The Nice Guys

October 13

Supernatural (seasons 1-12)

October 21

The Vampire Diaries (seasons 1-8)

October 24

Minions  

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