Coming to Netflix in November 2018

Coming to Netflix in November 2018 (Photo: MGN online)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - November is packed with Netflix Originals and films and a fair amount of classic titles joining the catalog. I tried to limit myself to five recommended titles this month, but still ended up with ten. It easily could have been fifteen and I know very little and haven't seen the majority of the Netflix produced titles. Now if we could only convince Netflix to breathe life back into FilmStruck, maybe November wouldn't feel like a funeral dirge.

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Francis Ford Coppola's take on Bram Stoker's classic novel "Dracula" was a minor hit in America, but found even more success overseas. It's not a perfect movie, but its exquisite cinematography by Michael Ballhaus (a frequent Coppola collaborator) and production design by Thomas E. Sanders is so inviting that I can't help but stop to watch it whenever its on. Any film featuring Winona Ryder, Tim Waits, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins gets my undivided attention.

Children of Men

Director/writer Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 release "Children of Men" is a sci-fi classic. It takes place in a world where woman have all become infertile. Mankind toils at the edge of extinction. Hopeless and resigned. And then, a sliver of light, as a woman has become pregnant, but to survive she'll need to get out of London.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Speaking of classics, Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is also making its way to Netflix. The film sees a group of scientists researching the appearance of strange objects that seem to have extraterrestrial origins. Meanwhile, a group of blue-collar people in Muncie, Indiana witness paranormal activity that also suggests that humanity isn't alone in the universe. There are numerous cuts of the film that have been made available over the decades since its 1977 release. I'm assuming that Netflix will be streaming the "Collector's Edition' cut, but it could very well also be the 1980 "Special Edition." The irony being that all three cuts are simply variations on a theme of excellence.

Jet Li's Fearless

I discovered Hong Kong cinema in my early twenties and Jet Li was my instant favorite (primarily based on the strength of the Once Upon a Time In China films). When "Fearless" was released in 2006, Li had made a name for himself around the world having appeared in English-language features like "Lethal Weapon 4," "Romeo Must Die," "The One" and "Unleashed." "Fearless" was a throw back to the Chinese films that had originally made him famous, It (loosely)tells the story of Huo Yuanjia, a famed warrior who fought (literally) for the honor of China against Western imperialism. Again, this is a film that has had at least three different versions released. The director's cut, the longest of the lot, includes Michelle Yeoh is a subplot that is nonexistent in the original theatrical release. Netflix will likely feature the theatrical version.

The Other Side of the Wind-- NETFLIX FILM

In 1970 famed actor/director Orson Welles began working on "The Other Side of the Wind," a black and white mockumentary about an aging director who is trying to reestablish himself in Hollywood. The film ran into numerous issues and filming didn't complete until 1976. The film never was finished due to numerous reasons. In 2017, Netflix was able to secure the original negatives. 48 years after the start of principal photography, the film made its world premier at the 75th Venice International Film Festival earlier this year. (Available 11/2/18)

The Great British Baking Show: Collection 6-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

"The Great British Banking Show" is a highly addictive British program that brings together 12 amateur bakers and gives them a series of challenges over a series of weeks. One by one bakers are eliminated each week. It's highly addictive, but you probably already knew that. (Available 11/9/18)

Green Room

I vividly remember sitting in the Salt Lake City Library watching "Green Room," a violent punk-rock thriller, at an early Sundance Film Festival screening. Jeremy Saulnier's story about a band who accidentally witness a homicide in the green room of a venue ran by white supremacists was like a burst of adrenaline. Sometimes horror films aren't about the boogeyman, they're about the darkest aspects of modern society. Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart and Alia Shawkat are uniformly excellent. (Available 11/12/18)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL

She-Ra was initially created by Mattel in an attempt to capture the imaginations of girls in the same way that He-Man had become popular among boys. Let's hope that the DreamWorks reboot of the franchise has higher goals. If their work on the Voltron reboot is anything to go by, then "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" may prove to be a smarter take on the character and not just a bid to tap into the seemingly bottomless need for '80s nostalgia. (Available 11/16/18) MOVE UP TO 11/13/16

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs-- NETFLIX FILM

"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" is a six-story anthology of stories inspired by the wild frontier written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The duo were awarded the Golden Osella Award for Best Screenplay at this year's Venice International Film Festival. It stars the likes of Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits. (Available 11/16/18)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

While a documentary about an 85-year-old sushi master might not sound like the most promising way to spend 81 minutes, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is a fascinating study of a man in constant search of a perfection he knows he'll never achieve. (Available 11/22/18)

A complete list of titles coming to Netflix in November

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Avail. 11/1/18

Angela's Christmas-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A trip to church with her family on Christmas Eve gives young Angela an extraordinary idea. A heartwarming tale based on a story by Frank McCourt.

Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bring It On: In It to Win It
Cape Fear
Children of Men
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Doctor Strange (2007)
Fair Game - Director’s Cut

Follow This: Part 3-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
BuzzFeed reporters research sexbots, superbug snipers and more in the third installment of this documentary series.

From Dusk Till Dawn
Good Will Hunting
Jet Li's Fearless
Julie & Julia
Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1
National Lampoon's Animal House
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Planet Hulk
Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 3
Sex and the City: The Movie
Sixteen Candles
The English Patient

After a traumatic incident at a party makes her a target of gossip and derision, a young college student tries to change her school's toxic culture.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Avail. 11/2/18

From germs and emotions to social media and more, it’s the science of your world explained in a way that's refreshingly relatable.

House of Cards: Season 6-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
With Frank out of the picture, Claire Underwood steps fully into her own as the first woman president, but faces formidable threats to her legacy.

ReMastered: Tricky Dick & The Man in Black-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This documentary chronicles Johnny Cash's 1970 visit to the White House, where Cash's shifting ideals clashed with Richard Nixon's policies.

The Holiday Calendar-- NETFLIX FILM
A talented photographer stuck in a dead-end job inherits an antique Advent calendar that may be predicting the future -- and pointing her toward love.

The Other Side of the Wind-- NETFLIX FILM
A completion and restoration of Orson Welles's unfinished film, this satire follows the final days of a legendary director striving for a comeback.

They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This engaging documentary explores Orson Welles's unfinished film, "The Other Side of the Wind," which he worked on for a decade before his death.

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 4-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
With her sunny attitude, Poppy leads her friends in rescuing Mr. Dinkles, supporting Guy Diamond's new invention and teaching Smidge to be helpful.

Avail. 11/3/18

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Avail. 11/4/18

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Streaming Every Sunday, begins October 28)-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this weekly show, Hasan Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to explore the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.

Avail. 11/5/18

Homecoming: Season 1 (2016)
In Kuala Lumpur, the owner of a Chinese medicine shop and his eccentric family navigate the ups and downs of business, romance and parenting.

John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
With a rapid-fire lesson in overlooked Latin history, Colombian-American actor John Leguizamo comes to Netflix with his one-man Broadway show John Leguizamo: Latin History For Morons. Examining 3,000 years of Latino history, Leguizamo charts everything from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the American Civil War, revealing how whitewashed history truly is. Latin History For Morons earned a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Play on Broadway.

Avail. 11/7/18

Into the Forest

Avail. 11/8/18

The Sea of Trees

Avail. 11/9/18

Beat Bugs: Season 3-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Music keeps the Beat Bugs going and points the way to problem-solving solutions in another season of fun and adventure.

La Reina del Flow-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Seventeen years after being wrongly imprisoned, a talented songwriter seeks justice against the men who caused her downfall and killed her family.

This emotional docudrama tells the stories of Medal of Honor recipients from U.S. military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and more.

Outlaw King-- NETFLIX FILM
This period drama follows Robert the Bruce's battle to regain control after being made an outlaw by the King of England for taking the Scottish Crown.

Spirit Riding Free: Season 7-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Seasons change, and so do Lucky's adventures, whether she's racing through the snow, outsmarting villains or soaring high in the sky!

Three gay friends, working by day at a department store, lead double lives as crime-fighting superhero drag queens.

The Great British Baking Show: Collection 6-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The mouth-watering contest returns to the big white tent with 12 new bakers and another season bursting with delicious surprises.

Treehouse Detectives: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Brother-and-sister detectives Toby and Teri are back on the case, helping others, being brave -- and asking big questions about the world around them.

Westside offers an unscripted and deeply personal glimpse into the journeys of nine young L.A.-based musicians as they follow their dreams. Each episode sheds light on their creative processes and personal struggles, interspersing cinema verité-style documentary footage with beautifully produced music videos featuring original songs.

Avail. 11/12/18

Green Room

Avail. 11/13/18

Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Grammy-winning singer Loudon Wainwright III reflects on the close but complicated relationships between fathers and sons in this intimate evening of music and storytelling, from executive producer Judd Apatow, director Christopher Guest and produced by Funny Or Die.

When a skilled but timid chef is possessed by a sassy spirit, her newfound confidence catches the eye of her longtime crush, a culinary hotshot.

A war veteran plagued by guilt over his final mission teams up with his best friend's widow to infiltrate a dangerous Copenhagen biker gang.

Avail. 11/15/18

May The Devil Take You-- NETFLIX FILM
When her estranged father falls into a mysterious coma, a young woman seeks answers at his old villa, where she and her stepsister uncover dark truths.

Work-life balance breaks down for Paris's most gifted armed robbers when a grave mistake forces them to work for a crime boss in a high-stakes heist.

Avail. 11/16/18

Her online life's been stolen. Her real life's unraveling. There's only one way out: beat the impersonator at her own game.

See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico.

Ponysitters Club: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Skye and the Rescue Ranch gang return for another round of action-packed adventure, incredible friendship and adorable animals.

Prince of Peoria-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When an easygoing 13-year-old prince goes incognito as a U.S. exchange student, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a fastidious overachiever.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this reboot of the '80s series, a magic sword transforms an orphan girl into warrior She-Ra, who unites a rebellion to fight against evil.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs-- NETFLIX FILM
Saddle up for six tales about the American frontier from the unique minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed this anthology.

The Break-Up

The Kominsky Method-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Michael Douglas stars as a briefly successful actor turned revered Hollywood acting coach. A Chuck Lorre comedy series also featuring Alan Arkin.

The Princess Switch-- NETFLIX FILM
When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.

Avail. 11/18/18

The Pixar Story

Avail. 11/19/18

The Last Kingdom: Season 3-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Alfred's health weakens -- and with it his dream of a united England -- Uhtred must take command and confront a new threat, Danish warlord Sigrid.

Avail. 11/20/18

Kulipari: Dream Walker-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Now the Blue Sky King, Darel must lead a rescue mission to save a Dream Walker — leaving the village under the protection of the Kulipari youth.

Imaginative boy Ben transforms his city by bringing colorful street art to life, armed with a magic paintbrush -- and the classic sounds of Motown.

A toymaker and his wife are terrorized by a demonized doll after their adopted child tries to summon her late mother's spirit using a spooky ritual.

The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world’s most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country’s greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons -- Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool.

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trevor Noah gets out from behind the "Daily Show" desk and takes the stage for a stand-up special that touches on racism, immigration, camping and more.

Avail. 11/21/18

An executive-turned-viral sensation loses his reputation and his memory, but finds a new life with his biological mother and her empowered dance group.

Avail. 11/22/18

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This season, Kinga subjects Jonah and the bots to a devious new experiment: a back-to-back marathon of six hilariously cheesy -- and riffworthy -- films.

The Christmas Chronicles-- NETFLIX FILM
Two siblings team up with Santa Claus for a high-flying holiday adventure. A new Christmas classic from the makers of "Harry Potter" and "Home Alone.

Avail. 11/23/18

Frontier: Season 3-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
While Harp pursues Lord Benton to rescue Grace, Michael takes command of the Black Wolf Company and Sokanon embarks on a righteous crusade.

A woman organizes a escape plan camouflaged as a kidnapping to protect her children from her husband's enemies.

This black comedy series follows a slacker misdiagnosed with cancer whose lies lead him into an absurd web of secrets, blackmail and suspicion.

Sick Note: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Lindsay Lohan star in the second dose of the brilliantly dark comedy. And the lies just keep on coming...

To Build or Not to Build: Season 2

Avail. 11/25/18

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Best Gift Ever

Avail. 11/27/18

Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross & Dave Attel-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Veteran comedians Jeff Ross and Dave Attell roast each other, the audience and special guests.

Avail. 11/29/18

Pocoyo: Season 4

Avail. 11/30/18

In a totalitarian Poland, law student Kajetan Skowron and detective Anatol Janów unravel a terrible conspiracy stretching to the country's foundations.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding-- NETFLIX FILM
A year after helping Richard secure the crown, Amber’s getting ready to walk down the aisle with him. But she’s not so sure she’s cut out to be queen.

By day, Chiara is a promising student at one of Rome's most elite private high schools. But by night, she leads a scandalous secret life.

British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, or DMC for short, is on a mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. He travels the world to track down where the fatal performances took place and to work out exactly what went wrong, sharing his magic with the people he meets along the way. It’s a journey that spans four continents and eight cities around the world. His aim is to pay homage to the craft by creating his own updated versions of the stunts that cost these magicians their lives, from being buried alive under tons of wet concrete, to playing a game of Russian roulette, to escaping from a collision with a speeding steam train. The series will follow DMC as he recreates the stunts where others have failed, in the most extreme magic show ever attempted. To succeed he must avoid the fate that met those who came before him and paid the ultimate price: Death by Magic.

F is for Family: Season 3-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When Frank befriends a handsome young fighter pilot -- voiced by Vince Vaughn -- the family embarks on a whole new set of adventures.

Happy as Lazzaro-- NETFLIX FILM
Ordinary teen Lazzaro is content with life as a sharecropper in rural Italy, but a visit from the aristocrat landowner’s son changes everything.

Rajma Chawal-- NETFLIX FILM
An internet-rookie father attempts to use social media to enhance his faltering relationship with his millennial son.

Spy Kids: Mission Critical: Season 2-- NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Finally feeling like a real team, the Mission Critical kids face their toughest test as they set out to destroy Golden Brain's lair once and for all.

The World Is Yours-- NETFLIX FILM
To escape his life of crime, a small-time mobster in Paris accepts one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother.

Tiempo compartido-- NETFLIX FILM
Two men join forces to rescue their families from a tropical paradise, convinced a U.S. timeshare conglomerate has a sinister plan to take them away.

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