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The best new movies on Netflix in November

Impressive indies and cult classics jostle for your thumb’s attention in November’s best new movies on Netflix

Men Go to Battle

Hollywood bombards us with product: Even if you don’t want to learn about, say, Ben Affleck in the ridiculously bad The Accountant, you will see and hear about it multiple times on TV. So it’s nice to see some of the edgier, more worthy filmmakers like Richard Linklater and Zachary Treitz using Netflix streaming to get their indies in front of more eyeballs. And since we can’t live on art alone, we’ve recommended a pair of horror movies on Netflix as well.

Best new movies on Netflix

Boyhood (2014)

Even with all the gush spilled over Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making family saga, it still might be underpraised: In watching these actors age, learn and grow (without recourse to melodrama or suspense), viewers grasped onto a beautiful continuum that few filmmakers achieve. The wait was worth it.

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Men Go to Battle (2015)

Inspired by letters from Kentucky’s Civil War era, director Zachary Treitz’s absorbingly atmospheric indie springs off from the tension between a pair of testy brothers who can’t keep their grubby farm going. Eventually one leaves for the front lines, and a cast of authentic reenactors turns the movie into an immersive memorial to differing paths marked by blood.

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Cujo (1983)

A Saint Bernard stops being saintly in this adaptation of Stephen King’s best-seller. It’s the Jaws of dog movies. And if Cujo doesn’t get as much attention as better known King adaptations like The Dead Zone or The Shining, there’s a fairly obvious reason for that: The main character is a dog. Still, fun awaits.

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Ravenous (1999)

Guy Pearce plays a straight-arrow army captain who stumbles upon a group of cannibals in mountainous 1840s California. Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle is one of the ravenous flesh-eaters. In some circles, this movie is growing in critical estimation—it now plays like an under-the-radar satire of American appetites.

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Burn After Reading

Let’s say you’re the Coen brothers and you’ve delivered the majestic No Country for Old Men. You don’t follow it up with a movie that’s equally serious; rather, you revert back to knucklehead-humor mode. Thus, this sucker punch about a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich) and “the league of morons” blackmailing him.

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And here’s everything coming in November, by date:

Available November 1
The African Queen (1951)
Alfie (2004)
Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008)
Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016)
Cujo (1983)
The Doors (1991)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
King's Faith (2013)
Love, Now (2012)
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)
Pervert Park (2014)
Ravenous (1999)
Stephen King's Thinner (1996)
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express (2012)
Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish (2010)
Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines (2014)
Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas (2009)

Available November 2
Dough (2015)
Food Choices (2016)
Meet the Blacks (2016)

Available November 4
The Crown: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Ivory Game (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Just Friends (2005)
World of Winx: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available November 9
Danger Mouse: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available November 11
All Hail King Julien: Season 4 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Estocolmo: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tales by Light: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
True Memoirs of An International Assassin (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Under the Sun (2015)

Available November 12
Take Me to the River (2015)

Available November 13
Chalk It Up (2016)

Available November 14
Carter High (2015)

Available November 15
Dieter Nuhr: Nuhr in Berlin - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
K-POP Extreme Survival: Season 1
Men Go to Battle (2015)
The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2016)

Available November 16
The 100: Season 3
Burn After Reading (2008)
Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (2011)
Paddington (2014)

Available November 17
Lovesick: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL (Formerly known as Scrotal Recall)
Paranoid: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available November 18
The Battle of Midway (1942)
Beat Bugs: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Colin Quinn: The New York Story - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Divines (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Prelude to War (1942)
San Pietro (1945)
Sour Grapes (2016)
Thunderbolt (1947)
Tunisian Victory (1944)
Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)
Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)
WWII: Report from the Aleutians (1943)

Available November 22

Available November 23
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle: Season 1

Available November 25
Boyhood (2014)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Michael Che Matters - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available November 29
Silver Skies (2016)

Available November 30
Ghost Team (2016)
I Dream Too Much (2016)
The Jungle Book (2016)
Level Up (2016)
Traded (2016)