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Latest Netflix movies: Which new releases to watch right now (November)

Clockwork Orange and Boyz N the Hood
Clockwork Orange and Boyz N the Hood. Pic credit: Columbia/Warner Bros

Every month, Netflix makes significant changes. Several movies leave the service, while the streaming giant adds several others to its library.

The good news is that Netflix is always adding original movies to its service, meaning they are building a library that will never leave.

However, at the same time, they are also adding classics and newer releases for at least a limited time that fans can enjoy watching anything they want.

Here at Monsters & Critics, we will keep track of the latest movies added to Netflix, both originals and the best older movies, and let you know our picks for what you should find to watch each month.

Updated on November 1: These movies were all added to Netflix in the past four months and will be updated monthly, with the best new titles to watch. This list is for those films released in August through November 2020.

A Clockwork Orange (Nov. 1)

A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 1971, Stanley Kubrick directed the dystopian film A Clockwork Orange, starring Malcolm McDowell.

The film takes place in a future where Britain has become engulfed in depravity and debauchery. McDowell is Alex, who leads his own gang of friends who assaults people with no abandon.

However, when Alex is arrested, he is subjected to therapy where he is tamed, and all his evil impulses are removed.

However, when he is released back into the world, cured, he finds himself unable to defend himself when the sins of his past catch up with him.

Boyz N the Hood (Nov. 1)

Boyz in the Hood
Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube in Boyz in the Hood. Pic credit: Columbia

Boyz N the Hood was the directorial debut for John Singleton and might be one of the best movies of its kind.

Ice Cube makes his film debut here, and Cuba Gooding Jr. is the lead, as a young man sent to live with his dad in South Central Los Angeles. When he arrives, he starts to integrate into the growing gang culture of the era.

The film is a harsh look at life on the streets and how hard it is to get out of the teenage years alive. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2002 as culturally relevant.

Fruitvale Station (Nov. 12)

Fruitvale Station
Michael B. Jordan and Kevin Durand in Fruitvale Station. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Fruitvale Station is the directorial debut by Ryan Coogler and stars Michael B. Jordan.

The film tells the true-life story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered in 2009 by a BART police officer. Chad Michael Murray stars as the officer who shot Grant in the back.

The movie takes place on the last day of Oscar’s life before his murder.

It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and it picked up Best First Film at Cannes.

Coogler and Jordan enjoyed great success in Creed and Black Panther, but they might not have a more important movie than Fruitvale Station.

Stranger Than Fiction (Oct. 1)

Stranger Than Fiction
Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction. Pic credit: Columbia Pictures

Will Ferrell took a step back in Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 film that was not a typical Farrell comedy but instead played more like a Michel Gondry movie.

Stranger Than Fiction is a dark comedy playing on the idea of existentialism and identity, as Ferrell learns over the course of the movie that he is not a real person.

Instead, he is a fictional character named Harold Crick, an IRS worker in a novel by author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson). She is known for killing her protagonists, but when Harold starts to hear a voice narrating his story and realizes he is going to die, he sets out to stop it.

Fargo (Oct. 1)

Fargo
Frances McDormand in Fargo. Pic credit: Focus Features

The Coen Brothers brought the world Fargo in 1996, a black comedy taking place in the snowy North Dakota countryside.

Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief who is investigating a series of roadside murders. These might end up tying in with the kidnapping of a car salesman’s wife.

Two hapless criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) kidnapped her and there is more to the crime than anyone knows.

Keeping the Coen Brothers darkly comic sensibilities, Fargo picked up seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. It won for Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay.

Cape Fear (Oct. 1)

Cape Fear
Robert De Niro in Cape Fear. Pic credit: Universal

In 1992, one of the scariest movies of that era arrived with Martin Scorsese’s thriller remake of Cape Fear.

Scorsese remade the film and cast his long-time collaborator Robert De Niro as the crazed former prisoner who sets his sights on Nick Nolte’s attorney and his family, trying to find someone to blame for his prison time.

The movie also featured an early appearance by Juliette Lewis as Nolte’s young daughter. Both De Niro and Lewis picked up Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for their roles in the movie.

WarGames (Oct. 1)

WarGames
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in WarGames. Pic credit: United Artists

In 1983, Matthew Broderick starred in the sci-fi action movie WarGames, where he plays David, a young hacker who accidentally breaks into the U.S. War Operation Plan Response.

Thinking it is a game that runs the simulation, but then he accidentally makes the nuclear weapons control system believe a nuclear war is imminent and it begins preparation to start World War III.

When he is arrested and accused of espionage and being a Soviet agent, David has to escape and find a way to prove his innocence.

Enola Holmes (Sept. 23)

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Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill in Enola Holmes. Pic credit: Alex Bailey/Legendary

Enola Holmes brings the young adult novels by Nancy Springer to life with Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown starring as the teenage detective.

Elena is the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes, who runs away when her mother disappears, hoping to find where she went. Before she can learn anything, she ends up in the middle of a mystery where someone is trying to kill a young Marquess.

The movie looks to start a new series, and this first effort was fantastic and deserved a sequel.

The Devil All the Time (Sept. 16)

Tom Holland as Arvin Russell
Tom Holland as Arvin Russell in The Devil All the Time. Pic credit: Glen Wilson/Netflix

In The Devil All the Time, Tom Holland stars as Arvin, the son of a World War II vet named Willard.

Willard came home from the war with some severe PTSD and instilled the fear of God into his family.

However, after a chance encounter between Willard and Carl, the two men set out on different paths that lead to dead bodies and broken dreams, as the sins of the father are passed down as torture on his son.

Robert Pattinson also stars as a young preacher coming to town that has a lot more in mind than just spreading the gospel.

Barbershop (Sept. 1)

Barbershop
Ice Cube, Lil Kim, and Cedric the Entertainer in Barbershop. Pic credit: MGM

In 2002, Tim Story released the movie Barbershop to critical acclaim.

Ice Cube stars as a barbershop owner, who inherited the shop from his dad. However, he is struggling to make ends meet and has a lot of get-rich-quick schemes he is eying.

When he sells the shop one day without telling anyone, he immediately regrets it, knowing how important it is to the neighborhood but then he finds out he has to pay double by the end of the day to get it back.

Back to the Future (Sept. 1)

Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future. Pic credit: Universal

Released in 1985, Robert Zemeckis directed Back to the Future. Michael J Fox stars as Martin McFly, a teenage boy who travels back in time to meet his parents.

However, he has to make sure that he doesn’t change the past, or he will delete himself from the future.

Christopher Lloyd stars as Doc Brown and the movie made the DeLorean a classic iconic car in cinema history.

Produced by Steven Spielberg, Back to the Future has stood the test of time and remains one of the best family movies available on Netflix.

Casino Royale (August 31)

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Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Pic credit: Sony

Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond in the movie Casino Royale and the franchise reached new heights of success.

After the more cartoony aspects of the Pierce Brosnan era, Bond went gritty and dark with Craig and was the better for it.

This first film in the new era saw Bond at the start of his career as a 007, sent to assassinate some bad guys before ending up in a high stakes poker game with one of the deadliest terrorists in the world.

Project Power (August 13)

Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power
Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

Project Power hit Netflix as a new original superhero series with a twist.

Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the film about a miracle pill that gives the person who takes it almost limitless power for five minutes — but the costs might be more than they were willing to make.

Three people, a drug dealer, a cop, and a former soldier, set out to stop the distribution of this pill, but they soon find themselves in a myriad of deception and double-turns.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (August 1)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Pic credit: Focus Features

Charlie Kauffman is one of the most brilliant minds in cinema, although many of his movies seem to fly over the heads of mainstream audiences.

Arguably, his best movie came with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry.

Jim Carrey is a mild-mannered man who meets a free-spirited woman played by Kate Winslet. After a fight, she instinctively goes to have a sci-fi procedure that removes all memories of him from her mind so she can just move on.

However, it isn’t as easy for him to move on and when he goes in for the same procedure, the movie plays out their memories as they slowly dissipate.

Being John Malkovich (August 1)

Being John Malkovich
John Malkovich in Being John Malkovich. Pic credit: USA Films

A second Charlie Kauffman movie on this list is Being John Malcovich.

This one was directed by Spike Jonze and starred John Cusack as a man who found a mysterious floor in between two floors in a high rise building in New York City.

On that floor is a hidden door, where if a person enters and slides down a slide, they end up in the head of actor John Malkovich, who they can then control for a short time before being dumped o9nto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Cusack’s character starts to profit from this until Malkovich realizes something is going on.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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